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Julia Longwing

Julia Longwing
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX APO IF HSM, Digital ISO-200, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-19 6:31
Viewed: 2931
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's another shot from the butterfly house in Swindon.
This is a Julia Longwing and this was the only time I'd found one that stayed still :-)

I hope you like it!

The Heliconiinae, commonly called heliconians or longwings, are a subfamily of the brush-footed butterflies (family Nymphalidae). They can be divided into 45-50 genera and were sometimes treated as a separate family Heliconiidae within the Papilionoidea. The coloration is predominantly reddish and black, and though of varying wing shape, the forewings are always elongated tipwards, hence the common name.

Most longwings are found in the Tropics, particularly in South America; only the Argynnini are quite diverse in the Holarctic. Especially tropical species feed on poisonous plants, characteristically Passifloraceae vines, as larvae, becoming poisonous themselves. The adult butterflies announce their acquired toxicity with strong aposematic colors, warning off would-be predators. There are several famous cases of Batesian and Müllerian mimicry both within this group and with other butterflies. Other commonly-seen foodplants are Fabaceae (which also contain several toxic species), and particularly among northernly species Violaceae.

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A sharply focused and correctly exposed fine capture of a Longwing in good form Joe, the dark, blurry BG directs all of the attention to the b.fly in the foreground. The huge eye with multi-pseudo pupils looks so mesmerizing indeed!

Dear Joe
Superb shot of this wonderful Longwing,
Perfect details,DOF and composition.
Welldone my friend.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-19 8:25]

Hello Joe,
This certainly is a long wing. Amazing sharpness and colours. Beautiful contrasts against the blurry green BG. Perfect pose and POV.

Hello Joe
amazing beautiful species from butterfly house and its wonderful macro-shot. Its high wings look like a sail. Great focus and POV/OOF. splendid colors and lighting. Superb composition and colors contrast. thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hello Joe, a realy great shot of this interesting butterfly. Details superb.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-19 13:05]

Hi Joe. A good place to visit in the winter when we dont have any outside to see. You have taken a fine close up in this beauty. Good detail and colours. well done TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-19 13:07]

Hi Joe,

I see how this butterfly got its name! A magnificent macro with fantastic details of the face, wings and body. The eye is amazing. It looks to be dancing on the leaf. The dark background is perfect and shows the Longwing off very well.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-19 14:03]

Hi Bob,i hope one day to visit this beautiful place,there are wonderfuls species...and a great photographer like you inside..ehehe..fantastic work,just my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

Ciao Joe, fantastic butterfly, great macro with wonderful details, good DOF and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Yes I did...I haev two offers as well...I shall let ya'll know soon...This Joey..You had to pull this one out of the bag..There is this sort of fun catch and run...you know what I mean...and this one should get it all back in balance..if not then we have lost some of our good members...this is simply superior..

Hi Joe,
I am Bayram:). A really interesting butterfly in shape with great clarity.
Details on the eyes are great.
Colours and BG also excellent!
TFS this fine image OwLMan:-)

Ps. Also thanks for your kind wishes. I feel beter now. But i could not sit so long time aginst the monitor.

Spectacular shot Joe.
Amazing light,perfect exposure,sharpness,colour DOF,& everyfink!
A great vertical format composition.
This one is really special.
Very nice work!

Hi Joe,
Very good capture of this fellow with very loooong wings. Great POV and lighting, well composed and sharp details.

Hi Joe,
Precise point of focus to pull in this much b-fly @ f/9
Excellent color & exposure, artfully composed..
Love that green BG, it works very well here :)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-19 23:47]

Hello Joe,
I like to see a butterfly in this pose. Very original! The details in this photo are sharp and interesting.
Well done.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-20 0:19]

Hi Joe

You took the most out of your chance here! This Julia Longwing really is an amazing species and pretty much like nothing we have here generally.
The details of your shot are impeccable and the flash made sure you'd benefit from a good light to bring out all those textures and colors stand out well.
Great work all-in-all!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Joe

Julia Longwing,sounds like a character from a book.
Lovely sharp detail and focus.
The lighting is excellent with natural colours.
The pose and composition is very good.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-11-20 7:08]

Hello Joe
Stunning beautiful capture of this Julia! I love the sharp and clear details and the nice natural colors!
Congratulations, my dear friend, and thank you very much for this beauty.
Best regards

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-20 7:09]

This elongated beautiful butterfly fits perfectly the vertical frame of this shot. Beautifuly, Joey, perfect.


Ciao Joe,
meravigliosa cattura di una meravigliosa farfalla, splendida la composizione verticale che esalta la straordinaria bellezza delle ali di questo Ninfalide e la splendida posa sulla foglia, super la definizione con ottimi dettagli, molto belli i colori e BG.

Hi Joey,

what a great macro shot and good pov, dof and bg.
Great details and beautiful colours.


Hello Joe,

Excellent close up of this beautiful butterfly.
Nice colours with good details.
Light, focus and sharpness are splendid.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-20 23:58]

Hi Joe,
Focus, sharpness, details, POV, lighting, color tones and composition are very good. Well done and TFS
All the best,

Que luz, que formato, que maravilla.
Precioso trabajo: J. Ignasi.

Hi Joe
Very elegant butterfly and very eleganty photo. I like the POV here. Also perfect blured background, good contrast and sharpness

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