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Pareuptychia ocirrhoe

Pareuptychia ocirrhoe
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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: 2009-09-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-13 1:04
Viewed: 3573
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
**13.09.09: Thanks to Ivan (again) by the ID of this butterfly (Pareuptychia ocirrhoe)

Banded White Ringlet
Pareuptychia ocirrhoe FABRICIUS, 1776
subfamily - SATYRINAE
subtribe - EUPTYCHIINA

There has been, and still is, considerable contention regarding the classification of the 400 currently known members of the sub-tribe Euptychiina, which includes all of the neotropical "ringlet" butterflies. This is reflected for example in the words of d'Abrera, who when referring to the hundreds of specimens illustrated in his "Butterflies of the Neotropics : Part V ( Satyridae )" states "I cannot tell with certainty whether the taxa figured are species, races, or infrasubspecific forms".

Until fairly recently almost all were included in the genus Euptychia, but the revisions by Forster ( 1964 ) and more recently by Lamas ( 2004 ) divide this "convenience" genus into a number of arguably valid smaller genera, one of which is the Pareuptychia - a group of 8 species characterised by having white wings marked with broad dark brown bands.

Pareuptychia ocirrhoe, previously known as Euptychia / Cissia hesione, is one of the commonest and most widespread of the "white ringlets", found from Mexico to northern Argentina.


The habitats of this species are diverse, and include lowland primary and secondary rainforest, cloudforest up to about 1500m, and disturbed habitats such as farmland in wooded areas.


The eggs are globular, black, and laid on the grass Eleusine where it grows around the base of trees or bushes. They are parasitised by Trichogrammatid and Scelionid wasps.

The fully grown caterpillar is bright green, tapering towards the head and tail, the latter having two small caudal forks. The head is green, with two small reddish horns. The larvae are solitary, feed nocturnally, and take about 8 weeks to reach full development. If disturbed they become rigid and drop to the ground, behaving like pieces of broken stem. They are parasitised by Braconid wasps, a single larva playing host to up to 25 of their grubs.

The chrysalis is smooth, pale green in colour, and is suspended by the cremaster from stems or stout leaves.

Adult behaviour

The butterflies are solitary in behaviour, but invariably several will be found within the same vicinity. They fly in cloudy or sunny conditions, and can be found deep within the forest, or in open areas such as forest edges or along sunlit forest tracks.

Pareuptychia ocirrhoe is present throughout the year, but tends to be more abundant during the rainy season, and is most active when the sun reappears following heavy rainfall.

In common with other neotropical Ringlets they feed as adults on juices extracted from fungi and rotting fruit.

I have seen adults being attacked and consumed by robber flies ( Asilidae ), and note that DeVries has also recorded this behaviour, which suggests that the butterflies may be a major constituent of the pabulum of these large flies.

Here in Venezuela, insect diversity is incredible, and butterflies are no exception. Here I take a walk through some woods that I have visited many times over the years and still easily be found several species that have not seen before.

This is the case with this beautiful Satyr found yesterday in the darkest areas of lowland forest, a butterfly is a little nervous, tend to live in the foliage of the forest, near the creeks.

Obviously the lighting conditions were quite adverse, so I decided to use the flash, combined with ISO 80, and sustain an f/4.0 to avoid major problems with the approach.

** Accepted aid for the ID of this butterfly!

Thank you all for visiting and sharing,


roges, yasemin, boreocypriensis, cirano, ramthakur, anel, CeltickRanger, parasbhalla, rousettus, jaycee, maurydv, Noisette, Luis52, flashpoint has marked this note useful
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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-13 1:06]

Buen día Jesus,
Un super macro nueva. Excelente color, contraste superior.
Saludos cordiales,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-13 1:07]

Hello Jesus,
Wonderful photo in very beautiful light. Your technical choices here did it very well. The light is gorgeous, the sharpness and details fantastic. Very good POV, DOF, composition and OOF BG. Sorry, no idea about the ID.

Hi Jesus.
Great catch with natural colors.
I like the pattens on the wings...Well done...Pretty pose...

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-09-13 1:40]

Hi Jesus,i never seen a butterlfy like that and isn't easy to found the name....but for me is enought this fantastic pic,incredible sharpness,beautiful colors and a wonderful magic light for a best composition.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO.

Hi Jesus MF!

A superb qualified macro capture of a Venezuellan beauty from dorso-lateral POV with neat details and fine composition.
TFS this beauty and have a nice new week!

Ps. I am adding you amongst my favorite photographers:)

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-09-13 2:34]

Slav Jesűs,
A wonderful macro of this very beautiful butterfly in nice pose.Excellent sharpness,details and colors.Thanks for sharing.

You have excelled yourself in this shot of a Satyr butterfly, Jesus. Your skill has done tremendous justice to the beauty and charm of this species. Marvellous details and colours.
Thanks and regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-13 3:44]
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Hello Jesús,
A superb sharp capture with excellent use of flash of Pareuptychia ocirrhoe, a species of Satyrid that seems to be widespread in the Neotropics. The composition with the foliage is great too.
Thanks and best regards,

hello Jesus
great picture with very good details and nice light
beautiful colours and good sharpness
greeting lou

Ciao Jesus. Mi dispiace ma non l'ho mai vista. L'amico Argus ancora una volta ha risulto il mistero. Una macro di lusso dove la perfetta gestione della luce evidenzai perfettamante dettagli e colori. Grandissima macro.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-09-13 5:15]

Hello Jesus,
A most beautiful butterfly shown with a fine and a very pleasing picture.
The colors and patterns of its wings are of great beauty and you have perfectly composed your shot. I also like the dark background as a perfect contrast to the butterfly. I just see that Ivan has given you the ID.
Thanks and kind regards

Ciao Jesus, come si chiama l'ha giŕ detto Ivan, anche senza nome era splendida, magnifica macro, perfetta tecnica, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2009-09-13 7:28]

Que buena foto Jesús...el color, la nitidez, la luz y todo lo demás perfecto; una maravilla de toma...saludos.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-09-13 7:50]

Hi Jesus,
Wow, incredbile details shown in the perfect light.
A beautiful specimen.
The POV shows off the designs on the wings nicely.
Lovely composition.
TFS. ; )

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-09-13 8:34]

Beautiful species captured very well. tfs.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-09-13 9:44]

Hello Jesus.
The colours of the butterfly are well saturated. The focus is very good. Well captured.Best wishes,
Best regards Siggi

hello Jesús

excellent macro photo with very very fine POV, DOF
and the way the butterfly it is framed on the image,
superb focus with great sharpness and details,
i love the dark background with luminous foreground
excellent work of the flash, TFS


Hi Jesus,

Marvelous capture of the lovely butterfly! Great sharpness and well chosen POV make this a wonderful capture. The shallow DOF does wonders here. The contrast between the comparatively dark colored BG and the colors of the butterfly, is superbly shown. Great composition overall.

kind regards,

hola Jesús,
amazing beautiful satyrid species from Venezuella's marvellous nature. you greatly captured it with sharp details, colors and composition. POV/DOF and dark BG very nice. nicely contrasted to its beautiful colors. thanks for sharing this beauty. have a nice week

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-09-13 17:05]

Hi Jesus,

This is the most beautiful butterfly!! I don't remember seeing this Satyr before. She is posing so nicely on the deep green leaves. Her markings are fantastic and the colors are wonderful. Excellent details of the entire butterfly. A beautiful composition and background.


Ciao Jesus,
una meravigliosa immagine per questa spettacolare farfalla ripresa da un ottimo punto di vista con eccellenti dettagli e bellissimi colori naturali, mi piace la composizione con le foglie verde scuro che contrastano molto bne con la farfalla.
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

Hello Jesus
A fine capture of this Banded White Ringlet, he have so beautiful markings and you taken it so beautiful details
Great environment, POV and great colors
Have a good night

Nice photo,sharply taken.
Thanks for sharing.
Regards Nihal

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  • shree Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 49 W: 13 N: 71] (276)
  • [2009-09-15 11:01]

Hello Jesus,

I can see you got the ID of this butterfly, I could not help you as I had not seen this one before.

Shows such lovely details. Amazing sharpness and thorough and perfect focus. You used the flash so nicely - the exposure is just optimum.

Thanks a lot for sharing this one,



Tranquilo si no tienes tiempo Jesús, esto solo es un entretenimiento.
Sigues deslumbrándonos con tus trabajos. Esta vez, aparte del buen enfoque (y la belleza de la mariposa)destaca sin ninguna duda la luz, en su justa medida y de gran eficacia; es un tema que yo desconozco por completo y por eso aprovecho siempre la luz solar jajaja.
Enhorabuena por este nuevo trabajo.

J. Ignasi.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-09-17 13:29]

Hola Jesus.
Una foto de exelente calidad fotografica en todos los aspectos. Me agrada la nitidez y los finos detalles que esta Mariposa tiene en sus alas.
Muy fino el trabajo realizado Jesus

really a impressive macro,Jesus
perfect management of light with good use of flash...good work

ciao sERGIO

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