Glassy Tiger 2
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|Glassy Tiger - (Parantica aglea)|
Wingspan 65-80 mm. The sexes are very similar. The male has scent patches on the hind wing; the pouch-shaped patch on vein 1 is larger than the one on vein 2. Both are more swollen and visible on the underside than on the upper side. The upper side has numerous light gray streaks towards the base of the wings. The markings towards the outer margins are more or less oval .
The marks on the underside map well to the markings of the upper side, though some of the markings are lined by additional darker gray areas. Sometimes the markings are ill-defined and blurred.
The shape and size of the markings between specimens varies considerably. Some specimens lack the entire row of submarginal spots on the hind wing.
A very common butterfly that occurs up to 5000 feet over most of the island, except the north where it is rather uncommon. It flies all all year round and is found in home gardens, hedgerows, forests and wooded areas, often in the company of other Danaids.
Its drab worn out look, small size and weak flight makes it easy to identify in the field. It is the slowest flier within the group and does a lot of flapping of its wings to move around. It spends much of its time within five to ten feet above ground, rarely flying high up in the canopy. It is usually found in the company of other Danaids, specially the males when they congregate on the plants of Heliotropium or Crotalaria. It visits flowers for nectar and the male occasionally settles on wet soil. It is the most shade loving of all the Danaids in the group and is frequently seen nectaring on flowers of the undergrowth. Like other Danaids, it has chemical defenses that protect it against predators. When handled, it shams death and emits a foul smelling substance.
Special Note: This is a bit different view of a butterfly. I thought there were some other views I could use to catch him. But, I was so restrictive to this view since I wanted to get the leave of a ornament plant as my background.
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BEAUTIFUL!!! So pretty! Superb!
Helo Jagath, great macro and a good sharpness. Nice work. Thanks sharing,
- [2005-06-22 4:45]
Beautifull picture Jagath! Sri Lanka is one of our dream destinations - must be great place! I like pose and calm colours of this butterfly.
Nice shot. Looks a little soft on focus, but the POV is great. I love the cob web too. Nice work. Thanks.
hello:) I like ur photo:) nice colurs and DOF here:) I like pose and really this is nice shot:)
- [2005-06-22 8:25]
Well done on the capture and composition.
Just slightly soft.
- [2005-06-22 9:55]
Jagath, the butterfly is very beautiful. The picture seems to be a little it ouf of focus; anyway, it's a very nice picture.
Great composition and colors; I like pov too.
what lovely shot, I think the spider got it. and..... Great detail and composition.
- [2005-06-23 4:05]
Hi Jagath, this is a lovely patterned butterfly, but it looks a little soft and not sharp enough. Good POV and background. You have some beautiful butterflies in your country and I enjoy looking at them.
- [2005-06-23 14:19]
Hello Jagath, nice shot. Lovely looking butterfly. I feel it is a little soft in focus and I'm wondering if there is a blue case over the picture. Nice work.
- [2005-07-08 13:40]
Nice capture of this different loooking butterfly with great patterns.Nice pov and catch.TFS