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Belenois aurota

Belenois aurota
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Copyright: Syed Abid Hussain (Hussain58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 2 N: 901] (4745)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-12-30
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-02 10:53
Viewed: 1795
Points: 10
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Happy New Year (2013) to all the friends on TN.

Took this photo towards he very end of 2012. This is a Poineer(Belenois aurota) butterfly which is a common sight these days in my region. Found it feeding and fluttering around on yellow mustard flowers, presenting a fine spectacle. so this is dedication to/for all of you, hope you'll like it.


The Pioneer White or African Caper White (Belenois aurota) is a small to medium-sized butterfly of the Family Pieridae, that is, the Yellows and Whites, which is found in South Asia and Africa. In Africa, it is also known as the Brown-veined White, and is well known during summer and autumn when large numbers migrate north-east over the interior.

Dry-season form

Similar to wet-season form but on the upperside the black markings are narrower, the white markings on the black apical area of fore wing broader and longer, and on the hind wing the narrow inner margining to the black on the termen very narrow, somewhat obsolescent; therefore, the white subterminal spots have the appearance of opening inwards. Underside: ground-colour almost pure white; on the hind wing slightly tinged with yellow. Antennae, head, thorax, and abdomen as in the wet-season form Wing expanse of 4462 mm.

Race taprobana, Moore. (Sri Lanka) Differs from the typical form as follows: Male upperside, fore wing: deep black on apical area, the enclosed white elongate spots more or less obsolete. Hind wing: the black terminal border much broader and of a deeper black, the enclosed white spots, except the spot in interspace 6, very much smaller, somewhat obsolescent, sometimes absent in interspace 4. Underside: similar to the upperside, the markings of a very intense black and broader, the enclosed spots in the apical area of fore wing, the white of the cell and the area along the upper half of the wing generally overlaid with rich chrome-yellow. Hind wing: ground-colour a deep rich chrome-yellow, the spots on it enclosed in the black along terminal margin subhastate, the spot in interspace 4 absent.

Female Similar to the male on both upper and under sides, but in most specimens, on the upperside, the spots of the white ground-colour that are enclosed in the black apical area of the fore wing and the spots on the black border along the terminal margin of the hind wing are entirely absent.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-02 11:07]

A great gift to the butterflies fans like me,but now in pause because the winter...ehhee...magnificent and rare specie,i never seen before,perfect exposure and great details everywhere despite the wings position.I wish you all the best me to for the new year and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Abid, my today neighbour, great macro of lovely butterfly on beautiful flower, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, bravo, Happy New Year 2013, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-02 11:20]

Hello Abid,
Excellent photo of this special butterfly in good sharpness and an excellent composition. Beautiful natural colours. Nice blurry background.

Hello Abid,
I am impressed by the magnificent sharpness and details of this image. The composition is wonderful. Very nice colors and outstanding clarity. It is a superb photo with a very nice butterfly specie. Excellent clarity and WB.

Hello Abid bhai,
softness, luminosity and great tonal range is the key feature of this outstanding image.
hope you are fine and good health.
my best wishes to you and your family.

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