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Leptotes cassius (Cramer, 1775)

Leptotes cassius (Cramer, 1775)
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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: 2011-06-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus SP565 UZ
Exposure: f/3.9, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-07 18:27
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Points: 38
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Cassius Blue or Tropical Striped Blue - Leptotes cassius (Cramer, 1775)

Hello friends!

This is not a good picture, in fact, I see a strange blue glow at the rear of the butterfly's wings, which I attribute to the flash exceeded. But I want to know if I am correct or not.
The interesting thing about this photo, is it was experimental, this butterfly was in the middle (literally immersed) of the foliage of my plants in the garden, is a very tiny butterfly, is white but was without light, I had to use fill flash (setting -1 on my old Olympus), the mode is macro focus, with 2.5x zoom, RAW mode and an aperture of f/3.9 to try to blur the great amount of foliage around.

I think it was worth the experiment, this may serve me for photos in the future!

I hope someone (who make macros with compact and bridges) will serve this note here in TN!


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Rhopalocera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Lycaenidae (Leach, 1815)
Genus: Leptotes
Species: cassius
Binomial name: Leptotes cassius (Cramer, 1775)

Some information about this butterfly:
Leptotes cassius, commonly known as the Cassius Blue or Tropical Striped Blue, is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in Florida and the Keys, Texas south through the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America to South America. Strays can be found in New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri and South Carolina.

The wingspan is 20–35 mm.

The butterfly species has an important role in Marisha Pessl's 2006 novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics. The protagonist, Blue van Meer, is named in honor of the Cassius Blue.

The caterpillars feed natively on Fabaceae. Foodplants on record are Amorpha crenulata, Woolly Rattlepod (Crotalaria incana), Galactia regularis and Lima Bean (Phaseolus lunatus). It can also successfully develop feeding on Cape Leadwort (Plumbago auriculata) or Doctorbush (P. scandens), which (among the eudicots) are not closely related to its usual foodplants.

About this shot:
*Shoted in RAW format
Model: SP565UZ
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 1/500
F-Stop: f/3.9
ISO Speed Ratings: 64
Focal Length: 1563/100 mm
Date Taken: 2011-06-26 12:17
Metering Mode: Spot
Flash: Flash fired
File Size: 269 kb

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Beautiful angle in getting this butterfly in closed wings. The plane of focus is perfect keeping it shallow and neat.
Thanks for sharing, Jesus.

Beautiful clean shot with tremendous amount of shallow depth of field and fine white balance ....big time, my friend Jesus! I am truly amazed by your technical skills here ...I tough that this kind of shots can be achieved only with a proper DSLR and a dedicated macro lens!I envy you!
George Veltchev

Lovely composition and details! Except for that blue cast due to flash which u mentioned its a flawless pictures

Ciao Jesus. Altro regalo molto apprezzato! Bene il dettaglio e ottioma gestione del bianco. Grazie.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-08 1:08]

Hello Jesus.
Wonderful shot of this Cassius Blue Butterfly, the colours and detail are stunning,excellent notes, all the best.Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-08 1:11]

Hello Jesus,
Excellent photo of this butterfly in great sharpness, details and very beautiful colours. Fantastic POV, DOF, blurred BG and composition.

Ciao Jesus, magnifica piccoletta splenddiamente ripresa su un bello sfondo luminoso, ottima nitidezza, bei dettagli e splendidicolori naturali, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-08 1:49]

Ciao Jesus,finalmente una farfalla che conosco..ehhee.gransdissima macro di questa piccolina,impressionanti i dettagli e la totale messa a fuoco,un vero artwork!!!Buona giornata e complimenti,Luciano

I think its an excellent photo under the circumstances. The lighting and details are good. regards yiannis

really a good image. nice lighting. nice color contrast. thanks for sharing.

very nice presentation with good detils.Very good sharpness.The colours are so natural.
regards Vijeesh

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-08 6:56]

Always pleasure to see these blues, no matter the place, they are always lovely, like this one. tfs.

hello Jesus
super good picture!!
great sharpness good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Interesting species Jesus! Another excellent photo. The colours and the lighting are fantastic. The sharpness for one more time is impressive.

Hello Jesus,
What a shot. Perfect image of a lovely species of butterfly.
The colors focus and details are great.
Exceptional clarity.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-08 12:30]

Hello Jesús,
A can't find much wrong with this shot, though the use of flash can sometimes distort the colours in macros, especially with shiny subjects. The blue glow may be accentuated by flash, but it is not serious.
Nice sharpness, composition and neutral BG.
Thanks and enjoy your weekend,

Hello Jesús

Excellent macro photo of this butterfly
with fine POV at its level and fine framing,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Querido amigo Jesus!
Que linda foto! Como vocę pode pensar o contrário?! Ela é muito especial! Quase um sonho ...A borboleta em tons brancos contra esse Bg belissimo em tons verdes..Wow ! Que bela composiçăo! Invejável tecnica e invejável resultado!Pode ficar muito orgulhoso!!! Obragada por esse momento de puro deleite !
Um excelente fim de semana para meu amigo Jesus e sua familia!

PS: gracias por tu visita a mi galeria!

Sencillez y eficacia. Bonito trabajo Jesús.
Buena semana: José Ignacio.

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