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Heliophorus androcles

Heliophorus androcles
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1984-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax LX, Pentax F 100/2.8 macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of the other countries of Asia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-02 13:54
Viewed: 5577
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Green Sapphire (Heliophorus androcles) is a small butterfly that belongs to the Lycaenidae or Blues family. It occurs in North West India, Nepal, Sikkim, Assam and Western China. Burma, Northern Thailand but not Peninsula Malaya.

Wing span 30-35 mm. Upper surface of male wing brilliant metallic green or blue in colour. Female wing brown with golden-copper tinge and with an orange patch in the middle area of the fore-wing. Hind wing with a tail like elongation, with an orange band on the outer edge in females. Underside is yellow with a red marginal band and black tornal patches on the forewing. Recorded from Shillong during February - August. Some information on Indian butterflies here.

This specimen was basking on a low rock beside a trail in the mountains of Nepal at about 2,500 metres. The photo is an old one, from a 35mm slide, and I have done my best to make it presentable for TN. This took some changes to the brightness and contrast, together with a lot of sharpening after resizing.

The result is rather imperfect, but this is the first post for this species on TN, so I hope you enjoy it regardless of the quality.

marcellr, XOTAELE, Juyona, haraprasan, Silvio2006, Maite, touristdidi, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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Ciao Alan,
veramente splendido questo Licenide che ci mostri stasera.
Come giustamente dici, si tratta di una specie mai vista prima su TN e questo Ŕ molto importante, per me pi¨ importante del risultato tecnico.
Grazie ancora,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-02 16:05]

HOla amigo,
bellos colores y original mariposa,
buen pov,
saludos Alan.

Bellos colores y estupendo ejemplar por su colorido tan exˇtico.
Buena nota amigo.
Saludos, JL.

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  • Strobe (24)
  • [2008-01-03 4:42]

Great colours, well captured Alan

Hi Alan,
What a lovely butterfly. Very well composed and well place in the frame. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-03 14:29]

Hi Alan,the colours of this butterfly are simply wonderfull,very very nice work,thanks for share,Luciano

Hi Alan, splendid butterfly with wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, thanks, is the first time that I see this superb creature, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-15 6:15]

How beautiful this butterfly, Alan!! I like a lot the perfect details and beautiful colors on its wings. A marvellous and very interesting capture.
Thank you very much for sharing.


Great butterfly and luckyyou to see the butterflies of Nepal!

I have chased them for a picture before. Beautiful butterflies abound in Nepal and India. BUT like all wild life I notice few in comparison to before (when I first arrived in 1996).

Hi Alan,
a very enjoyable presentation of this stunningly beautiful Green Sapphire taken from a perfect angle, light and focus well controlled, and well composed with just the right amount of space in front. Well sufficient brief notes with good information.
A butterfly I have never seen before, and certainly one of the cutest on earth, to my taste. Well worth to take the effort of slidescan with all the frustration of never achieving the brilliance resolution of a good digital image by scanning a colourslide. But still so much better than those images shown on the website on Indian butterflies you gave us the link. A real beauty, well presented. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-04-07 22:59]

Hi Alan,
first of all thanks for the marking you gave to my gram blue shot.
your butterflies shot are very attractive and filled with beautifl composition and colours.


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