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Hackberry in the brush

Hackberry in the brush
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Copyright: Angelina Deans (angybone) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 40-150 f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-11-06 4:14
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Points: 36
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Information from Texas Cooperative Service
Common Name: Hackberry butterfly
Scientific Name: Asterocampa celtis (Boisduval & LeConte)
Order: Lepidoptera

Description: The adult is a medium sized (1-3/4 to 2-1/4 inch wingspan) yellow-brown butterfly with white spots near the fore wing tips and a band of dark spots and two dark lines following along the wing margin. Caterpillars grow to 1-1/4 inches long, are green, tapered at both ends, and marked with a pair of yellow lines along the top of the body and V-shaped markings on the sides. The head bears a pair of branched knobs and the end of the body has two projections or "tails."

There are two subspecies in Texas; A c. celtis (Boisduval and LeConte) has one distinct dark spot near the margin of the fore wing, while A. c. antonia (Edwards) has two. Empress leilia, Asterocampa leilia (Edwards), in southwestern Texas is similar to A. celtis but can be distinguished by the two yellow-ringed black spots with white centers on the underside of the fore wings. The tawny emperor, A. clyton (Boisduval and LeConte) is similar to A. celtis, but is more dull orange to yellow-brown in color. It lacks the distinctive dark spot(s) and white markings on the fore wings. There are three Texas subspecies: A. c. clyton (Boisduval and LeConte), A. c. louisa (Stallings and Turner), and A. c. texana (Skinner). Caterpillars of these species also feed on hackberry, Celtis sp.

Life Cycle: Caterpillars hatching from eggs develop through several stages (instars) before forming a green chrysalis. There are three generations per year, overwintering primarily in the egg stage.

Habitat and Food Source(s): Caterpillars feed on leaves and tender new growth of hackberry trees (Celtis sp.). Adults are found on foliage, flowers near host plants, resting on the ground and feeding at tree wounds.

Pest Status: Very common butterfly on tree trunks and near hackberry trees; medically harmless.

Aaltjie, gracious, eqshannon, wallhalla15, Luis52, CeltickRanger, ridvan, fartash, peter_stoeckl, Jamesp, oscarromulus has marked this note useful
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hello angelina,
lovely shot, liked the colours and the composition,nice lighting effect,
tfs & regards

Dear Angie
Another one of your beauties. Good capture. The combination of the butterfly and the berries makes a good photo. I enjoyed your notes, thank you very much. Value you sharing your talents. It is much appreciated.
Warmest regards

Hello Angy,
Very good exposure and focus in this shot
I liked the light and shadow with good clarity, vivid colour and details
very well done and well seen
all the best

I have heard that hackberry is good for coughs, hence the name. But since I have never seen it up here, I do not know of anyone who has taken it for a remedy. Only second hand.
It must be a good attractant yes? Very nice. Your lessons are quite complete. I wonder what kind of things I and my family used to eat, when we picked 5 gallon buckets of Himalayan Blackberry's....

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-06 6:41]

Nice shot of this butterfly which is unknown to me.
+++ Love the composition and POV.
The berries are the perfect perch for this Hackberry.
Great sharpness throughout and excellent clarity.
I love the vivid colours.
--- Nothing :D
Well done Angy!!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-06 10:56]

I love the way you have captured this beauty with the light flooding through the wings.
Delightful composition and colours too

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-06 13:51]

Hola Angelina. La Mariposa parece disfrutar mucho de este duce fruto. Me agrada la composicion lograda. Bello fondo. Luis52.

hello Angelina

i think this is not a easy shot (at least for me)
because on side is backlight and the other shadow
but you managed very well your camera to take in shot
this butterfly with the excellent details of it, TFS


Those berries look very similar to our Saskatoon or Salal berries. Are these berries edible?

Hello Angelina, this is a very butterfly shot. Very good framing, good sharpness, lighting and very nice colours. This is a very nice composition. Thank you.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-11-07 14:11]

selam ;
Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.Colors are beautiful.Excellent shot of this b.fly well done.
TFS ridvan

Angelina...you sure have an eye for composition. Those berries are a perfect compliment to this butterfly.I sure like seeing the sun coming through he wings.You excel at this.
Good weekend to you.
See you soon.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-08 2:05]

Hi Angelina,
Splendid shot of this beautiful butterfly with a curious name. Very impressive sharpness and colours and the backlighting provides a fabulous effect on the wings. I like the natural surrounding and the attentive pose. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hi Angelina.
Beautiful light used, especially through the wings really showing up the patterns on the wings. Lovely composition using the berries, slightly soft in focus but still good detail and wonderful colours.


Dear Andy
Very intersting shot of this Hackberry butterfly :o)
Perfect focusing,lighting and BG,Welldone.

Good Luck

Hi Angelina,
splendid light, a wonderful mixture of deeply saturated colour, a well approached butterfly on ripe berries in a wll balanced dynamic composition. A very lovely and wealthy image of a glorious day in Autumn.
Thank you!
My best regards,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-05 23:35]

Hi Angelina

Lovely shot of this buttefly, I like the composition and colours here. Good detail too.



This one too. Educative notes.

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