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Smyrna blomfildia

Smyrna blomfildia
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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: 2010-12-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus FE 115
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-12-08 7:44
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Points: 32
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Blomfild's Beauty - Smyrna blomfildia (FABRICIUS, 1781)

Today is not a good macro (mainly for that uncomfortable piece of bark traversed!) But believe me, this butterfly is very (extremely) hard to find in my region, and the few times when it is founded, she flies away!

So this photo may be a thing quite unusual!

Can also be a 1st in TN, but for me it is quite easy to do this, so do not lay it on the title! ... I embarrassed my 1st's in TN, I have so many butterflies around here that many could be 1th in TN easily! :)

Thanks by stop and visit!


Phylum: Arthropoda - Arthropods
Class: Insecta - Insects
Order: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths
Superfamily: Papilionoidea - Butterflies (excluding skippers)
Family: Nymphalidae - Brushfooted Butterflies
Subfamily: Nymphalinae - Crescents, Checkerspots, Anglewings, etc.
Genus: Smyrna - Beauties
Species: blomfildia - Blomfild's Beauty

Identification: Upperside of male is red-orange, female is brown; both a have black forewing apex with three white spots. Underside of hindwing has a wavy brown and tan pattern with two submarginal eyespots.

Life history: Males are somewhat territorial and perch head downward on tree trunks to wait for females. Eggs are laid singly under host plant leaves; caterpillars eat leaves and rest underneath them. Adults fly swiftly and roost singly.

Flight: All year in tropical habitats.
Wing span: 3 - 3 1/2 inches (7.6 - 9 cm).
Caterpillar hosts: Tree Urera in the nettle family (Urticaceae).
Adult food: Rotting fruit.
Habitat: Tropical forests.

For more INFO: (Smyrna blomfildia)

About this shot:

**Shoted with "normal focus mode" (not macro), 4.5X Zoom, from about 2 meters and all possible haste! ... I did not want this species escape me! :)

Model: SP565UZ
Software: GIMP 2.4.3
Exposure Time: 10/2500 sec
F-Stop: f/4.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 2060/100 mm
Date Taken: 2010-12-05 11:41
Metering Mode: Spot
Flash: Flash did not fire
File Size: 296 kb

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Hi jesus,

May be the 1st on TN. The design on the wings is so nice, that anyone can ignore the piece of bark. Really a good & new on TN.


Hello Jesus,
A macro with superb details and splendid sharpness.
Outstanding natural colours. Perfect exposure and POV.

Ciao Jesus, ti volta le ali ma č splendida ugualmente, deliziosa farfalla, mai vista prima, gran bella macro, ottima nitidezza e bei colori, bravo, cioa Silvio

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-12-08 9:50]

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

Ciao Jesus. Intriganti trasparenze e ottima luce da un POV difficile. Farfalla bellissima. Grazie!


Well done friend Jesus! I will definitely agree with your argument. After all this is not a studio shot where you can do some set ups and enjoy a cup of fine filter coffee under the studio lights. So, well done the fact that this butterfly is difficult to approach and you did it remarkably well is impressive. And let me tell you this creature is definitely one of the most interesting butterflies I have ever seen indeed. Bravo my friend, regards and greetings from the Hot SA!
George Veltchev

hello Jesus
very nice pose with great details and super colours
greeting lou

hello Jesús

anotger photo with his excellent composition,
very fine POV and framing, beautiful light,
superb focus great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-08 12:40]

Hello Jesus,
It may not be one of your most successful captures, but what you show is quite enough for me to appreciate its beauty! Excellent focus and very sharp details of the beautiful wing markings. Lovely colours too and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-08 13:07]

Ciao Jesus,che fantastico desing queste ali,une delle piu' belle farfalle che io abbia mai visto,un grandissimo regalo per tutti noi e un gran contributo per TN! Bellissima davvero!Buona giornata e complimenti,Luciano

En mi próxima visita a América me voy a tomar unas cervecitas con Jesús y fotografiar
esas maravilas ! mira que hacer fotos a las mariposas en Diciembre.... el otro dia ya
alcanzamos -5şC y ya no hay ni rastro de moscas o cualquier insecto que se mueva al aitre libre jeje.
Espero que amainen las lluvias; ya vemos por Tv los desprendimientos que hubo por Colombia, lo que no sabía es que por Venezuela tb estuviera diluviando.
Un abrazo Jesús y sigue publicando.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-12-08 14:36]

Hi Jesus,

Another butterfly that I have not seen before - and it is a beauty. The colors and highly detailed wing patterns are exquisite. In spite of what you said I consider it a fine macro. Until we can learn to communicate better with birds, bugs and butterflies we will just have to accept pieces of bark, leaves and branches being in the way. Seriously, great shot.


Hola Jesús

Nueva mariposa desconocida para mi. Muy bella, con colores y anagrama estupendo. Una macro excelente y perfecta nitidez y una profundidad de campo muy buena.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-09 5:52]

Its is always possible to get beautiful images of species. sometimes capturing them as it is too important, like here. This is very beautiful one with interesting patterns, lovely butterfly. tfs.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-09 7:10]

Hello Jesús,
You have captured this superb butterfly well, possibly showing its camouflage behaviour in looking like a piece of peeling bark. Most of it is well shown with excellent sharpness and natural colours in a pleasing composition.
This must be another first on TN from you. Congratulations!
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-09 12:01]

Hello Jesus,
what a great macro shot of this beautiful butterfly.Sharp details, POV/DOF and composition great. Coloration and blurry BG also superb. Thanks for sharing.Best regards Siggi

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