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Drinking my Cuppa Joy

Drinking my Cuppa Joy
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Copyright: Iris Hues (iris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-17
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-12 2:22
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Dear friends,

It is a joy to post again and my cup of joy is once again full....


Lemon Emigrant
A species with two male and five female forms.

A fairly medium sized to large robust insect. Generally abundant on the plains, particularly so in secondary growth areas including public parks and our own gardens, the males are identifiable many a times evenin flight, on account of their overall lemon colour. Identifying females is harder though not impossible, due to their many different colour forms. Occasionally, individuals can be found flying in forests and specimens have been taken before at altitudes up to 3,000 feet.

Known food plants or host plants include Cassia fistula, Cassia siamea and Butea frondosa

The eggs are spindle in shape and light yellow in colour, usually laid .Caterpillars are long , green and smooth with a massive round head. All in all, the caterpillar will go through five phases or instars, from totally green to darker green with a black and white lateral line. The totally green pupa sans markings of any kind except a white line along the abdomen area with a girdle is usually found stuck under the leaf of the hostplant

Thanks for looking in...



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6522 W: 89 N: 15623] (65351)
  • [2008-09-12 2:31]

Hi Iris,it's a fantastic pic,wonderfull details and colors and a very loveable atmosphere,i like a lot this work,thanks to show us this beauty,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-12 2:56]

Hello Silpa,
A delightful capture of the Lemon Emigrant well seen against the contrasting dark green BG with good sharpness.
TFS this beauty,

Hi My friend Silpa,
A perfect close-up capture of this beautiful butterfly with wonderful details, nice DOF and composition.
Many thanks for sharing this beauty!

PS. I had some troubles with my PC at home last day! thus today I will be off:)


Well composed, good lighting, detail of the subject, POV, DOF and BG.

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-09-12 3:13]

Hello Silpa,
Your come back with this Lemon Emigrant is fantastic. With nice color and details this stands out in the blurred green BG.
Thanks a lot for sharing

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-12 3:18]

Hi Slipa,

What a beautifull image you have created! You have made very good use of the light showing so well the astonishing colors as well as the texture of the wings. You have chosen a very good DOF keeping all the butterfly in focus and rendering excelent, sharp details.

Thank you for sharing,

Hello Silpa,

Very nice sharp picture of this butterfly. Good composition. Excellent exposure and nice colours.

Hi Iris!

Keep your cup of joy full of that kind of surprises and we all will be so glad to come and sip the delightful nectar it spends...

This picture is beautiful, so sharp and rich with details, held in delightful colours. It's a real eye-candy...

Kind regards


Hallo Silpa
What a soft coloured butterfly. Very enjoyable to look at and pleasing to the eye. The combination of colours in your presentation is pretty and matches well with each other. You have shared a very nice shot on your return to the site, with great composition and framing. The details of the eyes and the antenna is sharp. A superb quality close-up with a beautiful matching background. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely weekend.
Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-12 6:32]

Hello Iris,
This is a photo in fantastic clear colours and excellent sharpness and details. Splendid light on the wings. Great composition.
Kind regards,

hello iris,
its nice to see that everything is coming back to normal as you too have started posting, we were missing you here and i am glad to see this love;y shot from you,
this lemon emigrant looks beautiful with all the details of the wings and the colors, nice pov with pleasing composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-12 13:43]

Hi Silpa,
what a great shot of this leaf-like butterfly :-)
The composition is superb and I love the POV.
Sharp and crisp.
Excellent DOF.

Well done,

Hello Iris,
How are you!
thanks for this wonderful posting of Lemon emigrant!
I loved the colour with good closeup, sharpness, and superb details over the image!
well done
best regards

Hi Iris,

Welcome back, indeed its a lovely picture, I personally would love more space all around,it has good back ground too.TFS.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-12 23:11]

Hi Silpa,
Outstanding shot of this Lemon Emigrant sucking nectar with such fabulous details and colours. Immaculate sharpness and beautiful lighting and I like the natural setting and surrounding. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Thanks for sharing this great image.

Hi Iris,

A perfect composition and wonderful close-up of this beautiful butterfly, the colours are stunning, excellent detail, prefect framing, lovely work, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

Hi Silpa,
Nice to see you posting again. A nice capture of this beautiful lemon emigrant. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Iris, fantastic butterfly, great macro with wonderful light and fantastic details, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Iris.
Splendid picture! Marvellous butterfly!
Excellent coloration, sharpness and details.
Very good POV, luminosity and composition.
Thanks for sharing this marvel!
JosÚ Roberto

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-09-14 0:29]

Hello Silpa, This is just superb. It looks like it is reading a newspaper. Excellent composition and great clarity. Wonderful image. Ganesh

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-17 3:44]

Hi Silpa,
lovely to see another post from you, my friend. This one has some beautiful colours (as always)and the details and leafy setting are both wonderful. Very well done!

Hello Iris,
Once again,a beautiful shot from you.
The focus on the eye is perfect,showing wonderful detail.
Lovely work.

ps So sorry to hear about the terrible bombs in Delhi recently.That must be so distressing for the good people in your lovely city.

I love the subtle greens and the fragility of both the butterfly and the plants. There's a certain mood about this...contentment, I'd guess.

It's one of those captures I can see hanging on the wall in a hospital to calm folks down...

I love the ambience, the details of the wings, and the contrasting white.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-20 11:04]

Hi Silpa,

A perfect title - this Lemon Emigrant does indeed seem to be drinking from a cup. It expressed your emotions beautifully. A lovely butterfly, pretty flowers and beautiful green leaves that add up to a wonderful picture.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-20 12:59]

Hi Silpa,
Great to see another posting from you again after the "BREAK"
It's a well composed and exposed photo of this lemon emigrant taken with a good POV.I like the well saturated colors and the contrast. TFS
All the best,

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-09-20 15:06]

Hi Silpa,

Wnoderful capture of the pretty Lemon Emigrant.
Great pose with the Butterfly feeding and resting on the flower.
Nice sahrp details
Beautiful light and lovely colours.


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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-09-21 7:23]

This is terrific. I really like the colors in this. Gary

Hi Iris,
Very nice picture of this beautiful Lemon Emigrant with good POV, compoition and DOF, sharp details and bright natural colours.

re-hello Silpa

this butterfly is so much beautiful with his colour tones and wings shape
that is almost a flower between the flowers (it gives the impression in the thumbnail),
fine POV, DOF and framing with excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-09-23 10:15]

Hi Silpa,
Lovely close up.POV,BG,details and framing are wonderful.
It's also a joy to see your posts again:)
Thanks for sharing.

Iris, this is an outstanding image. You did a great job capturing this. Thanks so much for the compliment on my photos. Have a great day. Bill

Hello Iris,
A great POV and I like the pose as the b-fly grasps the small flowers petal..
Nice BG, colors, details, and exposure also.
Your cup runs over, it's a pleasure looking in :)

Hi, dear Irishues.
I am very touched with your warm email and kind comments. Thanks a lot for kindness. I am OK now but very busy on work.

I am very glad to watch your new picture after so long absents. It is really amazing. My heartfelt congratulations. Scene is sweet. Butterfly, flower and leaves are wonderful and colour palette is fantastic as well as the lights. You managed to reproduce all details of the fine insect perfectly. Sharpness and detals are great and blurriness of the BG is superb too. Bravo and my best wishes.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-24 9:48]

Hello Silpa,
Wonderful view of this Lemon Emigrant in a fine pose. Great focus on the eye, very sharp details and beautiful colours. A fine background too that brings it out very nicely.
Many thanks and kind regards, Ulla

Your focus is so sharp Iris. Impressive how all the details are shown with the lighting.

This is a lovely presentation of this nice butterfly! The whole picture has something so fresh which probably is created by the insect and plant's colors. The picture shows super details with nice soft background and it is very agreeable to look at. Congrats,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-09-25 6:36]

Hello Silpa, superb picture of this butterfly, with many subtle hues in the colours, it is beautiful. I didn't know you were posting again. Hope to see more pictures from you soon!


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-09-25 11:06]

hello iris
beautiful species and successful macro photo
i like composition, POV, colours and sharpness

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-25 19:22]

Hello Silpa,
What an incredible gorgeous image, with fantastic camera work throughout thanks for sharing.

Ciao Silpa,
splendida macro di questa bellissima farfalla, ottimi POV, DOF e composizione, eccellente definizione dei dettagli, bellissima luminositÓ.

Hello Iris

A lovely capture of this dainty and beautiful butterfly.
The lighting and colours are super.
Excellent focus and detail.
The DOF is very well handled.
Excellent texture.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-26 23:19]

Hello Iris,
A perfect shot on this Lemon Emigrant. Sharp image and wonderful detail on wings. Very nice color clarity. You did a great job on composition. TFS,

What a shot, Silpa!And yes, my cup overfloweth, too!
The beauty in this shot lies in the beautiful detail you've put on display, my dear friend!
Welcome back to this place we call home!

Hello Iris. This butterfly shot is truly beautiful. The sharp details and well exposed image is presented well by a very good framing. The veins and the perch making it pops out well against the green background. Stunning shot and TFS. Best regards. Jusni

Hello Silpa,
this is very beautiful picture! The very thoroughly defined details on the luxurious butterfly greatly please me. And also I like composition, very tender colors butterfly's wings, natural BG. Great macro!

Best regards, Leonid

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