Monday, April 9, 2012

Grey Pansy - Thalangama, Sri Lanka

A Grey Pansy (Junonia atlites) photographed at Thalangama, Sri Lanka
Grey Pansy (Junonia atlites) - Thalangama, Sri Lanka

The Grey Pansies were out in large numbers in Thalangama through July and I was able to photograph them on every trip I made to the wetlands. Since most of my trips were early morning visits, I got there before they were too active and was able to get quite close to photograph them.

More photographs inside.
A Grey Pansy (Junonia atlites) photographed at Thalangama, Sri Lanka
Grey Pansy (Junonia atlites) - Thalangama, Sri Lanka

The Grey Pansy is a member of the nymphalid species and can be found throughout South Asia. This species is known to feed on the Lantana plant and a number of these photographs were taken while the butterfly had settled on one of them.

A Grey Pansy (Junonia atlites) photographed at Thalangama, Sri Lanka
Grey Pansy (Junonia atlites) - Thalangama, Sri Lanka

The sexes of these species are similar although the female is larger than the male. This species is common in Sri Lanka and can be found up to an elevation of around 3500 feet. It is often seen in open grasslands, marshes and paddy fields. It can't be easily found throughout the year but it is believed that the population peaks around the monsoon season.

A Grey Pansy (Junonia atlites) photographed at Thalangama, Sri Lanka
Grey Pansy (Junonia atlites) - Thalangama, Sri Lanka

All these photographs were taken with the Canon 7D and the 100-400mm lens. Since I used a telephoto lens instead of a macro, I didn't need to use a flash for additional lighting.

A Grey Pansy (Junonia atlites) photographed at Thalangama, Sri Lanka
Grey Pansy (Junonia atlites) - Thalangama, Sri Lanka





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