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Red Banded Hairstreak

Red Banded Hairstreak
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Copyright: Bill Houghton (poppygan59) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 344] (2516)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF300mm 4/L IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-11 4:14
Viewed: 2748
Points: 34
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Red Banded Hairstreak-

Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)
You will know when you come across a Red-banded Hairstreak by the bold orange-red racing stripe on the top side of its wings. The predominantly grey wings of this butterfly are cut by a highly visible graphic streak edged in a thin band of white. An attractive dark blue spot near the side edge of the wings is like the number on a slick racecar. This butterfly tends to be most active at dusk, when the red stripe glows proudly in the light of the setting sun.

It is native to the Southeastern United States.

The underside of the Red-banded Hairstreak’s wings are also grey, but are outlined in stripes of red, black, and white to help this confident creature stand out to any butterfly enthusiast. You’ll be mesmerized by the light show of the flapping wings. These butterflies are sure to stand out in a crowd.

Family: Gossamer Wing (Lycaenidae)

Subfamily: Hairstreak (Theclinae)

Average Wingspan: 3/4" - 1 1/4"

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-11 4:22]

Hello Bill,
this is a very sunny and bright photo of this Hairstreak , very nice detail , and good softened background.Best regards Siggi

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-07-11 4:34]

Hi Bill,
Beautiful macro of beautiful butterfly ..
The colours and sharpness are amazing. Nice composition too .
Best wishes,

Hi Bill,

Well you keep coming up with these humdingers my friend, exposure and colour, on the money my friend Bill, yet sharpness around the upper wing area seems a little soft?, however a striking picture indeed,
Best regards and have a nice week,


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-11 5:27]

Hello Bill,
another strong composition in exciting bright and attractive colors. How excellent the contrast of the butterfly with the background.
Catchy, attractive and a splendid job well executed!
Another lovely presentation.


Hello Bill,
Another beautiful butterfly, very beautiful colours, nice lighting and very good composition, great shot,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

Hi Bill

Never imagined a picture with such a powerful yellow presence all over could look so nice. The defining factor I feel is the contrast which is so striking.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-11 6:08]

Hi Bill,
What a superb species of hairstreak, even more striking by the fact that it is fresh and well captured with excellent sharpness and natural colours from an ideal lateral POV. The yellow OOF flowery BG sets it off well too in this well composed image.
Thanks for sharing this beauty!
Best regards,

Fantastic butterfly and fantastic photo Bill!! The composition is excellent. The BG the colours and the lighting are amazing. Impressive sharpness too.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-07-11 6:28]

Hi Bill,
Excellent macro work and beautiful butterfly.
Very nice colours with excellent detail.
Nice background in superb colours.
Regards Jiri.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-11 6:28]

Lovely species and good composition with fine colors. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-11 6:28]

Hello Bill,
What a beauty! A remarkable butterfly in beautiful colours, very nice contrasting against the yellow BG. Good sharpness and an excellent POV and composition.

I like colors of this fine looking butterfly in close wings, Bill. Beautiful perch in fine composition. Thanks and kind regards.

Hi Bill.
Amazing warm colours. Many details. Quite good sharpness. Great compositon.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Bill, great macro of lovely butterfly, wonderful lighting BG, fine details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and colors, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

Hello bill,
Great capture with very nice details and very good focus.
A lovely image with a splendid colored butterfly.

Hello Bill,
lovely composed shot of this beautiful butterfly. I especially like the great contrast between the yellow background (and flower) and the brown butterfly with red stripes. Fantastic light and wonderful colours. Thanks for sharing this beauty.
Best wishes,

Hello Bill,
Nice constrast with a clear and beatiful BG, I like a lot the high level of red in the wings, we have here some Lycaenidaes very similar with this, but the red-banded are less red and more thin.
Good shot,

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