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Calephelis virginiensis

Calephelis virginiensis
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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: 2010-05-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos, South American Butterflies 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-26 11:00
Viewed: 3797
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Calephelis virginiensis (Little Metalmark)

This is a small, graceful, cheerful and nice! ... is one of our most common butterfly, but rarely seen perched with wings closed! I can say I've been lucky this time! :)

Thanks by stop and visit!


Kingdom: Animalia
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class: Insecta (Insects)
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily: Papilionoidea (Butterflies (excluding skippers))
Family: Riodinidae (Metalmarks)
Genus: Calephelis
Species: virginiensis (Little Metalmark)

Size: wingspan 13-25 mm

Identification: The only metalmark of the southeast Atlantic coastal plain. Small. Upperside rusty orange, with fringes dark and not checkered. Underside brighter orange.

Habitat: Grassy areas of the coastal plain and in open pine woods, savannah, and salt-marsh meadows.

Food: Adults take nectar.

Life Cycle: Hostplants are Yellow Thistle, Cirsium horridulum, and also sometimes Vanilla Plant, Carphephorous odoratissima. Caterpillars often rest on underside of leaves. Overwinters as caterpillar.

For more INFO: (Adelpha Calephelis virginiensis - Bugguide)

For more INFO: (Calephelis virginiensis - BOA)

About this shot:

-ISO 80, White Balance set to "Sunny".
-Custom colors with -25% contrast level.
-Aprox 2X Optical Zoom.

Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Software: GIMP 2.4.3
Exposure Time: 1/807
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 80
Focal Length: 11500/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2010-05-23 11:03
Metering Mode: Spot
Flash: Flash did not fire.
File Size: 239 kb

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-05-26 11:26]

Hi Jesus,
Excellent macro of this Calephelis virginiensis, great natural colors and very fine details, TFS!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-05-26 12:29]

Hi Jesus. I have to say this is a text book picture with such clear detail with bright but natural colours. All with such sharp focusing. and interesting notes. well taken TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-26 12:31]

Hello Jesus.
An amazing macro capture of this beautiful butterfly from nice POV with great details and fine composition.Best regards Siggi

Certainly a great image of this delicate creature, friend Jesus! And in fact I think that this is one of the finest images of a butterfly a currently have seen around! Fantastic clarity, awesome dept of field, the most astonishing soft light well captured details and the most brilliant fresh green and bright background a photographer can wish for!!!! You did not missed anything here!!! 10/10
George Veltchev

Hi Jesus!

I think I have to come to Venezuela :) What a lovely butterfly this! I think you selected the best looking spices of your country :)

After this little joke, I have to say, you have done here a great job again. Bravo and TFS.

Greetings with my best regards.

ciao Jesus!
ottima macro di Calephelis virginiensis dove la definizione dei dettagli e' enfatizzata dal verde background e da una gestione perfetta della luce
complimenti e grazie sERGIO

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-05-26 18:46]

Ótima foto dessa pequena borboleta.
Belas cores e enquadramento. Focagem apurada e grande claridade.
Até a próxima.


Muchas gracias por la información que me diste, la pondré en práctica aunque vivo en Bogotá ( a 2600 msnm y 14 grados centigrados de temperatura) rodeado de asfalto y cemento, por lo que entenderas que no es facil atraer insectos (diferentes a los molestos zancudos). Sobre la foto, como todas las tuyas estupenda, sin criticas técnicas y que buen aporte de información de las especies que muestras. No quiero cansarte con mis preguntas, pero como haces para conseguir los nombres científicos aparentemente de forma facil. Yo soy biólogo y te confieso que se me dificulta bastante.


hello Jesús

this is a very very beautifully composed butterfly photo,
with very fine POV and framing, superbly focused excellent
sharpness and details, very beautiful luminosity and
colour tones, excellent contrast between the colours tones, TFS


Ciao Jesus, una più bella dell'altra, sia come qualità della foto sia come splendore della farfalla, ottima nitidezza e magnifici dettagli, splendida luce, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-27 4:35]

Hello Jesus,
This is such a fine and beautifully-colored butterfly! Your picture is well composed and taken with excellent sharpness. The green blurred background harmonises excellently the whole shot.
Very well done
Kind regards

Ciao Jesus. Macro eccezionale per dettgalio sharp e resa dei colori. Luce fantastica con eccellente contrasto. Ottimo sfondo. Complimenti amico mio!


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-05-27 7:18]

Very beautiful and interesting species captured well with good composition and lighting. tfs.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-05-27 9:45]

Complimenti Jesus, una macro eccellente.
Bella la composizione. Mi piace la posizione della farfalla.
La nitidezza dell'immagine è eccellente: si possono osservare i minimi particolari della farfalla. Splendida luce e colori.
Bravissimo! Ciao! vanda

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-27 11:03]

Hello Jesús,
Another topper from your hand. This is an superb photo in all aspects. Colours, sharpness, DOF, composition..... it all looks great.

Hola Jesús

Bonita mariposa y bien tomada, perfecta.

Un saludo Antonio

hello Jesus
great sharpness and good details with beautiful colours
super!!greeting lou

Fantastic shot mate. Very well done and thanks for sharing

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