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Ariadne merione

Ariadne merione
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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: 2009-02-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-17 7:31
Viewed: 3891
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ariadne merione, also known as the Common Castor, is an orange butterfly with brown lines whose larvae feed almost exclusively on Castor Ricinus communis.

This species is found in south-eastern Asia. Their wingspan ranges between 30-35mm. Like others in the Nymphalidae family, their front two legs are small and unused, effectively making them four-legged. These smaller appendages are covered with long hairs, giving them the characteristic brush look.

Dry-season form
I think it is a dry season form.

Upperside : ground-colour much paler, the transverse lines more distinctly in pairs, forming bands, the ground-colour between each pair more dusky brown. Underside similar to that in the wet-season form, but the ground-colour paler, the bands more diffuse.

Expanse: 52-62 mm

Or it might be a Angled Castor Ariadne ariadne. Not sure.
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Ariadne
Species: merione
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Hi My dear Friend, another fine macro of a beautiful Indian butterfly with great dof and excellent clarity.
TFS and cheers,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-17 7:41]

Hello Haraprasan,
What a perfect capture of this beautiful butterfly showing all parts very sharply. Lovely colours and well composed. It almost 'floats' above the greens!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-17 7:44]

Hi Haraprasan,
Very nice close up again.COlors,clear details,sharpness,POV and composition are perfect.
Thanks for posting.

wow , superb composition Haraprasan !
wonderful colours and very clear details , perfect sharp and beautiful DOF ,
well done !

Hi Haraprasan, perfect close up. Details are razor-sharp, colors and depth are superb. A beautiful composition on the green background.


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  • gorky (22)
  • [2009-02-17 8:05]

very good macro. superb details.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-02-17 9:03]

Hello Haraprasan,
a clear picture of ariadne with great sharpness from wing tip to wing tip.
A highly suitable presentation to study the wing pattern of the species.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-17 9:45]

Hello Haraprasan,
A beautiful butterfly, with lovely colours.The composition is very good.Interesting POV and well handled DOF.
Best regards Siggi

Great composition, colors and level of detail, Thank you very much for sharing!


hello Harsprasan
beautiful sharpness picture
great colors
nice composition
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-17 10:15]

Hello Haraprasan,
Great photo of this butterfly in excellent sharp details and beautiful clear colours. Fantastic diagonal composition and DOF.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-17 10:43]

Hi Haraprasan,

A superb macro of this beautiful Common Castor. A perfect pose to show off the lovely shape, wonderful colors, and delicate wing markings. A beautiful composition against the leafy background.


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-02-17 10:43]

Hello Haraprasan
Wonderful ´picture with a clean and sharp details, the colors are natural and strong.
The color of this butterfly is amazing.

Namaste Haraprasan
Always impressed by people able to shoot close ups of butterflies or insects. This is again the case with this one

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-17 10:50]

Hello Haraprasan
Wonderful colors ang good details.

Hi Haraprasan,

another great picture of an butterfly in a nice pose with lots of details.
Beautiful colours.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-02-17 11:14]

Hola amigo,
exquisita macro,
perfecto color y foco,
detalles y selecto encuadre,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-02-17 11:55]

Hello Haraprasan, excellent close-up shot of this butterfly.
TFS and G's,

Hello Haraprasan, a beautiful image of this butterfly with wonderful details and composition.
TFS and regards, Bahadır

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-17 12:58]

Hi Haraprasan . This is a beauty and you have taken a first class picture of it. Your top POV lets us see all of the wing details and markings. with warm colours. It stands out well against the green BG. well done TFS.

Hello Haraprasan, what a beautiful close-up of this beautifully coloured butterfly. Great details and nice composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-17 13:26]

Hello Haraprasan !
This is a wonderful picture, first because the butterfly in itself is gorgeous, I love the shape of its wings, but also because he is nice and sharp whereas the BG is blurred - great 3D effect, he stands out wonderfully. I also like the contrast between green and orange. It's really pleasant for the eye. Very well done !

Namastay Hara,
A perfect capture of this beautiful ochre coloured butterfly.
Excellent Dof and sharpness.
Very nicely composed too.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-02-17 14:20]

Hi Haraprasan!
Very sharp and clear.
Superb exposure.
I seems like it's hovering :-)

Well done,


Ciao Haraprasan, splendid macro with fantastic butterfly, great colors, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello haraprasan
this shot is a delight for the eyes
the vivid colors, the sharpness of the butterfly, the diagonal composition, the pose and the shape and the markings of the wings are perfect
TFS Jacqueline

hello Haraprasan

very beautiful photography of this butterfly,
with very fine POV and framing, very beautiful luminosity,
great sharpness and details, TFS


It is surreal in the way if works so well with depth of field here HP! The focal point is tack sharp while it gets a pop out 3D look with backdrop off as should be and almost unnecessary. Very good!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-18 9:38]

Hello Haraprasan,
A superb capture of A. merione using your Coolpix to advantage in getting total sharpness and just the right DOF to emphasise the butterfly in this excellent well-composed shot.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-02-18 10:23]

Hi Haraprasan
exellent image

Impresionante captura Haraprasan, con envidiables colores por su belleza. Parece además que flote en el aire el insecto. Buena luz.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-03-20 21:27]

Hello HP,

What an impressive capture of the Common Castor. I have not had a chance to shoot this beautiful butterfly although we have crossed paths several times.

The compsoition is rich with well saturated colours and the contrast is a very conventional yet appreciated combination of rich green of the environment and the brown of the subject itself.The detials are excellently picked up with very good sharpness and clarity.I like the daigonal PoV and the excellent DoF that makes the butterfly look suspended in the space above the greens.Imagine such a neat macro coming off your P&S.Quite an enjoyable compositon to look at.My compliments.

Thanks for sharing and cheers

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