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The Blue Pansy

The Blue Pansy
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 18-135mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Malaysia, Fauna of ORIENTAL (Indian) Region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-15 3:49
Viewed: 9897
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Blue Pansy (Junonia orithya) is a Nymphalid butterfly of South Asia which occurs in open areas, often sitting on bare ground. This species has a stiff flap and glide style of flight and maintains a territory driving away other butterflies that may enter it.
Male upperside : somewhat more than half the fore wing from base velvety black, apical half dull fuliginous ; cell-area with or without two short transverse orange bars ; a blue patch above, the tornus; the outer margin of the basal black area obliquely zigzag in a line from the middle of costa to apex of vein 2, including a large discal, generally obscure ocellus, which, however, in some specimens is prominently ringed with orange-yellow. Beyond this a broad while irregularly oblique discal band followed by a short oblique preapical bar from costa ; a small black orange-ringed ocellus beneath the bar, a subterminal continuous line of white spots in the interspaces and a terminal jet-black slender line; cilia alternately dusky black and white. Hind wing blue shaded with velvety black towards base; a postdiscal black white-centred orange and black-ringed ocellus in interspace 2, a round minutely white-centred velvety black spot (sometimes entirely absent) in interspace 5; the termen narrowly white, traversed by an inner and an outer subterminal and a terminal black line ; cilia white.

Underside fore wing: basal half with three black-edged, sinuous, broad, ochraceous-orange transverse bands, followed by the pale discal baud ; ocelli, preapical short bar, subterminal and terminal markings much as on the upperside; the discal band margined inwardly by a broad black angulated line which follows the outline of the black area of the upperside. Hied wing irrorated with dusky scales and transversely crossed by subbasal and discal slender zigzag brown lines and a postdiscal dark shade, on which are placed the two ocelli as on the upperside; sub terminal and terminal faint brown lines, and a brownish short streak tipped black at the tornal angle below the lower ocellus.

Female. Similar, with similar but larger and more clearly defined ocelli and markings ; the basal half of the fore and hind wings on the upper-side fuliginous brown, scarcely any trace of blue on the hind wing. Antennae brown, head reddish brown, thorax and abdomen above brownish black: palpi, thorax and abdomen beneath dull white.

From : Wikipedia

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Hello Foozi! Wonderful butterfly. Good colours. Very good contrast and sharpness. Well done!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-15 3:56]

Hi Foozi,today a classic point of view...for the best result as possible! This is a fanatstic beauty of nature,i'm fascinating from this impressive blue on the wings! Top quality of sharpness and colors,you're lucky to live there!!!!Have a nice day and my greats compliments,Luciano

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-04-15 3:56]

Hello Foozi,
A very colourful capture of this "The Blue Pansy"
Fantastic colors, perfect focus and wonderful blurry BG.

Hello Foozi,
what a beautiful picture of Blue Pansy taken from an excellent POV to show the splendid open wings with fantastic colours, very good sharpness in a nice composition
Best regards

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2009-04-15 4:13]

Hello Foozi. Beautiful butterfly with fantastic colors. Composition and sharpness are very good. Jan

Hallo Foozi
A splendid capture of a most beautiful butterfly, with good detail and great colours. The markings and patterns are displayed well and is clearly seen. This specific butterfly reminds me of spring and happy care-free days. Good sharpness, good focus and greatly framed, making this an excellent close-up shot. Thank you very much for sharing. Enjoy your day.
Kind regards

Hello Foozi,
what a beautiful picture with very nice butterfly. I like it.

TFS, best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-04-15 5:25]

Hello Foozi,
A nice capture of this beautiful blue pansy. Superb details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-04-15 5:29]

Hi Foozi,
What a beautiful butterfly.Wonderful colours and sharpness.Very nice composition.
Have a nice day.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-15 5:40]

Hello Foozi
Wonderful capture with beautidful colors and great details.

Hello Foozi
Wonderful butterfly. Good colours. Very good contrast and sharpness. Well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-04-15 6:23]

Hello Foozi,
The right POV for the open wing pose, the sharpness, lighting and composition all contribute to a fine portrait of the Blue Pansy, though I must say that you have done a little cloning work to the BG on the top left. That said this is afine capture of a fresh specimen.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-04-15 12:07]

Hello Foozi,
Although the BG is a bit noisy, this is a beautiful photo in clear colours and good sharpness. Good central composition and POV with the open wings.

Ciao Foozi, fantastic butterfly with splendid colors, wonderful details and superb sharpness, great focus and beautiful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Beautiful individual in wide-open wing stance, taken perfectly from a dorsal POV with good exposure and correct DOF choice Foozi, TFS this fine image and detailed notes my friend.

Hi MF Foozi, what a beautifully coloured b-fly and its excellent macro capture with wonderful composition and neat details.
TFS and cheers,

Hello Foozi
this butterfly is very beautiful, i like his colors very much anfd you have taken it in a nice pose with his wings wide open
great contrast against the blurred BG
greetings Jacqueline

Good picture foozi, the colors are natural, but there is bit of noise in the BG, the butterfly also placed a bit in the center which could have been avoided :-)

A beautiful clear picture of the butterfly and just shot in the right moment.
Best wishes,

Hello Foozi.

Excellent macro, nice composition and colors.

Jose luis.

  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-04-16 14:22]

Hello Foozi !
Wow, what wonderful butterfly ! I love the colors and markings of his wings, it's quite unusual with this blue, and I think I had never seen this species before. Excellent details, too. Great pose of the butterfly with the wings wide open, nice POV from above, wonderful composition, nice blurred BG. Very well done !

PS : No points left for today, I'm sorry.

salam aleykum akhi Foozi
Blue Pansy is very very beautiful exotic butterfly species. I'd like to see it in nature. you are luky to see such a colorful species in Malaysian marvellous nature. you greatly capture it with splendid coloration, POV/DOF, composition and focus. greenish BG superb and greatly contrasted its blue parts. Thanks for sharing this beauty. good evening my friend

Hi Foozi,

The close-up point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the Blue Pansy butterfly. The insect is well framed. The intensity of the light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


Oh ! Really This is What we really call Wild life photography ~Best Natural Colours 4ever in a photo !

Hi Foozi again,
Wonderful, my Friend. I've never seen (not even on photo) such a b-fly. Very interesting, very nice, and the composition itself is very good. Too bad You didn't remove the background noise - otherwise a fantastic shot with well chosen POV and great pose. Tfs.
Friendly greetings, László

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