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Grey Pansy on Straits Rhodo Leaf

Grey Pansy on Straits Rhodo Leaf
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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: 2009-10-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Tamron SP 500mm Tele Macro (1:8)
Exposure: f/1, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Malaysia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-04 3:01
Viewed: 2818
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Upon capturing this Gray Pansy butterfly , I used the most difficult lens ever. Though I bought it quite cheap, it is really difficul as it is meant for 100% manual camera. ( I did not know it earlier).
The f-stop reading is not correct I think too.
But it gives a good shot if you have patience and luck.

Gray Pansy
The Gray Pansy is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South Asia.
Upperside of both sexes pale lavender-brown, apical half of wings paler. Fore wing: cell with, three transverse, short, sinuous black bands, the outermost defining the discocellulars ; a similar short, somewhat broader band beyond apex of cell; two transverse discal dusky black fasciae, the inner highly sinuous and outward!} angulate above vein 4, the outer straighter, somewhat lunular. bordered by a series or" whitish ovals with dusky or black centres : the black-centred spots in the ovals in interspaces 2, 5 and 6 margined posteriorly with rich ochraceous yellow. Beyond this series of ovals is a lunular, narrow, transverse dark band, followed by sinuous subterminal and terminal broad dark lines. Apex of wing slightly fuliginous. Hind wing ; a short slender black loop from veins 6 to 4 at apex of cell-area ; two discal sinuous transverse dark, fasciae in continuation of those on the fore wing: followed by a series of dark-centred ovals in interspaces 2-6, the ovals in interspaces 2, 5 and 6 with the dark centres inwardly broadly bordered with ochreous yellow; postdiscal, subterminal and terminal dark lunular lines as on the fore wing.

Melastoma malabathricum
Local names:- Singapore rhododendron,Straits rhododendron, Senduduk

Native to tropical Asia, Madagascar, India to Australia. Common in open places, always flowering. Species very variable. Greek- melas (black) stoma (mouth), from the berries blackening the tongue. This is a weed found wild in abandoned clearings, waste ground, disturbed sites. An evergreen shrub, up to 2 m tall. Its minute seeds are dispersed by birds and water. forms dense thickets in pastures and rangelands

Always flowering, the fruit a berry-like capsule with numerous seeds coated with red, sweet astringent pulp. Young leaves are eaten raw or cooked and taste sour. The pulp around the seeds are tasteless and can be eaten. The seeds are used to produce a black dye, the roots -a pink dye. Leaves has multiple uses. Can be fed to silkworms, used to treat diarrhea and dysentery, wash for ulcers, to prevent scarring from smallpox and to treat piles.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-04 4:35]

Hello Foozi.
This is a fantastic picture ! I love the details and the textures on the wings, as well as the beautiful patterns. Excellent colors and exposure, beautiful composition, and splendid pose of the butterfly, with the wings wide open. Best regards Siggi

Ciao Foozy. Excellent POV for this superb pose. Amazing saturations and colours result. Good DOF and details on magnificent weft. Very well done.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-10-04 5:25]

Wonderful capture, great colors and details.

Hello Foozi,
Very, very beautiful butterfly, excellent capture and como. Good sharpnees and very fine details. TFS.

Hi Foozi,

Beautiful macro capture of the lovely butterfly with superb details! I like the textures on the wings of the butterfly shown with wonderful sharpness and from a lovely POV. The DOF is well maintained. Great colors are shown.

Well done, my friend!

best regards,

Hello Foozi, beautiful close up shot of a strange butterfly.
Nice details and composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-10-04 6:27]

Slav Foozî,
This is a very nice picture with excellent sharpness and taken from a great POV.Splendid colors and well composed.Thanks for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-04 6:30]

Hello Foozi,
Another fine capture of one of the insect beauties that visit your Straits Rhododendron!
A fine capture of a Grey Pansy butterfly with superb sharpness and DOF at only F1 with your compact!
Nicely composed against a fine neutral BG too.
Thanks and all the best,

Ciao Foozi, wonderful macro from you, how much DOF with only F1!
Fantastic butterfly, excellent sharpness, splendid colors and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Foozi
very nice composition with great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Preciosa especie Foozi, fotografiada desde un ángulo bastante complicado aunque creo que resolviste bien.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-04 8:41]

Hello Foozi,
Wonderful butterfly in this photo. Great sharpness, composition, colours an POV. Very nice OOF BG and DOF.

Excellent composition, good light and beautiful colours,
great sharpness and BG,
TFS, best regards,

Wonderful sharpness details, beautiful colors, great capture!

Hi MF Foozi,

What an excellent macro of this beautiful and elegant butterfly!
The colors and lighting are just great and the BG is perfect!
Very well done MF!
TFS and have a nice new Week!


Salam Foozi,

An excellent capture with such beautiful coloration, sharpness & fine details. Great POV, pose & BG.

Very nicely done & TFS.

Best salam & regards


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-04 14:21]

Waaw Foozi,this is a great gift for me and for all the butterflies fans of TN!! What a beautiful specie,never seen before,impressive POV,sharpness and colors,the best way to show this beautiful design of the wings.Thanks for share,have a nice week,LUCIANO

Hello Foozi,
a splendid picture of this very beautiful butterfly, good sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent POV and composition.
Best regards

Excellent shot, foozi. Perfect exposure and lovely pov and good depth.

hello Foozi
one exceptionally beautiful photo!
TFS thanks for sharing

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-10-05 5:51]

Hello Foozi,
This is for sure a magnificent butterfly, which you caught from a special point of view and with an amazing sharpness despite its curved wings. Most beautiful color-combination and like always an excellent composition. Very well done.
Kind regards

Hello Foozi
Superb shot of a superb butterfly ! amazing details and colors
pose, POV and composition are excellent
Bravo for this one
Have a good night

salam Foozi
amazing beautiful butterfly from Malaysian tropical world. you greatly captured it with focus, POV, colors and composition. plain BG, light using and frame also great. thanks for sharing,
best regards my friend

Hi Foozi,

The use of a tripod help you to get a good picture of the butterfly. The macrow view is showing the details and colors of the Gray Pansy butterfly on the flower. The butterfly is clear and sharp. The morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Foozi,

Lovely pattern in this beautiful insect!
The butterfly poses so well too, stretching the antennas and spreading the wings...
DoF is perfect, just to include a tad of the surroundings near..!

Pablo -

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-10-24 10:09]

Hello Foozi,
This is such a beautiful butterfly in unusual colours. Excellent shot showing sharp details against a nice soft background. A fine composition too!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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