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Copyright: Leisa Hennessy (Snoops) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 0 N: 170] (555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z5
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American butterflies, Butterflies of North-America, Butterflies of middle America [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-18 6:54
Viewed: 4377
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 19
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Malachite (Siproeta stelenes [Linnaeus])

Wing span: 3 1/4 - 4 inches (8.3 - 10.1 cm).

Identification: Upperside is dark brown to black with translucent whitish green or yellow-green patches. Underside is orange-brown with greenish patches. Dry season (winter) form is larger and the hindwing underside has smudged black marks inside the orange marginal band; wet season (summer) form is smaller and has silver marks instead of black smudges.

Life history: Males perch on shrubs in forest or orchard openings and sometimes patrol for females with a slow, floating flight. Adults roost together under the leaves of low shrubs. Eggs are laid singly on host plant leaves, which caterpillars eat and rest beneath.

Flight: Two to three broods during the summer; one brood of the winter form hibernates.

Caterpillar hosts: Cafetin (Blechum brownei) and ruellia (Ruellia coccinea) in the family Acanthaceae.

Adult food: Rotting fruit. Occasionally feeds on bird droppings and nectar from flowers of lianas, trees, and sometimes herbaceous plants. Malachites may feed all day long and may fly to flowers 38 feet high in the canopy.

Habitat: Mango, citrus, and avocado orchards in Florida; subtropical evergreen or semideciduous forests in Central America.

Range: Brazil north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to southern Florida and South Texas. A rare stray into Kansas.

Thanks for looking gang and yesterdays comments i really appreciate them :)

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I love the Comp, POV, DOF, BG and colours you have in this pic! Keep up the good work. TFS,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-18 8:34]

Hello Leisa,
amazing all those details on its wings, nice sharpness and great POV. A wonderful composition.

Hi Leisa ,

Superb macro , good POV and BG , sharpness is amazing. Congrats on this great macro



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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2006-05-18 13:33]

Hi Leisa.
Great colours and composition.
Good DOF, POV and sharpness, I liked most the colours of the butterfly and the luminosity of the entire picture.
well done.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-05-18 17:51]

Excellent up-side down POV!
Excellent DOF and stunning details!
Very good on colours!
5* and TFS!

Hi Leisa

Sharp details, good clarity and well composed. Excellent POV and good exposure. Well done!

Very good close-up of this butterfly.
Amazing colours, good composition.


Great image, Leisa!
Unusual POV, great DOF and superb colors.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-19 18:10]

Hi Leisa
Good shot. Great colours, sharpnes, details, DOF and POV.
well done


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  • manada (18)
  • [2006-06-01 19:17]

Leisa, ciao.
The buterfly is beautiful, but the photo, I'd try to make an up and down.

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