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Leptotes cassius theonus

Leptotes cassius theonus
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-11-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-12-19 6:02
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Points: 20
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Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Tribe: Polyommatini
Genus: Leptotes
Species:L. cassius theonus

Leptotes cassius, commonly known as the Cassius Blue or Tropical Striped Blue, is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in Florida and the Keys, Texas south through the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America to South America. Strays can be found in New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri and South Carolina.
The wingspan is 20-35 mm.
The butterfly species has an important role in Marisha Pessl's 2006 novel Special Topics in Calamity Physics. The protagonist, Blue van Meer, is named in honor of the Cassius Blue.
The caterpillars feed natively on Fabaceae. Foodplants on record are Amorpha crenulata, Woolly Rattlepod (Crotalaria incana), Galactia regularis and Lima Bean (Phaseolus lunatus). It can also successfully develop feeding on Cape Leadwort (Plumbago auriculata) or Doctorbush (P. scandens), which (among the eudicots) are not closely related to its usual foodplants.
The subspecie "theonus"(Lucas, 1857) is found only in Florida, Cuba, Bahamas, Greater Antilles.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2017-12-19 10:11]

Hello Luciano,
Marvellous photo in a nice composition. Excellent sharpness, details and beautiful colours against a fine blurry background.

this one I like ... it is simple and beautiful !

Ciao Luciano, anche questa ci somiglia molto a quella di casa nostra, fuoco perfetto e nitidezza splendida altra gran macro e altro bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano,
What a superb specie of butterfly....The blue spots are superb...Nice capture from a very good POV.

Beautiful capture from Cuba, Luciano.
Though you have composed the shot well, I would have dropped a bit at the rear of the subject.
Those eye spots on the wings are charming.

Ciao Luciano,
Marvelous photo with fantastic, natural color gamut (absolutely excellent flash usage again) and simple, yet effective composition. Very impressive!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

Hello Luciano

Great macro, with fine POV, beautiful light,
great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


Bonsoir Luciano,

Le papillon est bien placé dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Leptotes cassius theonus. La qualité de la lumière embellit les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.


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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2018-01-04 20:39]

Hi Luciano
Great composition, with superb colors and sharpness and favorable dof.


Ótima foto com foco muito bom,cores e qualidade muito boa meus parabéns.

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