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The Red Pierrot

The Red Pierrot
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Copyright: Neuro Toxin (Neuro_Toxin) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 23] (98)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-19 23:06
Viewed: 3547
Points: 12
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The Red Pierrot (Talicada nyseus)
Kerala is home to 330 varieties of butterflies of which 37 are native to the region. Red
(Talicada nyseus) is one of the most colourful butterflies of Kerala.

The Red Pierrot (Talicada nyseus) is a small but striking butterfly belonging to the Lycaenids or Blues family. Red Pierrots, flying weakly , are usually noticed by excited children in gardens due to their beautiful striking patterns and
colours.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.

The Red Pierrot 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. Its fearlessness, weak flight and distinctive markings all indicate that it is a protected butterfly, which is peculiar considering that its hostplants are not known to contain any sequestrable toxins!.

I took this photo on in one of my trips to my home state ,Kerala. It was an overcast day and there was rain in the previous night, leaving a moist atmosphere. There were few such butterflies fluttering , to dry their wings (I think so :D ). This photo was taken in all Manual mode with a Shutter speed set to 160,Aperture set to 4.0 , ISO set to 200 (as available light was relatively less ) ,WhiteBalance set to Cloudy Metering set to CentreWeightedAverage, and the Focus is 14mm . Luckily this butterfly didnt move much ,allowing me to take a few quick shots,from different angles :D ,though it flew away along with its friends soon after :D

Hope you like the picture.

Have a NiceDay :)

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Hello Neuro_Toxin :)

Was a good photo with nice composition. Can also have unique and fascinating colors Indian butterfly species that we share with you thanks for the nice shots.


Hi Neuro,

Great shot of the Red Pierrotwith wonderful macro details!

Beautiful colors with wonderful sharpness, great POV with good positioning, nice BG colors with nice soft colored green leaves. It's just adorable.

Thanks for sharing.

Paras Bhalla

Hi Neuro Toxin,
Great capture, lovely colors, sharp , good job. Congratulation!

Just great! I very like this crazy colour butterfly ;-)
Perfect sharpness, thanks


Hello Neuro Toxin
Nice shot of this wonderful butterfly, their colors are different and very beautiful too. The composition have good elements, good lighting and sharpness.
Well done

Hi Neurotoxin guy,
can you present a butterfly in a more spectacular way than this? You can't , the reason is that the light falling in just right has this great effect on the red part. This is a masterful shot and a beautiful butterfly never seen before. My compliments!
Best regards

Hello Neuro_Toxin.

Thank you for that nice interesting photography from the Red Pierrot.

I like the point of view and the composition of the picture. The sharpness is very good as well as the depth of field, properly adapted to the topic. The light is very good and very soft, without too much contrast.

Very instructive comment.

Thank's for the sharing.

Hope to see you soon in treknature for other photography.

All the best.


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