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Zizula cyna (Edwards, 1881)

Zizula cyna (Edwards, 1881)
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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: 2011-07-10
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4.3, 1/1000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-07-10 15:52
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Cyna Blue - Zizula cyna (EDWARDS, 1881)

Hello friends!

Sometimes God gives us little miracles! :)

Today it is almost Sunday night in my country and I could not get out to take pictures, because I'm working (some weekends I work remotely connected via internet but from my house!).I take a few minutes to walk in my garden to relax, and hidden between leaves, I can view this tiny Lycaena "almost asleep." I took my old Olympus and began to experiment (in reality this little butterfly must have been asleep, because I made dozens of photos and she was unchanged) :)

She was in the shadows and ambient lighting was very poor, is also a tiny butterfly less than two centimeters I think, so I decided to use the fill flash (set to -1.7), macro mode, manual focus (some times is difficult for me use AF with my old Olympus in low light), f/5 and ISO 100 with 1/500s. The first photos was very burned in a butterfly, but then I got to 1/800s (still burn) 1/1000s (a bit burn) and finally got ISO 64 and increases the focal length to 22mm to get away a little from butterfly (ready! butterfly is not burn), f/4.1 was enough to focus and achieve a blurred BG product of my red (as bricks colors) painted walls.

Really funny pictures and funny time! ... The shots re not perfects, but I certainly was fun doing it! I think it I've posted, is the one who was more decent!

I Hope you like!

Happy week for all!


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Rhopalocera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Lycaenidae (Leach, 1815)
Genus: Zizula
Species: cyna
Binomial name: Zizula cyna (Edwards, 1881)

Some information about this butterfly:

The Cyna Blue (Zizula cyna) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found from southern Texas, south through Mexico, Central America and South America to Argentina. Strays can be found up to northern Texas, southern Arizona and Kansas. They are usually found in subtropical areas and deserts.
Cyna blue (Zizula cyna).jpg

The wingspan is 16–22 mm (5/8-7/8 of an inch.). Adults are on wing from March to November.

It's upper-side is a violet-blue, while it's underside is a pale gray covered in tiny black dots.

The larvae feed on flower buds of Acanthaceae species. Adults feed on flower nectar.

About this shot:
Model: SP565UZ
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 1/1000
F-Stop: f/4.3
ISO Speed Ratings: 64
Focal Length: 2239/100 mm
Date Taken: 2011-07-10 17:04
Metering Mode: Spot
Flash: Flash fired
File Size: 233 k

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very nice capture with great sharpness. you are lucky to spot this and capture. well done.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-07-11 1:49]

Hola Jesús,
Small butterfly, very beautiful ..
Nice composition, in good lighting and excellent sharpness.
Best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-11 3:07]

Hello Jesus.
Congratulations on a beautiful shot. Lovely colour tones, nicely composed and technically spot on.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-11 3:24]

Hello Jesús,
Very beautiful photo of this tiny butterfly in beautiful colours and excellent sharpness. Nice contrasting red/brown BG. Great POV and composition.

Ciao Jesus. Un quadro che č un capolavoro. Posso solo farti un applauso.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-11 6:17]

Lovely species and your experiments are well worth. Fine composition too. tfs.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-07-11 6:49]

Hi Jesus,
Excellent macro work,nice colours very good composition and sharpness details.Fantastic contrast against the background.
Regards Jiri.

Another fantastic butterfly and another fantastic photo Jesus!! The composition and the lighting are excellent. The focus is perfect.

Ciao Jesus, deliziosa piccoletta dal magnifico disegno, bei colori naturali e splendida nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Ciao Jesus,
belllissima macro di questa minuscola farfalla dai disegni grafici straordinariamente belli, ottima nitidezza e magnifici colori, splendido effetto tridimensionale in una composizione elegante ed armoniosa
Grazie e complimenti

Hello Jesus,
Impressive capture of a interesting species.
The composition is great. Very good sharpness and details.
Exceptional focus, very nice POV and perfect light.
Outstanding contrast against the background.

hello jesus
super composition with great details and beautiful colours

very nice light to
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Jesus, molto bella questa farfallina che si protende nel vuoto. Molto belli i dettagli dell'immagine e lo sharpness generale dell'immagine. Un saluto, Paolo

Jesus, this is a great shot of this beautiful butterfly. Good job. Bill

Delicadísima. Fondo a juego de color "rompedor". Conjunto de gran elegancia.
Voy justo de tiempo.
Abrazo Jesús.

Hello Luis

Excellent and very beautiful butterfly photo,
with very fine POV and framing, great focus
sharpness and details, beautiful color of the background,



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