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Mariposa en Navidad

Mariposa en Navidad
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Copyright: Jose Miguel Cisneros (JoseMiguel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/2.7, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-20 14:58
Viewed: 8633
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 163
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this pic some days ago, taking advantage of the blossom of the Christmas tree here in Venezuela, wich attracts a lot of insects to it.

My knowledge about butterflies is so limited, but the general opinion here, -as you can see below-, is that this specimen must be a of the genus Eurybia, and family Riodinidae (Nemeobiidae).
So any further information about the ID will be welcomed.
Thanks a lot to in advance to the members who spend their time and effort to help me identify this specie.

Just crop, levels, sharpen and added the frame.

I wish a Happy Holidays to all of you!

The Riodinidae (or Metalmarks) are a family of butterflies. The common name Metalmark refers to the small metallic-looking spots commonly found on their wings. There are approximately 1,000 species of Metalmark butterflies in the world. The family is represented both in the New World and the Old World.

While some taxonomists treat Riodinidae as a distinct family within the superfamily Papilionoidea others treat them as a subfamily Riodininae of the Lycaenidae. Earlier they were considered to be part of the now defunct Family Erycinidae, which now has its species divided between this family and the subfamily Libytheinae. Another older name for the family is Nemeobiidae.

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Riodinidae (Nemeobiidae)
Subfamily: ?


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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To batu: Eurybia darduspeter_stoeckl 1 12-28 06:29
To batu: Thanks a lot!JoseMiguel 1 12-21 16:39
To uleko: Yes they areJoseMiguel 1 12-21 14:51
To Argus: Thanks for the infoJoseMiguel 1 12-21 13:44
To peter_stoeckl: Thanks for the infoJoseMiguel 1 12-20 17:46
To ferranjlloret: Gracias por tu comentarioJoseMiguel 1 12-20 15:40
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Hola José Miguel,
Has conseguido una bella postal con esta bonita fotografia, esta princesa sobre lo que por mi tierra se le llama plantas de navidad. Un resultado excelente. Si me permites, decirte que a mi personalmente me gustan más las composiciones más rectamgulares, si son cuadradas da más sensación de simetria, en fin esto son gustos.
Saludos cordiales.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-20 15:21]

Una bonita captura Jose Miguel, llena de colores intensos y bien saturados, con agradable encuadre y un DOF muy ajustado (quizás demasiado) y correcto punto de vista.
Me encanta el detalle de la trompa totalmente desplegada y la definición de sus llamativos ojos.
Muy buen trabajo.
Saludos y mis mejores deseos... Ricardo

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-20 15:25]

Hello Jose Miguel,
Magnificent close up.Well caught,framed and composed.POV,vivid colors,sharpness,exposure and lighting are wonderful.Excellent work..Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hi Jose,
Very nice picturte and pretty colours.
Good shot..!
Well done,

Hi Jose,
you are bringing back the summer in my heard, thanks. This shot is fantastic, the wonderful colours and it's a beautiful butterfly, thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-20 16:31]

Magníficos detalles José, los colores y compo preciosos. un disparo genial... saludos

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2006-12-20 17:05]

Hola Josè:
Excelente captura! Has logrado captar muy bien los detalles de la mariposa, en especial el hermoso color de sus ojos. Tambièn me gusta el intenso colorido de esas flores desconocidas para mi. Muy bien el punto de vista y la iluminaciòn. Es una linda composiciòn: ¡Felicitaciones!
Un afectuoso saludo para esta Navidad.

hello Jose,excellent capture with super details and colours !

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  • torul (84)
  • [2006-12-20 17:15]

Excellent capture, colours are beautiful,

Very nice Christmas post Jose.
Rich festive colors :)
Nicely exposed and well focused where it must be.
Feliz Navidad!

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-12-20 18:41]

Hello Jose, lovely shot. Super colours and nice composition. Good focus on the insect although maybe a little more DOF would have been nice. Well done.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-12-20 18:41]

Hi Jose,

Nicely captured and well composed.


Hola José Miguel,
Bellísima foto en colorido y composición, por las flores y la mariposa y su diposición diagonal. Tal vez esté un poco corta en profundidad focal, pero por lo demás todo muy bien.

hi jose,
what a lovely butterfly you have captured,
well composed shot,
nice pov, good dof,
well saturated colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-12-20 21:56]

Outstanding butterfly on beautiful flower of your Christmas tree. Detail and colors are excellent. A very useful note.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-20 22:56]

Hello Jose

Absolutely beautiful.The composition is lovely,and to be on a pointsetta flower at Christmas is fortuitous .Excellent crop wit great POV and DOF.The details are sharp and crisp and the colours are well saturated.Great shot.TFS


Hi Jose, very nice detail on this Wood Nymph. You have a nice composition here with the butterfly and the flower.

Thanks, John

Hello José,
this is a pretty and unusual butterfly, well captured with good details and a perfect pose. Between those brightly coloured blossoms to subdued brown of wings stands out in contrast. The pattern of that butterfly looks quite unusual with those orange circled spots to the centre of wings that look like eye spots in development to become clearer and clearer after many more generations to follow ....
Sorry no idea that comes close to any precise identification. But from the patterns I am rather sure this butterfly does not belong to the Satyrinae subfamily. More likely it belongs to the family (or subfamily to Lycaenidae) of "Metalmarks" - "Riodinidae" of which there are many species in the Neotropics.
Really curious if some of our specialists here on TN finds out the ID of that remarkable and well captured butterfly.
Thank you! Best regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-21 4:27]

Hi Jose

A wonderful macro work here by you!
This butterfly looks very beautiful with all its colors and charming pattern, so well visible from this POV.
Also the details and great and sharp, the DOF is impeccable and i have to say i really love the metallic-like reflections from his eye.
Very nicly presented, framed and composed as well.
Bravo and TFS

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-21 4:45]

Hi Jose.
Excellent capture you are sent today.Splendid composition with amazing butterfly that is of surrounded red flowerage.Very nice combination of colours.Perfect angle look.Beautiful sharp details.Very well saturated colours.
Well done,congratulate and thanks!Happy Holidays for you too.
Greetings Milos

Hello Jose Miguel,
This is a wonderful capture of this butterfly. What amazed me most is the bright blue color of its eyes! I also like those great details, POV, DOF, composition and this great colorful BG. This is very nice and well presented. Thanks!
Have a great Holyday's season

Hola José Miguel.
Belleza en todos los sentidos, precioso el color, la luz y la nitidez, enhorabuena. Un cordial saludo

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-21 11:24]
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hello José Miguel,
This is an excellent presentation for the festive season of a species of butterfly new to me. But I agree with Peter that this is not a satyrid. It belongs to the Nemeobidae, possibly of the genus Alesa.
TFS, best wishes, Ivan

Hola José Miguel. Como veo, le estás sacando la chicha a la cámara nueva. Buena composición. Me gustan los colores del fondo creado por las plantas y la rotación diagonal de la mariposa. Saludos, Yvonne

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-21 11:54]

a wonderful butterfly and in a nice pose
Nice image! Very good details and colours. I also like the composition here.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi JM,
I know that you will not post unless it is very good.
Very nice picturte and nice colours.
Good shot.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-21 12:05]

Hi Jose.
Amazing, perfect composed and coloured shot. Excellent scenery, tremendous eyes of the butterfly, perfect wing-spread and pose of it. May be value of aperture is large a bit (f/2.7). Nevertheless the shot is superb. My best wishes and TFS.

You deserve congratulations for capturing this lovely image of an attractive butterfly, Jose. Despite a busy BG of brightly coloured flowers, the composition pleases the eye.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful picture.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2006-12-21 13:14]

Hola Jose,
Excellent BF capture,
Nice crisp colours and details,
POV and sharpness are amazing,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-21 13:39]

Hola José Miguel,
Bellísima composición, pose, exposición y punto de vista inmejorables y unos colores cálidas muy bonitos.
Felices Navidades para tí y tu familia. Seguiremos en la brecha de la fotografía!
José Miguel

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-21 14:34]
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Hello José,
Wonderful capture of this very beautiful butterfly that I haven't seen before! Excellent sharpness and lovely colours even though it is a bit worn. I love the green eyes!
I think the flowers are the same as the ones visited by the Paper Wasp? Very beautiful composition!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-21 15:08]

Hola Jose Miguel
Qué fantástica fotografía! Maravilloso enfoque y preciosa la composición. La mariposa es preciosa, aunque esté siendo un poco difícil de identificar.
Me encanta el colorido que proporcionan esas curiosas flores rojas. Lo que más resalta, no obstante, son esos ojos metalizados que tiene la mariposa.
Excelente trabajo

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-12-21 16:10]
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Hola Jose Miguel,
not necessary to add a positive comment on this picture. I think everything has been said - except exact species identification:
Peter and 'Argus' are right that it is not a Satyridae species. It is a species of the
-- genus: Eurybia
-- family: Riodinidae (Nemeobiidae)
It's not easy to identify the different Eurybia species, but your specimen looks very similar to
-- Eurybia dardus
But I'm not 100% sure on the identity!
Best wishes, Peter

Hola José Miguel, wonderful butterfly, good focus, lovely details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hola José Miguel, que hermoso ejemplar...muy linda foto, excelentes los colores y la nitidez. Me gusta muchísimo esta foto!!!!!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-21 16:39]

Hello Miguel,
very nice capture, I love the colors and details. POV, sharpness and exposure are very nice.
Happy Holidays!

Hello Jose Miguel,
This is an awesome colour palette and a wonderful macro capture!
Colours and details are top shelf...
I like this fine dynamic composition!
Pablo -

Hi dear Jose,
excellent shaot.
very nice colors with nice sharpness and focus.
perfect efect.
well composed.
thanks for sharing

best regards

WOW an excellent shot great detail perfectly composed beautifull colours very well done and congrats. Merry Xmas and happy new year best rgds Necip.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-12-22 8:50]

Hello Jose Miguel,
An excellent shot of this butterfly.
A good diagonal composition,great colours and detail.
I like those metallic coloured eyes.
Nice work,TFS
Happy holidays to you!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-22 10:37]

Hello Jose Miguel,
Excellent shot,
Colors,sharpness and details are great! TFS

¡Guau! ¡Vaya colores, qué cosa más llamativa...!
Un preciosidad Jose. Una presentación estupenda, la de esta mariposa sobre la poinsetia.
Feliz Navidad amigo. Un cordial saludo para la Octava Isla, JL.

Hola Jose,
Greatly capturing this pretty butterfly. Great sharpness and neat image.
Nice vivid colors.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-23 7:44]


Great shot. I love the stunning eyes of this butterfly. The BG is wonderful - so vibrant. Excellent sharp details on the butterfly and a lovely composition



Pues si que tiene un "look" navideño esta foto :)
Bonita especie y preciosa percha te ofrecieron una composición espectacular, me encantan los ojos verdes metálicos.
Tambien te deseo felicies fiestas! Un saludo.

Hello José Miguel
Cette prise de vue est de toute beauté
C'est un véritable plaisir pour mes yeux que de voir ces belles couleurs . Belle composition et beaux détails. Une autre belle photo pour mon écran de veille
Merci et Passe de belles fêtes ....JP

Superb detail, an excellent Macro Shot! Happy holidays to you and your family from mine.


Plein de détails formidable.
Bonne journée et Joyeuses Fêtes

hello JOSE
magnifique composition
des couleurs, des détails et un BG extraordinaires
félicitations pour tout
mercidu partage

Amaizing shot my friend .....
I wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Very beautiful composition, pov, dof, sharpness and exposure! I like this natural settings and colors! Ana:)

The colours are amazing and probably is why the butterfly is here too plus there must be heats of necter. Great shot and full of colour


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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-12-28 16:39]

Hi Hose Miguel!
Your butterfly is very beautiful, its colors are vibrant and the focus is perfect. The pov is also remarcable!

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-01-02 16:33]

Hola Jose Miguel !
This is a splendid picture, with excellent details and beautiful vivd colors. The composition and POV are very beautiful, as well as the pose of the butterfly, with the wings wide open. I love his metallic eyes. Very well done !

Amazing colours and detail...Nice presentation here....
Well taken.

Is that a probosis!! excellent composition and colors, those eyes are amazing too!! i have no nits on this
Goutham R

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-01-13 10:24]

Esta foto ficou otima tambem como todas que voce ja tirou,as cores testura nididez enfim tudo, boa tecnica valeu mesmo os pontos que voce ganhou,continui assim.

Hi Jose,

Thanks for the kind and gracious critique on my last picture. I’m glad you liked it.

This is a beautiful butterfly. I love the colours of this picture.

Well done and TFS.

Hi Jose
Impressive butterfly unknown to me.
These two black eyes on the wings looking me full of curiosity
Excellent colors POV and a beautiful red BG full of flowers
TFS and see you

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-01-17 3:39]

hello Jose
here is really beautiful butterfly and successful macro working. composition, point of view, colours, details, note and framing are great

Such as a bright image, Jose.
Nice colours and compo.
Well done

Olá José, tudo bem!!
Indescritível beleza. Cores fantásticas. Vai para minhas favoritas.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-01-24 14:08]

Hi Jose Miguel,
Superb framing, great color. Depth of field is more than adequate despite f/2.7, owing to the small format I guess.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-01-24 18:18]

Hola José Miguel, preciosa imagen de la mariposa, sobre fa flor de pascua...Buenos detalles. Saludos Sira

Hi Jose

Wow... the colours in this shot are fantastic! Well done on a super composition too. TFS.

great macro shot, love the colored flowers the butterfly is resting on.. TFS

Thanks for your comments on my photo "a welcomed site" :O)

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-02-12 11:28]

Hi Jose,
This is a wonderful shot of this colorful butterfly.
Excellent POV,clarity and sharpness.
Great job.

Hello Jose,
Que foton! La combinacion de los detalles, la luz suave, los colores, y especialmente la trompa producen una imagen muy disfrutable. Como la mayoria aqui no conozco tan bueno esa familia de mariposas Riodinidae - solamente suficiente para decir que esta de la familia. Felicitaciones y gracias por compartirla.
Saludos desde Denver

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-02-23 7:42]

Hello jose
great shot and wonderful picture. Keep it up

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  • edji Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 83 W: 8 N: 22] (426)
  • [2007-02-23 8:21]

134 points... I just want to look at the shot... The subject is great and the colors too. I give you only 1 point for some reason. You took the picture at f2.7 so you get a small DOF and I found distracting that the bottom wings are out-of-focus.

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2007-02-28 6:34]

I just wanted to say:
WOoow :)

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-03-03 12:07]

Hllo Jose Miguel,

Great picture of this butterfly.
Great sharpness, background and color.


Hello Jose,
A beautiful species. Lovely markings on wings. The metallic eyes are distinctive. Never see one like this before. Regards,

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-04-03 23:48]

José, this is very beautiful and colorful.

I enjoy colors and saturation a lot.

Great composition too.

Es de remarcarlos ojos, la espiritrompa, los ocelos, que se muestran muy claramente, con el desnfoque adecuado del fondo para resaltar al sujeto, hay que bucear en la red pues la informacion es mucha en lepidopteros; es lo que me lleva mas tiempo a mi personalmente pero creo que es vital no presentar fotos sin datos.

Muy buena. Los ocelos parecen autenticos ojos entre tanta vegetacion.
Un saludo

merhaba Jose Miguel,
well presented pose with splendid colours,nice details, focus and BG. Nicely composed. TFS
best wishes

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-06-13 7:17]

What astonishing eyes!
Beautiful composition and colors, excellent first class details and very very unique eyes of this amazing buterfly,great shot!

How amazing to have butterflies around Christmas!
These colors are awesome!!! WOW!
Beautiful shot!!!!
(As the points will attest to!)

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-09-17 18:25]

Hi Jose Miguel,
This is an amazing vivid colorful picture! Great details of buterfly and depth of field is excellent! BRAVO!


Great take. Although the focus is more to the tip of right wing, yet overall is nice. I like the blueish eyes.
Best regards,

ciao Jose' Miguel
fantastic capture very very beautiful
butterfly with great details and colors
notable full colors of BG

have a nica day sERGIO

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-15 4:57]

Hi Jose,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful butterfly with very impressive details and colours on its wings. The red flowers create such a striking effect and makes the shot so very pleasant to the eyes. Superb lighting, exposure and focus. I like your top POV to portray this scene and the wonderful composition. Kudos.

Hello Jose,
Thanks for the kind comments on my Chickadee shot. :-)
You present here very unique and interesting butterfly, Eurybia spp.
Its had very impressive eyes. Beautiful!!
Very excellent capture of this friend, with the fine pose & beautiful POV.
Also, perfectly focused on its head and very sharp details here. More over, the red flowers in the BG make this photo more beautiful.
Well presented and TFS,
My best regards,

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