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Zerene cesonia


Zerene cesonia
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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8 ED
Exposure: f/8, 1/950 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-26 10:23
Viewed: 4182
Points: 52
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Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia)

Wing span: 2 1/8 - 3 inches (5.4 - 7.6 cm).

Identification: Upperside forewings of both sexes have yellow "dog's head" surrounded by black. "Eye" does not touch black border. Female similar, with duller, more diffuse black areas and 2 seasonal forms: underside hindwing of wet season "summer" form is yellow; that of dry season "winter" form is mottled with black and pink.

Life history: Males patrol open areas for females. Eggs are laid on the undersides of terminal leaves of host plants. Adults overwinter in reproductive arrest.

Flight: Three flights in the southern states from May-June, July-August, and September-April. Northern colonists have one generation per year, or do not reproduce at all.

Caterpillar hosts: Small-leaved plants in the pea family (Fabaceae) including alfalfa (Medicago sativa); prairie clovers (Pentalostemon), indigo (Dalea), and clover (Trifolium) species.

Adult food: Nectar from flowers including alfalfa, coreopsis, houstonia, and verbena.

Habitat: Dry, open areas such as short-grass prairie hills, scrub oak groves, open woodland, washes, road edges.

Range: Resident in South America north to southern Texas and peninsular Florida. Stray or temporary resident from central California northeast through the Great Lakes area and all the eastern states.

Saludos
Luis52.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-26 10:31]

Saludos Luis,
muy bien hecho y dictada la imagen.
Macrot con esta información magnífica y excelente de la luz.
Excepcionales y descripción. Muy interesantes.
Uno agradable WE,
Adrian

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2010-03-26 10:34]

hi luis,
very nice macro
TFs

Hola Luis,
Me quito el sombrero! excelente macro! imposible conseguir mejor contraste y el enfoque es soberbio. Esos 1/950s además de nitidez impecable en la mariposa y la flor, han permitido captar (adicionalemnte) a esa diminuta abeja "in-flight", agregando así un elemento agradable al conjunto. Gracias por compartir. es bueno ver tus macros también, saludos y feliz fin de semana. Jesús

Hola Luis
this is great macro capture, but not only beautiful butterfly, but also bee and purple Asterid flower. great shot for this trio. sharp details, POV, exposure and colors superb. nicely composed. gracias y saludos amigo
have a nice weekend
Ahmet

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-26 11:31]

Hello Luis,
Great photo of this flower with butterfly. Exceptional beautiful contrasting colours. Very good sharp details and OOF BG. Good POV. The flying LITTLE bee is a BIG bonus.
Regards,
Peter

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-03-26 12:00]

Hello Luis
Very nice composition and vivid colors, excellent details and perfect focus
Regards
Razvan

hello Luis
this is very good
so beautiful colours and nice pose with good details and nice light
greeting lou

Ciao Luis, bella macro di questa splendida Pieridae su un bellissimo fiore, deliziosa la mosca che si avvicina in volo, fantastici colori naturali, magnifica nitidezza e splendid dettagli, bravo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Luis,
Excellent details, beautiful colours, very good sharpness and great POV in this picture. Well done!
Regards,
Mircea

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-26 14:17]

Hello Luis,
A wonderful close up from you.Excellent composition of this pretty butterfly with great colors and sharpness.An ideal POV.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Luis,
Great capture with wonderful colours and superb background.
Very good clarity, focus and POV.
Marius.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-03-26 16:07]

Hola Primo,

A beautiful trio of flower, butterfly and bee. The pose is lovely and I love the contrast between the beautiful colors. Excellent clarity, background and composition. You should be seeing them all again very soon.

Jane

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-26 23:26]

Luis
Wonderful double capture!
The butterfly is amazing whit this great details and the fly is the bonus!
Beautiful flower too.
Congratulation!
Horia

No te preocupes por lo del trabajo Luis, ya que eso es lo primero; yo tb ando liado en esta época del año ya que me dedico al tema de los fitosanitarios (insumos llaman por allá creo) y estamos casi aquí en la época más fuerte de trabajo y donde se da realmente el consumo con este clima.
Tu toma como siempre bien cuidada. Captaste perfectamente el volumen de la flor, consiguiendo una buena profundidad de campo que abarca sobradamente a la mariposa. En esta juegas al límite de la luz jeje. Esa especie creo q no la tenemos por aquí.
La guinda, la mosquita que también metiste en foco !
Un abrazo y buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Luis
Amazing trio capture:lovely butterfly,great flowrs and a little fly!
Congratulation for this beauty!
Mariana

Hello Luis.
What wonderful picture!
The colors are simply fantastic.
Fine details and sharpness.
Very well done!
José Roberto

hello Luis

with the 2 insects it is a 2 in 1 photo and when adding the
beautiful flower it is a 3 in 1 very beautiful photo, with fine
POV at their level, fine focus excellent sharpness and details,

TFS

Asbed

Beautiful butterflY! Look like the Colias Croceus. Impressive details on flower and the flying bee. Best comopliments and nice to meet you!

Roberto

Hola Luis

Fantastica imagen de estos dos insectos y la planta, colores agradables a la vista.

Un saludo Antonio

Hi Luis
You've captured three in one photo. A butterfly, bee and a pretty purple thistle. The butterfly is such a nice shade of yellow and it compliments the bright purple bloom. Details and colours are spot on. A nice portrait over all.
TFS Janice
Thanks for making me a favorite ; )

Hello Luis,

very good picture from this flower and butterfly with good pov and dof.
Fine colours.

Gert

Hi Luis

Great shot of this lovely yellow butterfly and bee attending the thistle. Excellnt composition and sharpness.

Chris

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-03-28 5:24]

Bonjour Luis,
Very fine summer-picture recalling us the charms of the warmer season.
I like very much the superb color-combination between the purple flower and the beautiful yellow Dogface. And you have a flying hoverfly as bonus too. The white stripes in the background may disturn a little bit, but that's nature..we cannot rub out everything :-)Kind regards
Anne

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-03-29 13:07]

Hi Luis
That is impressive ,perfect timing .Good low pov and razor sharp image ,amasing detail to.Very nice composition with nice colors and nice OOF BG
TFS Michel

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-05 3:53]

Hi Luis,
the colours re simply stunning. Very punchy with yellow and purple. Excellent composition and a very flamboyant style. The most stunning of all is the well frozen movement of the fly.
What a shot and what a skill you got.
Really an exciting shot to look at .

Regards,
Foozi

You have to love the colors and shapes when viewing this one and so well perfectly executed especially on the nice dark background. Funny though, it doesn't really look like it has a dog's face. Either way well done Amigo. :)

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