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Brangas caranus (Stoll, 1780)

Brangas caranus  (Stoll, 1780)
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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: 2011-11-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D3100, Tokina AT-X 100 Pro-D Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-11-20 12:54
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Points: 34
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Large Slate Hairstreak - Brangas caranus (Stoll, 1780)

Hello TN friends!

This photo was taken under the hard midday sun in the garden of my mother. Perhaps the view of details of the butterfly have been severely affected by this type of light. But this is a butterfly that until now I had only seen inte rocks of mountains over 1200 m.a.s.l; find this in my mother's garden was a big surprise for me, because our houses in the town (Montalbán) is just at 600 m.a.s.l and about 7 km away from the places where usually I've found these butterflies.

I believe this butterflies (and others rarely seen) are flying to our gardens, because another butteflies have spread the rumor that I take shots here and then I will post the shots in TN!!!... ha... ha... ha... :)


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Brangas
Species: caranus

All neotropical Hairstreak species are placed in the tribe Eumaeini. Until recently the taxonomy of this tribe was chaotic, with a high percentage of the species unstudied, and inappropriately filed away in the Old World genus Thecla. In 2004 Lamas published a checklist of neotropical butterflies, which included a revision of the Eumaeini by Robbins, in which the 1,058 currently known species are partitioned into 83 genera.

The genus Brangas comprises of about 16-20 species, all of which are neotropical in distribution, with the majority of species being confined to northern South America. Several of the species were recently discovered by Robbins and have not yet been scientifically described.

The males of all Brangas species have dazzling metallic blue uppersides, with a narrow blackish edging at the apex. Females have more rounded forewings. Their uppersides are a dull earthy brown colour, with a slight pale blue sheen at the base of the wings.

Brangas caranus is found in Surinam, Venezuela and Trinidad.

This species is found in rainforest at altitudes between about 1200m.

Adult behaviour:
The butterflies are rare, and invariably encountered as singletons. They sometimes visit the flowers of Eupatorium for nectar.

About this shot:
Model: NIKON D3100
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 10/2000 sec
F-Stop: f/13.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 100 mm
Date Taken: 2011-11-20 11:16
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 190 kb

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-20 13:02]

Ciao Jesus,una lycaena davvero strana,mi ricorda molto la Satyrium w album che troviamo in Italia come forma,una specie molto bella ed interessante,e la tua foto come sempre č il miglior modo per scoprirla.Grazie,buona serata e buona settimana! Luciano

Ciao Jesus, fantastica bellezza dai vivaci colori, magico anche il giardino di tua madre, magnifica luce e splendida nitidezza, gran bella macro, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

surely one of the most exotic creatures I have seen recently friend Jesus, and there is no doubt that your macro lens is capable of producing remarkable results.Bravo !
George Veltchev

Grazie Jesus per questa eccezionale proposta. Colori speciale e ottimo dettaglio per la bellissima Lycaenidae.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-20 13:35]

Hello Jesus,
great macro of lovely little butterfly on a beautiful blurry BG, fine details, superb sharpness and wonderful natural colors.Best regards Siggi

This is a very special butterfly with wonderful colours! Excellent photo with very good detail and good composition.
regards yiannis

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-11-20 21:42]

Hello Jesús,
Butterfly rumours spread quickly, especially if there is the possibilty of having a photograph taken by an expert photographer like you Jesús! :0)
Nice capture of this striking species of Hairstreak with fine clarity and natural colours. He can now fly back to his normal altitude with the knowledge that he is famous on TN! ha.. ha
Thanks and have a good week MF,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-11-20 23:59]

Beautiful composition for this colorful butterfly, god lighting. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-21 6:53]

Hello Jesús,
Wonderful photo of this jealous guy. What a beauty! Photographed in superb sharpness, details and a fantastic composition. Splendid light and blurred background.

hello Jesus
super good sharpness picture
great details nice pose and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-11-21 7:29]

Hello Jesus.
Happy you to have all thes butterlies in your garden.. they probably have rendez-vous there :-). An interesting Lycaenid-species with a most beautiful coloration. Presented with a simple and fine picture. Thanks!
Kind regards

Great photo of another amazing butterfly Jesus! Very good POV, excellent composition, wonderful lighting, fantastic colors and impressive sharpness.

Hello Jesus,
Exceptional clarity and impressive focus with very nice details and great sharpness.
I love the excellent composition.
Brilliant colors and good light. Perfect shoot as usual.

Ciao Jesus, splendida farfalla e splendido scatto. Una immagine molto bella di un soggetto con colori veramente straordinari. Un caro saluto, Paolo

Hi Jesus,
another excellent photo of butterfly taken from a great point of view. Nice colours and composition. Perfect sharpness.
Have a nice week,

Hello Jesus,
A butterfly caught in very beautiful composition, with nice colours, excellent sharpness and fine details. The POV and clear BG are also splendid. Well done!

Hi Jesus, Wow what a fabulous display of macro skills here my good friend, awesome clear detailed sharpness, excellent exposure/white balance and splendid rich/warm natural colours, great effort here Jesus and very well done,
Best Regards,


un licenide stupendo, come anche la foto,

sinceri complimenti Jesus,

ciao, tino

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