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Angle-Wing Heliconiid

Angle-Wing Heliconiid
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX DG HSM, Digital ISO 400, 72mm UV
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Heliconia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-01-02 10:32
Viewed: 3880
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Podotricha judith, Guerin-Meneville, [1844].

When this species was first described in 1844 it was included in the genus Cethosia, which is now used only for Old World taxa. Podotricha was erected by Michener in 1942 and includes just two species, the other being P. telesiphe, Hewitson, 1867, which has reduced forewing markings which are more of a pink colour than the orange of P. judith. In between times, they have also been included in a genus called Colaenis.

This is the first time either species has been shown on TN. This individual was flying in the Bellavista reserve at about 2,300m elevation, and has clearly lived a long and eventful life. Both species are restricted to montane regions of the Andes from Peru northwards, and are part of the "Tiger Longwing" mimicry complex which includes many butterfly species from the Nymphalidae and Pieridae, as well as some day-flying moths.

The picture was hand-held in good sunlight. It has been filtered, cropped, resized and sharpened for TN.

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Ciao Alan, great macro of old butterfly, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, I like a lot, bravo my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-01-02 22:27]

Very interesting shape of the fore wing and fine patterns and colors of the species, well captured. tfs.

Hello Alan,

an very nice image from this beautiful but old butterfly.
Good pov, sharpness on the wings ( I miss sharpness on his head) and details.
Fine colors.


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