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Caleta caleta

Caleta caleta
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/78 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-04 7:20
Viewed: 2885
Points: 57
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Angled Pierrot (Caleta caleta) is a species of blue butterfly found in South Asia. Most probably the first one on TN.


Male upperside is dark brownish black, a broad medial oblique white band across both fore and hind wings, not extended on the fore wing above vein 5, above vein 3 produced shortly outwards and downwards into a hook-like form. Underside: white with the following black markings:—On fore wing a short, outwardly-pointed, oblique, clavate streak from base joined below to a semi-circular broad band that reaches the costa; a short, outwardly oblique, upper diseal bar, its outer edge generally emurginate; the apex, the terraen narrowly, a large irregular sub-quadrate spot touching it in the middle and a very large inwardly oblique irregular spot or mark close to the tornus. On the hind wing: a hook-shaped mark at base sometimes slender; an inwardly oblique short clavate bar from apex, three coalescent spots extended outwards from the dorsum above the tornus formed into a sinuate irregular mark; a spot further outwards in interspace 4; a terminal series of slender lunules and an anticilary fine line. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen black; beneath: the palpi, thorax and abdomen white.

Female. Similar to the male on both upper and under sides, but on the former the white medial band is narrower, on the latter the black markings are broader. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen as in the male.


The butterfly is found in Sri Lanka, peninsular India, Madhya Pradesh, south Bihar, Orissa, and in the Himalayas from Sikkim to Assam and onto Myanmar. The butterfly is also found in southern Sulawesi, Basilan, and Mindanao.


Common in Sikkim up to 300m though it has been recorded up to 2800m in southern parts. It is abundant in the monsoons. Not Rare over the Indian range as per Wynter-blyth.


The butterfly flies rapidly, close to the ground visiting low flying bushes. Found along nullahs and shady paths. Visits damp patches.

Found in jungle and lightly forested country with moderate to heavy precipitation.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Caleta
Species: caleta

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Magnifique papillon présenté dans un bel écrin.
Bonne journée.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-04 8:18]

Hi Haraprasan,

Congratulations on a maybe first time on TN. I'm sure I have not seen this beautiful black and white one before. The markings are gorgeous. Wonderful colors, position, sharp details and a lovely composition. In this case I really don't think the frame adds much.


Hello Haraprasan!
I am almost sure that this is the first time I have seen this interesting species not only on TN but also in general :) And here are special BRAVO for you for that! It is a great pleasure to watch something new! :)
I like a lot composition. The species is not very colourful but makes an interesting contrast with the rest of photo. Green - white contrast looks really great!
Another thing - maybe a detal, but I like details - a frame: it corresponds with main part of picture in very good way!
Thank you for showing this little Lycaenidae species!
Friendly yours,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-04 8:29]

I had a search for the Angled Pierrot and can't find any others on the site! So congratulations for very probably posting a new species! :-)
Great DOF and BG.
Excellent composition and POV.
Slightly un-sharp due to the low shutter-speed but you did very well to get it as sharp as you did!
Nice lighting and colours.
I would have preferred a thin black border but it's only a slight nit.
Thanks for sharing this!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-04 8:37]

Hello Haraprasan,
Great capture of an Agled Pierot that could be a first on TN!
This image shows the underside of the wings with good sharpness and detail and it is well composed against a suitable oof BG
Thanks for sharing this fine image,

Hello Sir!

a very beautiful picture.Nicely composed.Sharpness could have been improved.TFS

Hi Haraprasan,
Great shot, lovely composition and super frame of this beautiful butterfly. TFS.

Hi Haraprasan,
There is a bit green cast in the picture. And looks very tight frame with soft focus. Frame has is bit big. Hope you will take note.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-04 9:37]

Hello Haraprasan, splendid shot very well focused, wonderfull natural colors and lovely pose.

Buen documentos con acertado encuadre y colores. La profundidad la veo algo justa.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

Hello Haraprasan,
Beautiful composition butterfly/flower!
Very nice colors,light and excellent sharpness. TFS.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-04 11:06]

Hello Haraprasan,
Great photo of this butterfly. Very good sharpness and lovely contrasting colours. I don't like the frame: a bit distracting. Good composition and POV.

Hi My dear friend Haraprasan,

Excelent shot of this lovely, beutiful coloured butterfly. Great Composition. TFS.


Hi Haraprasan, elegant butterfly with splendid focus, superb details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-04 12:47]

Hola Haraprasan,
buen trabajo,
presentación y pov,
detalles excelentes,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-04 14:46]

Hi Haraprasan

Great POV with very good detail and colour.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-04 16:55]

Hi Hara,never seen a butterfly like that! It's a very natural beauty,thanks a lot to show us,great work!! Have a nice day,Luciano

hello Haraprasan,
a nice macro of very beautiful butterfly. Nicely composed with beautiful yellow flowers. Focus, POV/DOF very nice. good notes always, TFS, well done

Hi Haraprasan,
Beautiful butterfly. Never seen it before. Very nice close-up. TFS.
- Nirmal

Hello Haraprasan,

Very nice capture of a beautiful butterfly. Good sharpness and nice colours. But, I do not like the frame.
I come back tomorrow for the points.

A very well composed shot, sharp focus, very nice POV and I love the presentation!!Excellent notes!
thank you!

You are right; this could be first ever image of this unique butterfly on TN, HP.
The black and white dabs of colour on its wing give it the look of a Dalmatian dog :-).
A well cropped composition with sharp focus on the subject.

A fine b.fly specimen on a lovely yellow-green stand, all in perfect focus and composition against a blurry BG. Thanks for sharing this nice macro-shot Haraprasan.

Ciao Haraprasan,
bellissima specie che non conoscevo.
Complimenti per l'inquadratura e la composizione dell'immagien.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-05 16:34]

Hello Haraprasan,
Great note, outstanding species and wonderful capture, thank you for sharing your great work.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-05 23:13]

Hp, Lovely combination of Yellow and black. Superb angle and lovely view. Ganesh

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-09 21:25]

Hello Haraprasan

This is a very cute little butterfly.The pose is well captured on the lovely flower.
The lighting and colours are very good.
Good focus and detail.

What a lovely combination of colors! Great composition and nice positioning.
Well done!
I missed this one when you first posted - I was out of commission for a short while during the winter months. :)

Hi Haraprasan,
Another Wonderful shot! Excellent in all criteria! TFS. Regards,

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