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Marpesia chiron - [Fabricius, 1775]

Marpesia chiron - [Fabricius, 1775]
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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: 2011-07-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus SP565 UZ
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-07-17 13:44
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Points: 40
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Marpesia chiron -Fabricius, 1775- Chiron Daggerwing

Hello friends!

This is one of the least seen in my region, but this year their number has increased significantly, I suspect it is related to heavy rains this year.



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Scientific name: Marpesia chiron (Fabricius, 1775)

Some information about this butterfly:

The Daggerwing butterflies of the genus Marpesia are similar in wing shape to Swordtails and Swallowtails ( Papilionidae ), but can easily be distinguished from them by their straight, clubbed antennae - Papilionids have tapered clubs and are recurved at the tip. They can also be confused with the Nymphalid genus Hypanartia, but the latter have a more pronounced angular forewing apex.
There are 17 Marpesia species, all with the same characteristic wing shape as chiron, except for petreus, which has 2 tails on each hindwing, and a deeply scalloped outer margin to it's forewing.
The genus is confined to the neotropical region, but is closely allied to the Afro-Oriental genus Cyrestis.

This species occurs at elevations between sea level and about 2500m, and is found in primary rainforest, cloudforest, deciduous forest and open secondary woodlands.

The eggs are white or yellowish, and laid singly on the foliage of trees and shrubs in the family Moraceae - including Ficus, Chlorophora, Brosimum and Artocarpus.
The fully grown caterpillars are very colourful, typically marked with red and / or yellow spots and stripes. There is a single row of unbranched, recurved spines along the back, and the head is adorned with a pair of very long wavy spines. They feed diurnally and rest on the upper surface of leaves.
The pupae are typically pale in colour, marked with blackish spots or blotches, and have wiry filaments projecting from the back of the abdomen and from the head.

Adult behaviour:
Mud-puddling males are usually encountered in three's and four's, but aggregations of dozens or even hundreds are not uncommon. In hot weather they are extremely active, darting and skipping from place to place, and rarely settling for more than 2 or 3 seconds. The wings are usually held erect, but in cooler conditions the butterflies will bask with wigs outspread.
Females are elusive, spending most of their lives in the forest canopy, and are very rarely encountered.

About this shot:
**Shoted in RAW
Model: SP565UZ
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 1/200
F-Stop: f/5.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 125
Focal Length: 4087/100 mm
Date Taken: 2011-07-16 12:40
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire
File Size: 295 kb

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-17 13:48]

Hello Jesus.
Very sharp and well-composed capture of this beauty ! The colors are gorgeous and the background provides excellent separation. Great Work MF.Best regards Siggi

ennesima specie dalla forma particolare,Jesus catturata con maestria e splendidi dettagli

Hi Jesus,
Excellent shot of this beautifull BF
Sharpness, details, colors and POV are great

TFS Thijs

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-07-17 22:26]

good perfection in butterfly photography. nicely taken. great sharpness and contrast. i love the colors on its feathers. congrats.

Ciao Jesus,
una bellissima immagine di questa splendida farfalla, che per la sua forma può sembrare un Papilionide, ottima nitidezza e magnifici colori, perfetto il punto di ripresa per mostrare le sfumature monocromatiche del dorso delle ali, piacevole composizione
Grazie e complimenti
Buena semana

An amazing sight! Excellent detailed photo. regards yiannis

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-18 0:45]

Hello Jesús,
High quality photo! Excellent in all aspects. Fantastic!

Hello friend Jesus, another great capture with perfect light and details really. Another image to add to a collection already very beautiful. All the best, Paul

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-18 1:57]

Bonjour Jesus,
What an impressive butterfly! Must be something to see a gathering of these butterflies, as it is written in your note.
Simple and fine presentation and interesting to discover another of the numerous creatures from your region.
Thanks and kind regards

True celebration of your technical expertise friend Jesus! A grand portrait of a fantastic forest queen with so much clarity, brilliant moderate colors and simplicity in the same time! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Ciao Jesus, lfantastica bellezza magnificamente ripresa, anche questa una novità per me, splendidi dettagli, magnifici colori e ottima nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-18 7:37]

Beautiful species, very special one, lovely capture. tfs.

hello Jesus
super picture with great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Another fantastic photo of a fantastic butterfly Jesus! Amazing colours and impressive sharpness.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-07-18 10:27]

Hello Jesus.
Wonderful shot! Great sharpness and detail, beautiful natural colors.
A picture really well done

Jesus, this ia a great shot of this beautiful butterfly. Outstanding sharpness and detail. Thanks for your comment, Bill

Ciao Jesus. Perfetto il dettagglio e ottima nitidezza. Ottima la luce. Che bella farfalla!


Hola querido amigo Jesus!
Que bela foto! Fico feliz por ti pues no es siempre que uno tiene un motivo tan perfect para sacar una foto como esta aqui.Bravo !
Estoy feliz tambien por Venezuela!!!! Mi torcida, ahora que ja no está Brasil, será para tu país!
Un abrazo!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-07-19 8:18]

Hello Jesus,
A great close-up of this gorgeous tropical butterfly! I love the markings and the colours very well shown here against a contrasting background. Well framed too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hola Jesús, hermosa especie de mariposa, y una excelente calidad de fotografía, te felicito. Armando.

Hola amigo Jesús,
Back from vacation, just back from a mycological conference - and became more and more interested in insect photography! Good day (evening here)! Marvellous shot with excellent use of flash, while composition / crop is fabulous! Absolute technical superiority! Bravo!
Friendly regards and hugs, László

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