Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus)

Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus)

Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus)

The Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus) or outside Asia, African Monarch, is a common butterfly which is widespread in Asia and Africa. It belongs to the Danainae (“Milkweed butterflies”) subfamily of the brush-footed butterfly family, Nymphalidae.

It is believed to be one of the first butterflies to be used in art. A 3500 year old Egyptian fresco in Luxor features the oldest illustration of this species.

The Plain Tiger can be considered the archetypical danaine of India. Accordingly, this species has been studied with in greater detail than other members of its subfamily occurring in India.

See an earlier post on Striped Tiger (Danaus genutia)


20th Photo on Flickr Explore

The 20 on Explore

The 20 on Explore

Woke up to find I have the 20th entry into Flickr explore

1. Eye of the tiger!!, 2. The woodpecker and the squirrel, 3. Indian Pitta, 4. Red-crested Pochard – male, 5. Barn Swallow, 6. Common picturewing – Rhyothemis variegata, 7. Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, 8. Cleared for landing!!,

9. I know that smell!!, 10. Damsels in love ;-) , 11. Yellow on yellow! One-spot Grass Yellow Butterfly (Eurema andersonii), 12. Magenta dragonfly – Aurora themis(?), 13. Striped Tiger (Danaus genutia) II, 14. Striped Tiger (Danaus genutia), 15. Common Leopard (Phalanta phalantha), 16. Blue grass dartlet damselfly,

17. Ummm… This size will fit her!, 18. Green on green – Merops orientalis, 19. Cuddle party!, 20. Tigress with cubs at Pench National Park

Half of what 2009 was….

  1. June 22nd 2009 revived the journal/blog.
  2. June 30th 2009 Contributed to two small Open source projects – JQuery Autocorrect and WordPress DateTitle.
  3. July 2nd 2009 Sangita was here. Met her after a gap of 10 years.
  4. July 7th 2009 Saw more FOSS contribution from SANIsoft – this time 3 more jQuery plugins.
  5. July 19th 2009 Wrote a post on Single Light portraits – this post is currently the most read post on this blog.
  6. July 21st 2009 On the eve of a total solar eclipse in India I recalled my experience of 1980 of seen a total solar eclipse.
  7. August 9th 2009 We initiated Nagpur PHP Meetups with a aim of getting Nagpur on the PHP map of the world, no where there yet!.
  8. September 19th 2009 I turned 43 and was wished by more people than ever before.
  9. October 7th 2009 One of my pictures made it to #1 on Flickr explore and I wrote some tips on how I got there.
  10. November 17th 2009 Rescued a Russell’s Viper on the even of Aasim’s Birthday
  11. December 1st 2009 Attended did not write about it but tweeted a lot during the event
  12. December 18th 2009 Released a WordPress plugin to import Flickr comments into posts

Well the year had a lot more than the above 12 points but that is mostly too personal to write right now – someday if all the characters permit it will make one hell of a story!!

Live Flickr Comments Importer

A quick note for those who follow my blog but not the SANIsoft blog. The WordPress Plugin to import comments from your Flickr Photos into your WordPress posts is now listed at and the plugin home page is at

Bug reports, feature request and patches most welcome

Testing Flickr Comment Import plugin



Yesterday I hacked a plugin which allows importing of comments from Flickr into a WordPress post, however I am not releasing this iteration of the plugin because

  1. It does not really use the Flickr API but the recent activity RSS feed
  2. It involves the WordPress user entering a custom field called flickr_ID which should have the value of the picture ID on Flickr
  3. It is hooked to the admin_head – which means that comments are imported only when I do something in the WordPress Admin

Thus I am not releasing this version – the next version will try to solve the above three issues and I will release that. Meanwhile if you go to this photo on Flickr and comment, the comment will show up on this post in a while

Black-tailed Godwit at Nagpur in November

Black-talied Godwit

Black-talied Godwit

This is a picture I took on 27th Nov 2009 at Ambhazari Lake, Nagpur. The bird with the long beak is a ‘Western’ Black-tailed Godwit, Limosa limosa in it’s winter, non breeding plumage of this bird. These birds migrate from Central Asia (Far East Russia) to India for wintering.

In Nagpur we see them only in April when they are returning and are beginning to assume breeding plumage. However this year for the first time in nearly 8 years of my serious I have spotted them in November…. I hope they stay here throughout winter as it would present a great photo opportunity.

Incidentally the bird is classified as Near Threatened by IUCN

Additional information:

Kentish Plovers do breed in Nagpur

Kentish plovers breed in Nagpur

Adult Kentish plover in breeeding plumage

The Kentish Plover, Charadrius alexandrinus, is a small wader in the plover bird family. Despite its name, this species no longer breeds in Kent, or even Great Britain. This beautiful specimen in breeding plumage was found in the wading ground of Wena Lake about 15km from Nagpur. See more pictures and read some details

Viper rescue!

Russell's Viper

Russell's Viper

We were returning after celebrating Aasim birthday party – as we rounded a corner we saw a Tata Sumo parked in middle of the road and a few people gathered around as Swati cautiously steered around – We saw a glimpse of a snake Swati slowed and I recognized it immediately. It was a Russell’s Viper! I was out of the car even before the car halted. Continue reading