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2 heads and 3 legs

2 heads and 3 legs
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Copyright: Simon Valdez (Elsimon) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 70] (520)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-16
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of middle America 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-10 9:26
Viewed: 6205
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this butterfly licking salt on a wall in the house I used to live.

I find interesting that the tail of this butterfly closely resambles, both by shape and colors a head, being even more conspicuous than the real head. I beleive this is to cofuse predators. If they are attacking from the back they will go and bite the false head, giving an advantage to the butterfly, who can afford to lose a bit of its tail, but cant afford to lose the head!. Judging by the fact this specimen only has 3 legs seems like its a survivor from a predation attempt. Any help with the ID is greatly apreciatted.

Thanks for stopping by

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To NinaM: Thank youElsimon 1 02-10 19:45
To batu: Once again thank youElsimon 1 02-10 19:25
To lousat: Thank youElsimon 1 02-10 19:17
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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-02-10 9:40]
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Hello Simon,
a fantastic picture of the butterfly nicely showing its interesting underside wing pattern.
The upperside is less spectacular in this species: completey brown hindwings, and the forewings with an
additional orange stripe.
Its identification is Colobura dirce from the family Nymphalidae.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-02-10 10:26]
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This is a beautiful specimen, Simon, and Peter just identified it for you. I think it has a spectacular pattern and as you say, the "head" at the back is fascinating. Thank you, your picture is super sharp and the colours beautiful.


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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-02-10 10:43]

what an interesting species. the point of view is perfect.
you should try a little bit of NR on the background

Hola Simon.

Excelente imagen de una espectacular mariposa que se aprecia muy bien en sus detalles.

Jose Luis.

hello Simon
beautiful picture
great details
nice colours
greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-02-10 17:06]
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Hi Simon,this is a great gift to a butterflies lover like me! I never seen nothing like that,it's a fantastic specie,and a fantastic pic whit excellents details and colors,my best best compliments,Luciano

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2009-02-10 19:29]

Bonsoir Simon,

Strange speciment. But you made a great portrait of him. Image is sharp and well exposed. The blured BG looks great. And the colors harmony is splendid. Nice work and TFS.


Hallo Simon
What a brilliant shot. A beautiful butterfly, with great and unusual features that display very well. I like to look at butterfly images because their patterns and markings are delightful. Each pattern and marking tells a different and beautiful story. The most of the times the colours are vibrant and attractive. This photo has both of those things going for it and that is just great. Well seen and captured. Thanks for sharing, and have an enjoyable day.
Best regards

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