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Hemiargus cearunus (Ceraunus Blue)


Hemiargus cearunus (Ceraunus Blue)
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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: 2011-07-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D3100, Nikkor 18-55mm AF-S 1:3.5-5.6G VR
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-07-30 12:22
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Points: 38
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Hemiargus cearunus (Ceraunus Blue) - Fabricius, 1793

Hello friends!

I've found this "almost sleeping" tiny butterfly in a walk very early in the morning today.

Just the kind of "quiet target" what I need for practice with my new camera! :)

I Hope you like!

Jesús



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Hemiargus
Species: cearunus (Ceraunus Blue) (Fabricius, 1793)


Some information about this butterfly:

Identification:Physical Description:
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.

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

Habitat: Open woodland, desert scrub , dunes, pastures, road edges , gardens, and vacant lots.
Open places; fields , roadsides, woodland edges, etc. In coastal GA, where resident, it is found in dunes and other coastal habitats . To be looked for near low vegetation, where it stays close to the ground like an Eastern Tailed-Blue.
Open woodland, desert scrub, dunes, pastures, road edges, and vacant lots.

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

Adult food: Flower nectar. Woody legumes are foodplants. Nectar plants are not well known.

Reproduction: 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.

About this shot:
Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Model: NIKON D3100
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 10/12500 sec
F-Stop: f/8.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 55 mm
Date Taken: 2011-07-30 07:47
Metering Mode: Spot
File Size: 223 kb

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Hallo Jesus
Now this is what I call a wow image. A really super macro with lots and lots of detail to appreciate. Not only is the Ceraunus Blue truly beautiful, the image as a whole is presented in an excellent manner that is proof of superb photographic skills. I like this one a lot, the focus cannot be better. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
Anna

Hello Jesus,
As usual a first class image with outstanding colors, wonderful details and perfect focus.
Spectacular capture with closed wings of a very nice colored butterfly.
Thanks for sharing!
Marius.

Ciao Jesus, deliziosa farfallina su un bello sfondo luminoso, ottimi dettagli, splenddia nitidezza e magnifici colori naturali, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Ciao Jesus. Composizione magnifcia con dettaglio e nitidezza speciali per la piccola farfalla. Luce fantastica così come lo sfondo. Buona domenica amico mio!

Roberto

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-30 15:27]

Ciao Jesus,una spettacolare macro di lycaena,la mia famiglia preferita.Impressionante qualita' dei dettagli e dei colori,ed una composizione essenziale,delicata e raffinata,lavoro da gran professionista.Complimenti e buona Domenica,Luciano

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-30 23:40]

Hello Jesús,
A fine result with your new equipment!
Excellent capture in the early morning light of this resting small lycaenid, with a wonderful effect, highlighting the butterfly and its resting place with fine sharpness and colours against a clean BG in a pleasing composition.
Look forward to seeing more from this new combination!
Thanks and enjoy your Sunday,
Ivan

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-31 1:26]

Hello Jesus,
Beautiful photo in superb sharpness and details. Very nice natural colours and an excellent blurred BG and composition.
Regards,
Peter

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-07-31 1:31]
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Hi Jesús.
An excellent macro. Beautiful artistic composition. Perfect capture sharp details on this very nice small butterfly. The exact depth of field separates perfectly the butterfly from blurred background. Light and colors are amazing.
Just a small correction, you wrote Olympus and also Nikon :-)
TFS and best regards
Milos

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-31 1:53]

Hello Jesus.
This is a wonderful picture. Details on the butterfly are excellent, colors are superb and the composition is very strong. This is great. Well done.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Jesus
altra fantastica immagine con la nuova fotocamera, magnifica la composizione con un posatoio veramente speciale, straortdinaria nitidezza e splendid colori naturali.
Grazie e complimenti
Buona giornata
Ciao Maurizio

great species of butterfly wonderful angle and lighting. tfs.

A beautiful photo with the butterfly hanging on an interesting piece of wood. Good details, interesting species. regards yiannis

Hi Jesus,
very good point of view. Many details. Nice background. Generally peaceful photo. Amazing colours.
Have a nice Sunday,
Maciek

hello Jesus
WAUWH-this is a super sharpness composition
great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Gracias por tus siempre instructivos comentarios Jesús. Esta Canon a veces
hace cosas rarillas pero en general es una cámara para tontos que digo yo, ya que hagas lo
que hagas en modo automático da resultados más que aceptables. El zoom es simplemente brutal:
800 mm que se alargan creo que a 1200 en modo digital ( no se como va pero va por ahí el tema :-)
A 800 mm y sin necesidad de trípode (tiene estabilizador) si hay buena luz consigue unas tomas de miedo.
Yo compro las cámaras en Andorra, un pequeño País que lo tengo a una hora y media de carro y ahora debe
estar a poco más de 350 Euros (algo más de 500 dólares USA). Para que te hagas una idea de referencias, eso es la tercera parte de un salario mensual medio-bajo aquí de un obrero. Sorry por el rollo, no se si te interesa !

Tu toma soberbia, sobre todo por la luz en todo el plano del motivo principal. Es de esas tomas
simples a la vez que efectivas... para aprender alguno como yo jeje.

Nunca he usado un filtro,ni flash, ni estabilizador ni trípode en ninguna de mis tomas; más
por toreza que por ganas pero ya sabes que yo voy un poco "por libre".

Un abrazo y buena semana:

Josep Ignasi.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-07-31 11:22]

Hi Jesus,

A new camera - a DSLR - congratulations and enjoy it! Didn't take you long to become expert with it. This Blue is just beautiful and as crisp and as clear as can be. You captured it in a marvelous position with fine colors and superb details. A very beautiful picture with a lovely background and a superb composition.

Jane

Fantastic photo Jesus! The composition, the BG, the lighting, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.
Regards,
Christodoulos

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-08-01 23:18]

Hello Jesus,
A stunning capture - another one of your masterpieces! Excellent focus on the pretty blue hanging on to the seed. Great sharpness and lovely colours against the soft green background.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-08-19 18:31]

Hello Jesus,
What an awesome image of this pretty little Blue. The focus is tac sharp allowing us to view it's beautiful colors and marking in fine detail.
Perfect exposure and shown in an attractive pose. The perch is very interesting. What is it? Great work!!
Ron

great picture and very nice composition for this wonderful lycenide, congratulations Jesus !

have a good time,

ciao, tino

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