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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/180 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My trip to Belize and Costa Rica [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-11 3:00
Viewed: 5799
Points: 35
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This a beautiful specimen of the Banner Metalmark (Thisbe lycorias) that I found in a garden next Sam Tillets Hotel. Wingspan is about 25mm.

The species has a distribution from Mexico through Central America to western Brazil, western Columbia and northern Peru. They seem to prefer open forest and disturbed areas.

Juyona, mariki, SelenE, mjaniceanne, Argus, uleko, accassidy, MMM, Adanac, yedidia, pilonm, Necipp has marked this note useful
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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-11 3:32]

Hola amigo,
preciosa macro,
bello ambiente y color,
excelente trabajo.
saludos Chris.

Hello Chris,

Wonderful picture! Good sharpness. A superb butterfly. Wonderful colours. And a tiny ant :-)
Well done,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-11 4:04]

Hi Chris,
wonderful photo of this pretty butterfly.
That little ant on the flower is a bonus!
Striking colours and contrast.
Sharp and crisp.
Great diagonal composition.
Well done,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-11 4:16]

Hi Chris,
It's a beautiful butterfly with great colors and patterns on the wings. And your POV shows us all the beauty. Nice composition and details. TFS
Have a nice weekend,

What a beautiful picture, great composition and light. Very unusual butterfly. TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-11 5:00]

Hello Chris,
Superb capture of this metalmark, Thisbe lycorias. This is excllent in all aspects: sharpness, POV, pose, composition and colours.
well done and thanks,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-11 5:10]

Hello Chris,
What a splendid capture of this beautiful butterfly that I don't think I've seen before.
Excellent sharpness showing the beautiful wing pattern and colours. Looks really lovely on the yellow flowers too. I like the diagonal composition.
Many thanks, Ulla

Bellissima immagine con ottimi dettagli e colori perfetti.
Complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

This is a very striking composition with the green in opposite corners, the diagonal of yellow and the beautiful butterfly that stands out so well against them. Nicely done.

Evelynn : )

Hi Chris,
Nice composition and colours. Unusual Riodinid subject. Very sharp at the rear; a pity the DOF just runs out at the wingtips. Nice reminder, for me, of happy days in Belize long ago. Thanks.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-01-11 12:06]
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Hello Chris,
this time a picture just from the other side of the (your) world showing an interesting metal mark,
probably shown for the first time at TN (?).
Good pictures of Riodinidae are rare, in particular of life specimens.
Therefore, I welcome your contribution very much. The colour pattern of the butterfly is excellently reproduced.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-11 14:17]

Hi Chris
Nice composition.Good POV and lovely colors.Sharp image whit nice details.
TFS Michel

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-11 18:06]

Hello Chris,
Outstanding macro image with excellent camera work throughout. Thanks for sharing this species I have not seen before.

Hi Chris,
Excellent capture of the splendid Metalmark.
Good diagonal composition. Interesting fine detailed texture, of the butterfly wings and the flowers.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-14 5:10]

Hi Chris,
Wonderful shot of this exquite butterfly with immaculate sharpness and details on its wings. Lovely colours and perfect lighting and exposure. The yellow flowers set up a nice tone. I like this top POV to portray it and the diagonal composition. Kudos.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-15 10:54]

Hello Chris

Excellent POV and DOF.
The colours are vivid and bright.
A beautiful OOF BG really makes a lovley backdrop for this flower and butterfly.
Nicely done.


Buen encuadre y luz. Un buen juego de colores. Bello conjunto.
Saludos Chris.

Hello Chris,

You managed perfectly the exposition (not easy with white and yellow!) and did a very nice compo... The only thing is that the focus (even with a very small aperture of f/13.0) seems to be done on the rear wings instead that on the head and antennas of the butterfly...

Otherwise this is a very nice picture!!!



Hello Chis, I really like the way you composed this shot, the colours are very good, the details in the butterfly look v.nice. I agree with you, it is a beautiful specimen, not one Ive seen befoe. thank you very much for sharing. Rgds Necip

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