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Geranium bronze butterfly

Geranium bronze butterfly
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Copyright: Alison Ashwell (selkie) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 15] (42)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-29
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/2.9, 30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-22 20:32
Viewed: 4587
Points: 14
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Geranium bronze Cacyreus marshalli

The Geranium Bronze is native to South Africa and has been introduced to Europe via the island of Majorca and it has now become established in the some of the countries round the Mediterranean. It was initially a passenger on culivated Pellargonium sp. the flowers colloquially known as Geraniums - hence the name.

The caterpillars have turned out to be a pest causing a lot of damage to cultivated plants although some commentators are suggesting that the fact that they seem very dependant on Pellargonium plants is a good thing, as they would do a lot more damage if thay were less fussy.

In South Africa these caterpillars do less damage as they have local predators that keep the numbers down and apparently fewer predators in Europe. Some have even been seen as far north as England.

This butterfly was feeding on lavender flowers in the centre of Nice. They are really small butterflies and quite fluttery and skittish but they will settle down if the photographer is patient.

I've seen a lot of them in the past couple of years,here in the South of France, but never on geranium flowers, even when geraniums are nearby.

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Bonjour Selke

Excellent travail de composition.
Ce papillon est de toute beauté.
Jolies couleurs et finesse du détail.
Merci et au revoir

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-22 21:21]

Hi Alison,
Welcome to TN. If you love nature then this site is a great place to be a part of. A lovely shot you have here, nicely composed, great exposure, beautiful colours and details. Great work.

Hi Alison
Welcome on TN. You've started with fantastic photo with quite rare butterfly. I realy like it. Thanks


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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2006-08-23 5:12]

Nice details and natural colours.

bonjour alison et bienvenue.
c'est une espece que je n'ai jamais vue,vous l'avez pris au bon moment avec les ailes ouverte.bravo.

Hi Allison

Welcome to TN

Nicely composed shot. Looks great against the out of focus background. Lovely coloured butterfly :-)

This is a really splendid shot of a beautiful butterfly! The composition is great, colors are brilliant and warm and the details are sharp! The BG is very nicely defocused which makes the subject stand out perfectly! Congratulations and TFS!


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