Penaincisalia magnifica (Butterfly)
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|This is another rare neotropical lycaenid species photographed by the first time in the nature, and one of the few tropical lycaenids with a leaf-like pattern in the wings.|
This species name for the magnifiscent iridescent sky blue on the dorsal side of the wings...unfortunately the lycaenids rest with the wings closed, and the under side is generally brown in this group.
The species is known from several localities in the three mountain ranges of
Colombia (western, eastern and central mountain chains), and inhabits cloud forest from 2100m to 2800m.
As South American Hairstreaks, this species has fast and strong flight more similar to skippers than European hairstreaks. Males may be found flying up to and stay on a hilltop. Males dash around the top, competing for the best part of the area - usually the very top; the male with the best territory at the top of the hill would have the best chance of mating with the occasional female, who knows the "top male" must be strong and thus genetically fit.
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- [2009-05-10 21:30]
Wonderful macro photo of this beautiful and interesting butterfly
i like composition, point of view, blurry background, lighting, colours, sharpness, details and informative note.
Thanks for sharing
- [2009-05-10 21:54]
Wonderful capture with great details, perfect focus and beautiful colors.
- [2009-05-10 22:52]
you show us a clear and sharp picture of this neotropical Lycaenidae butterfly.
Depth of field and blurred background are just right so that the specimen stands out clearly.
Best wishes, Peter
Fascinating insect. I am a great afficionado of the Lycaenidae, but have yet to travel greatly in South America. Thanks for showing us such a rare and interesting sepcies in such great detail and colour.