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Crimson Glory

Crimson Glory
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Copyright: brenda stevens (drchoneydew) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 38 N: 475] (3501)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-13 17:29
Viewed: 2142
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Wasn't going to share this and then my friend pointed out what the name of this butterfly was and I took a closer look. He is beautiful isn't he?

Also another interesting note discovered, if a females abdomen is up it is telling the male counterpart BACK OFF, just the opposite of what I initially thought.

Found a map which displays all verified sighting records in the "BAMONA" database for this species.

Each record is indicated with a yellow dot. The orange dots on the map provide access to information about the 200 most recently verified sightings of this species. In some instances, there are several records at the same location. You can use this for access these records! the map

Julia Heliconian
Dryas iulia (Fabricius, 1775)
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: 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.
Wing Span: 3 1/4 - 3 5/8 inches (8.2 - 9.2 cm).
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.
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.
Conservation: Not usually required, but habitat in South Texas is limited.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

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Seen this species for the first time, Brenda. It's a beauty. Very nice POV to show the butterfly in its glorious aspect.
Rich note with plenty of info on the subject.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Brenda,
Wow!... Nice and "new for me" Drayas ilulia sub-species! (I think)... (our D. iulia have more orange wings and different shapes!... Great colors!... Correct POV!... Well done!

Amazing butterfly Brenda! Great photo with fantastic colors and very good sharpness.

Hallo Brenda
The bright autumn colours of this butterfly is beautiful and very eye-catching. I very much like the classical, open winged pose you captured here as well as the point of view. The butterfly displays lovely against the green leaves as backdrop. Thanks for sharing a sun filled macro. Best regards.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-13 23:03]

Hello Brenda.
A superb coloured butterfly with beautiful wing patterns captured with tack sharp detail from your great camera work.Best regards Siggi.

Ciao Brenda, great macro of fantastic butterfly, wonderful bright colors, excellent sharpness, fine details and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Brenda,
whilst it seems a strange name for an orange butterfly your photo portrays it in its habitat beautifully.
Just a little tight at the top of the frame but still a cracking shot,well done.
Lovely note.
Best regards Les.

hi Brenda,
got to see a new butterfly. nice. and very gorgeous too. good clarity, but high exposure. well, that's your signature style. we have already discussed the topic before. so, no criticism on that :)
what i feel is that, if the butterfly could have been taken from a bit far, i.e., if some space could be given around the subject, it could appear more comfortable.
never mind. the uniqueness and beauty of your subject wash out all :)
a good catch. thanks for sharing.

Ciao Brenda. Fine details and excellent managment of light and colours.


Bravo dear Brenda! This pic is fantastic! Wonderful natural colors and good DOF.The composition is also very pleasant! Wow! The butterfly is outstanding! Good job, my friend! Well done! thanks for sharing this beauty with us!
Have a nice w-end!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-14 6:22]

Hello Brenda,
Very beautiful butterfly in this photo. A bit tiny in the composition, but excellent in sharpness and taken from a very good POV. Good Depth of field.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-01-14 6:50]

Hello Brenda,
A real beauty which I am not familiar with at all. Love the close crop, as it allows us to see it's unique features and attractive colors in fine detail. Your map site is pretty neat also. Well done!!

hello Brenda
Beautiful golden butterfly with great sharpness and good details
very nice composition to see this specie very good
thanks greeting lou

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