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Lemon Pansy

Lemon Pansy
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Copyright: Pearl Rynjah (Pearl) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D Digital, Canon 18-55 Kit Lens
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-21 7:07
Viewed: 3328
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends,

This is a shot of a lemon pansy taken near the Hebbal lake in Bangalore. This is one of my favourite butterflies because of the pattern and amazing details on it's wings.
Here are few details about this butterfly. Hope it's useful.

Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Genus: Junonia
Species: J. lemonias
Binomial name: Junonia lemonias

It is brown with numerous eye-spots as well as black and lemon-yellow spots and lines on the upperside of the wings. The underside is a dull brown, with a number of wavy lines and spots in varying shades of brown and black. There is also an eyespot on the lower side of the forewing. The wet and dry season forms differ considerably in coloration and even shape. In the wet season form the markings are distinct and vivid and the wing shape is a little more rounded. In the dry season form the markings are obscure and pale especially on the underside and the wing margin is more angular and jagged. This helps it camouflage in the dried leaf-litter. The Lemon pansy is a very active butterfly and can be seen basking with its wings open facing the sun. It sits very low to the ground and can be approached easily. It feeds with its wings half open. It is a fairly strong flier and flies close to the ground with rapid wingbeats and often returns to settle back in the same spots.

Thank you for visiting and your comments.


valy67, Argus, delfi, zetu, Silvio2006, eqshannon, Noisette, jconceicao, maurydv has marked this note useful
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Hello Pearl !
Even with tattered wings, he's still very beautiful, I agree with you on that - I specially like those orange "eyes". Excellent details, great pose with the head down. You made good use of your flash, too, and it's nice to see some geenery around the buttefly. Very wel done !

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-21 8:07]

Hello Pearl,
Even though this Lemon Pansy is tattered you made a fine capture taken from a great POV to show the uppersurface of the wings with good sharpness, lighting and colours.
Interesting to see the butterfly in front of it, its closed wings making it look like a dead leaf, perfect camouflage of what looks like the same species!
Nice shot, Pearl, and thanks for posting it,
Best regards,

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  • delfi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 35 N: 11] (106)
  • [2009-05-21 9:04]

Hi Pearl, how's it going?

What a beautiful shot of this butterfly, Pearl! Looks very colorful and detailed. Good lighting of the subject: the use of the fill flash is really working here. Informative note.

Well done, TFS!

Best regards, Dimitri.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-21 10:19]

Hello Pearl
Nice shot with interesting POV. Well done.

Ciao Pearl, beautiful butterfly with wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Greetings Pearl
It is so good to have your back and posting. Your butterfly Carries some nice natural earth tones. In its sharpness it gives a better clarity for the eye tends to the mind. Perhaps I am seeing it through the third eye. There's a deeper quality to this image. Impressive.

Hello Pearl,
It is heartening to note that you have started posting again.
Though your specimen of a Lemon Pansy is somewhat worn, it still retains its beautiful eye-spots which you have captured well from a frontal point of view.
That there is another butterfly below it would miss the notice of many unless you look for that second pair of antennae. Apparently, it is the same species showing the other side of its wings. In that respect, it is a nice and compact two-in-one picture.
TF sharing this picture and keep posting regularly.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-22 3:54]

Hi Pearl,
nicely caught lemon pnsy with good lighting and colours.
The antenna is well highlighted and seen in details.


Hello Pearl
a very beautiful shot of this Lemon Pansy with damaged wings
nice composition with natural environment, very good details on the butterfly and fine colors
Have a nice WE

Hi Pearl,

Great capture of this beautuful butterfly.
Nicecolours with excellent definition.
Good notes.

Hello Pearl,
a splendid capture of this Lemon Pansy taken from a good POV, very beautiful natural colours in a nice composition with a lovely natural environment.
Best regards

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-06-10 2:11]

Hello Pearl,

The end of wings is really special. Looks like they were cut! Very strange and interesting !
Excellent macro!



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