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Blue Morpho Butterfly

Blue Morpho Butterfly
Photo Information
Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-08-28 20:47
Viewed: 10335
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
This picture was taken at the parc Mazéret in charlebourg Québec
The Blue Morpho Butterfly (Morpho menelaus)
is an iridescent blue butterfly that lives in rainforests of South and Central America, including Brazil, Costa Rica, and Venezuela.

Anatomy: The Blue Morpho Butterfly is a species of neotropical butterfly that has brilliant blue wings (the females are are not as brilliantly colored as the males and have a brown edge with white spots surrounding the iridescent blue area). The undersides (visible when the butterfly is resting) are brown with bronze-colored eyespots. The Blue Morpho has a wingspan of about 6 inches (15 cm). Adults drink the juices of rotting fruit using their straw-like proboscis.

The caterpillar of the Blue Morpho is red-brown with bright patches of lime-green on the back, and it eats the plant Erythroxylum pilchrum nocturnally (at night).

Classification: Order Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), Family Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies), Genus Morpho, Species menelaus.

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  • biero Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 2] (12)
  • [2006-08-28 20:59]

Superbes couleurs ce papillon Jean Paul, bien vu.
Merci de partage.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-08-28 21:50]

Stunning details in the wings and wonderful colours. TFS

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-08-28 21:50]
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Remerkable details, JP! This is a wonderful butterfly and very well captured. A very nice composition, too. I'm OK with the flower -- not for it, not against it. Despite the great detail there seems to be a little bit of unsharpness in the wings, or maybe it's some kind of optical illusion from the angle. I gave it an unsharpening and it helped.

Hi JP, your butterfly's wings are getting old and tatty, what a shame. Lovely capture, and I love these butterflies with their two sides of their wings beingso different.
We have them in our butterfly house. I have done a workshop for you, and I hope you like it. I just cropped off a bit from the left.
Well done,

Hi JeanPaul

I love the Blue Morpho butterfly. They glide effortlessly through the air and charm us with their beautiful iridescent wings. This little one is a bit tatty. Well seen and shown. Thank you!

Hello JP,
A beautiful butterfly, my friend!
You capture the silky soft textures in the wings very well...
Insect is nicely framed, with sharp good details and fine colours!
Pablo -

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-08-29 3:04]

Hello Jeanpaul!
Very nice capture.I liked vivid colors,POV,details,framing,lighting and composition a lot.

Hello JP,
nice close up!
Excellent colors and details.
Good compo and note.


it is nice but not your best jeanpaul.
the composition is nice but the wings upstairs are a little bit out of pov and thats not good for the quality, farther good dof and good job.
gr. jaap

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2006-08-29 7:25]
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Przepiekny motyl, wspaniale ujety. Rewelacyjne kolory i barwy.

Hello JP, another excllent photo from you, perfect details, excllent colors, Bg, POv DOF great Job, TFS Kyle

bonjour JP
le pauvre semble avoir subit une attaque de predateur et il en a perdu une partie de sa voilure.il a malgrès cela gardé de belles couleurs.merci du partage.

Very nice macro Jeanpaul. Very nice colours, very good details and good POV. This is a very nice composition. Thank you for posting.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-08-29 16:07]

Hi JP!
A very beautiful capture of the butterfly. The image is very clear and well colored. The frame is delicate and corresponds to the theme.

Great details showing the markings, Jeanpaul. Nicely framed. Informative note. The top wing doesn't bother me much - if one would want to pick around, maybe the antennae are somewhat lost in the background, but then again: flowers hold still, butterflies don't, so getting the perfect pov is partially dependent on luck.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-29 17:50]

Hi Jeanpaul
Great shot. Great colours, sharpnes, light and POV.
Well done mf


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-29 20:23]

Hi jeanpaul

Very well saturated colours in this photo.Excellent DOF and POV.Great detail in the wings.Nicely composed and framed.TFS


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-08-30 21:25]

Qule beau papillon Jeanpaul ! Photographié dans un bel environnement ! Belle composition et belle technique, bravo !


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-31 13:46]

Salut Jeanpaul,
A lovely shot. Nice colors and good details. Very well composed. Good depth.

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  • Aliza Gold Star Critiquer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 3] (98)
  • [2006-09-01 6:51]
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Hi JeanPaul,
Figures and colours of butterfly wings are so nice, excellent, I love it.
Thank you very much for sharing this "Blue Morpho Butterfly"

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  • tjasa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 100 W: 0 N: 84] (602)
  • [2006-09-01 15:02]

Hey Jeanpaul,
beautiful catch, great collours and POV!
I like all details and cyrcles on wings, this flower in right corner is nice addition!
Well done and TFS!

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-09-03 12:38]

Hi JeanPaul,
Nice Morpho close-up my friend.
I like your poc,blurred bg,colors,note and frame.TFS

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  • angeni (4)
  • [2006-09-12 3:45]
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In the picture you have beautiful colours and details. I really like it!
Thank you to sharing,


Hi dear jeanpaul ,
i like all of your nice photos in this album.
all of your photos are excellent and i adored your work.
this photo is very nice too.
beautiful colors and nice sharpness.
thanks my kindness friend

best regards

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-01-25 19:00]

Hola Jeanpaul, espléndido primer plano, los colores muy nítidos, el detalle de las alas precioso, enhorabuena. Saludos Sira

Witaj JeanPaul!
Wspanialy motyl. Ma slicznie ulozony wzor na skrzydlach. Kompozycja bardzo ladna, zolty kwiat dodaje uroku. Dobrze widoczne szczegoly i ladne kolory.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

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