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Ectima lirides

Ectima lirides
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Copyright: Jesus Linares (jlinaresp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-27
Camera: Olympus SP565 UZ
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-30 10:10
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Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Peruvian Banner - Ectima lirides - STAUDINGER, 1886

This is indeed a rarity ... It is the second time I find this strange butterflies. She is usually in the woods, always perched on the trunks of trees. I think this rare butterfly is a 1st in TN!.

This photo was made with something innovative POV and experimenting with ISO 400 on my camera, because there was little light available, despite being almost at the outer limit of the forest.

In the *WORKSHOP* you can see a picture "more common" and made with fill flash.

Thanks by stop and visit!


•Kingdom: Animalia - animals
•Phylum: Arthropoda - Arthropods
•Class: Insecta - Insects
•Order: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths
•Family: Papilionoidea
•Genus: Ectima
•Specific name: lirides - Staudinger 1886
•Scientific name: - Ectima lirides Staudinger 1886

The Biblidinae are recognised by their diverse but simple and often colourful patterns. In the neotropics their representatives include the Ageroniina - a subtribe which includes the Hamadryas Crackers, the Ectima Banners, the Panacea Flashers and the Painted Beauty, which is the sole member of the genus Batesia.

Ectima and Hamadryas have much in common, not least their disposition for basking head-downwards on tree trunks with their wings held flattened against the bark. In common with the females of most Hamadryas species, Ectima have a band of white running diagonally across the forewings, but Hamadryas are larger, and have very intricate calico patterns on the upper surface, unlike the much plainer Ectima.

There are 4 Ectima species - erycinoides from Central America, thecla from southern Amazonia, lirides from Peru and Bolivia, and iona which is distributed from Colombia to the Mato Grosso.

This species is confined to primary rainforest at altitudes between about 200-800m.

The eggs are white and laid singly on new growth leaves of Dalechampia and other Euphorbiaceae.

The fully grown larva is black and covered with branched spines.

Adult behaviour:
The butterflies are nearly always encountered as singletons basking in the characteristic Hamadryas / Ectima fashion, head-downwards on tree trunks, either within dense forest or in orchards and other lightly forested habitats. They normally bask at a height of about 4 metres, but can be enticed lower down by applying liquefied plantain or fish paste to trunks at eye-level.

For more INFO: (Ectima lirides)

About this shot:
-ISO 400, White Balance set to "cloudy".
-Custom settings (-1 saturation & +1 sharp)
-Manual focus
-2.2X Optical zoom

Model: SP565UZ
Software: GIMP 2.4.3
Exposure Time: 10/1600 sec
F-Stop: f/4.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 977/100 mm
Date Taken: 2010-06-27 09:35
Metering Mode: Spot
Flash: Flash did not fire
File Size: 279 kb

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-30 10:12]

Hi Jesus,
Perfect photo of this interesting Butterfly species, TFS!

Hola Jesús

Otra nueva imagen de esta mariposa que tampoco había visto, unos colores muy atractivos con esa franja blanca que le cubre las alas, muy original y un buen POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

Ciao Jesus, POV difficile, hai fatto un miracolo nel tenerla tutta a fuoco, bravissimo, magnifica cattura di questa elegantissima rarità, ottimi dettagli e splendida nitidezza, complimenti, ciao Silvio

Ciao Jesus. Questo POV è stato davvero difficile a quanto pare. Ottimo dettaglio, superba gestione della lcue e interessante composizione.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-30 11:14]
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Hello Jesús,
Congratulatios on this fine capture! Your new camera is well used to get a fine DOF from this difficult POV, so that the features of this rare Peruvian banner are well seen with good sharpness while resting on the tree trunk with open wings, while the natural green bg is nicely OOF.
Well done and thanks for sharing this image of a new species on TN.
I like the WS too.
Best wishes,

Hello Jesus,
I'm expect that your species identification is correct, but Ectima is a butterfly genus in the Biblidinae section of the Nyphalidae, not an Arctiid moth!! So somehow the details in your note have got confused. The pictures, of course, are very satisfactory. Thanks.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-06-30 12:21]

Ciao Jesus,è sempre una grossa soddisfazione una prima volta su TN.Il punto di scatto è molto originale ma non è il migliore per capire bene le caratteristiche della farfalla.Forse è cosi' rara anche perchè è molto difficile da fotografare...ehehe...buona serata e complimenti! Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-30 13:22]

Hello Jesus.
Very good capture. You captured it expertly from lateral POV with great colours, perfect exposure and flawless details .Best regards Siggi

This POV is, indeed, innovative but I still like the image of this butterfly in your workshop, Jesus. In that picture, the entire wingspan of the butterfly with all the markings and colours is extremely well captured.
This certainly looks like a maiden appearance of this species on TN.
Well done and TFS.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-30 20:56]

Hi Jesus
Warm congratulation for this rare capture, first time on TN.
Interesting black colors and texture of the wings.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-06-30 21:23]

Hi Jesus.
It is really a very nice species. I have not met it too. Pictured subject is very attractive. Tree trunk with insect on it are detailed excellently and look against the impressive and nicely blurred BG perfectly. WS is also great. TFS and kind regards.

Ciao Jesus,
altra splendida presentazione con le due immagini che ci mostrano questa bellissima farfalla con due punti di ripresa diversi, molto bella la scelta compositiva con la suddivisione in due parti fra tronco e sfondo, molto belli i colori naturali, l'uso del flash in quella in WS ci fa apprezzare le complesse sfumature di questa farfalla.
GRazie e complimenti
Buona giornata
Ciao Maurizio

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-07-02 9:45]

Ciao Jesus!
Meravigliosa questa farfalla....mi piace molto.
Originale il tuo POV. Ottima la nitidezza e la composizione.
Ciao e buon weekend.

Toma diferente a lo habitual pero que muestra bien la característica pose de esta especie. Impresionante tus series y series de mariposas.

mi piace questo pov,con la farfalla appoggiata al tronco a testa in giu'
una peculiarita' che ho riscontrato anche
nelle nostre specie come la Vanessa atalanta....
complimenti per questo 1st in TN
buon w.end sERGIO

Thank you, Jesus, for sharing this pic of a rarity! Your pic is an eye-opener to me as I'm a butterfly fan. The effect of your experimentation is very nice with excellent sharpness and fabulous details. Everything is clear about the subject, such as antenna, eyes, patterns on the wings, and colours. Well done, my friend, and regards!

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