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Dryas Julia

Dryas Julia
Photo Information
Copyright: Lawhill Russo (lawhill) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 2 N: 565] (2054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D-200, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-28 8:01
Viewed: 2959
Points: 36
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Dryas Julia
Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

Subfamily: Longwings (Heliconiinae)

Identification: Forewings elongate. Male bright orange above and below; upperside of hindwing with narrow black border on outer margin. Female duller orange, with more black markings above.

Life history: Males patrol all day for receptive females. Eggs are laid singly on new growth; caterpillars feed on leaves. Adults forage along a set route of nectar sources each day in a behavior known as "trap-lining".

Flight: Throughout the year in southern Florida and South Texas, strays to the north in summer.

Wing span: 3 1/4 - 3 5/8 inches (8.2 - 9.2 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Passion-vines including Passiflora lutea in Texas.

Adult food: Nectar from flowers including lantana and shepherd\'s needle; probably others.

Habitat: Subtropical hammock openings and edges, and nearby fields.

Range: Resident in Brazil north through Central America, Mexico, West Indies, peninsular Florida, and South Texas. Strays north to eastern Nebraska.

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Hello Lawhill.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hi Lawhill,
Wonderful, Composition. Black BG and the red flower display your butterfly really well. A good sharp and good to look at photo,
best regards

Wonderful composition
with soft colours and nice details

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-28 8:52]

Hola amigo,
precioso trabajo,
esplÚndida macro,
colores y pov excelentes,

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-28 9:00]

Hi Lawhill.
Great capture.Amazing contrasty colors.Beautiful composition with good upper POV.I like his pose with full opened wings and fine sharp details.Good dark BG too.Very well done!
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Magnificent!!! An outstanding photo...The colors are amazing and the detail, fantastic...Great BG...TFS

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-28 9:04]

Hi Lawhill,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Dryas Julia. Immaculate sharpness and lovely colours with perfect lighting and focus. Excellent POV and DOF. The red flower adds such stunning effect to the shot. Wonderfully composed and presented. Kudos.

great contrast good focus great colors nice pose by the insect

Hi Lawhill,
A very nice composed BG black and orange. The subject is very well exposed. Good use of flash. Outstanding shot. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-28 10:50]

Hi Lawhill,

An extraordinary beautiful post! The position of the butterfly on the flower is wonderful. Marvelous colors, sharp details, fantastic background and a spectacular composition.


...and yet another of your highly colorful shots!!! This one almost makes me dizzy with color. Good thing this isn't 1967 but I forget:-) Wonderful fine tuning job as well....of course.


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-28 13:03]

selam lawhill; nice shot of this butterfly,good details presented ,nice POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-28 15:05]

This is very professional presentation of butterfly. The colors are so vivid and well saturated. Composition is very nice. Excellent focus with very nice edges and textures.

Very nice clean image, the top view composition of this butterfly is wonderful the lighting is very even throughout the subject were you have attained nice even colors and details. Well done Lawhill. :)

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-28 16:26]

Hello Lawhill, wonderful portrait of this butterfly, lovely colors and composition, great POV and BG..well done

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-28 20:06]

Hello Lawhill

Excellent composition with super colours and contrast.The focus and sharpness is very good.The details are excellent with wonderful textures.A real beauty.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-06-28 21:55]

The colors on this image are just stunning, Lawhill.
Fantastic details and pose on that Julia.
Excellent exposure and composition.
Love those fiery colors against the dark BG.
TFS. : )

Gorgeous! Wonderful color - so bold and vivid! Great composition. Lovely!

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