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Hypna clytemnestra (Cramer, 1777)

Hypna clytemnestra (Cramer, 1777)
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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: 2011-10-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D3100, Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S 1:4-5.6 G ED DX VR, Zeikos UV 52mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-11-18 16:49
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Marbled Leafwing - Hypna clytemnestra (CRAMER, 1777)

Hello TN Friends!

This is "My favorite Leafwing"!... I love this butterfly and I believe that it's one of the best chance I've had to photograph it. Hope you like!



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Genus: Hypna
Species: clytemnestra
Binomial name: Hypna clytemnestra (CRAMER, 1777)

The genus Hypna contains just this only species!

The upperside is black, with broad creamy white bands across the forewings. Like most members of the Charaxinae, it has a cryptic underside pattern, resembling a dead withered leaf.

Hypna clytemnestra occurs from Mexico to Argentina.

This species is found in the Amazonian lowlands and Andean foothills, at altitudes between about 100-1200m.

The eggs are globular, and laid singly on the foliage of Croton ( Euphorbiaceae ).

The fully grown caterpillar is pale brown, with a prominent thoracic hump, and has reddish tubercules along the back, from which long black setae arise.

Adult behaviour
The butterfly is uncommon, and always encountered singly. It appears to spend most of it's life high in the trees, and can usually only be observed from a distance through binoculars. Occasionally a butterfly will descend however, attracted by rotting fruit or sap runs, and at such times it often first settles on nearby foliage.

Model: NIKON D3100
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 10/2000 sec
F-Stop: f/9.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 800
Focal Length: 200 mm
Date Taken: 2011-10-01 13:02
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 260 kb

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To marius-secan: Hello Marius!jlinaresp 1 11-19 05:37
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Hello Jesus,
fine capture of this butterfly with good sharpness and a nicely blurred background. I also like the natural colours and your informative note.
Best wishes,

I am really jealous of you Jesus! You have so many amazing butterflies around you!! Another fantastic photo!! The POV, the composition, the BG, the lighting and the sharpness are excellent!

di sicuro che la tua collezione di farfalle non e' da poco, sinceri complimenti JEsus,

per la foto postata personalmente avrei cercato il taglio verticale, girando l'immagine di 90° senso orario, con delle piccole modifiche in pp per ridurre l'intensita' della luce siul posatoio,

ovviamente tutto parere personale,

un caro saluto,


wonderful image friend Jesus. Seems we have a great exposition despite the difficulties which the back light created...and this is what I call a masterpiece!
George Veltchev

Ciao Jesus, affascinante e luminosissima, altra meraviglia dal tuo splendido mondo pieno di fantastiche farfalle, ottimi dettagli e magnifica nitidezza, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-19 1:29]

Hello Jesus.
Excellent photo of this Marbled Leafwing in great sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Taken from a very good POV in a fine composition. Superb DOF with this blurred BG.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Jesus,
Splendid macro. Stunning colors and details.
I love the excellent clarity and perfect focus.
Wonderful composition and perfect shoot as usual.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-11-19 4:02]

Hi Jesus,
Beautiful photo of this very interesting butterfly. Nice colours and good composition.
Details and background are nice too.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Jesus. Altra specie interessantissima ripresa in modo perfetto. Ottimi colori. Bella composzione.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-19 7:06]

Hello Jesús,
Amazing sharp detailed photo of a wonderful butterfly in very beautiful colours. Excellent POV, blurry background and composition.

hello Jesus
this is a great picture with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

This is indeed a special butterfly with most unusual patterns and colours. Excellent photo with good detail and light.
regards yiannis

Hi Jesus,
really amazing photo of this butterfly. Great point of view. Perfect composition. Excellent sharpness and details.
Have a nice weekend,

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