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Morpho peleides

Morpho peleides
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): South American butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-13 5:10
Viewed: 4735
Points: 56
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Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides)

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Range: Central and South America
Habitat: Rainforest

Not True Blue: Despite their stunning color, blue morphos are not true blue - that is, their wings are not colored blue. So what's the deal? Like all butterflies, morphos have tiny, overlapping scales covering their wings. In blue morphos, the scales on their wing tops have tiny ridges that reflect blue light. So even though the butterflies aren't colored blue, their wing tops look blue!

In contrast, the underside of their wings is brown, visible when the butterflies are at rest and their wings are folded up. The drab color helps them blend in with their surroundings and hide from enemies like birds and large insects. If the butterflies are discovered, they have a second line of defense: two bronze-colored wing spots that look like eyes - perfect for scaring off would-be predators.

Changing Tastes: An adult blue morpho - like all butterflies - drinks its food rather than eats it. It uses its proboscis (long, protruding mouth part) to drink sap and fruit juices.

But like all butterflies, adult morphos were plant-chomping caterpillars as youngsters. Blue morpho caterpillars are especially fond of leaves in the pea family.

Morph-ing: So how do blue morpho caterpillars turn into blue morpho butterflies? Like all butterflies, they make an amazing transformation known as metamorphosis. First, eggs hatch into larvae, better known as caterpillars. Blue morpho caterpillars aren't blue at all: they're reddish-brown with bright patches of lime green on the back.

After a while the caterpillars wrap themselves in protective enclosures, called chrysalises. At this stage the insects are called pupae. After some time, pupation ends and the mature butterflies emerge from their chrysalises.

Home In the Forest: Morpho adults spend most of their time on the forest floor and in the understory (among the lower shrubs and trees). This is where they do their eating and sleeping. But when they're mating, these butterflies flit through all layers of the forest.

Their beauty is brief: the entire blue morpho life cycle lasts only 115 days.

The above obtained from http://www.stlzoo.org/animals/abouttheanimals/invertebrates/insects/butterfliesandmoths/bluemorpho.htm


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 12:28 p.m.
Date: 4th June 2006
Weather conditions: Inside Tropical Butterfly House
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/60
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 200
External Flash: Canon 580EX Speedlite
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

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amazing colours and composition!
Perfect sharpness!
Well done.

Hi Pam,
this is a beaty and you captured it so well. You don't need your macro-lens.;-)
Well composed, great details, lovley light and colours.
Excellent work.

Todays is it a hot summerday, +26C in morning and sunny and blue sky. Almost to hot for an old "polar bear".

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-06-13 5:38]

Hi Pam,

The waterdrops on the leave show how sharp this photo is.Amazing that you shot this photo with you 100-400 Canon. My compliments!


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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-06-13 5:49]

Hi Pam,
Your shot has tipped me over! It's got to be a connon dslr as my next camera. This shot is technically perfect - nothing else to add!

Wow Pam,

This is a fantastic picture. The focus and the DOF is perfect. What I like most is the composition. The picture is just very pleasing to the eye. Well done.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-13 6:45]

LOVELY ! You have very well captured this lovely Morpho ! The details are impressive! Nice green environment, good exposure, DOF and sharpness are perfect, smart frame, useful note...
Bravo Pam and thanks for sharing this beauty.

Another beautiful sharp butterfly.
Great composition and the contrast between green and browns is very nice.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-13 8:04]

Hi Pam,
a masterpiece. Lovely details and excellent POV. Nice DOF lets the Butterfly stand out from the back ground. Beautiful composed and excellent framed.

Excellent work Pam..No nits here :)
Very nicely done mf :)
Thank You!

Beautifull photo, I like the detail of water resting on leaf. Good FOV,BG. TFS Allan. I am interested in how you did the frame?

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  • BeBe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 253] (931)
  • [2006-06-13 8:47]

Hi Pam, excellent sharp photo, it is very difficult to take a picture of this quality in the wild, the deatails are perfect, Juan

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-06-13 11:41]

This image is soooo beautifull!!!
The colors,DOF,Details.. all are perfect.
I like it a lot!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-13 15:05]

Hi Pam,
Lovely, sharp, well composed, perfect light and POV.
TFS, José M.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-06-13 16:02]

Doskonałe zdjęcie, świetny kadr. Super ostrość i idealne tło.

I like the placement in frame, I love the shallow DOF. Image quality is superb Pam. Top shot.

Bonjour Pam
Une excellente photo en macro de ce joli papillon,les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition.

Merci et bravo...JP

This is and incredible capture Pam.
Great composition, colors and beautiful details.
Excellent POV and BG,and like always, great framing too.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-06-13 20:23]

Hi Pam, handsome looking butterfly. Lovely details and good composition. It's very nice all round.

Good detail and lighting with a complimenting BG.


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-06-14 7:08]

Such a beauty Pam!
Excellent photo of this Nymphalidae!
Excellent on colours POV, BG, DOF and details!
5* and TFS!

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-06-14 7:32]

very good shot! so colorful, sharp and well composed! excellent work and presentation. tfs

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-06-14 10:03]

Hello Pam,

Excellent picture of this Blue Morpho surrounded by all this magnificent green! Colors are so natural, your pov and composition, wonderful. Details are awesome! 1 word to describe that picture: Fantastic! TFS,


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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-06-14 16:05]

Hi Pam,

Beautiful composition and captured.
Amazing colors, details and excellent framing - i like it.
Very well done!

TFS :-)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-06-15 5:54]

Tres joli,la netteté et la pose du papillon sont parfaits.

Merci pour l'ennvoie Pam.

Perfect everything about this shot, it is the protocol of perfection! Super Duper Dynamite Pam! :)

Hi Pam, this is a beautiful study of this butterfly. The colours look so natural, I can't help asking what settings you used for your fill flash. Lovely composition and DOF. Very well done :)

Hej Pam!
Piekny motyl. Kadr bardzo mily dla oka. Super ostrosc, glebia, kolory i swiatlo.
Gratuluje serdecznie - Roma

Hi Pam It's very difficult to see a photo more fine of this Morpho peleides, very sharp and with splendid delicate colors.
All your gallery is wondereful!
Ciao Silvio

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