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Tiger Longwing #2

Tiger Longwing #2
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Copyright: Ken Slade (Ken52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of middle America [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-08 22:08
Viewed: 4156
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A side profile view of the Tiger Longwing, photographed in late March at the “Butterflies In the Garden” exhibit at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden.

Tiger Longwing (Heliconius hecale)

This butterfly occurs from Mexico to the Peruvian Amazon.

The longwing butterflies have unusually long lifespans and high fecundity rates, which largely result from their augmented diet. Instead of surviving on food stores from the larval stage or solely sipping flower nectar, adult longwing butterflies are avid pollen eaters. These trait make them eminently suitable for butterfly farming and butterfly gardening. Also, Adult Longwings may live for several months, much longer than most butterflies.

The longwing butterflies are also known as Heliconians. They are brightly colored butterflies with long forewings. Once placed in their own family, they are now considered closely related to the fritillaries. Larvae of most longwings feed on passion vines, and this host plant imparts noxious chemicals to the larvae which are carried over to the adult butterflies. This relationship is identical to the monarch butterflies' reliance on its host plant, milkweed, for defense. Predators find these chemicals distasteful and avoid eating the butterflies.

This butterfly emits a pungent odor from glands at the tip of the abdomen when disturbed.

Source: http://www.cirrusimage.com/butterfly_photos_WORLD.htm

Aperture = f8.0
Shutter = 1/100s
ISO = 400
Focal Length = 240mm
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens

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Hola Ken, excelente composición, una toma bien iluminada, buena luz y color. Un saludo

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-09 8:29]

Hi Ken.
Once more fantastic by subject and quality shot. Inclined composition is amazing as well as wonderful rich colour palette, great lighting and superb details/sharpness of the butterfly and plant image. Smooth and beautifully coloured BG is terrific. My best wishes. Perfect job.

love the angle on this figure, great focus and colors

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-05-09 22:40]

Hello Ken,

What a beautiful butterfly, great capture.
Composition is superb, great sharpness and the colors
of the picture are very beautiful... Well done


Bellissima farfalla, ottimi POV e taglio compositivo con le ali sulla diagonale, molto buona la nitidezza con ottimi dettagli, bellissimi i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Ken,

Excellent composition. Great sharpness and most of all superb colours.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-10 21:12]

Hi Ken,
Wonderful profile shot of this gorgeous Tiger Longwing. I am always amazed at the size, form and length of their wings. Lovely colours and sharpness and a percise DOF. The natural sunlight gives perfect illumination. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hello Ken
Splendid butterfly which does not exist in France
thanks for making us discover these species.

Otra genial presentación, con unos detalles realmente hermosos.
Buen comentario.
Un saludo, JL.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-26 20:43]

Hello Ken

A superb capture of this Tiger Longwing.
The clarity is exceptional.
Wonderful colours and lighting.
The POV is well handled.
Great job.


bonjour ken
tres nette et colorée,cette image est tres agreable,a mon gout je pense que vous auriez dû garder le format 2/3 d'origine du 350D(800x533 pixels).

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-08-18 0:42]

Hello Ken,
a real sharpness displayed here. Very clear image of this butterfly. Well composed with the posture of the insect and the diagonal branch cutting acroos the frame. The BG was also muted to make the shot pleasant and impressive.


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