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Hypolimnas bolina

Hypolimnas bolina
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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: 2015-08-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-19 5:00
Viewed: 1134
Points: 16
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Friends, I came across this female Eggfly in my school this morning after about 10 years. My first encounter with it had happened in Mumbai in 2006.
I had a difficult time getting a decent shot of it this morning.
I had gone to the patch of yellow Cosmos flowers on the campus ready with my macro lens in the hope of catching some insects. As I approached it, I saw this butterfly taking off like an arrow and sticking upside-down on a building wall. Not ready to give up, I went to the wall and tried some shots in poor light. Then I disturbed it intentionally and made it fly elsewhere. Fortunately, it landed on a creeper plant. This place too was in shade, so I used fill flash to take this picture which I'm posting today. Hope you like it.
The male of this species is more beautiful with white spots on its blue-black wings. I have only seen its pictures but have never got the chance to shoot it.

The Great Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina), also called the Blue Moon Butterfly in New Zealand or Common Eggfly, is a species of nymphalid butterfly.


Race bolina

H. bolina is a black-bodied butterfly with a wingspan of about 7085 millimetres (2.83.3 in). The species has a high degree of sexual dimorphism. The female is mimetic with multiple morphs.


The upper side of the wings is jet black, offset with three pairs of white spots, two on the forewing and one on the hind. These spots are surrounded by purple iridescence. In addition, the upper side of the hindwing bears a series of small white dots.


The upper side of the wings of the female is a brownish black and does not have any spots like those of the male. The edges bear white markings which are similar to those of the Common Indian Crow.


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Ram Dear friend: As I identify with this silent struggle we lovers of nature to achieve a good one! Congratulations; because your patient and persevering struggle resulted in an excellent work.
A hug from ARGENTINA.

Hernan Bortondello.

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2015-08-19 9:21]

Unusual and interesting point of view.
Accurate exposure and fine sharpness.
Well chosen composition too.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-19 9:41]

Hi Ram,magnificent capture of this butterfly very rare and not often seen on TN,the sharpness is wonderful despite the difficult location,natural colors too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ram

Wonderful macro of this butterfly, your fine POV on his expressive pose,
it gives dynamism to the photo, beautiful soft light, excellent details, TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-20 5:03]

Hello Ram,
Excellent close up of this Great Eggfly.The textures and details are wonderful.
Very well illuminated with rich,natural colours.The POV is very good.
Well done.Regards Sigi

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

hallo Ram
great shot with good details and lovly colours
thanks gr lou

Hello Ram
great shot of lovely butterfly, beautiful pose, excellent details and colors
have a good night

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