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Morpho peleides

Morpho peleides
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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies of middle America, Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-04 8:41
Viewed: 4830
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Morpho-butterflies are among the most impressive species of the American tropics. When in flight, they are really amazing. The blue iridescent wings are seen from a far distance. However, when the Morphos settle and rest, they usually close their wings and the nice blue is no more visible. Neverhteless, they present their large wing underside which also shows nice colour patterns.
Many Nymphalidae icluding the forest Satyrinae and also the Morphinae can be attracted by rotten fruits like bananas. Admixture of alcoholic beverages to a certain degree increases the attractivity and may lead to drunken butterflies - no joke! You can find a number of recipes in the entomological literature. Each 'designer' is convinced of the efficacy of his mixture.
In the case shown squeezed bananas were used only. Because Morpho peleides is not so rare in the Sierra de Tilaran you can be successful.
The picture shows a close-up of a sucking
-- Morpho peleides.
The species occurs in Central and South America from Mexico to Colombis and Venezuela.
Wing span: about 11 cm.

- Natural light
- ISO 200
- hand-held

- DeVries P.J. (1987) The Butterflies of Costa Rica and their Natural History. Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae. - Princeton University Press.
- D'Abrera B. (1984) Butterflies of the Neotropical Region, Part II Danaidae, Ithomiidae, Heliconiidae & Morphidae. - Hill House.

musin1002, cataclysta, horia, fartash, ramthakur, dew77, pita, marhowie, red45, RAP, Juyona, blakitan, jmp, pilonm, wallhalla15, cedryk has marked this note useful
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Hellow Peter
Beautiful photo of morpho. Unusual POV. Good shapnes. Interesting situation and note. Great banana eater :-)
Best wishes

Hi Peter,

this is just perfect!! Nice cropping and close up gives lots of details! bravo.......

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-11-04 9:08]

Hello Peter,
Excellent close-up of this Morpho at the feeding table. Interesting details and lovely colours. Pity about the other one interfering!!
Thanks and regards, Ulla

So detail friend. Great macro, truely colour, nice DOF and good compo. But I wonder why you dont remove the other one on the left to get more perfect pic. I like it anyway.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-04 9:29]

Hihi...another one wants to be popular, too...he is squeezing into the frame there :))
Splendid macro work here, Peter...as usual!
The details are great, the colors lovely and the light excellent.
Terrific work for a handheld at 1/60...and i'm guessing without a stabilizer :)

Bravo and TFS

Hello Peter
Very nice shot of butterfly,
Perfect focusing and beautiful
colors, Welldone


Hi Peter,
So you didn't have to use strong 'stimulants' to get this lovely butterfly into picture! There are two of them actually.
The partial view in this large macro illustrates the beauty of its underwings rather well.
TFS and take care.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-04 10:35]

Hello Peter,
Very nice close up.POV,colors,details and sharpness on head,framing and composition are wonderful.Exclelent work!

Hi Peter,
bin neidisch!!!
Ich war schon so glücklich und aufgeregt diese tollen Schmetterlinge im Schmetterlingshaus zu sehen - aber in freier "Wildbahn" - das ist was besonderes.
Und dann bist Du auch so nahe rangekommen - wunderschöner Bildausschnitt und erstklassiege Schärfe, vielen Dank und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Well done Peter.
I like the sharp detail I see, and DOF that has picked up the head, thorax, legs, and upper wing nicely :)
Very good color, POV, and exposed well also.
Have a great weekend!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-11-04 12:35]

Excellent close-up Peter. I like tight composition with well visible details on butterfly body. Veins and eyes on wings look superb. Very interesting subject well photographed and described

Very sharp macro Peter with excellent POV to show the beauty of this butterfly.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, focus, sharpness, color, lighting, background, framing, notes.

I like it: DOF (I believe that you could have used F7 or 8 without problems)

I don't like it: nothing.

So making drunk butterflies... good idea ;-)
Only as a game, I made a Workshop eliminating the partial image of the left.. I hope you like it.
Best regards... Ricardo

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-11-04 14:56]

Hola Peter, buen macro, y colores muy agradables, excelentes detalles y POv. saludos

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-11-04 15:54]

Muy buena composición y detalle. Enhorabuena. Saludos

Hi Peter,
Excellent macro-shot. Superb details. Amazingly sharp.

Ben Lakitan

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2006-11-05 2:58]

Excellente macro, détails splendides


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-05 3:23]

Hi Peter,
Excellent macro with great details and very good composition. Good note too.
TFS, José M.

Gorgeous! Superb sharpness and details on the face. Love the beautiful wing and colours! Wonderful job you achieved Peter!
Bravo and TFS!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-05 12:51]

Hi Peter,

Very nice close up of this morpho,as I can see he was not alone,well captured with good sharpness,POV and details,TFS


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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-11-05 22:51]

Hello Peter, What an impressive picture of a morphi! Details are amazing and very sharp! Great pov and the colors looks very natural to me... I like the fact that we can see its "fur"...

Great job and TFS,


Un vrai plaisir que de voir tant de détail !
Bonne journée.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-11-06 22:13]

Hola Peter.- Un bella foto, verdaderamente muy nitida. Me agradan sus colores y textura. Buena luz y contraste. Saludos Luis52.

Hallo Peter,
dieses ist ein sehr schönes Portrait vom Morpho. Mir persönlich gefallen die Schmetterlingsfotos ohne Blitz erheblich besser. Sie wirken einfach natürlicher. Sehr gute Schärfe, Tiefenschärfe und natürliche Farben. Sehr gut ins Bild gestellt. Danke für diesen sehr schöne Falter.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-11-08 17:47]

Hello Peter,
Very nice close-up. Nice details - especially on the thorax.
Best greetings,

Hi Peter,

Exellent macro shot of this Morpho Paleides
Superb sharpness, details and colours
great POV

TFS Thijs


Impressive shot. Nice details and well chosen POV. Sharpness is excellent. Only minor thing on the picture is the slightly overexposed piece of fruit at the left.
I like it a lot.

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