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Strymon albata

Strymon albata
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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: 2011-03-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus SP565 UZ
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-07-06 18:12
Viewed: 3364
Points: 46
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Strymon albata (C. Felder & R. Felder, 1865)

07.07.11 -Thanks Ivan by the ID (Strymon albata)!

Hello friends!

I desist seek the ID of this little butterfly, I have tried for months without success. I decided to publish it because I know that here are many fans of these small butterflies of the family Lycaenidae. Let's hope someone can provide ID!



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Rhopalocera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Lycaenidae (Leach, 1815)
Genus: Strymon
Species: albata (C. Felder & R. Felder, 1865)

Some information about this family:
The Lycaenidae are the second-largest family of butterflies, with about 6000 species worldwide, whose members are also called gossamer-winged butterflies. They constitute about 40% of the known butterfly species.

The family is traditionally divided into the subfamilies of the blues (Polyommatinae), the coppers (Lycaeninae), the hairstreaks (Theclinae) and the harvesters (Miletinae); others include the Lipteninae, Liphyrinae, Curetinae and Poritiinae. A few authorities still include the family Riodinidae within the Lycaenidae. The monotypic former subfamily Styginae represented by Styx infernalis from the Peruvian Andes has been placed within the subfamily Euselasiinae of the family Riodinidae.

Adults are small, under 5 cm usually, and brightly coloured, sometimes with a metallic gloss. The male's forelegs are reduced in size and lack claws.

Larvae are often flattened rather than cylindrical, with glands that may produce secretions that attract and subdue ants. Their cuticles tend to be thickened. Some larva are capable of producing vibrations and low sounds that are transmitted through the substrates they inhabit. They use these sounds to communicate with ants.

Adult individuals often have hairy antenna-like tails complete with black and white annulated appearance. Many species also have a spot at the base of the tail and some turn around upon landing to confuse potential predators from recognizing the true head orientation. This causes predators to approach from the true head end resulting in early visual detection.

About this shot:
Model: SP565UZ
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 10/3200 sec
F-Stop: f/5.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 1938/100 mm
Date Taken: 2011-03-19 16:15
Metering Mode: Spot
Flash: Flash did not fire
File Size: 204 kb

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-07-06 18:31]

Hola amigo Jesús!
Que tal estas?
Está foto está lo más delicada ! Que linda! Y que BG incríble.La nitidez y los colores estan preciosos.Felicitaciones! Muchas gracias por compartir!
Un abrazo!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-07-06 20:05]

Hello Jesus,
Sorry I can't help with the ID of this beautiful little butterfly, but you have done a fine job of capturing it's image, I love the little tails that these small butterflies have as tiny trailers. Attractive composition and excellent detail. The colors are true and natural and the exposure is right on the money. Nice blurred BG and very informative notes. Well done!!

The lovely pattern on the wings of this butterfly would motivate any Indian fabric printing artist to copy it for printing Sarees, Jesus. I'm sure you must have seen women dressed in a Saree.
This is a beautiful capture with perfect details and colours.
Thanks and regards.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-07-06 22:19]

Hi Jesus,
Splendid photo, great sharp and colorful details, TFS!

Bella especie que encuadraste perfectamente. Siento no conocerla.
Llevo unos dias fuera por el monte !
Abrazo: J. Ignasi.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-06 22:55]
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Hola Jesús,
A fine capture, taken with excellent sharpness and natural colours of what I think is Callicista albata. The upperside of the wings in this species is similar to the underside.
See if you agree!
Thanks and best regards,

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

Hello Jesus.
Excellent profile view of this butterfly. The image is very sharp with a good DOF and the light has been used to great advantage in this well-balanced shot.Best regards Siggi

What a pleasure to this is interesting species from theother side of the world! Excellent photo, good detials and background and lovely colour of plant. regards yiannis

this is a great species i have never seen before. good shades on the feathers. wonderful species. good clarity. wonderful background. thanks for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-07 2:01]

Hello Jesus,
Wow, this is such a fine butterfly and I love the color-combination. Perfect sharpness on the subtle-colored wings of this Lycaenid. May be you could have taken a little more of the flower in the picture.
have a nice day
Kind regards

Ciao Jesus. Un'altra specie interessantissima che non ho mai visto ripresa in eccellente dettaglio e nitidezza. Fantastico lo sfondo sfocato.


Hello Jesús

Beautiful butterfly photo with very fine POV
and framing, beautiful soft color tones,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-07 7:01]

This is really beautiful butterfly with unusual colors and patterns, I have not seen this before any where, well captured, hope somebody ID this one. tfs.

Ciao Jesus, grande spettacolo oggi con una splendida farfalla ripresa in maniera spettacolare su un fiore arancio e con un grande sfono. Veramente un gran bello scatto. Un saluto, Paolo

Ciao Jesus, gran bella macro della bella farfallina dal delicato disegno, bellissimo il fiore, ottima nitidezza, splendida luce, bei dettagli e magnifici colori naturali, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-07-07 9:38]

Hellop Jesus,
This is a fabulous butterfly and a wonderful capture! I've never seen this species before - congratulations! It has beautiful markings on the wings and I love the little tails. Great sharpness, beautiful colours, a fine soft background and a very fine composition. You can really see very clearly the purpose of the tails and the eye spot on the hind wing - hard to see what's back and front!
Many thanks and best regards, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-07 10:03]

Hello Jesus,
What a beauty, this butterfly. Taken in great sharpness, details and beautiful light and colours. Fantastic DOF, composition and blurred BG.

I am jealous of you Jesus!! If you can not identify a beautiful and characteristic species like this one, the number of the butterflies species at your place must be unbelievable. In Cyprus we have only 52 species of butterflies. I am jealous of you MF. Your photo for one more time is excellent.

Hello Jesus,
Impressive image of a splendid butterfly. Very good details and sharpness.
Outstanding composition with splendid clarity and nice colors.
Amazing contrast against the background.
Thanks for sharing!

magnifica lycaenidae..regalo speciale per tutti gli amanti delle farfalle
grazie Jesus sERGIO

bellissimo il tuo licenide, molto buoni i dettagli, e bellissime cromie posatoio/sfondo/farfalla, complimenti Jsus !

ciao e buona serata,


hello Jesus
super good picture with great details and beautiful colours
i like the composition
thanks greeting lou

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-07-18 11:09]

Hi Jesus,

I was looking at the posts of yours that I missed and had to stop at this little beauty. Her colors and patterns are just beautiful. I agree with Ram - would make a fantastic fabric. The pose on the orange flower, colors, details, background and composition are all marvelous.

By the way, Roadrunners LOVE baby quails and are often seen with the little ones hanging from their beaks. I did see one capture an adult and fly away with it as well. They do not make good neighbors.


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