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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterfly Encyclopedia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-20 1:25
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Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This mud-puddling small and beutiful butterfly I encountered inside Satkosia WLS (about 180 kms. from Bhubaneswar). This is the first time I post this species. It was a cloudy and rainy day and the light was very poor inside the deep jungle. As we drove along the muddy road I saw these small ones in clusters - there were atleast 4 varieties mud-puddling. Shot taken hand-held while on my belly. Hope everyone like it.

The Angled Pierrot (Caleta caleta)is a species of blue butterfly found in South Asia.

The butterfly flies rapidly, close to the ground visiting low flying bushes. Found along nullahs and shady paths. It visits damp patches too. Found in jungle and lightly forested country with moderate to heavy precipitation.

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.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Caleta
Species: C. caleta
Binomial name: Caleta caleta

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hi sumon,
very good, neat and valuable image of angled pierrot, bit rare to see them here. tfs.

Your belly must be well-attuned to the antics of nature photography by now, Sumon :-)!
This shot of an Angled Pierrot (a new species for me too) justifies the unbecoming usage of your belly.
The perspective that you acquired by doing so is the most effective in terms of clarity, details and overall composition.
Thanks for sharing a fine picture of this rare species and best regards.

Hi my friend Sumon,
A perfectly focused and composed butterfly shot as usual. Great details and wonderful colours.
TFS and Greetings from Cyprus,

Good one compared to the cloudy weather that day it was Mana Da.What about the others?The Blue's congregation and the crows and the mormons?

Hope to see them soon.

Hi Sumon
I am glad to see you here again. Beautiful photo. Perfect sharpness, great DOF. Interesting (unusual for butterfly shots) sandy surrounding.
I like it very much

Hello Sumon da,
excellent shot of angled pierrot with nice details,superb sharpness and great composition,
well done,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-20 3:39]

Hi Sumon,unusual position to take but excellent choice,the background help to see better the details and colors of this beauty,perfect pic as your style,my best compliments,Luciano

Hello Sumon,
How are you?
Nicely done. Beautiful butterfly, this Angled Pierrot.
You photographed it very well.

Ciao Sumon,
splendida cattura di Angled Pierrot, eccellenti POV basso e composizione con la posa sui granellini di sabbia brillanti che esaltano la nitidezza e i bellissimi colori delle ali.
TFS. Maurizio

I think maybe your notion of mud is not the same as mine...but then maybe the mud isn't in this image...because this looks to me like coarse wet sand...the reason I say this is because during spring melt-down in the wilderness....our mud can suck in a car above it's axles if not a good driver:-)
A fine backdrop no matter for you butterfly. The sumon technique returns...We are Blessed!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-20 10:29]

Hi Sumon,

I would like to see a picture of you taking this picture!! This is another butterfly I don't think I have seen before. Beautiful black and white with fine details of the elegant markings. Perfect position as he mud puddles.


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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-08-20 10:42]

Hello Sumon,

Excellent capture of this butterfly. Excellent focus and DOF. Good exposure. Beautiful colours.

A perfectly focused and composed shot.

Hello Sumon,
Truly a beautiful butterfly indeed with the colour and pattern of it!
the sand colour really makes the subject stands out beautifully!
many thanks for the sharing
you take good care and my best wishes

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-08-20 12:56]

Bonjour Mana
Très belle capture, belles couleurs et bonne netteté, très beau sujet. bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-08-20 19:50]

Hello Sumon,
Fabulous camera work and great notes, a lot of learning for me today, thanks you Sumon.

Hello Sumon. Excellent capture of the pierrot. Tact sharp detail in contrasting background. The black and white is just beautiful. Well done. Jusni

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-08-21 0:24]

Hola amigo,
preciosa captura y detalles...
color y buen pov.
bella composición amigo.

Hello Sumon,
Perfect close-up of a young and perfect butterfly.
Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

Hi Sumon,

Fantastic shot, I like it a lot. Very nice detail on the butterfly, super DOF helped by the pose, very well done.


Hi Sumon Da,
A nice capture of this beautiful angled pierrot. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-21 8:52]

Hello Sumon
This is a superb shot. Black and white and against the mud is just fantastic. I read your note and happen to note the way you took this shot. Just fantastic. ganesh

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-08-21 18:00]

Beautiful butterfly. I love the exposure and nice natural colors and the sharp focus.

Wow! What a black-and-white-and beauty butterfly! :)
I like pose - contrast between insect and sand is very nice for watching.
Thank you for showing us this interesting species :)
Best regards from Lodz my Friend!

Hi Sumon,
This is a good picture of this beautiful butterfly, the colors and the composition is good. If you look at the ground you can clearly see the DOF and what surprises me is that few mm before the butterfly is sharp!
Goutham Ramesh

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-08-23 14:13]

Hi Sumon
Fantastic photo with excellent details and colors. The sharpness is very nice
Good job

Sumon da,
It feels nice to be back home, among friends!A lovely shot, as usual!Love the BG!
Very well done, dada!

Hola Sumon, excelente macro, exposición muy buena, tonos de color naturales y muy agradables.
El fondo contrasta muy bien con el motivo y lo hace resaltar aún más.
Un saludo

Delicada y en un acertado entorno !

Un abrazo Sumon.

Hola amigo.
Una preciosa mariposa.
Buenos detalles y gran encuadre.
Un saludo, JL.

hi Sumon,
creatures that can take pictures are really incredible, as this elegant butterfly,in black and white, poor with excellent details
and sharpness
a great lesson for all of us everyday

cheers sERGIO

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