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Junonia almana

Junonia almana
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-05-01
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-05-01 4:01
Viewed: 842
Points: 10
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This is a Peacock Pansy butterfly found in India. I took this picture when it was 'trapped' in the illusion of flying through a clear glass window (not very clean in my picture). For the past 15 days, I'm now engaged almost every day in the task of freeing butterflies trapped in the glass panel partition between 2 terraces on my first floor house. The action started when I found a dead butterfly on the floor of the terrace. I thought it had died there under mysterious circumstances. The next day, I found another dead Plain Tiger butterfly at exactly the same spot. That made me think. Suddenly my glance fell on that partition panel and I noticed 2 Plain Tigers trapped there, struggling against the glass to fly through. I caught them gently with my fingers holding the wingtips and sent them flying freely from the terrace parapet. Now I'm doing it almost every day and I guess I have rescued more than 20 of them till date. Today, however, I decided to take the pictures of this Peacock Pansy stuck on the glass pane. After taking a few pictures, I released it from its panic the usual way. As of now, one more Pansy is stuck on the topmost glass frame and I have failed to reach it even with a long-handled broom. I'll try again . . .

Junonia almana, the Peacock Pansy, is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South Asia. It exists in two distinct adult forms which differ chiefly in the patterns on the underside of the wings; the dry-season form has few markings, while the wet-season form has additional eyespots and lines.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-05-01 6:49]

Hi Ram,original composition,A curious location and a great capture of this peacock pansy,a lucky meeting catch in a great way,fantastic exposure and high sharpness too,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Ram, great macro of lovely butterfly in original situation, splendid light, excellent clarity snd wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Ram,
Extraordinary photo with own atmosphere and beautiful composition. Sharpness on the butterfly is acceptable (may be improved a bit, I guess), lights are gorgeous, and the dirty (excuse me) window is fantastic as background. Not an everyday butterfly photo. Congratulations!
Best regards, László

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2015-05-02 9:26]

Hi Ram sir,

Nice concept and a noble work done by you :)
The backlighting is good and the unique POV is impressive.


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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2015-05-02 11:00]

Hi Ram

Nice story with the survivorship of butterflies, the image of Peacock Pansy is very beautifulvery good sharpness and colors, very nice color pattern of the wings.

Have a nice weekend



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