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Melanis pixie sanguinea

Melanis pixie sanguinea
Photo Information
Copyright: Richard Vincent (earthtraveler) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 427 W: 123 N: 947] (3483)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies of middle America, Butterflies on Lantana Flowers, Kevin's favorites #4 (Butterflies and moths) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-30 7:10
Viewed: 7083
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another butterfly I found on a Lantana bush at Hotel Buena Vista, Costa Rica in September. I was surprised by the variety of species I saw that morning. What a delight for this eager photographer!

Thank you Ivan, Jose Roberto, and Peter for your help with ID. I know so little about butterfly species but am learning bit by bit as I view all your wonderful images and notes here on TN and then also go diving for info on my own.

Family: Riodinidae
Genus: Melanis
Specie: Pixie
Subspecie of Costa Rica: Sanguinea

Upon further reaserch I found a common name of a very similar butterfly, Red-bordered Pixie

Aperture priority
ISO 100
F-Stop 6.3
Exp. 1/200 sec.

Thanks for taking a look and sharing your thoughts.
I appreciate it.

Jamesp, Ena, JoseMiguel, eqshannon, Alex99, Necipp, vanderschelden, undoredo has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To meyerd: Thank youearthtraveler 2 11-30 13:56
Special thanks to Ivan, Jose Roberto, and Peter for ID help.earthtraveler 1 11-30 10:22
To pankajbajpai: Thank youearthtraveler 1 11-30 07:19
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hello richard,
lovely capture of the butterfly perched on the equally beautiful lantan flowers, excellent pov, well saturated colours, well composed shot, effective framing,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-30 8:08]

Hello Richard,
I have been able to look this up in my books and found that this is a Nemeoniid butterfly, Lymnas pixe.
Excellent colours, sharpness, composition with the lantana and fine POV.
Well done and TFS!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-30 8:14]

Hi Richard

Lovely shot - beautiful detail and colours and excellent POV.


Hello Richard,
Great shot!
Wonderful butterfly with magnicifent colors!
Excellent POV and sharpness.
Pleasant composition, very well detailed.
I believe that is a Melanis pixe (family Riodinidae).
Josť Roberto

Hi Richard,
I love this picture. Black butterflies are hard to shoot because of the exposure. But you succeeded marvelously to render the velvety pitchblack surface! And what glorious colours. Only b minor for me is the background flower that draws too much attention. I propose a workshop version. See whether you like it. Thanks for presenting the pic!
Best regards

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-30 8:45]

Hi Richard,
Very good shot!
Good composition and sharpness! Love the combination of red, yellow and orange colors!

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-30 8:58]

Hello Richard,
a nice capture of this colourful Riodinidae, which however only slightly contrasts to the flowers with nearly identical coloration. I see that Ivan and Josť identified the species already. The actual genus name is Melanis, the species name is pixie (with 2 i). There are several subspecies in the neotropical region. That of Costa Rica is called Melanis pixie sanguinea. I recommend the book of Philip de Vries (1997) The Butterflies of Costa Rica and their Natural History, Vol. II Riodinidae (Princeton University Press, New Jersey).
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Richard,
This is a very impressive picture!
All the colour seen all over makes of this a very "energetic" image to look at.
You managd pretty well the exposure to keep lights and shadows under control.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

selam richard; Excellent shot of this lovely butterfly.Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.splendid Colors. well done.
TFS ridvan

Hi Richard
Wonderful picture.
Great point of view and sharpness. Beautiful colours.
Thanks for presenting

Ciao Richard,
una farfalla dai colori veramente eccezionali, che tu sei riuscito a rendere bene nella foto.
Bella anche la composizione.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-11-30 13:22]

Very nice lighting and exposure. Your exposed this superbly becaus it looks like the lighting was very bright and you were right on the verge of clipping on the flowers but didn't and the butterfly is perfectly exposed. Very masterful work with exposure here.

Hello Richard,
This is such a colorful post! You caught superb details on an amazing specie that I don't think I have seen before. Composition, POV and exposure are superb and you managed well with this black color. Well seen and well done! Thanks,

Wow...is that saturated or what? Lots of colours for the season....well not for summer but almost as a dream of colour...very nice.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-01 5:49]

Hi Richard.
Terrific shot, which overfilled by amazing objects and colours. The pictured butterfly is wonderful at high range, The scenery (flowers and leaves) are so fine. Your POV, wingspread of the butterfly are superb as well as the DOF, sharpness of the main subject and blurriness of the BG. Shot is composed perfectly and diagonal structure of the picture is excellent. Bravo and best regards.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-01 17:27]

Hello Richard

A very lively and colourful image.
The blood red of this butterfly is rich and well saturated.
Nicely placed in the frame.
Very good POV .
Nicely done.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-01 19:33]

Hello Richard, very good shot of this butterfly, the sharpness is fantastic and the exposure is great. Well done !


Hello Richard, WOW, colours are great! good details, nice angle and dof. Tfs, rgds, Necip

Hi Richard,
Isn't that the beauty of this site. So many people are able to help you learn about nature. Like you, I know very little about butterflies, but there are enough experts that are willing to help within a second. They only thing we you need to do is to photograph them. And you did do a great job on this one. The details are perfectly captured and the DOF isolated it excellently. I like the bright colors, especially during these dark days of winter.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-04 9:22]

Hello Richard,
I've never seen this fabulous butterfly before! I like the way it is half camouflaged here among the Lantana flowers. Amazing colours and your capture is very sharp. Great composition and a really good shot!
Many thanks, Ulla

Beautiful butterfly, Richard.
Good DOF and POV.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-05 0:46]

Hi Richard,
Just acknowledging this wonderful shot from you. Sorry, absolutely tied up with an urgent assignment hence forced to do a short-work.

Hi Richard,

The colours in this shot are vibrant and rich, great!
The DOF is brilliant as well! :D

Thanks for sharing,
Ruby :)

Hello Richard,
I'm back now and good to see you again. :-)
Thanks for the kind comments on my previous photo of Chickadee shot.
You present here very beautiful and amazing species. I personally love this photo very much.
I've never seen this butterfly in my life and this species seems to be very unique and amazing.
You've captured this with excellent details and wonderful POV. Also, I can see this beautiful colouration with perfect exposure.
Well presented and TFS,
Best wishes,

Nice colourful shot. Good composition and POV. And thanks for your comments, but I think I will repost my sunset picture again tomorrow with horizontal bordering to make it more panaromic.

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