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Junonia orithya

Junonia orithya
Photo Information
Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Kurdistan [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-10-31 1:18
Viewed: 3341
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
unonia orithya is a nymphalid butterfly with many subspecies occurring from Africa, through southern and south-eastern Asia, and in Australia. In India its common English name is the Blue Pansy, but in southern Africa it is known as the Eyed Pansy as the name Blue Pansy refers to Junonia oenone.

Male upperside : somewhat more than half the fore wing from base velvety black, apical half dull fuliginous ; cell-area with or without two short transverse orange bars ; a blue patch above, the tornus; the outer margin of the basal black area obliquely zigzag in a line from the middle of costa to apex of vein 2, including a large discal, generally obscure ocellus, which, however, in some specimens is prominently ringed with orange-yellow. Beyond this a broad while irregularly oblique discal band followed by a short oblique preapical bar frm costa ; a small black orange-ringed ocellus beneath the bar, a subterminal continuous line of white spots in the interspaces and a terminal jet-black slender line; cilia alternately dusky black and white. Hind wing blue shaded with velvety black towards base; a postdiscal black white-centred orange and black-ringed ocellus in interspace 2, a round minutely white-centred velvety black spot (sometimes entirely absent) in interspace 5; the termen narrowly white, traversed by an inner and an outer subterminal and a terminal black line ; cilia white.

Underside fore wing: basal half with three black-edged, sinuous, broad, ochraceous-orange transverse bands, followed by the pale discal baud ; ocelli, preapical short bar, subterminal and terminal markings much as on the upperside; the discal band margined inwardly by a broad black angulated line which follows the outline of the black area of the upperside. Hied wing irrorated with dusky scales and transversely crossed by subbasal and discal slender zigzag brown lines and a postdiscal dark shade, on which are placed the two ocelli as on the upperside; sub terminal and terminal faint brown lines, and a brownish short streak tipped black at the tornal angle below the lower ocellus.
Female. Similar, with similar but larger and more clearly defined ocelli and markings ; the basal half of the fore and hind wings on the upper-side fuliginous brown, scarcely any trace of blue on the hind wing. Antennae brown, head reddish brown, thorax and abdomen above brownish black: palpi, thorax and abdomen beneath dull white.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Junonia
Species: J. orithya
Binomial name
Junonia orithya
(Linnaeus, 1758)

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Hi Durzan,
amazing portrait of this butterfly. Excellent point of view. Quite good sharpness. Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Durzan, great macro of fantastic butterfly, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Durzan,
Belle image d'un papillon aux magnifiques couleurs.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-10-31 3:39]

Hi Durzan,
Excellent photo presentation of this very nice Butterfly, TFS!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-10-31 8:17]

Hi Durzan.
You managed to picture a very beautiful species. I have not met it in our places. Coloration is reproduced very well as well as other details of the insect and natural surroundings. TFS and all the best.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-31 9:09]

Hello Durzan,
Nice photo of this butterfly in beautiful natural colours. Good sharpness and composition.

Very interesting butterfly Durzan! Beautiful photo.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-10-31 9:55]

Slav Dûrzan,
A fine capture of this species of Junonia that I didn't know occurred as far west as Turkey.
Excellent POV, colours and clarity.
An interesting post and thanks for sharing it!
Best regards,

ciao Durzan
this is really a fantastic butterfly, and what a beautiful picture! is really beautiful, congratulations!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-31 11:10]

Hello Durzan.
An excellent capture of this b-fly beauty. Good sharpness, with nice DOF.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Durzan. Almost impossibile light MF. Low contrast but wonderful colours.


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Hello Durzan,
A beautiful capture of this butterfly taken with nice colours and fine details. Well done!

Slav Durzan,
a beautiful macro of this splendid butterfly, good sharpness and fantastic colours, very well composed
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-31 16:45]

Hi Durzan,not the top of sharpness but a fantastic specie!! How is nice this blue butterfly,you were lucky to meet this fantastic beauty.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

A very exotic butterfly. Amazing blue colour. Very good to see it. regards yiannis

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