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Anartia jatrophae

Anartia jatrophae
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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: 2017-11-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-12-22 4:53
Viewed: 990
Points: 22
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Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Victorinini
Genus: Anartia
Species:A. jatrophae

The genus Anartia is closely allied to Junonia and its Afro-Oriental equivalent Precis and shares their liking for sunny open habitats in disturbed woodland.
There are 5 Anartia species of which jatrophae is the commonest and most widespread. The others are lyrtea from Haiti, chrysopelea from Cuba, fatima from central America and the beautiful black, red and white amathea from mainland South America.
When freshly emerged jatrophae has a beautiful mother-of-pearl luminescence that is difficult to reproduce in a photograph, but after only a short while the colours fade to a dull greyish-white.
Anartia jatrophae is distributed from the southern USA to Bolivia and Argentina. It is also found on most Caribbean islands.
This species is found in disturbed habitats such as gardens, forest clearings, orchards, farmland and grassy riverbanks. It is primarily a lowland insect, but occurs up to an altitude of about 1500m.The eggs are ribbed, yellowish-green in colour, and laid singly on leaves of Blechum, Ruellia and other Acanthaceae; also on Bacopa and Lindernia ( Scrophulariacae ) and Lippia ( Verbenaceae ).This is a sun-loving species. It is active mainly in the mornings when it can be seen basking on the ground or on low foliage. Later in the day when temperatures rise it rests in semi-shaded situations at the forest edge, or sits in open sunlight with the wings held erect. In the late afternoon when the temperature begins to dip, the butterflies commonly bask at the top of coarse grasses and herbage.

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Hello Luciano,
A fantastic capture with such impressive colors. The details and focus are excellent.

Ciao Luciano, cubana da sballo, colori favolosi, luce fantastica, nitidezza e dettagli al top, bravissimo, buon Natale anche su TN, ciao Silvio

Bonsoir Luciano,

La végétation cadre bien le papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Anartia jatrophae. La qualité de la lumière embellit les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2017-12-22 10:10]

Hello Luciano,
Splendid photo of this butterfly. Excellent sharpness, details and very beautiful colours in a pleasing diagonal composition.

Hi Luciano

Your use of the flash is always masterful getting the details without losing the colours. Superbly done once again.

Another prize shot from Cuba with your compact camera, Luciano.
The open wings of this butterfly look glorious in the ambient light.

Hi Luciano,

A super photo of the beautiful butterfly. Excellent Details, sharpness & natural color with a nice composition.

Warm Regards,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2017-12-23 8:58]

Ciao Lucinao,
Beautiful butterfly ..
Very nice point of view with good view on the patterns on the wings.
Have a nice weekend,

Ciao Luciano,
Perfectly composed and exposed photo, and although the colors are a little bit washed out, sharpness on the butterfly is fine and the shallow depth of field to hide the background is excellent. Powerful, spectacular shot. Congratulations!
Have a great Christmas, kind regards, László

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2018-01-22 14:50]

Bela foto de qualidade muito boa com composição ótima meus parabéns.

Bellissima farfalla.
Grazie per averla postata.

Ciao Francesco

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