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Malachite Butterfly

Malachite Butterfly
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX110IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Guatemala & Belize
Theme(s): Butterflies & Moths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-27 18:28
Viewed: 6554
Points: 18
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Malachite Butterfly
Siproeta stelenes

Siproeta stelenes, commonly known as the Malachite, is a neotropical brush-footed butterfly (family Nymphalidae). The malachite has large wings that are black and brilliant green or yellow-green on the uppersides and light brown and olive green on the undersides. It is named for the mineral malachite, which is similar in color to the bright green on the butterfly's wings. The wingspread is typically between 8.5 and 10 cm (3.3 and 3.9 in). The malachite is found throughout Central and northern South America, where it is one of the most common butterfly species. Its distribution extends as far north as southern Texas and the tip of Florida, to Cuba, as subspecies S. s. insularis (Holland, 1916), and south to Brazil.
Adults feed on flower nectar, rotting fruit, dead animals, and bat dung. Females lay eggs on the new leaves of plants in the Acanthaceae family, especially ruellia. The larvae are horned, spiny black caterpillars with red markings.


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Hi Manyee

Good shot of this guy with wings folded. Interesting POV. Great sharpness and DOF.


Hi Manyee,

Very nice shot from an interesting point of view. Black background shows the BF very nice and clear. Bravo and TFS.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-28 2:01]

Hello Manyee,
Very special butterfly in beautiful colours. Great sharpness and contrasting black BG. Good composition.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-28 2:18]

Great colors and design of this beautiful butterfly, captured well. tfs.

Ciao Manyee, fantastic butterfly with splendid colors, excellent sharpness, wonderful contrast against dark BG and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

I have never seen this beautifully created butterfly. I like the composition, POV, and lighting. Very nice capture Manyee.


The colours on this butterfly are wonderful, Manyee, you made a beautiful shot, excellent sharpness and so many details to see here, I like it very much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-01-28 9:45]

Very colorful and beautiful species. The butterfly stands out from the dark background. Successful point of view too.
Greetings and TFS.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-02-07 8:35]

Hello again!

This is one of most beautifull butterfly I've ever seen! Side POV is great, insect is very sharp and detailed, black BG perfectly underlines beauty of main subject. Colours are extraordinary.

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