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Auteursrechten: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Kleur
Datum Opname: 2007-07-03
Categorieën: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Belichting: f/3.7, 1/400 Seconden
More Photo Info: [view]
Fotoversie: Originele versie
Thema's: Butterflies of Asia, Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above, Butterflies of India [view contributor(s)]
Datum inzending: 2007-07-26 3:22
Gezien: 3131
Punten: 58
[Richtlijnen voor opmerkingen] Opmerking van de fotograaf
The Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore) is a small leathery winged butterfly which is common in grassland and scrub habitats. It belongs to the Nymphalidae or brush-footed butterfly family. It has a weak fluttery flight. It is avoided by most insect predators. This species and the Yellow Coster Acraea vesta are the only two Indian representatives of the predominantly African sub-family Acraeinae.

Wingspan 45-55mm. A medium sized reddish brown butterfly with rounded wing apices and rather long wings. The male is brightly coloured, while the female, even a freshly emerged specimen, is quite dull. The wings of both sexes are somewhat transparent, though it is more so in the female. The upperside is studded with black spots and small markings. The marginal band of the hind wing on the upper sides is black and has small white spots. The corresponding band on the underside is much wider, but is almost entirely occupied by large white spots.

The butterfly is found in India and Sri Lanka. It is common all the year round and is equally at home in forest clearings and open country. Though mainly seen at low elevations it has been recorded at heights of up to 7000 feet in south India and sometimes in the North. This is a butterfly of the hills as well as the plains. It is plentiful in the pre-monsoon and monsoon period and becomes scarce later on.

The butterfly exudes an oily and smelly yellow liquid when handled and is unpalatable to birds and most insects. They are well protected and have a slow and weak flight, frequently visiting flowers and are easily netted. There are no mimics in India. The butterfly breeds on plants of the family Loganiaceae and species of Passiflora many of which contain toxins that are sequestered by the caterpillars.

It was a cloudy day and the conditions were not great for photography but the sight of this beautiful butterfly forced me to take out my camera. I have to admit that I don't have the priviledge of using higher end equipment and the handicap is evident here but I still posted this as it is the only open-winged Tawny Coster I have. Still hoping to find a better one someday in perfect conditions.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Acraeinae
Genus: Acraea
Species: A. terpsicore

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-26 3:47]

Hi Sumon,
You have a trade mark style that is easily recognisable, even from the thumbnail image. I think this is a fine image personally, the composition and spot on DOF easily make up for the fact that there was poor light - it shows you can still produce great shots even in less than perfect condition.

Hi Sumon,
It is always great pleasure to see your images,
superb composition and pov with good sharpness and lovely colours.
well done.

Another beautiful butterfly photo...Outstanding color against a great BG...Unusual looking plant(natural bottle brush)...TFS

Buena composición y conjunto. Aunque falta un poco de definición la toma es excelente. Saludos.

Add one more chapter to your ongoing saga in the world of the small creatures. Same as said before goes on for this Sumon. I always learn more about life in general through your dedication.


Hi Sumon Da,
A nice capture of this butterfly with wings opened. As per my experience they don't open their wings often. The composition is world class as always. Thanks a lot for sharing.

That's interesting about the liquid the butterfly emits - like a garter snake.
These are gorgeous colors -rich and full.
Great composition - I like the way it's balanced on the flower.

bonjour sumon
une autres tres belle et bonne photo de papillon,le POV est bien et les couleurs naturelles.
un beau specimen.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-26 8:10]

Hi Sumon,

How exquisite! The butterfly is gorgeous, in a wonderful pose, sharp details, magnificent colors, has beautiful patterns. Add the flowers, the leaves, the background and the composition and it is picture perfect.


Good shot, even though it is a bit noisy. Composition, color and pose make up for it! Well done! Cheers, Klaus

Hello Sumon,
Always expect the best macro of butterfly photo from your excellent composition!
My compliment toward all your outstanding work of macro photos!
This is also no exception!
thank you always for sharing
friend Tony

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2007-07-26 10:23]

Hello Sumon,
Splendid capture of this beauty which I don't think you need to bwe ashamed of!! Pretty sharp and lovely colours and I like its pose.
Looking at the flower and the leaves I wonder if you turned this to be vertical? It may have looked even better horizontal but that's a matter of taste. Well done!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hi Sumon, splendid butterfly with superb colors, excellent sharpness and wonderful details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-26 14:32]

Hi Sumon.what a very smart looking butterfly. i like the shape it has. you have captured the colour and detail very well. a nice POV/DOF well done TFS. very good notes too.

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  • sisir Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 5] (103)
  • [2007-07-26 17:08]

Hi Sumon,

Nice picture of the tawny coster. I like the composition, blurry background and colours on the butterfly. TFS

Regards.. Sisir

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-26 20:55]

Pleasing composition. Good sharpness, nice light, and excellent, well-saturated color.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-26 21:57]

Hello Sumon

A simple composition with grand beauty.The focus is sharp with wonderful detail.Excellent POV and DOF.The textures of the wings are excellent.The colours are vivid and well saturated.TFS


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-07-26 23:47]

Hello Sumon,
Wonderful capture. Very beautiful butterfly
Great POV from that angle and excellent composition, very sharp and well focused..


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2007-07-27 7:40]
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Hello Sumon,
Fine capture of this Acraeid on the brush-like white flower. Technically of high standard and the pleasing neutral BG and composition make this an excellent image.
Acraeids are an interesting group of butterflies. In Africa I have seen butterflies that mimic them (Batesian mimicry).
TFS this one and best wishes, Ivan

Excellent shot of this very well preserved specimen of Tawny Coster, Sumon.
Brilliant composition and very attractive colours. The blossom laden perch presents a wonderful colour contrast with the subject.
Thanks for sharing this fantastic image.

Hi Sumon,
a well composed picture with good sharpness and fine details.
Lovely colour and good POV.
Well done.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-27 10:51]

Hi Sumon.
In not good the conditions did you captured hereof butterfly very well.His pose with open wings on interesting flowers looks very pretty.Colors and details are beautiful.I like composition and your used POV is very good.Well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

This is a beautiful, delicate and detailed capture of this little beauty Sumon. This specie looks like a mix between some butterflies we have here :) Colors and details are beautiful! Well done and TFS,

Great fhot of this Acraea.
Beautiful colors and compo.
Good pov and well contrast of animal with BG.

hi sumon,
nice capture, i have not seen this butterly so far, this specimen looks lovely, liked the pov and the composition, rich colours, effective framing,
tfs & regards

Hello Sumon !
Another wonderful picture from you ! I like everything here : details, colors, composition, POV, BG, pose of the butterfly... The orange wings stand out really nicely on the light BG. Excellent note, as usual. Very well done !

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-29 12:28]

Hi Sumon

That is a stunning butterfly. The colours captured here are lovely. Excellent POV and perfect DOF. Pin sharp shot and nicely composed. I would not have guessed that the light was poor



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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-30 14:26]

Hi Sumon,
Once again a really beautiful butterfly captured with perfect details, pose, pov, exposure and background.
TFS, José M.

Hello Sumon,
The butterfly has a very natural look in this fine image! Soft-crisp texture in the wings, patterns well reproduced and fine natural colours...
The composition is atgtractive, with just as much background as we need!
Pablo -

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