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Two Drinking Males

Two Drinking Males
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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, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Indonesia + Brunei [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-06-25 8:55
Viewed: 3789
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The picture shows two male butterflies of
- Euploea hewitsonii
- subfamily: Danainae)

They are sucking on a Heliotropium plant which contains the precursor molecules (pyrrolizidine-alkaloids) for their pheromones. Heliotropium is so 'kind' to do some biochemical work to produce just the right compounds for them.

Porabua, a small village located at the Konaweha-River, surrounded by impressive and rainforest-covered mountains (Indonesia, Sulawesi-Tenggara).

* 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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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-06-25 8:58]

Hi Peter,really faboulous!What a great moment and what a fantastic quality! Very professional work,you manage very well the light fot the best result as possible.My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-25 9:21]

Hello Peter,
A superb capture of these two feeding Danaids.
As usual the technical quality is excellent and the composition showing these two juxtaposed is just right. I haven't seen this species before on TN: perhaps it is new.
Thanks for posting this,
Best wishes,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-06-25 9:22]

Hola Peter,
magnífica aproximación,
detalles y sobresaliente foco.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-06-25 9:49]

Hello Peter,
Very good symmetric composition. Very good sharpness and exotic species for me.
Regards, Pawel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-25 10:15]

Hello Peter,
A gorgeous photo! Great light and colours and superb sharpness and details. Excellent composition, DOF, POV and BG. High quality!

Hi Peter.
amazing picture, great sharpness and details.

Best wishes, Dario

Hello Peter,

Great macro.
Light,focus and sharpness are fantastic.
Splendid composition.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-06-25 12:12]

Hello Peter,
What a splendid view of these two beautiful tropical butterflies in a fine composition.
Technically perfect as usual!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Peter,

ha ha, awesome capture, very natural. Two good friends taking something in a bar. Excellent photo, very successful and good theme.

Thanks for share, weel done!



hello Peter!
happy hour for the butterflies!!!!
good composition with excellent details of this pair of male Euploea hewitsonii

best sERGIO

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-06-25 18:28]

Hello Peter,
What a beautiful pair, forming a lovely balanced composition.
I really like the subtle colors of these butterflies.
That purplish blue on black is stunning.
As usual, perfect light and focus.
TFS. ; )

Hallo Peter
Striking image. These butterflies could easily have been twins. They are so alike yet when one look closer there are obvious differences. The shapes of the patterns are interesting to look at, as each one is different from the other. The contrast of the light blotches in combination with the black outlines is beautiful. They display beautiful against the green leaves as backdrop. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

Hi Peter,
A nice capture of these beautiful Euploea hewitsonii butterflies. Excellent composition and very good sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-06-26 7:27]

Very fine natural behavior captured well. Interesting to see both almost on opposite side of the plant, almost like mirror image. tfs.

Helo Peter, interesting shot Well done

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