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Chocolate Argus

Chocolate Argus
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Australia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-22 4:33
Viewed: 3873
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another Nymphalidae butterfly from my trip to Townsville. This one is a Chocolate Argus (Junonia hedonia), which also known as the Chocolate Solider in Asia.
Like my previous post this one is also is found in coastal swamps and along slow moving waterways through the north and the east coast of Australia down to Brisbane.
Elsewhere it is found in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea and Solomon Islands.
This species has a wingspan of 50mm and is found throughout the year, being most abundant at the end of the wet season (February-April). They fly close to the ground and donít travel too far from their preferred shady habitat.
This one was captured along the Ross River.

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Very nicely presented, Chris. Outstanding detail and clarity, vivid color, good exposure. The point of view shows off the argus well and I like the way its setting on the branch emphasizes its own color. Well done!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-22 6:06]

Hi Chris,very very beutiful work,this is a great gift to a butterflies lover like me! Excellent quality of sharpness and colors,perfect point of view and very nice background,my best best compliments and thanks to show us this beauty,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-10-22 8:26]

Hello Chris,
this is a beautiful picture with very good POV and composition.TFS

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-22 8:30]

hi chris,
very well captured image, we call it here (south india) chocolate pansy. very active and difficult to photograph. your notes are useful too. tfs.

Ciao Chris,
bellissima composizione per una meravigliosa farfalla, eccellenti POV e DOF, fantastica definizione, magnifici i colori dalle splendide sfumature monocromatiche.

Hello Chris,
Excellent shot,very sharp, nice colors and light,
thanks for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-22 10:58]

Hello Chris,
Beautiful sharp-detailed photo in great natural colours. Excellent POV, composition and BG.

Beautiful specimen Chris.
Looks great against the brown leaf litter and the patterns on the gum branch.
Nice one.

Hello Chris
An other very nice pic with great focus and natural colours
Well done

Hi my friend Chris,
A superb macro capture of an Argus -which I have not seen before-with nicely composition, details and sharpness my friend!
Greetings from Cyprus.

Ps. I re-uploaded the shell -which I have not upload the same shot in any other site- again. Hoping it is permanent for TN!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-23 20:44]

Hello Chris, nice design and a good PoV of th wing pattern. Good sharp picture. TFS Ganesh

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-27 8:44]

Hello Chris,
Not a bit like our 'argus', in fact very different but most impressive. Excellent capture showing its beautiful wing markings and colours. Nice background too from which it stands out very nicely. Very beautiful!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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