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Chocolate Soldier

Chocolate Soldier
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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: 2011-11-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 70-300mm / F 4-5,6 G AF
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-26 7:16
Viewed: 2635
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Chocolate Pansy or Chocolate Soldier (Junonia iphita) is a butterfly found in Asia.

It is about 5–6 cm (2.0–2.4 in) in wingspan and the female can be told apart from the male by white markings on the oblique line on the underside of the hind wing. The wavy lines on the underside of the wings vary from wet to dry season forms.

Individuals maintain a territory and are usually found close to the ground level and often bask in the sun.

Upperside of both sexes brown of varying depths of colour. Fore wing: cell with one pair of subbasal and one pair of apical transverse sinuous fasciae, the outermost defining the disco-cellulars; a short, broad, dark, oblique fascia beyond to vein 4, its inner margin diffuse, its outer sinuous but sharply defined; below vein 4 a sinuous, transverse, more faint fascia, followed by a discal blackish fascia, very broad and diffuse, below costa, bordered by a row of faint ocelli, and a postdiscal and a subterminal similar fascia following the outline of the termen. Hind wing with a slender blackish loop near apex of cellular area; a broad inwardly diffuse, outwardly well-defined short discal fascia in continuation of the one on the fore wing; a series of postdiscal somewhat ochraceous ocelli with black pupils minutely centred with white; postdiscal and subterminal broad lines as on the fore wing.

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Hallo Foozi
This is a superb macro with beautiful rich colours and lovely patterns on the butterfly's wings. An excellent photograph, which your subject captured beautifully. The almost full framed composition is just great, and the very close point of view even better. Thanks for sharing a super image. Best regards.

Hi Foozi,
really nice photo of this butterfly. Excellent point of view. Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-02-26 7:34]

Beautiful chocolate pansy, captured with fine colors with good composition. tfs.

hello friend Foozi,
I would not have fainted from delight, when watching that photo as Anna did already, but rather say reservedly ...that one is a pretty cool shot with its positive and negative sides. Well, on one hand the I would say, wonderful execution under difficult circumstances, but on the other hand the image seems a bit heavily cropped with not the perfect depth ...in my opinion. Well, Foozi at least the chocolate pansy justifies its tasty name ....beautiful colors ...and I learned something new today! Thank you!
George Veltchev

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-02-26 7:43]

Hello Foozi,
A fine capture of a Chocolate Pansy, taken with excellent sharpness, WB, natural colours and from a POV that suits the open wing pose perfectly. As it is sucking up salts this must be a male.
Thanks and have a good week,

Hello Foozi
Great macro of wonderful chocolat butterfly.Lovely colors and fine POV composition.
Thank You,
Best regards

hello Foozi
super good sharpness and great details
the colours and light are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-02-26 10:02]

Hello Foozi.
Excellent captured of the beautiful Chocolate Pansy, great depth of field, very good details sharpness, very well exposure that brings out the true beautiful colours.
Best regards Siggi

Amazing butterfly and great photo Foozi! The composition, and the colours are excellent! Good sharpness too.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-02-26 10:34]

Hi Foozi!
Great macro shot of this nice butterfly, captured with excellent sharpness and fine details. Great contrast against the blurred BG.
Ciao! Vanda

Ciao Foozi, great macro of fantastic butterfluy, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-02-26 11:22]

Hi Foozi,how i'm jealous of this pic!Fantastic specie and great capture,the best wings position and a great quality to see at the best the beautiful design of this pansy,great work my friend,i like it!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano.

Hi Foozi,
Nice species, shoted with open wings this looks awesome!

Hallo Foozi,
Very nice shot. The beautiful marking on wings is well seen. TFS,

Salam Foozi.
Hard to get one so close with full spreading wings. This is nice with vivid marking and looking like it floats above that granite.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hi Foozi

another fantastic shot from your region. Beautiful sharpness and great diagonal composition


Hello Foozi,
What a splendid photo with exceptional details.
Absolutely amazing colors and exceptional clarity.
The light and exposure are perfect as usual.
Lovely butterfly.

Hello Foozi

I love the POV and the way it is framed,
excellent focus sharpness and details,
excellent contrast, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-05 0:53]

Hello Foozi,
Great photo of this butterfly in fantastic sharpness, details and very beautiful natural colours. Excellent choice of composition.

Hi Foozi,

The tree trunk is helping to frame the butterfly. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Chocolate Pansy butterfly. the morning light and the light of the flash are bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


Hallo Foozi,
a fantastic macro of the Chocolate Pansy, fine details, very beautiful colour tones, point of view and composiiton are excellent
Best regards

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