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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1
Exposure: f/11, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-03 1:06
Viewed: 3553
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This series of postings is intended to increase the knowledge on insects of Sulawesi. Except for butterflies, little is known on most other insect groups of this huge island.
Large parts are only poorly explored also with respect to butterflies, such as the south-eastern Peninsula, Sulawesi-Tenggara.

The picture shows two different species which are relatives of the well-known Monarch Butterfly, Danaus plexippus, and of the Plain Tiger, Danaus chrysippus. They belong to the genus Euploea which comprises altogether 14 species in Sulawesi.

Left: - Euploea hewitsonii (= hyacinthus),
Right: - Euploea algea
- family: Nymphalidae
- subfamily: Danainae.

Unfortunately, you cannot enjoy the impressive blue iridescence of the upperside wing pattern of hewitsonii.

The plant which has attracted both species is a
- Heliotropium species
- family: Boraginaceae

which contains pyrrolizidine-alkaloids.

Besides the two species shown on the picture, some further Danainae species were present on the same kind of plant nearby:
Danaus genutia, Euploea westwoodi, Parantica cleona und Ideopsis juventa.

Porabua - a small village in the vast mountaineous and rain forest covered region north of the line Kolaka - Kendari (Indonesia, Southeast-Sulawesi).

- natural late afternoon light
- no wind
- handheld

* Ackery PR & Vane-Wright RI (1984) Milkweed Butterflies - Their Cladistics and Biology.
British Museum (Natural History), London.
* Yata O, Morishita K (1985) Butterflies of the South East Asian Islands. Volume II, Pieridae and Danaidae. - Plapac Co., Tokyo.
* Vane-Wright RI, de Jong R (2003) The butterflies of Sulawesi: an annotated checklist for a critical island fauna. - National Museum of Natural History. Leiden.

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Hi Peter
I like the note and I like the photo. Great sharp image. Beautiful butterflies, nice blured background but with little noise in the dark green parts.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-03 2:00]

Hello Peter
Excellent work, you capture these butterflies with very sharp details, natural colors and perfect focus.

Hello Peter,
Very interesting post, from this unknown island (for me...) of Indonesia. Very good management of light and DOF. And good job for the ID! Best regards,

Ciao Peter, superb capture of two different specie of Euploea, both elegant with fantastic details and excellent sharpness, congratulations my friend, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-03 11:31]

Hi Peter. Interesting notes to with this first class close up picture. We are lucky to be able to see the two different butterflies in the one shot. Which you have taken with sharp focusing and fine detail. Your use of the light has given rich natural looking colours. well done TFs.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-05-03 11:50]

Lieber Peter,
Auf den ersten Blick dachte ich an die selbe Spezies, haben sie doch die gleichen Farben diese beiden Schmetterlinge! Muss ein schönes Erlebnis sein, solche Schönheiten in der Natur zu sehen.
Feines, interessantes und wohlgestaltetes Bild. Bravo!
Einen schönen Abend und herzliche Grüsse

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-05-03 14:45]

Peter...could you tell me something to write about your pic? Really i can't to think different to leave you my best best best compliments for this wonderful pic.Really fantastic! Have a nice week,Luciano

hello Peter
perfect scene and compo,lovely natural colors
perfect photo

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2009-05-04 4:30]

Hello Peter,

This is a very wonderful capture of these two butterflies together. The details, composition, POV and details are excellent. Nice tones and colors. Good notes too. TFS.


Witaj Piotrek,
Butterflies are very bautiful. Light paint. Amazing colouration on background grows green. Replete colours. Well visible details. Whole compositions admirable.
I thank za reliable description.
Gratulacje i pozdrowienia - Roma

Hi Peter
A great photo, a postcard if you like. I like the composition that is very successful. As always, the use of light and detail are magnificent.

Hello Peter great shot of this rare specie on TN Regards TFS

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