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Junonia iphita

Junonia iphita
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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: 2008-01-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, Kenko UV 62mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Nature with Canon EOS400D [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-23 5:16
Viewed: 3030
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Chocolate Pansy or Chocolate Soldier (Junonia iphita) is a butterfly found in Asia.

It is about 5-6 cm in wingspan and the female can be told apart from the male by white markings on the oblique line on the underside of the hind wing. The wavy lines on the underside of the wings vary from wet to dry season forms.

Individuals maintain a territory and are usually found close to the ground level and often bask in the sun.

Upperside of both sexes brown of varying depths of colour. Fore wing: cell with one pair of subbasal and one pair of apical transverse sinuous fasciae, the outermost defining the disco-cellulars; a short, broad, dark, oblique fascia beyond to vein 4, its inner margin diffuse, its outer sinuous but sharply defined; below vein 4 a sinuous, transverse, more faint fascia, followed by a discal blackish fascia, very broad and diffuse, below costa, bordered by a row of faint ocelli, and a postdiscal and a subterminal similar fascia following the outline of the termen. Hind wing with a slender blackish loop near apex of cellular area; a broad inwardly diffuse, outwardly well-defined short discal fascia in continuation of the one on the fore wing; a series of postdiscal somewhat ochraceous ocelli with black pupils minutely centred with white; postdiscal and subterminal broad lines as on the fore wing.
Underside brown, with very broad darker brown transverse fasciae, the interspaces between the markings irrorated with purplish silvery scales. Fore wing with two sinuous fasciae on basal half succeeded by a discal fascia, very broad at the costal margin and decreasing in width to the dorsum, bearing on its outer border a row of obscure ocelli. This is succeeded by a zigzag dark line, and sinuous subterminal and terminal lines ; apex and tornal area suffused with purplish silvery. Hind wing : two irregular, very broad, dark brown, curved short fasciae near base ; a straight, transverse, prominent, narrow ochreous-brown discal band defined outwardly by a black line ; a transverse postdiscal dark brown fascia, widest in the middle and bearing outwardly a curved row of ochreous-brown white-centred ocelli, followed by a zigzag dark line in continuation of the one on the fore wing; a subterminal somewhat diffuse dark fascia and a terminal dark line. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen dark brown.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Genus: Junonia
Species: iphita

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-23 5:24]

Hi Haraprasan. This is a beautiful shot. the detail and colours are spot on. ou have captured the markings so well. with a nice pOV/DOF. you have been able to match the BG to the colour of the Butterefly. well done TFS.

Hi Neighbor,
You had a good shot at this Chocolate Pansy. 3D effect with soft background. This butterfly has beautiful markings. The composition is lovely.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-23 5:39]

Hello Haraprasan,
Lovely capture of this beautiful Chocolate Pansy very nicely in focus. Great details and colours of the wing pattern and amazing warm colour of the background. Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

Hello Haraprasan,
Interesting colour in the BG which gives the whole picture a peaceful, integrated feel. Sharp details on the buterfly. Thanks.

A beautifully symmetrical specimen photographed from an all encompassing dorsal POV Haraprasan, the fine colors and the good focus are emphasised by the pleasantly OOF BG. Good comp. my friend, TFS and cheers,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-23 7:33]

Hello Haraprasan,
Excellent photo with a sharp-detailed focus. Great unity of colours. Fantastic diagonal composition and very good POV and DOF. Lovely OOF BG.

Hello My beloved friend Haraprasan,
A perfect shot of this beutiful butterfly with excellent DOF, POV, superb clarity and sharpness. TFS.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-23 9:16]

Hi Haraprasan,

A very beautiful picture of this Chocolate Pansy against a superb background of beautiful colors. Excellent details of the pretty markings. A marvelous composition.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-23 10:59]

Hello Haraprasan,
A fine capture of the Brown Pansy, sharply portrayed in a fine composition against a suitable OOF natural BG to display the wings well in the open position.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-23 12:31]

Hola Haraprasan,
sensacional trabajo,
perfecta macro y suave color...
buenos detalles,

Brown which in a small and delightful way overtakes the sly green...it is a wonderful example of good use of colour mixes which you always seem to see with your own eyes...beauty in it;'s colour and simplicity!

Hi Haraprasan,
I like the softness of the picture, which at a same time keeps a really good level of detail...The composition is just perfect! TFS, Marta

Sharp and clean, well focused, great depth of field, wonderful color!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-03-23 20:31]

Hello, Haraprasan.
That is a beautiful butterfly... very unusual...
I love the cafe-au-lait color...
and you did a great job with the BG.
TFS. : )

Dear Haraprasan,
What a wonderful image you have presented us with, stunning colours, lovely and sharp, perfect background to complement the subject, very nice work, all the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-23 23:56]

Hi Haraprasan,
Superb macro of this beautiful butterfly. I liked the brown BG. TFS. regards,

Hi Haraprasan, lovely butterfly with splendid colors, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, Happy Easter, ciao Silvio

Hello Haraprasan,

just marking,

Hello Haraprasan!
This is really amazing how the colours of this cute butterfly correspond with colours of background. I am not sure if this is an effect of light control or this species is so perfectly adapted to the environtent where it lives.
Anyway, I like this exotoc species also because of its delicate colouration, tones are very nice for watching, even if it is not very colourful.
DOF, details and sharpness are very nice my Friend. Als I found a lot of interesting information in your note.
Best greetings from Lodz (where still the snow is present),

I have a few images of this Chocolate Pansy tucked away in my external disk, HP. Some day I would like to edit them and show another specimen here on TN from India.
This is a wonderful shot with the wings of the butterfly spread open. Gives full details of its characteristics.
The colours have natural tones and the composition is excellent.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-24 10:29]

Hp,Lovely and superb colors. The composition is perfect.Ganesh

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-24 19:40]

Hi Haraprasan,
Wonderful shot of this Chocolate Pansy. Though it is not a colourful species I like the distinct shape of its wings. Very impressive sharpness and colours and great handling of natural lighting and exposure. Nice pose you have captured with perfect DOF and well chosen POV. Very nice diagonal composition. Kudos.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-01 7:15]

Hello Haraprasan

The diagonal composition is excellent.
The colours are well saturated and the lighting is excellent.
Well focused with very good detail.


Hi Haraprasan,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly! Excellent in all criteria! TFS. Regards,

Very good exposure, nice color and detail HP.
Nicely composed frame and the b-fly stands out well here :)
Well done!

Hallo Haraprasan
This Chocolate Soldier is indeed a lovely butterfly and you have brought out the best details with your fine camerawork. The white interrupted white lining alongside the edges of the wings are very impressive and very pleasant to look at. It is as if an artist has dipped his paintbrush in white paint and barely touched the sides of the wings. The patterns and markings are clearly seen and displays wonderfully against the brown background which also complements the colour of the butterfly. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

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