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Zebra Blue

Zebra Blue
Informação sobre a Foto
Direitos de Autor: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4301 W: 231 N: 13980] (56355)
Género: Animals
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2008-06-21
Categorias: Insects
Câmara: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposição: f/6.3, 1/320 segundos
Versão da Foto: Versão Original
Data de Submissão: 2009-02-05 3:21
Visto: 3518
Pontos: 52
[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista
The Zebra Blue (Tarucus plinius) is a species of blue butterflies found in India. The butterfly is also called Leptotes plinius.


This form closely resembles Tarucus theophrastus in both sexes on the upperside, but the character and disposition of the markings on the underside are completely different.

Male Upperside: dark violet with, in certain lights, a rich blue suffusion. Fore wing: no discocellular black spot so conspicuous in T. theophrastus; terminal margin with a narrow edging of fuscous black, widest at the apex, gradually decreasing to the tornus, followed by an inconspicuous anticiliary jet-black line. Hind wing : costal margin slightly but broadly shaded with fuscous, which is continued as a slender anticiliary black line to the tornus.

Underside: white. Fore wing: with the following brownish-black markings:—an irregular edging along the costa to near the apex from which extends downwards a subbasal band, broadened across the cell and below it; an irregular band that extends along the discocellulars and below them to interspace 1 where it ends in a point; an upper discal curved band of more even width but dislocated below vein 4, the lower portion of it shifted inwards forms a large quadrate spot in interspace 3, below vein 3 the band is continued downwards by two small inconspicuous spots, beyond this is a very short acutely-pointed comma-shaped mark; a very regular evenly curved complete transverse lunular line, a transverse series of subterminal spots and an anticiliary slender line. Close to the base of the wing extended obliquely upwards and outwards from the dorsum is a triangular mark, the edging of white colour left near the base forms above the apex of this mark an acute angle; between the band that crosses the middle of the cell and the transverse discocellular band is a more or less slender, irregular, similarly-coloured line; and between the discocellular and upper discal bands another much shorter line that extends from the costa downwards but does not reach vein 4, this is slightly clavate anteriorly and posteriorly. Hind wing: mottled with brownish black that leaves only basal, subbasal, medial and discal transverse lines or bands of the ground-colour; the medial and discal bands, which are highly irregular, enclose here and there small brownish markings, the bands themselves coalescing above a very irregularly shaped brown mark that is placed on the posterior half of the middle of the wing; terminal markings as on the fore wing but the subterminal spots larger, the apical one especially so, the tornal two spots jet-black and each encircled by a glittering slender ring of metallic green scales. Cilia of both fore and hind wings, the antennae, head, thorax and abdomen much as in T. theophrastus.

Female: Upperside very closely resembles that of female T. theophrastus, but the extent of white on the fore wing is greater so that there is a greater area of white to be seen between the brown markings superposed on it, these markings have the appearance of an irregularly formed V on a white background. Hind wing much as in T. theophrastus. Underside: similar to that of its own male but the brown bands less broken, more regular. Cilia, antennae, head, thorax and abdomen as in the male.


Ethiopian region in part. N.W. Himalayas to Kumaon; the plains of Northern India; Central and Western India; Sri Lanka; Assam ; Myanmar; Tenasserim in the low hot valleys of the north; extending to China and in the Malayan Subregion to Java.

The description given above is taken from males and females of wet-season broods. Specimens of the dry-season broods are paler on the upperside with, in the male only anticiliary black lines to the wings. On the underside the markings on the wings will, on careful examination, be found very similar but paler brown and all very much reduced in width so that a greater extent of the white ground-colour is visible.



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2009-02-05 3:33]

A close to perfect butterfly macro Ram!
Superb closed-wing capture taken from a perfect POV with great sharpness against a fine bokeh BG and the composition on the slightly bowed leaf is perfect.
Well done my friend and thanks for delighting us with this,
All the best,

Hello Ram,
Good focus and well composed. Beautiful butterfly.
Nice perch and background.
Thanks for sharing.

Salut Ram,
Great macro shot with a beautiful Zebra Blue nice detailed.
Suber colors and excellent composition.
The out of focus BG is superb. Well done.
Best regards

hello sir,
these zebra blue reminds me of my shooting of the same species one year back when i visited to our villaging where we do farming . this species is a beautiful one and you have captured it with perfection, getting parrelel to the butterfly to achieve perfect dof is tough while shooting blue butterflies but you managed well, liked the smooth oof bg very much, pleasing composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

hello Ram
great composition and very beautiful colors
great sharpness
i like this picture
greeting lou

Wonderful clarity... Thanks for sharing


Hello Ram,
superb macro! I like composition, colours, details and BG.

Best regards, Leonid

Hello Ram
good hand of lights on this little butterfly. It is still appraised more for the optimal neutral background.
Fine details and contrast.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-05 5:47]

Hello Ram
Very sharp image with wonderful colors.

Namaste Ram
Nice diagonal POV, tack sharp subject. Superb !

Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice capture of this beautiful Zebra Blue. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2009-02-05 8:40]

Hello Ram,
Another beauty! Excellent photo in a great quality!. Specially the sharpness, colours and composition do I like very much.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-05 9:19]

Hi Ram.
I like your next simply outstanding picture of the beauty. Simply and amazing at the same time scene is wonderful. I also am impressed with quality of reproduction of all details of the butterfly and leaf. Its curves and texture reproduction are ultimate. And BG is the best for the scene. My compliments and all the best.

  • Alutka Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 43 N: 400] (1682)
  • [2009-02-05 9:37]

Namasté Ram,
motyl wspaniale Ci pozował do zdjęcia. Światło pokazało naturalne barwy i delikatnie podkreśliło fakturę skrzydeł. Podoba mi się POV, bardzo dobra jest też kompozycja fotki. Gratuluję...
TFS and best wishes

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-05 10:48]

Hi Ram,
Very nice capture of this Zebra Blue.I liked details,simple BG,cross framing,lighting and composition a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

Hello ram
a perfect shot of this zebra blue,
the whole butterfly is very sharp. great composition, pose and
splendid blurred BG
very well done

hello Ram!
well composed....perfect macro of this
tiny butterfly with amazing details
compliments sERGIO

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6198 W: 89 N: 15305] (64084)
  • [2009-02-05 15:45]

Hi Ram,beautiful butterfly and excellent details and colors,no better point of view! Waiting the springtime i'm sleeping a lot whit my camera..ehehe..have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Ram,

A stunning composition really well framed and composed.
Excellent detail and POV, lovely work, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2009-02-05 21:56]

Fantastic macro Mr.Ram. Features are well in focus almost. Colors and soft BG are great.Composition and POV are very attractive.
Thanks for sharing

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-05 23:06]

Hello Ram !
What a cute butterfly ! I love the zebra markings on his wings, it's quite unusual, we don't havz anything like that in my country. The composition is beautiful, too, with the strand og frass making a nice curve. Lovely colors, splendid blured BG, and the pose of the butterfly is wonderful too.Very well done !

White a lovely shot, Sir!I love the perfect presentation!
Very well done, Sir!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2009-02-06 6:51]

Hello Sir, Great work. Wonderful shot. Lovely shot and great composition. This is a great work Ganesh

Hello Ram
Beautiful razor sharp image. Perfect exposure, great diagonal composition fantastic blured background Nothing to critique ;-)

Hello Ram,
Great close-up with rich details and pleasant composition
I'm a bit confused about the name of this butterfly !!
Zebra I understand but why 'blue'
Best regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-02-08 21:12]

Hi Sir,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Zebra Blue with immaculate sharpness and fantastic markings on its under wings. Looks very elegant in this pose on that lean grass blade and the BG is so exclusive. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

Hello Ram,

Very well composed and lovely macro of this butterfly,may be little more space around would have been still better I felt.

Ciao Ram, I missed this elegant butterfly, splendid macro with fantastic details and excellent sharpness, great diagonal composition with beautiful blurry BG, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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