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Cydno Longwing

Cydno Longwing
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Copyright: Bill Houghton (poppygan59) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 344] (2516)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-06-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon D60, Canon EF100mm Macro
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-16 1:47
Viewed: 2677
Points: 26
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Cydno Longwing Butterfly -

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.

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Fantastic play with super wide aperture settings Bill! Well done!
George Veltchev

Ciao Bill. Exciting scenographic impact from this coloured beauty. Magnificent light in a lovely compo.


Ciao Bill, fantastic butterfly with wonderful light on beautiful blurry BG, splendid natural colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-16 7:07]

Hello Bill,
Excellent photo in very beautiful colours.
You got a fantastic website.

Hi Bill,
Excellent macro...
Nicely play with light.
Excellent colour combination..
Great details

Well done


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-16 9:20]

Hello Bill.
Beautiful butterfly with really smart colours. Pose and composition are wonderful!
Best regards Siggi

Impressive photo Bill! The composition is excellent. The colours are fantastic.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-07-16 11:36]

Hi Bill.
Excellent macro shot. Aestetic artistic composition with best pose of this beautiful butterfly. I like it so much. Amazing colors are vivid and very contrasted. Great work. Thank you for sharing.
Best regards

Hallo Bill,
a very beautiful macro shot, very good sharpness, fantastic lighting and colours, a superb visual impact
Best regards

Hello Bill,
Very nice butterfly, very well captured with excellent depth of field, great details sharpness and beautiful natural colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

Hi Bill,
nice warm and live colours. Excellent point of view. Quite qood sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-07-16 20:04]

Hello Bill,
Your shallow DOF really makes this guy stand out from the BG. Brilliant colors and super sharp detail. Very informative notes. Well done!!

Hi Bill,
Nice shot of Heliconians butterfly. I think you're lost the focus near of upper wing and anttenae; may be f/3.2 y too high for a macro of a butterfly. I think if ypu use f/9 to f/11 you increase good de DOF and still a noce blurred BG.

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