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Charaxes jasius

Charaxes jasius
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Copyright: Filipe Caetano (Filipe_Caetano) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 79] (368)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Milestones, Magnificent Macros, Volkan's Best, Joe's Favourites 1, Pankaj Bajpai's Favorite Part 2, Trentaure at its Best [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-26 7:48
Viewed: 12392
Favorites: 10 [view]
Points: 66
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Two-Tailed Pasha

Charaxes jasius (Linaeus, 1758)

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Suborder: Ditrysia

Family: Nymphalidae

Subfamily: Charaxinae

Genus: Charaxes

Species: C. jasius

It's the bigest Rophalocera that exists in Portugal. A big butterfly, also very beautiful. Wingspan 8cm.
The larvas of this butterfly feeds on Arbutus unedo, know as "Medronheiro" in Portugal. They are very beautiful and have a green color, like the plant where they leave and feed.
This species hibernates during winter in larva's form till march when it completes the life cycle transforming into a pupa. About three weeks later, a new insect emerges from the pupa and we have this beautiful insect, the imago.
Is known in english as "Two-tailed pasha". In Portugal we call it "Borboleta do Medronheiro".
It has two generations a year in Portugal. Is at the second generation that the larvas hibernates during winter, on the foodplant.

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Fantasitic! I love the colors, how rich they are. The soft background really brings this fellow into focus. Excellent job composition wise as well.

That is an outstanding photo. The butterfly is beautiful. The focus, DOF, and saturation spot on. Nice job on the close crop too. Some notes would have been nice.

Hi Filipe
Beautiful shot. Welcome on treknature Great start.
Perfect sharpnes, buckground and compo
Best wishes

Hello Filipe,
Welcome on TN
Amazing shot,
Beautiful colors and details
Well done

Stunning first post, Filipe. Welcome to Trek Nature! Great sharpness, colors that would do a stained glass window proud, nice positioning on the grain, and excellent crispness of detail. Masterful control of depth of field, too. I look forward to more.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-26 8:20]

Hello Filipe,
Welcome to TN!
You make an excellent start with this fine close shot of a Two-tailed Pasha.
This is sharp, well composed, has excellent neutral BG, good colouring and lighting.
Well done and thanks for sharing this marvellous shot.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-26 8:21]

Hi Filipe,
Absolutey beautiful butterfly and a perfect photo. Colours, exposure, dof, pose and composition are wonderful.
TFS, José M.

hello felipe,
welcome to trek nature,
what an impressive start, this is an excellent macro of this so colourful butterfly, lovely colours, sharp image with excellent details,
well done,
tfs & regards

bonjour felipe et bienvenu sur TN
c'est une entrée remarquable et haute en couleur!

Really nice picture. Its a shame we don't have these butterflies this far north, or I'd be out after themevery day.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-08-26 9:06]

Wonderful! Deatail, sharpness, focus, color - everything is great!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-26 9:09]

Hello Filipe. A warm welcome to TN. What a fantastic picture to start with. you have captured it with very good detail and colours. sharp focusing. A nice POV/DOF.it has some very nice markings which you show very well. well done TFS. good notes too.
Hope to see many pictures from you.

Hello Filipe
Great picture for your start! Great colours and sharpness. Every detail perfect visible - thanks


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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-08-26 10:20]

HI fILIPE! A wonderful butterfly and nice details , very well captured. Nice work. Welcome on TN.

Hello Filipe and welcome to TrekNature. This is a wonderful photograph. the color and sharpness are wonderful. I love the inclusion of the wheat head. It along with the butterfly look greatl against the out of focus background.

Evelynn : )

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-08-26 13:40]

Bonjour Filipe
Excellente prise de ce papillon, couleurs, netteté et cadrage, très beau sujet.
Bienvenu sur TN !
Amicalement Robi

Hi Filipe,
Excellent compositon, DOF, sharpness of this impressive butterfly! I haven't had the oppportunity to see one in nature, so TFS this marvelous shot! Marta

what a wonderful first posting !
a lot of us will take it into our favories ;)
the colours, the light, the composition, POV, framing, focus are all perfect !!!
and the specimen is just amazing, what a beauty !
excellent, great shot !
TFS/warm regards

Hi Filipe,
Great capture of this exuberant butterfly!
Excellent colors and sharpness.
Very good contrast and POV.
Congratulations for the wealth of details.
Well done!
Best regards!
José Roberto

Hello Felipe,
Welcome to TN.
This is a great first post.
Excellent color and focused detail, composition, POV and the blurred BG make this a beautiful view.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-27 2:34]

Bonjour Felipe,
Voilà une merveille d'image comme ticket d'entrée à TN. Rien à redire à cette image, sinon qu'elle est d'une rare beauté. Alors bravo et bienvenue sur ce site.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-27 3:37]

Hello Felipe,
Welcome to TN and what a start! This is a superb capture of the Two-tailed Pascha, a butterfly I'd love to see! Excellent close-up, very sharp and lovely colours. Excellent composition too - it really works this close!
Well done!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • Perro Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 59] (553)
  • [2007-08-28 8:43]

Hello Felipe,
Welcome on TrekNature!
What a nice specimen, what a great shot!
Composition, sharpness and details are just perfect.
A beautiful background and colors are amazing.
I love the inclusion of the wheat head.
Congratulations and thank you for sharing.
My best regards,

Hi Filipe,

Welcome on TN
Excelent first shot
Compo, Colours, sharpness, details, POV, DOF and BG are PERFECT

TFS Thijs

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-26 3:07]

Hello Filipe, that's a fantastic macro, it is true art ! A perfect shot ! Well done it's amazing.


Hello Felipe,

What a fantastic image! It's perfect: a beautiful subject, perfect exposure, needle-sharp focus, wonderful composition, shows this butterfly as well as it can be shown. That's one for my favorites folder! If I could, I'd give it more than 2 points, that's for sure. One of the very best photos I've seen on TrekNature.


Nice shot. Excellent sharpness and details. I feel the picture is a little too much tightly cropped,.... anyways, great work!

Absolutey beautiful butterfly and a perfect photo.

Hello Filipe.

Excellent macro, nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

Jose Luis.

Hello Filipe,
superb macro! Beautiful butterfly, well composed, excellent neutral BG.

Best regards, Leonid

This is one species I am wanting to photograph very very much! Saw one last year in Rhodes, Greece - but alas got nowhere near it for a close up!

This is a delight to view and thanks for sharing it Filipe!


unbelivable colours, TFS Ori

Hi Filipe,
Beautiful shot.
Best wishes

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