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Indian Red Admiral

Indian Red Admiral
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4308 W: 231 N: 13981] (56329)
Género: Animals
Medio: Color
Tomada el: 2007-08-22
Categorías: Insects
Cámara: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposición: f/8, 1/800 segundos
Versión de la foto: Versión original
Fecha enviada: 2007-12-20 21:54
Vista: 3167
Puntos: 30
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Indian Red Admiral

Friends, when I wrote the earlier note on this butterfly, I was almost 100% sure it was a Painted Lady. In fact, in my other posts of this butterfly, I had assumed it is a Vanessa cardui until my friend Ivan (Argus) corrected me again. I conducted the research once again and to my surprise, I found that whereas Painted Lady is frequently seen in Himachal Pradesh (where I shot this butterfly), the Indian Red Admiral is also seen in that region.
The distinction between the two is now clearer to me and it shows in the patterns and the intensity of colours on the wings.
I have, therfore, revised the note accordingly:

Vanessa indica, called the Asian Admiral in the United States and the Indian Red Admiral elsewhere, is a butterfly found in the higher altitude regions of India. It is a close relative of the Painted Lady.


Resembles Vanessa cardui but the ground-colour is darker both on the upper and under sides, and the orange markings deeper and richer in tint. Differs also as follows:—Underside fore wing: the ochraceous orange-red on disc, and across cell proportionately of less extent, and uniform, not getting paler towards apex of cell; the upper four spots of the prcapical transverse series on the black apical area minute. Hind wing : the postdiscal transverse band much narrower and shorter, not extending below vein 1, margined inwardly by a series of broad black subcrescentic marks ; the tornal angle with a small patch of violet scales bordered inwardly by a short black transverse line. Underside very much darker than in V. cardui, the orange-red on disc and in cell on fore wing restricted as on the upperside ; three small transversely placed blue spots beyond the cell. Hind wing: the mottling comparatively very dark, purplish blade, with slender white margins, shaded on disc with rich dark olive-brown ; the postdiscal series of ocelli dark and somewhat obscure; an inner subtei-minal transverse series of blue, and an outer very much slenderer transverse series of black lunules. Cilia of both fore and hind wings white, alternated with brown. Antenna) black, tipped with pale ochraceous ; head, thorax and abdomen with dark olive-brown pubescence ; beneath, the palpi, thorax and abdomen pale ochraceous brown.

V. indica is found in the higher altitude regions (above 2000 feet) of India including the Nilgiri hills in southern India. It also occurs on smaller hill ranges in Peninsular India such as the Nandi hills near Bangalore.


The larvae of V. indica are known to feed on:
Urtica (nettle)
Urtica thunbergiana
Girardinia heterophylla (Himalayan nettle)
Boehmeria densiflora
Boehmeria nivea (Ramie)


Thanks for looking and Merry Christmas to all.

rcrick, Juyona, haraprasan, paulsballs, fartash, Alex99, Adanac, Maite ha puntuado esta nota como útil.
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Hi Ram,
What a great image, superb colours, exposure is spot on, nice detail in the wings, and that touch of back lighting really makes this Painted Lady stand out, excellent notes as well, Cheers Rick :)

Hi Mr. Ram,
A very good capture of this painted lady. Excellent composition and details with a very good POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello Ram,

Just marking,

G’day Ram Beautiful image. Excellent exposure.DOF could be a little smaller but thats just me!. Well done!
TFS Paul

Hi Ram,
A great show of this beautiful butterfly,
good colours and great POV,
TFS and Merry Christmas,
Nick :-)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2007-12-21 4:49]
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Hello Ram,
I had to look twice to make sure, but this is a sharp image showing the underside of the Indian red Admiral and not the Painted Lady. Sorry to put my nose in again but though this is a worn specimen, the markings on the wings indicate Vanessa indica.
Lovely composition and POV on the lantana flower.
Thanks and best wishes, Ivan

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-21 5:12]

Hola Ram,
fabulosa macro y pov,
detalles hermosos y colores...
buen trabajo amigo,

Dear Ram
Excellent shot of this Indian Red Admiral,
Perfect composition,BG and exposure,


Hello Ram,
Great captured with a beautiful pose of the butterfly!
excellent exposure and focus with total sharpness, vivid colour and details
very beautiful composition indeed
many thanks for sharing

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-21 10:56]

Hi Ram.
I like your nice full of lights and colours picture. Subject is simply amazing as well as the composition of the shot and very impressive POV. May be shot is not crisp sharp but it is detailed perfectly, elegant and very pleasant for look. My best wishes and TFS.
Yours Alexei.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-12-21 12:42]

Hello Ram,
I'm sorry my friend, don't have a lot of time today
so, congratulations for capturing a superb picture.
Very well done..


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-21 13:41]

Hello Ram, Excellent image with great colors and details. The out of focus background isolates the butterfly superbly. Thanks for the Image and great notes Ram.

Hi Ram, beautiful composition with splendid butterfly and lovely flower with wonderful colors, great sharpness, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3050 W: 3 N: 8714] (40568)
  • [2007-12-22 4:50]

hello Ram,
Very artistic presentation of what appears to me to be a Painted Lady. It is a superb picture!
Composition, fine colours and suggested peaceful atmosphere, just great.
Thanks a lot for this little jewel

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-22 10:40]

Really a marvel of a picture!! I love the POV, DOF, sharpness and composition with the beautiful butterfly, beautiful lantana, excellent bg and marvellous colors.
Thank you, dear Ram!
My best regards

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