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Mottled Emigrant (Catopsilia pyranthe)

Mottled Emigrant (Catopsilia pyranthe)
Informação sobre a Foto
Direitos de Autor: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Género: Animals
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2006-12-10
Categorias: Insects
Câmara: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposição: f/6.3, 1/480 segundos
More Photo Info: [view]
Versão da Foto: Versão Original
Tema(s): Butterflies of India 2, Butterflies of Asia, My Butterflies ( From Chattisgarh), Butterflies By pankaj Bajpai [view contributor(s)]
Data de Submissão: 2006-12-10 5:56
Visto: 4216
Pontos: 42
[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista
The Mottled Emigrant , Catopsilia pyranthe is a medium sized butterfly of the Family Pieridae found in South Asia, Southeast Asia and parts of Australia.

Wingspan 50-70mm. The male is smaller than the female and is more variable in size. Although the general pattern and coloration of both sexes are similar, the female has a dusting of black scales on the upperside giving it an off white color.

In the male, the upper side of the apex of the forewing is narrowly black and continues partway along the termen and costa. In the female, the black bands are wider and are continued along the entire length of the costa and termen. Both sexes have a black spot at the distal end of the forewing cell though this spot is sometimes absent in the male.

In both sexes, the ground color of the underside of the wings is greenish. Except for a small area on the lower half of the forewing, which is unmarked, the remaining areas are marked with very fine reddish-brown lines.

Similar species
The female Lemon Emigrant (form crocale) resembles the female Mottled Emigrant. However, its upper side has a dusting of yellow scales and a well defined band of spots on the termen of the hind wing. Also, the space between the forewing costa and the upper side of the cell forms a wide black band up to the distal end of the cell.

Status, distribution and habitat
It occurs all over the island from sea level to about 2000 feet elevation. It is often seen at much higher elevations during migrations. Like the Lemon Emigrant, it occurs in primary and secondary forests, cultivated land, home gardens, waste places and urban areas. It is very seasonal and appears in large numbers during the pre-monsoons periods. It colonizes new areas quite rapidly but may be extirpated locally after a few broods.

Compared to the Lemon Emigrant, its flight is quite slow, straight and less bouncy. It is not a species of the high canopy and is most frequently seen flying just above weedy vegetation or low bushes, stopping now and again to nectar on the flowers of small shrubs and herbs. Unlike the Lemon Emigrant, this species is more partial to wild flowers and is seldom seen on ornamentals. During the hot weather, the males mud-sip, often in the company of other white butterflies.

Early stages
The larvae feed on various Leguminoseae, Cassia thora being its favorite. The eggs are laid singly on the emerging shoots of the plant.

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Hello Pankaj,
Very nice image. Sharp with details and wings texture are clearly seen. Composition and exposure are great. TFS this picture and informative note.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-10 6:57]

Hi Pankaj

Another lovely picture from you!
The colors here are charming and the POV is ipecable.
Also the Composition and framing are great. Perhaps just a bit too soft on the details of the head, but still a very nice post.

Bravo and TFS

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-10 7:17]

A wonderful butterfly and in a nice pose.Nice low pov and colourcombination.
tfs paula

Hi Pankaj
beautiful light in this picture, shaping the details of wings in a very good way.
Pleasant combination of colours, and a well balanced composition.
Your complete notes offer a lot of information.
Thank you!
Best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2006-12-10 8:42]

Hello Pankaj,
This is a fine presentation of the Mottled Migrant, pretty sharp, well composed and with excellent neutral BG.
TFS, best wishes, Ivan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2006-12-10 9:56]

Hello Pankaj,
Beautiful composition in vivid colours and showing details clearly. Good light and nicely cropped too.
TFS, Ulla

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-12-10 10:16]

Hi Pankaj,
The detail and focus on the butterfly looks really good.
Nice composition!
Thanks & TFS,


wonderful image of this butterfly,
everything is crisp and clear,


Yet another beautiful butterfly picture from your garden, Pankaj.
Very good POV, DOF, colours and details.
Well done and TFS.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-12-10 13:32]

Hi Pankaj,
This is a beautiful Bf you have presented here.
You can see the veins of the BF so clearly.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-10 13:57]

Hi Pankaj,
Excellent low pov, exposure, colors and texture. I little bit soft but a very nice image.
TFS, José M.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-10 14:29]

Hello Pankaj,
great capture, sharp and with the very good color. Very nice POV and the details are great. Very well composed with a wonderful frame.

Oh Pankaj! This is so very beautiful! GREAT dof , pov, saturation, contrast..the photo is awesome. I love it..TFS
Donna :o)

Thanks for your comments on my photo " December Storm -5" :o)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-10 22:37]

Hello Pankaj

Another beauty from you.This looks very similar to our sulphurs here .The details are very good ,with excellent DOF and details.The POV is very good and your composition is very well done.It really looks nice on that flower and against the neutral BG.TFS


Hi Pankaj

Love this shot. Perfect details, well composed and excellent bokeh. TFS.

Hi Pankaj,
Very neat image, sharp, great DoF.
Well composed and very nicely framed.
Great shot and very nice PP works.

Ben Lakitan

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-11 9:35]

Hi Pankaj.
This butterfly is much similar our Gonepteryx rhamni.Great composition and very nice POV.Fine details on wings.Colours are beautiful and very soft and clean.Your note is very instructive.
Well done,nice work.
TFS and regards.

Hi Pankaj, lovely details, optimal focus, great sharpness, wonderful colors, interesting note, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Pankaj,
Nice low pov, I like colour combination of this one.


Hello Pankaj,
This is another beautiful capture with excellent details, POV, colors and composition. As always, this is a very nice environment and BG. Well done and thanks!

Hi pankaj ,
very nice.
good focus and beutiful colors.
thanks for very good text.
Best regards,

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