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Wonder Brown

Wonder Brown
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/450 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies Chapter2, Invertebrates & Fungi of the Sydney region., Butterflies of Australia, Australian Butterflies 1, Satyrinae - Worldwide [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-16 8:35
Viewed: 4468
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Butterflies can be elusive beasts, at least here in Australia they can be. This is a female Wonder Brown (Heteronympha mirifica), an uncommon species found in moist forests of southeast Australia. They are unusual in their behaviour; the males (which are pale brown and highly patterned) appear to congregate at the tops of hills and ridges, while the females remain at the bottom of shaded gullies. Just how they meet to breed I donít know. The males apparently all die by January, yet the females live on until the end of May.
This one was found at one of my favourite walking tracks around Mt. Kembla, near Wollongong. We hadnít been along this track for some time, and autumn is always good weather for lazy Sunday afternoon walks. We flushed several of these as we walked along the trail and I took a number of shots of them camouflaged amongst the leaf litter on the ground. Unfortunately none of those was good enough to post here, the camouflage was to good. Luckily one landed on the leaf of a giant stinging tree (Dendrocnide excelsa) and I got a couple of shoots of this worn individual. When I returned home I noticed that this one had a friendly fly also on the leaf.
The leaves of the stinging tree are something for humans to steer clear of. Each of the tiny stiff hairs you can see is in fact a mini-hypodermic needle. The hollow hairs are packed with an irritating fluid that is injected into the skin when brushed against, and the sting can last for several hours. Despite the presence of these nasty hairs, numerous insect larvae can be found eating the leaves in spring and summer.

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Hi Chris!
This is really great photo!
Very exotic and unusual for me because I never saw something like that.
Good job!

Beautiful butterfly Chris.
The details, markings and color are sharp and your POV is great.

Well done and TFS.

Hello Chris!
Very nice macro capture again.Lighting,details,framing and composition are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-16 12:40]

Strange colours for butterfly but I like it very much! Great pattern on its wings, POV, quality.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-06-16 13:45]

it's a nice one Chris,
I like the shot, vry good sharpnes, good composition, well taken shot, very good pov, good job,
gr. jaap

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-16 17:20]

Hello Chris,
A nice capture,very good composition and sharp detail.
The note is very interesting too,I've not heard of these stinging trees before.
Good work,well done.


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-17 6:28]
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Hi Chris,

Well composed, sharp details, good POV and interesting note. Are the whites a bit OE or is it my monitor? The fly is a nice bonus. :)Well done & TFS!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-12 22:49]

Hello Chris!
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete and very interesting. Fortunately that we have our favorites walking traks! They are old friend in which company we feel well. They learn us always new things whitout asking something in return but we owe a lot to them.
Well seen and well done.
Thank you very much for sharing.

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