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Blue Tiger (Tirumala limniace)

Blue Tiger (Tirumala limniace)
Photo Information
Copyright: Goutham Ramesh (goutham_ramesh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 154 N: 2871] (12237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 180 Macro Ex HSM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-02 2:29
Viewed: 3087
Points: 15
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This is Blue Tiger (Tirumala limniace) shot at Bannerghatta Butterfly park, it is sitting on an artifical flower on which a moist cotton is placed and its sucking up the moisture.

The Blue Tiger (Tirumala limniace) is a butterfly found in India that belongs to the Crows and Tigers, that is, the Danaid group of the Brush-footed butterflies family. This butterfly shows gregarious migratory behaviour in southern India.

Upperside black, with bluish-white semihyaline spots and streaks. Fore wing: interspace 1 two streaks, sometimes coalescent, with a spot beyond cell: a streak from base and an outwardly indented spot at its apex; a large oval spot at base of interspace 2, another at base of interspace 3, with a smaller spot beyond it towards termen; five obliquely placed preapical streaks, and somewhat irregular subterminal and terminal series of spots, the latter the smaller. Hind wing: interspaces 1b, 1a, and 1 with streaks from base, double in the latter two, cell with a forked broad streak, the lower branch with a hook, or spur-like slender loop, at base of 4 and 5 a broad elongate streak, and at base of 6 a quadrate spot; beyond these again a number of scattered unequal subterminal and terminal spots. Underside: basal two-thirds of fore wing dusky black, the apex and hind wing olive-brown; the spots and streaks much as on the upperside, Antennae, head and thorax black, the latter two spotted and streaked with, white; abdomen dusky above, ochraceous spotted with white beneath.

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-01-02 3:00]

Hi Goutham,
very nice photo.I like its perfect sharpness.
Beautiful butterfly.

bonjour goutham
superbe macro,le BG est parfaitement exempt de bruit est bien flou.
le papillon tres net.
vraiment bravo.


It is an interesting scene. Butterflies seem to adapt themselves to honey or sugar syrup in cotton. Could have included more of the cotton and the flower to avoid explanations.

Murali Santhanam

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-02 15:12]

Bonjour Goutham!

Bravo pour cette macro,les couleurs sont belles et les détails sont parfaits.

What a wonderful costume she has, Goutham! Wonderful colours and bg, spot on sharpness! Superb post my friend!
Bravo and TFS!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-03 5:51]

Hi Goutham

Another terrific macro photo from you!
The level of magnification here is amazing and the fact that everything is so clear and sharp makes this a magnificent post!
Also the colors are wonderful, the textures on the butterfly are great and the impeccable DOF works exceptionally.

Cheers and Happy 2007

Hi Goutham,

This is really a beauty, Everything is perfect in this picture.

Very well done.



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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-04 8:15]

Great macro Goutham with amazing colors and the best background.

I like it a lot: composition, background, POV, DOF, focus, colors, sharpness, lighting.

I like it: framing, notes.

I don't like it: nothing to quarrel.

Many details thanks to the captured sharpness and illumination.
Happy 2007!.

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