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Siproeta stelenes insularis

Siproeta stelenes insularis
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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: 2017-05-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-01-07 12:38
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Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I apologize if the quality of the photo is not great, but it is one the best I have been able to chase of this wonderful butterfly after 3 days in the forest among the mosquitoes, one of the most beautiful species I've ever seen.Pic taken from a long distance.

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Victorinini
Genus: Siproeta
Species:S. stelenes insularis

Siproeta stelenes (malachite) is a neotropical brush-footed butterfly (family Nymphalidae). The malachite has large wings that are black and brilliant green or yellow-green on the upperside and light brown and olive green on the underside. It is named for the mineral malachite, which is similar in color to the bright green on the butterfly's wings. Typically, the wingspread is between 8.5 and 10 cm (3.3 and 3.9 in). The malachite is found throughout Central and northern South America, where it is one of the most common butterfly species. Its distribution extends as far north as southern Texas and the tip of Florida, to Cuba and Hispaniola as subspecies S. s. insularis (Holland, 1916), and S. s. biplagiata, and south to Brazil.
Adults feed on flower nectar, rotting fruit, dead animals, and bat dung. Females lay eggs on the new leaves of plants in the family Acanthaceae, especially ruellia. The larvae are horned, spiny, black caterpillars with red markings.
Malachites often are confused with Philaethria dido. They have similar coloration, but their wing shapes are different.

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Bonsoir Luciano,

Les feuilles aident au cadrage du papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Siproeta stelenes insularis. La bonne luminosité met en valeur la beauté des couleurs. Bonne soirée.


Ciao Luciano, anche se malmessa e presa da lontano è sempre un gran bel vedere, altro splendore della tua magnifica collezione cubana, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hi Luciano,
You chased a butterfly for 3 days... you're a tough guy for sure... :-) And the result isn't that bad at all: composition's wonderful, the wing's sharp, light management's good, only the strong background noise is destructing a little, due to the high ISO and the overc ropping. Anyway, congratulations for both the photo and your persistence.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

Hello Luciano

Lovely photography of this butterfly, fine lateral POV,
great focus, sharpness, details and contrast, TFS


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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2018-01-11 10:43]

Hi Luciano
Very common in my country.
Good depth of field to enhance the specimen and its details.

Tfd & regards

Hi Luciano,

This is indeed the most beautiful butterfly that I have seen. Excellent details, clarity & sharpness.

Thanks for sharing this beauty.

Warm Regards,

Hello Luciano,
3 days 🏃.... 🏃... 🏃 behind a 🦋!
Quite well captured 😊
Just bit noise in the BG which you could easily removed.
Very sharp and good details.
🎊 Congratulation for your finding 😊
Thanks for showing,

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