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Helloooooo, people. Itís been a busy week and now Iím all set to settling down to some nice EPZing this weekend Smile

News on this endÖmy dad went for a cataract op for his right eye (left one done a couple of months ago) on Wednesday and allís well.

My poor mum has been hit by horrible bronchitis, though. Took her to the GP this morning and she had a fever too. Sheís on 3 days of antibiotics now. Sheís a tough nut and should be ok come Monday Smile

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More butterflies today (well, the same one in all the pics) and these were taken in my brotherís garden a couple of weeks ago. Been through the wars, this one. Does this naturally happen to butterflies? Or is it from some predator?

*REPLIES to two comments in my previous upload:

Ed, thanks so much for the tip on the best timings. The medium sized ones seem to be more there in the morning. In the late afternoon itís mainly the tiny blues about the place. And I mean tiny. Extension tube needed or no hope.

Annette, it took me a while to nail the ID of V2. Can be a close call with the blues. V1 gave me a problem too. I initially thought Orange Emigrant or Lemon Emigrant.

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I hope youíve all had a good week Smile


Andrew

Camera:Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3
Lens:Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R + 10mm extension tube
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:42mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture Priority
White Balance:Auto
Title:Cycad Blue
Username:ChiliMan ChiliMan
Uploaded:10 Jan 2014 - 3:12 PM
Tags:Butterfly, Chilades pandava pandava, Close-up / macro, Cycad blue, Extension tubes, Insect, Plains cupid, Wildlife / nature
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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2014 - 3:41 PM

Yep,been through the wars this one Andrew.
Bound to effect its flying performance I think !!
(And make sure mum takes her pills.I got into a lot of difficulties in the past failing to take mines !!)
Mick.

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briantjjones
10 Jan 2014 - 3:42 PM

A great set of images, well captured Smile
Brian J.

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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2014 - 3:49 PM

Love the pov on V1 Andrew, great immaginative shot. Hope the folks are OK. GrinGrinGrin Peter.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2014 - 3:54 PM

The pov of V.1 just has to be my fave, Andrew, I love taking images of butterflies face-on, and this is super. What a tatty fella he is, just think how stunning he would look in the versions if he were in pristine condition Smile A super set of captures, and do wish your mum all the best for a speedy recovery. Carol

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LynneJoyce
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10 Jan 2014 - 3:57 PM

I'm with Carol and Mollycat about V1. The others are excellent full body shots of this feisty little survivor.

Last Modified By LynneJoyce at 10 Jan 2014 - 3:58 PM

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2014 - 4:03 PM

Your butterfly images here are outstanding-- Yes, he has been hit by some aggressive insects---they seem to manage quite well for awhile, the colors and comps are wonderful!

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2014 - 4:09 PM

wonderful set andrew brilliant detail belting colours v1 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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christinecilia
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10 Jan 2014 - 4:10 PM

beautiful set. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2014 - 4:23 PM

Certainly been through the wars this one
and has to be V1 and then V4
butterflies now eh??
lillian

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2014 - 4:31 PM

He really has suffered a bit - but hopefully he can still fly. What a pity as he's such a beautiful creature. Love your v1 Andrew! Smile

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vickyf
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10 Jan 2014 - 4:54 PM

Glorious set but V1 is the definite winner for me Smile

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franken
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10 Jan 2014 - 5:03 PM

Lovely set Andrew - especially version 1.

Ken

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viscostatic
10 Jan 2014 - 5:25 PM

Great composition in V1.

Phil.

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2014 - 5:32 PM

Now I think you will know my fave is V1 Andrew......so comical GrinGrinGrin Love the expression, if butterflies have expressions...................................... what am I on about TongueTongue of course they doGrin
The other versions are great too mind, love the colours in the bg of V2 and in V3 he looks like he is saying "you still hereTongue"....he clearly has had enough by V4SadGrin
Best wishes to your Mum and DadSmile
Diane

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oldgreyheron e2 Member 7124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2014 - 6:28 PM

What a good set Andrew, but my favourite has to be #1 because of the superb use of dof, and because you cannot see the battered wings! Thoughts / prayers with your MUm and Dad (and you too!)

Mike

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richmowil
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10 Jan 2014 - 6:52 PM

4 very good images of this 'moth eaten' ButterflyWink. V1 is excellent!!

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TonyDy
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10 Jan 2014 - 7:20 PM

I echo all the previous comments.
Tony

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sparrowhawk
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10 Jan 2014 - 7:27 PM

wonderful set beautifully done

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AlexAppleby
10 Jan 2014 - 7:48 PM

Goodness it has been through the wars hasn't it - a bit like your family by the sounds of it. I hope that everyone gets better, though I don't hold out much hope for the butterfly! Beautiful shots you've taken of it though - want to see more of these images!

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2194 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2014 - 8:22 PM

Great set Andrew.....V1 is priceless.....glad your dad is ok..we are finally home

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10 Jan 2014 - 9:06 PM

These are excellent Andrew and no hesitation on giving you my UA, this is some of the best work I have seen from you.SmileSmile
Hope things improve with Mum and Dad.

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brownsilent
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10 Jan 2014 - 11:10 PM

Awww Andrew, this is a wonderful set. Such lovely details and great use of dof.
Johanna

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
10 Jan 2014 - 11:50 PM

Poor little thing. It is amazing how they cope. Your poor mum. I had bronchitis last year. Not very nice but hopefully the antibiotics will kick in. Cathy

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janlea
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11 Jan 2014 - 9:09 AM

Beautiful shots Andrew, can't pick just one, love them all Smile
Jan

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CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2014 - 9:12 AM

What a tattered butterfly, has done well to survive - I like V3, doesn't that Pen do well!!! Loving mine, tested it out for all sorts over the last week and it does so wellSmileSmileSmile
A super set Andrew, hope you parents are improving now.
Carole

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11 Jan 2014 - 3:45 PM

Super set Andrew, love the colours in V4

John Smile

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12 Jan 2014 - 7:40 PM

A cracking set of images of this battle scarred little butterfly, it looks as though it has had a close encounter with a bird. V1 is the pick of this set as I like the angle you've taken it from. Your next challenge is to find a pristine specimen of this species. If you know what type it is you should be able to find out on the internet where to locate it and what type of plants it favours, which should make tracking it down that much easier

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12 Jan 2014 - 8:48 PM

Fabulous set of images

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13 Jan 2014 - 10:28 PM


Quote: A cracking set of images of this battle scarred little butterfly, it looks as though it has had a close encounter with a bird. V1 is the pick of this set as I like the angle you've taken it from. Your next challenge is to find a pristine specimen of this species. If you know what type it is you should be able to find out on the internet where to locate it and what type of plants it favours, which should make tracking it down that much easier

Ed, they are all over the place, the malaysian version of the common blue... found one even in a roof garden (uploaded about 3 months ago) not difficult to get a pristine one but I have not seen them in such a scarecrow state.
a miracle it is still flying!! Well spotted Andrew Smile

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2014 - 2:08 PM


Quote: A cracking set of images of this battle scarred little butterfly, it looks as though it has had a close encounter with a bird. V1 is the pick of this set as I like the angle you've taken it from. Your next challenge is to find a pristine specimen of this species. If you know what type it is you should be able to find out on the internet where to locate it and what type of plants it favours, which should make tracking it down that much easier

Ah! So it was most likely a bird! I couldn't figure what did it.

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ChiliMan
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14 Jan 2014 - 2:09 PM


Quote: A cracking set of images of this battle scarred little butterfly, it looks as though it has had a close encounter with a bird. V1 is the pick of this set as I like the angle you've taken it from. Your next challenge is to find a pristine specimen of this species. If you know what type it is you should be able to find out on the internet where to locate it and what type of plants it favours, which should make tracking it down that much easier


Quote: Ed, they are all over the place, the malaysian version of the common blue... found one even in a roof garden (uploaded about 3 months ago) not difficult to get a pristine one but I have not seen them in such a scarecrow state.
a miracle it is still flying!! Well spotted Andrew Smile

Annette is spot-on. They are very common and most are pristine. It just so happened this fella was in my brother's garden so I took pictures of him...and I like how they turned out so I decided to put 'em up Smile

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