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Eastwestfalian Fire Clipper

Eastwestfalian Fire Clipper
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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-01
Categories: Insects, Humorous
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Kevin's favorites #4 (Butterflies and moths) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-01 5:57
Viewed: 20387
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 58
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Westfalian Fireclipper (Morpho Aprilus)

Family: Phantasie butterflies (Nymphalidae)
Subfamily: Morphos (Morphinae)
Identification: Both sides are wonderful colored with a web
Life history: Eggs are laid singly on host plants.
Flight: March - August
Wing span: 20 - 25 mm
Caterpillar hosts: Beech (Fagus)
Adult food: Rotting fruit.
Habitat: Beech forests with a distinct dry season.
Range: Eastwestfalia,. a rare stray to southeastern Niedersachsen.

Have a nice first april.



p.s. to Peter Stoeckl: habe leider keinen Wolpertinger erwischt. ;-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-01 6:00]

Hi Heinz,
Right, I'll get in the car straight away - must see this rarity!!!
Great shot, fantastic composition!!
TFS and Happy April, Ulla

Hallo Heinz,
What a stunning looking butterfly. I would never expect to see this kind of butterfly in Europe. I would have expect it in the tropics. The intensity of the colors is just amazing. A wonderful capture, with great details and composition.

P.S. I am still amazed about the colors.

Hello Heinz

Wow... I am amazed at the colour of this butterfly. Another new species you have introduced me to. What a lovely shot. Fantastic quality. Congrats! :-)

HI heinz,

thx for this great april 1st pic , its a good capture and for sure the best we can capture on april 1st ;) thx a lot for sharing this great sharpfull pic with vibrant colours.

Tfs ur april 1st with us in TN ;)


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-04-01 7:40]
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Hallo Heinz,
I could not find the reference of first desription of this species in the scientific literature, also I did not find the species name. So, I immediately called the International Nomenclature Committee to examine this case. They came to the conclusion that the name is not valid and the species has to be described in a scientific journal first. Before this is done, I proposed the provisional name
- Morpho heinzi
which has been accepted by the Committee so far.
However, the species status of your specimen has not been proved and specialists came to the conclusion that it may be an extreme variant of Microwalhalla desillusionata due to feeding of the larvae on Papaveraceae.
Best wishes, Peter

TN never stops to amaze me.
Congratulations for this strange find I had never heard of.
Thanks and regards, MF.

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  • Glint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 51] (315)
  • [2007-04-01 8:43]

hello Heinz,
wow, this is a knock out! The vibrancy of the colours are astonishing. I have never seen such a colourful butterfly before. Shocking pink together with bright orange and an electric blue...wow again. You have done brilliantly to capture and compose this shot so well with the softly focused background. It's like something from Disney. And you have used a camera that is on y shortlist for when I upgrade shortly.
well done
ps This is April first (April Fools Day) you haven't made this out of coloured tissue paper, have you? :-)

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2007-04-01 9:16]

Hi Heinz,
Your dazzling picture and Peter batu's ingenious answer make an unbeatable combination on an unforgettable April Fool's Day! Many thanks to both of you for your witty contributions!
With best regards,

Hallo Heinz,
diese Farbenpracht, ein Juwel!
Phantastische Detailwiedergabe dieses Ostwestfälischen Birkenbuntlings. Die Wiener Unterart, die ganz in vornehm zurückhaltendem Grau gefäbt ist, heißt bei uns übrigens Kompostschlecker.
Kein Wunder, dass Microwalhalla desillusionata (Batu & Eulenspiegel 2007) kaum je gesichtet und auch nie in Insektarien gehalten wird. Weil er so winzig ist, entwischt er durch alle Maschen. Toll, dass er Dir heute früh nicht durch die Lappen gegangen ist.
Dein Buntling scheint übrigens ein Ei gelegt zu haben auf dem Blatt neben seinen Vorderbeinen. Wie weise von der Natur eingerichtet, dass es nicht so bunt ist wie Dein Falter. Man könnte es sonst für ein Osterei halten.
Mit Dank für diesen erfrischenden Beitrag
und herzlichen Grüßen,

Is the color really that striking in real life? Coz it looks very very unique for the colors to be so strikingly vibrant, and to some extent, luminous.

A good shot through.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-04-01 11:12]

Wooow is this real? Can't believe this butterfly having these colors..Looks like a rainbow.Great pose and point of view.
Wonderful shot.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-01 11:16]

Wow, Heinz!
You have captured a species totally unknown to me!
Did you know that the Butterfly farm where you took this is world famous for being the only successful rearing place for this unique species. It is a Morpho species that has become extinct in S. America owing to destruction of its rainforest habitat.
Well done and happy hunting!

hi heinz,
what a lovely insect you have presented here, I never knew that butterflies could be so colourful, nice capture with good pov, liked the composition,
well done, have a nice 1st april :-)
tfs & regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-04-01 12:00]

Hi Heinz,
There is a riot of flourescent colours there. Very attractive and unique. Superb sharpness and pose. Perfect lighting and a great BG is enhancing the beauty. Want to travel anywhere in the world to catch a glimpse of this one. Very nicely composed and framed. Kudos.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-04-01 12:26]

Hallo Heinz,
Dein Westfalian Fireclipper oder Morpho Heinzi hat seinen Erfolg verdient! Als Kunsthistorikerin gefällt mir die Webfärbung am besten,man könnte denken, es sei ein grosser Künstler am Werk gewesen.
Herzlichen Dank für deinen einfallsreichen April-Beitrag

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-04-01 12:29]
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Hi Heinz

Ouch, my eyes. You should be careful with what you post on TN for this could give us all a serious dose of arc-eyes. This looks more like some psychedelic ultra-fluorescent design in a teenage pop magazine than a real life butterfly and to think that this is only the underside. I am sure Peter have ingrown toenails after seeing this spectacle.

Wow, a radiantly beautiful capture of this amazing butterfly. The colours are absolutely remarkable, the details are great and well defined, the exposure was spot-on, and the composition is very well set up.

Great work and TFS.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-04-01 13:19]

Deve ser a borboleta carnavalesca toda colorida,é muito bela e rica em cores meus parabéns por esta captura belissima.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-04-01 13:52]

Bonjour Heinz
Exceptionelle cette macro ! superbes couleurs
Chapeau ! amicalement Robi

Hello Heinz,
WOW! This is a psychedelic butterfly! It sure comes from the '70, lol! This is an appropriated picture for April first... This is really a unique picture with excellent PP work. Good idea ;)

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-02 13:17]

That's a colourful butterfly, and no other! Ha,ha.
What a lovely beautiful specimen this Morpho aprilus, or Morpho heinzi.
I wonder how its larvae will be.
Wonderful job, Heinz. I love it!
Congratulations and TFS.
Best regards

We have this buterfly in France too. Its caterpillar is already to be seen in early spring: shot taken on the 1st of april too (see workshop).

Hi Heinz,
wooooow - der sieht aus wie ein Wärmebild - kann es solche Farben geben, ich bin platt.
Jezt bin ich doppelt traurig, dass wir keine Zeit für Hamm hatten. Grandios! Was für eine Farbzusammenstellung!
Wir waren auf dem Heimweg in Bendorf im Schmetterlingshaus von Seyn-Wittgenstein.
War nicht übel, aber kein Vergleich zu Hamm.
Hab' heute das Highlight von dort eingestellt, sonst war keine "Rarität" dabei.
Trotzdem hab' ich's genossen, zumal das bei uns fast an der nach-Hause-Strecke liegt.
Ich wünsch' Dir wunderbare Ostertage, liebe Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-09 16:56]

Hi Heinz,
This is clearly a member of Phantasie butterflies family! Colours and shapes are really outstanding even for a butterfly. Great pose and pov also.
TFS, José M.

Hi Heinz,
What a butterfly? A wonderful capture, with great details and composition.

bonjour heinz
j'ai faillit me laisser prendre au piege d'autant que jean marie a publié un WS qui faisait aussi tres realiste!!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-04-13 10:57]

Espectacular ejemplar Heinz retratado maravillosamente con una divertida elección de la composición, buena iluminación, agudeza y foco para mostrar los detalles de tan increíble mariposa.
El muy ajustado DOF permite el enfoque necesario y la vez el efectivo OOF posterior para no interferir con el primer plano de la escena.
Una presentación bien lograda.
Saludos desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Spectacular specimen Heinz depicted marvelously with an amusing election of the composition, good illumination, sharpness and focus to show the details of so incredible butterfly.
Very adjusted DOF allows the necessary focus and the same time effective OOF for not interfering with the forefornt of the scene.
A well achieved presentation.
Greetings from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Hi Heinz,
This is a superb shot, as peter said is this is indeed a new variant, congrats for getting your name on to it!! (Morpho heinzi) great picture with superb colors.

Hi Heinz,
This is truely an incredible discovery, my collegues and I have aranged flights to seek out the Eastwestfalian Fire Clipper and study this fascinating new find. I will see you when I get there. I'll will need your contact information. :)

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  • Max31 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 39] (201)
  • [2007-10-10 4:10]

Hi heinz,
On a l'impression que ce papillon n'existe pas tellement ses couleurs sont incroyables ..! La lumière est intéressante et la netteté suffisante .

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