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Antillean Blue Butterfly

Antillean Blue Butterfly
Photo Information
Copyright: CJ Vincent (C_J) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 125] (459)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon Macro Lens EF 180 mm 1:3.5 L USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-18 3:30
Viewed: 4294
Points: 6
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CJ's Desert Dwellers: Antillean Blue Butterfly Hemiargus ceraunus sipping nectar from a Mexican Hat (Coneflower) Ratibida columnifera

There are three separate races of this species in the United Staes. This is the Southwestern subspecies, denoted by it's singular 'eyespot' on the underwing. Actual size of subject - wings .75 inch, body .6 inch

This is a member of the Gossamer (Lycandae) winged family of Butterflies . The wing coloring is from 2 types of scales: browns, grays and oranges are pigmented colors (think dyes, pigments) and blues, greens, purples and coppers are 'structural color (think of the rainbow created with oil on water or a hummingbirds gorget) created by light refraction in the scales. (That is why the blue has a 'shine'and seems a bit out of focus. Note the contrasting detail of the proboscis.)

This is, most likely, a female. In males, they have reduced forelegs, only the four hindlegs can be used for walking. Females have all six legs well developed.

Gossamer winged butterflies tend to hold their wings over their backs when at rest.

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Great photo. You could sharpen it a little. The head and abdomen of butterfly is overexposed.
Any way I like it :-)
Best wishes
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-18 4:37]

Hi CJ,
Though there are several imperfections, this is a fine and generally sharp shot of this Blue. There is a strange pinkish tinge to the wings that doesn't seem natural and the BG has that same color.
TFS this and the info.
Regards, Ivan

Hey CJ
Very nice shot of butterfly,
Good colors and composition,
A little failure in focusing.


  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-10-23 9:54]

Hi CJ,
I like very much your photo and this little lycanidea which I had never seen. -Thank you very much for showing it.
Best wishes.

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