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Grey Count

Grey Count
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Copyright: vijeesh babu (vijeeshbabu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 122] (661)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: sony DSC W110
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-01 21:54
Viewed: 2832
Points: 28
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Tanaecia
Species: T. lepidea

The Grey Count (Tanaecia lepidea) is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South and Southeast Asia.


Upperside dark brown, paler in the female, with very obscure black markings of transverse lines across the cells of both fore and hind wings and an oblique discal fascia on the fore wing; an ash-grey continuous band along the termen of both fore and hind wings, gradually broadening from the apex of the fore, where it is very narrow, to the tornus of the hind wing, where it covers about one-third oil the wing. In the female this band is outwardly narrowly bordered with brown. Cilia white. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen dark brown above; beneath, the antennae ochraceous, the rest dusky white washed with ochraceous. Underside: Male ochraceous brown, female bright ochraeeous. In both sexes the colours paler on the hind wing; the fore wing somewhat narrowly, the hind wing much more broadly suffused with lilacine-grey on the terminal margins and along the dorsal margin of the hind wing; cells of both wings with dark brown sinuous transverse lines and looplike markings ; both fore and hind wings crossed by somewhat diffuse broad discal and narrower postdiscal dark bands, prominent on the fore, obscure on the hind wing. Male with a patch of specialized dark scales above vein 4 on the upperside of the hind wing.


Found in the lower Himalayas eastwards from Almora. In the Western Ghats, central India, Orissa, Bengal and into Assam and the Malay Peninsula. Found in forested habitats.

Life history

Larva. " Of the usual Euthalia form; colour green with a dorsal row of light red ocelli with blue centres ; spines tipped with yellow. (Davidson & Aitken.)
Pupa. "More narrowed at the head than E. garuda, green, all the points golden tipped with black, and a few large spots of gold between." (Davidson & Aitken)
Food-plants include Melastoma malabatharicum, Planchonia careya.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-09-01 23:41]

good presentation of grey count. wonderful details.tfs.

Hi Vijeesh,

Very fine picture of this beautiful butterfly with good details.
Well done & TFS.

Wonderful to see this beautiful butterfly. Good point of view and background. regards yiannis

Hello Vijeeshbabu,
fine capture of this beautiful butterfly with good sharpness and beautiful colours. Good management of light and well chosen POV.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-02 1:44]

Fantastic beauty,a great gift to the butterflies fans of TN,perfect wings position and point of view to see at the best this magnificent wings design,very well done,have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Bonjour Vijeesh,
Jamais vu ce beau papillon (le Comte gris)
Très bien mis en valeur grâce à votre composition.

Ciao Vijeesh. Magnificent specie taken in good detaisl and sharp and in beuatiful colours. Intrigant wings weft.


Hi Vijeesh
What a rare species!... Thanks for show us!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-09-02 7:43]

Good to see this beauty from you, good composition. tfs.

Amazing species and Beautiful photo Vijeesh! Very good composition and good sharpness.

hello Vijeesh
super good picture with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Vijeesh,
Excellent details, brilliant colors and perfect focus.
A very nice capture with a lovely composition with a splendid species of butterfly.
I like the perfect POV, the great sharpness and clarity of the image.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-09-02 20:53]

Hello Vijeesh!
Nice capture of this strange butterfly.Lovely POV! Congratulations!TFS
Nice w-end!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-09-07 18:40]

Hello Vijeesh,
What an interesting color pattern as the top and bottom wings seem to line up perfectly. I must admit this is a new one for me, but you have done a fine job of capturing it for all to enjoy viewing. Excellent exposure since you had to deal with both very dark and very light colors, yet still managed to capture wonderful detail. Great work!!

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