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The Red Pierrot

The Red Pierrot
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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: 2008-07-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX100 IS
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-04 7:10
Viewed: 80045
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 114
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Dear friends,
This butterfly has been presented many times here from Asian region especially from India. But this is my take on Red Pierrot , a butterfly so beautiful in its striking patterns of red, white and black and I hope you like it.
Thanks for looking in.
Red Pierrot

Phylum: Arthropoda
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Talicada
Species:T. nyseus

The butterfly with a wing span of 3 to 3.5 cm. The upper side of its wings are black except for a large portion of the lower edge of the hind wing which is orange.
On the underside, the forewing is white with black spots more toward the margin. The hind wing is very striking, it is white with black spots toward the base and the margin has a wide band of orange with white spots. There is a lot of variation found in the blacks spots on the hind wings.
Sri Lanka, South India, Meghalaya, Assam, North Myanmar.

Locally abundant. Widely distributed in Peninsular India, and has been recorded from many localities in Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Orissa. Also found in the hilly regions of NE India and northern Myanmar. Studies suggest that they may be on the way to colonizing the foothills of the Himalayas due to changes in the habitat.

Found in semi-arid plains, degraded patches of evergreen patches, and semi-evergreen forest, gardens, hill stations and forests , in fact wherever its foodplant, Kalanchoe, is abundant. It is found from the plains to 8000 feet

The Red Pierrot is a weak flier, and flutters about close to the ground. It flies in short bursts and settles often but not for very long. It basks with its wings half open, but prefers shade to sun and jungle or undergrowth to open areas. It keeps on the wing almost till dark when it settles on the undersides of leafs and twigs often in company. It is sluggish early in the morning and late in the evening. It visits flowers of herbs especially of the amaranthaceae and acanthaceae family for nectar. It visits both ornamental and wild flowers and varieties of Alternanthera are among its favourite.
It always sits with its wings closed to display the bright markings of its undersides. It fearlessness, weak flight and distinctive markings all indicate that it is a protected butterfly.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-04 7:18]

Hello Silpa,
A great closed-wing macro of the Red Pierrot. I'm impressed by the sharpness and general technical excellence of this image. The composition and lighting are also superb with a fine OOF natural BG helping to set this delightful little butterfly off for us to enjoy.
Thanks for that!
Best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-04 7:26]

Hello Iris,
Excellent capture of this beautiful colourful Red Pierrot. Very good POV and composition, sharp details and nice BG.
Best regards Siggi

hello silpa,
i would love to shoot this butterfly, i have never seen it so far except in images, recently Thakur sir too had posted a image of the same species, the focus is spot on and the details are lovely, well saturated colors, precise dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-04 9:00]

Hello Silpa I love the BG and the clarity. Excellent sharpness and a great clarity. Well done Ganesh (Hope all well with you).

Hello Silpa,
Very nice study of this little Lycaenid with very happy colours of bright red and green. Excellent details shown on the butterfly with a good DOF and a very natural composition. Thanks.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-04 9:03]

Hi Silpa.
You have a first class close up of this beautiful butterfly. Which you have taken with sharp focusing which has given fine detail and you use of the light has given bright colours. a nice POV so we can see all the wing markings . Interesting notes too. well done TFS.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-10-04 9:17]

I liked comppsotion.colours and details are come out very well.

Hi Silpa,

Excellent shot of this colorfull BF
Superb compo, colors, sharpness, POV and DOF

TFS Thijs

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-04 9:33]

Hello Iris,
Very beautiful photo in well saturated and clear colours. Great sharpness and POV. Good DOF and composition.

Hola Iris, buen macro, con buena definición, luz y color. Un saludo

Hi Shilpa,

This is excellant. The depth of focus could have been larger though. Yet it is really a splendid capture.



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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-04 11:47]

Hi Slipa,

Your butterfly looks realy great as the image is very sharp and the colors so vivid and saturated. You have chosen a nice light and an excelent contrast between the butterfly and the background.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Silpa

Great shot of this beautiful butterfly. Excellent composition, sharpness, pattern detail and exposure. TFS


Hi Silpa,
What a beautiful composition you've created here, capturing a fine Red Pierrot individual on a greenish flower head, both sharply focused, against the pleasantly OOF colorful BG. Very nice indeed!

As always Silpa....when you are gone for a period I forget you exist! but when you re-appear it is with all the glory of love of nature such as this...fine show!

Hello Silpa
Now this is what I call a stunning photograph. Bright refreshing colours all around yet nothing enough to distract from the beauty of the Red Pierrot butterfly. I am impressed by the sharp focus on the beautiful butterfly and the balance in the lighting you have achieved. The colours are a delight. Thanks for the welcoming comments on my 1st photo. Rehanna

Hi Silpa,
Very good capture of this beautiful Red Pierrot. Excellent POV and composition, sharp details and nice bright colours.

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-10-04 20:03]

Hi Silpa
Beautiful composition with wonderful color and fine details
tfs jon

Hello Iris,
thank you for such a beautiful butterfly posting that sharing with us!
the pose of the Red Pierrot is truly great with perfect sharpness, very nice colour and details
well done and best regards

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-10-04 23:35]

The colors on this butterfly are brilliant... and very cheerful.
Details on the Pierrot are very sharp, and the DOF is great.
Well balanced composition.
TFS : )

Hello Iris,

Simply a stunning shot of this beautiful Red Pierrot. The colours are outstanding as is the detail. Excellent POV and framing, just beautiful, all the best and t.f.s,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-05 7:28]

Hi Iris'hues.
Amazing subject and so amazing picture. I am impressed with beautifulness of the butterfly, plant and BG. Colours are awesome , composition is great and details of the pictures objects are superb. Exposure and reproduction of colour tones of whole range (from white to black) is stunning. Bravo and kind regards.

Hi Iris. This red pierrot to me is the most beautiful butterfly posted by friends in India. The red marking on the hind wings is really striking against the black and white like our common pierrot. You shot is of top class quality. The perch is stunning and sharpness and details are flawless. Immaculate framing and thanks so much for sharing. Best regards. Jusni

Ciao Silpa,
fantastica composizione in un contesto naturale pieno di luce e di colori, eccellente la definizione dei dettagli, una splendida macro per una bellissima farfalla.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-07 3:59]

Hello Iris,
What beauty you share with us through this amazing Image. The colors and textures you have captured in this fine composition are first class. Thank you.

Congratulations on your first encounter with this beautiful butterfly, Silpa.
You have done full justice to the opportunity through this technically sound capture.
The focus on the subject is spot-on and the true colours of this butterfly in perfect view.
Well done and keep them coming!

Hi Silpa,no comment,simply perfect.. :o) Jan

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-10 5:13]

You are right, Silpa, this butterfly is beautiful and I particularly like its stripe antennas, wow, what a detail! Nature amazes me in its patterns and beautiful imagination and this butterfly, though in simple colours, is striking. Great shot, superb colours!


Hi Silpa,
This is a very colorful picture! A pleasure to see with this most beautiful creature! Details and composition are superb. I like its name a lot: Pierrot which is a French name for a character in a child song : Pierrot la lune in Au clair de la lune : ) TFS,
You can see his representation here ;)

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-10-12 10:47]

Hi İris
very nice colors of butterfly
very good sharp and detail
well done.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-14 10:22]

Hi Silpa,
thanks for your very kind critiques on my shots of Sika Deer, much appreciated my friend.
This is a real beauty. Composition wise it is excellent, and the colours and clarity really do this beautiful butterfly justice. Your POV has also given you an excllent background too - very well done!

Hi Silpa,

Firstly, thanks a lot for your kind words which you wrote to my last shot. THis capture is excellent in all around and immpressive. Great clarity and details.
TFS and cheers,


hello Silpa

very beautiful image of this butterfly with the wonderful
and vivid colours, the great luminosity, fine POV and framing,
excellent sharpness and details of the foreground, TFS


Hi Iris, splendid butterfly with fantastic colors,great details and fascinating blurry Bg, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Silpa!

It doesn't matter that others have already presented it. We can't stop posting only because others have done it before... And I would like to tell you that your Red Pierrot figures among the most beautiful ones here on TN! The picture is technically perfect: crystal clear, well composed and exposed. Moreover, the colours and the repetition of the butterfly's colours in the background are fabulous. The picture simply is beautiful...

Kind regards


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-16 9:43]

Dear Silpa,
Wonderful capture of this really beautiful little butterfly that seems to be quite common in India. I wish we had it here!! Excellent sharp details and wonderful colours that stand out against the warm background.
Many thanks and kind regards, Ulla

This is a very strong image Silpa. It is bold in composition, color and saturation. Exposure and sharpness are excellent. I'm impressed with the quality.

Evelynn : )

Hello Silpa

Stunning ,vivid colours.
The lighting is well done.
Excellent POV and DOF,the shot has a lovely 3D feel.
The focus is spot on.
Great job.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-16 21:27]

Hi Silpa,
Outstanding shot of this charming and graceful Red Pierrot with such lovely colours and sharp details. Superb light and exposure levels and I like the pose you have captured it in. Very stricking image and I love the freshness it emotes. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-17 1:39]

Hi Iris,you're lucky to live there and to can see beautifuls butterflies like that! Wonderfull quality of your pic,details and colors at the top,my best compliments and thanks to show us this beauty,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-17 2:04]

Hello Iris,
On TN I have discovered this striking little Lycaenidae and I must say it is very photogenic! You made a very beautiful picture of it with perfect sharpness and in a natural surrounding.
Thanks a lot

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-17 11:11]

Hi Silpa,

I love "your take" on this Red Pierrot. Colors, clarity and composition are all superb. A beautiful pose showing off the wonderful wing markings. The green leaves enhance the striking colors of the butterfly. A most beautiful shot. Time for another post from you!


Hi Iris,

nice composition of this butterfly.
Great details and beautiful colours.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-10-22 8:58]

Merhaba Silpa,
Böyle güzel renklerin biraya gelmesiyle oluşmuş muhteşem bir kompozisyon bu.
Detaylar da ustaca kaydedilmiş. İzlenmesi keyifli çok hoş bir kare. Eline sağlık.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-23 11:58]

Hi Silpa,
What a colorful background... I like the setting a lot. Good composition, contrast, POV and details. Patterns and colors of the butterfly look very nice. TFS
All the best,

What extravagant color, Silpa! Perfect composition with both point of view and position on the stem and razor-sharp detail. I've seen many, many butterfly photos on TN, and this is my personal favorite of all to date.

Excellent work!

Iris, what a wonderful and detailed shot. Great work. Have a wonderful weekend. Bill

Check out my personal website at:
Bill Houghton Photography

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-24 14:20]

Hello Silpa! Wonderful shot, the vivid colors and perfect composition make it a winner, thanks!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-10-24 16:22]

Hola Iris.
What a great Macro Beautiful colorful Red Pierrot. I really like the sharpness You got here. Pose and light is in top level.
Many thanks for Your comments. I am doing fine but very busy last month, But now I am happy to be here again.

Ah, so I get to give the final two points that give you a perfect 100 on this shot.
Perfect depth of field. Wonderful composition and amazing color. What a great little butterfly.

Hello Iris.

Excellent macro, nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

Jose Luis.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-12 12:10]

Hi Silpa

This is a lovely vibrant scene. The bold colours in the BG seem to compliment the lovely butterfly. Crisp, clear and well composed



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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-12-12 17:12]

Hi Silpa,
such a marvellous shot. Rich in colours and excellent clarity of the butterfly.
Nice blurry background that make this shot very interesting and captivating. The butterfly is well complemented by the flower it perching on.
Pleasant and impresssive shot.


Hi Iris,
Eye catching color and well composed.
Great detail, and your beautiful Red Pierrot stands out very nicely in the frame also..
Striking image :)
All the best for 2009,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-03-10 1:51]

Hello Silpa!

This is definitelly my favourite butterfly from India. And this is my favourite picture of Red Pierrot. So colorfull, sunny and joyfull! Butterfly itself is very sharp and detailed and made superb composition with colorfull, blurred spots on BG. Superb work!

Thank you very much for your kind words! I'm relly glad that you like my picture with damselfly at golden sunstet. It was very special moment for me and this is superb feeling that I can share it with my friends from TN who understand what I felt. Thank you again!

Hola Silpa,
Precioso ejemplar en una bella composición, excelente nitidez, buena textura, colores, luz y fondo, hacen una imagen muy atractiva, saludos
José Ramón

Superbly done.. excellent image with bright colors, perfect lighting and a ncie colorful BG


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