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Gray Pansy @ Junonia atlites

Gray Pansy   @ Junonia atlites
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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: 2010-04-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-02 3:10
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Points: 33
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Gray Pansy Junonia atlites 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.

Underside lilacine white markings as on the upperside but very delicate, slender and somewhat obsolescent. In the dry-season forms of the males the rows of oval ocelli are only indicated by the yellow-centred ovals. The most prominent marking is the inner discal fascia crossing the wings; this is much less sinuous than on the upperside and not angulated on the fore wing. In the females the markings are all heavier and more distinct, the space between the various transverse fasciae tinged with ochraceous.


Upperside pale grey or lavender-brown with dark grayish brown markings. FW with 4 transverse wavy lines in the cell, a discal wavy band, a complete row of outer discal ocelli. HW with a faint loop in the cell and outer-discal row of 5 ocelli; some of the ocelli in both the wings orange-yellow on the inside. Underside paler with markings as above. Wingspan 55-65mm.

The least common pansy in India, foundat low elevations in regions of heavy rainfall. Frequently seen in paddy fields, seldom in jungles and never in dry areas. Visits flowers of various plants.

Velvety black with dull greenish neck. Body with a well defined orange-brown stripe above the legs and covered with branched spines and fine white hairs.

Feeds on Barleria, Hygrophila auriculata, etc.

Ref : 1. wikipedia
2. http://www.naturemagics.com/butterfly/precis-atlites.shtm

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Hi Foozi,
I'm happy, we are neighbours today.
Your butterfly is so wonderful, we can see the design of the wings so well. The colours are warm and it's a joy to look at your shot, thanks.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-05-02 3:23]

Hello Foozi
Nice macro taken from an interesting POV with beautiful colors ang great details

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-02 4:10]

Hello Foozi,
It's butterfly season in your part of the world! This butterfly has a very subtle coloration of the wings and exposed them well to the phographer. Classical and fine butterfly-shot with beautiful brownisch tints.
Take care.
Kind regards

hello Foozi
great picture with good details and beautiful colours
very nice pose to see this one very good
greeting lou

Ciao Foozi. Beautiful colours and good details. Exciting light. Wonderful one MF!


hello Foozi

with the soft colour tones and luminosity
this is a very beautiful butterfly photo,
shot with fine POV, DOF, fine focus
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Ciao Foozi, great mmacro of fantastic butterfly, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

Presence of some minor camera shake in my opinion,Foozi but good dept of field warm colors and classical composition.Not one of your best attempts I think! Have a great evening Foozi!
George Veltchev

Hello Foozi
a great capture of this nice butterfly, very good POV
the details are sharp and the colors are superb,
wonderful DOF and composition
Have a good night

Hi Foozi,
you have capture a beautiful butterfly, lovely colours and pattern.
I like the composition with the small diagonal.
And the butterfly stand out nicely from the BG:
And I agree with George, it's a wee bit soft but I think it's
the towards/forwards moment of the camera.
Well done.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-05-02 10:02]

Hello Foozi,
I'd love to see this pretty butterfly for real. We saw your previous one on Penang Hill some years back! Lovely sharp details of its beautiful wing markings and lovely natural colours. A fine background too!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-05-02 11:00]

Hi Foozi,

Great macro of that Gray Pansy butterfly! Good colours and details. Very simple, attractive presentation. I'm always amazed at how little variation there is in the markings and colours between one specimen and another of the same species, no matter how intricate; I was looking on Flickr for a Gray Pansy, and, taking into account the differences in lighting and wing positions, the butterfly that I found is almost identical to the one that you've posted. TFS.


hi Foozi,

another great picture from an butterfly with good pov and dof.

Fine clours.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-05-02 13:50]

Hi Foozi

Great shot - lovely detail and pose.

Best wishes


Hello Foozi,
a beautiful capture of the Gray Pansy, marvellous colours and BG, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-05-02 15:34]

Beautiful species that i see the first time.
Appropriate exposure and saturation of colors.

Hi Foozi,

The leave is framing well the butterfly. The macro point of view is showing the details and colors of the Gray Pansy buuterfly. The late morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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