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Lycaenidae -10- Hemiargus ceraunus

Lycaenidae -10- Hemiargus ceraunus
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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: 2009-10-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 4, My photos in Treknature / Mis Fotos en Treknature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-31 4:43
Viewed: 4073
Points: 38
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Hello TN Friends,

I wanted to end my series of photos of Lycaena, with this small butterfly, which I think is the prettiest that I have photographed. This is the same species of Lycaena with which I began some days ago. Your ID, I owe to Alan (acassidy), who was kind enough to identify it in the first photo.

For this photo, I took things a little calm and I wanted to do something more artistic. You know very well that my photos are pretty basic! ... but seeing so many pictures in TN, with those beautiful backgrounds, butterflies in poses very good and beautiful compositions. Then I wanted to work hard and try to take a picture with such details. I know not as good as those of you in TN, but I am not as well developed artistic sense!. Hope you like friends!

Thank you very much everyone for visiting!

Kingdom: Animalia - Linnaeus, 1758 - animals
Subkingdom: Bilateria - (Hatschek, 1888) Cavalier-Smith, 1983
Branch: Protostomia - Grobben, 1908
Infrakingdom: Ecdysozoa - Aguinaldo Et Al., 1997 Ex Cavalier-Smith, 1998
Superphylum: Panarthropoda - Cuvier
Phylum: Arthropoda - Latreille, 1829 - Arthropods
Subphylum: Mandibulata - Snodgrass, 1938
Infraphylum: Atelocerata - Heymons, 1901
Superclass: Panhexapoda
Epiclass: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta - C. Linnaeus, 1758 - Insects
Subclass: Dicondylia
Infraclass: Pterygota
Cohort: Myoglossata
Superorder: Amphiesmenoptera
Order: Lepidoptera - Linnaeus, 1758 - Butterflies and Moths
Infraorder: Heteroneura
Family: Lycaenidae - Gossamer Winged Butterflies
Subfamily: Polyommatinae - Blues
Genus: Hemiargus
Specific name: ceraunus - (Fabricius, 1793)
Scientific name: - Hemiargus ceraunus (Fabricius, 1793)

Identification: Upperside of male light blue with a darker narrow border; female dark brown, often with wing bases blue. Underside gray; both wings with a row of dark postmedian dashes. Florida butterflies have one submarginal eyespot on hindwing; Southwest butterflies have two.

Life history: Males patrol during warm hours of the day for receptive females. Eggs are laid singly on flower buds or leaves of host plant; caterpillars feed on flowers and seedpods.

Flight: Throughout the year in Texas and south Florida, late summer in other parts of its range.

Wing span: 3/4 - 1 1/8 inches (2 - 3 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: A variety of woody legumes including partridge pea (Cassia brachiata), mesquite (Prosopis species), and rosary pea (Abrus precatorius).

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Open woodland, desert scrub, dunes, pastures, road edges, and vacant lots.

Range: U. S. Southwest, South Texas, Florida and the Keys south through the West Indies, Mexico, and Central America to South America. Strays to North Carolina, Missouri, Kansas, and Nevada.

Conservation: Not usually required.


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Hi Jesus
Fantastic capture of the tiny tiny butterfly...I photographed one years ago without near the great results...Outstanding color, detail and quality...TFS

Hola Jesus,
Desconozco la mariposa y la gramínea sobre la que parece estar, has conseguido unos resultados excelentes con una calidad muy alta.
Saludos cordiales.

Hello Jesus,
Very beautiful capture of this pretty lycanidae, with nice colors and composition. This species has a big dark spot, like an eye. Good management of the poor light. TFS,

hello Jesús

because of the POV at the level of the butterfly and where
it is posed and because the way the butterfly it is framed
this is a superb photo (more than excellent), with fine focus
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-10-31 8:00]

Hello Jesus
Excellent capture and well presented, natural colors and perfect focus. Well done

Ciao Jesus, elegante piccola farfalla magnificamente ripresa in una macro ben composta con magnifica nitidezza e splendid dettagli, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-31 8:22]

Hello Jesus,
Excellent and very beautiful photo taken from a perfect POV and in a very pleasing composition. Good sharpness, details and contrasting colours. Very nice OOF BG.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-31 9:50]

Hello Jesus,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful tiny butterfly with very impressive sharpness, details and colours . Superb lighting and you have captured it in a fine pose. Looks so attractive. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.Best regards Siggi

All your Lycaenidae series was lovely!
Great wonderful captures.

hello Jesus
great sharpness and very good details
beautiful colours
very good light
great shot greeting lou

hello Jesus
splendid composition and background, with very good output in colours and details,attractive photo!
TFS thanks for sharing

Ciao Jesus,
un'altra splendida immagine di Licenide di questa serie veramente bella, ottimi dettagli e colori ricchi di sfumature in una composizione molto gradevole con una bellissima posa sulle sementi di questo stelo d'erba, eccellente punto di ripresa.
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

ciao Jesus!
ma quante sono le specie di Lycaenidae
in Venezuela?....altra ottima cattura con
perfetta definizione dei dettagli

buona domenica sERGIO

Hi Jesus

Nice to see a Lycaenidae from Sth America. I can ceratinly see the similarities with our species.
Excellent sharpness, details and composition
Great OOF background.


Hola Jesus,

A superb macro capture of the beautiful butterfly with nice details! I like the sharpness and POV here with great show of natural colors. A great contrast can be seen between the colors of the butterfly and the surroundings.

Very well done!

best regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-31 16:40]

Hi Jesus,this is the last of this serie and i must give you my best compliments for this 10 wonderfuls pics,as you like a lot this family and your was a great present to me! This too is beautiful,excellent quality as usual.Thanks for your work,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO

Hi and Good Morning Jesus,

Another great addition to your Lycaena series The POV/DOF, clarity,and composition are all great.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-04 7:31]

Hello Jesus,
This is such a little beauty and so nicely portrayed here! A great composition with excellent focus on the butterfly against a fine soft background. Lovely colours too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Jesus

What a wonderful shot - I love the composition with the b'fly looking inwards from the end of the grass seed. Good DOF and excellent composition.


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