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Nymphalidae hairy paws - Anteros carausi

Nymphalidae hairy paws - Anteros carausi
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Copyright: Ninfa Urania (Ninfa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-P200
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths 2, Club: on the hands: the nature in our hands, Beautiful Butterflies, * Lemon Tree [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-20 14:21
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Favorites: 2 [view]
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Anteros carausius (Westwood 1851)

Fuzzy-legged Metalmark


This butterfly is very small, her multicolored ones are beautiful, velvet and shines. I like degraded multipunto of its colors a lot.

I was in contact with her during two days and it is friendly, the two days she was posing in my hands. I have placed in workshop two more pictures

1. In the lemon flower: to give an idea of their small size

2. In the following day, also on my hand.

Exact identification:

Many thank you to, Merlin (Nigel Deacon) and peter_stoeckl (Peter Stoeckl) for their comments and mainly for their investigation work and valuable support and time for the exact identification of this butterfly beauty Anteros carausius of the family of the Nemeobiidae :) ¡Muchas Gracias!

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Merlin: * Lycaenid - Strymon cestri *Ninfa 3 01-14 05:53
To peter_stoeckl: * Anteros carausius*Ninfa 1 01-14 05:01
To wishnugaruda: * Gracias *Ninfa 2 12-20 15:17
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Hi Ninfa,
from which planet is this "thing" coming?
Can it realy be a butterfly - wow - mother nature is sometimes very creative!
Those colours and the design - this is marvelous. I also love to see how small it is.
Excellent post, something new here on TN, that's fantastic, thank you very much.
Have a good evening, bye bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

What a beautifull small butterfly! I've never seen one like this in my life. I'm glad your knuckle is on the photo also to get a sense of it's small size. Great colours on it and super detail. Thanks for this interesting post!

Excellent detail, well seen!


ale fajne:)...:D:D:D

What an incredibly exquisite little creature! I am absolutely clueless as to species, but would love to find out more about it. At a guess, it might be an exotic lycaenid. Anyone? Please? Well spotted, and many thanks for showing it to us.
Best wishes, Nigel.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-12-20 19:36]

Fantastique prise,la netteté et les couleurs sont excellentes.

Félicitations pour ce merveilleux pett papillon.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2005-12-20 19:43]

Hi Ninfa.
What a beautiful kind of butterfly, what impressed me is the dimention of the insect. And you got it well with your hand, that show us the scale of the butterfly.
Great colours, good DOF, POV and sharpness.
Good work.

Very well caught. Nice colours and sharpness.
As for identification, quite hard, the tropical butterflies are so many that I think there are for sure some species unknown to science. It's sure Lycaenidae, maybe some Strymon cestri local subspecies, maybe something else related.

Regards, Petru

Wauw!! What a colorfull littl creature!! I never seen anything like it!! The sharpness and detail al very good. Too bad of the finger!
TFS Cris

Hi Ninfa

Wow... this doesn't look real. An amazing piece of nature. Thanks for the introduction.

Lovely photo - clear, charp and interesting note. TFS

Very nicely framed of this incredible capture. Well done Ninfa. Hope you have a Happy New Year! :)

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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2006-01-06 11:32]

Hi Nimfa

Incredible creature. I don't think we have them in South Africa. Lovely colourful butterfly and excellent details. Very good capture of such a small animal.


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-01-09 3:40]

Very beautiful specie!
On the top of the finger!
Great composition Ninfa!

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-01-10 3:53]

Hola Ninfa.
Muy bonita foto de esta amiga mariposa puludita, bonitos colores y detalles,bonita foto.

Hi, Nimfa,

that funny tiny butterfly on your fingertip belongs to the Nemeobiidae family which is possibly closely related to Lycaenids, and wide spread in the Neotropics.

I think the exact ID is:
"Anteros carausius (Westwood 1851)".
or "Fuzzy-legged Metalmark".

Have a look at: http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabast/Anteros.html

http://www.funet.fi/pub/sci/bio/life/insecta/lepidoptera/ditrysia/papilionoi dea/lycaenidae/riodininae/anteros/

Your picture is much higher in quality than any other picture of that crazy little species in the web. Thank you for that puzzle our friend Nigel (Merlin) has made me aware of.

Best regards,

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  • delfi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 35 N: 11] (106)
  • [2006-01-18 15:48]

Hola !

Muy especial !

Saludos cordiales, df

(sorry about my spanish ?)

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-01-30 16:26]

wow ninfa, que fotos tan estupenda. este macro es increible. que suerte encontrar una mariposa tan amigable. para mi son un dolor de fotografiarlas, siempre a moverse... la comparacion con la punta del dedo nos da una muy buena idea del tamaño. la naturaleza es realmente hermosa.. pena que tengamos zoom en los ojos para apreciarla dia a dia... gracias por compartir!! buen trabajo!

Hi Ninfa,
Lovely image and very well captured,
brilliant POV and the blue sky background just looks perfect.
Thanks for sharing!

amazing tiny thing, TFS Ori

Hola Ninfa!!

Gracias por compartir esta maravillosa fotografía.

Si, posiblemente se trata de Anteros carausius. pero no pertenece a la familia Nymphalidae. Este es un RIODINIDAE....esta familia de mariposas se encuentra exclusivamente en el Neotropico desde el sur de Mexico hasta Brasil y esta relacionada con los Lycaenidae.

Saludos Carlos.

Thanks for sharing this beautiful image.

Most probably this speceis is Anteros carausius, but is not a Nymphalid but a RIODINIDAE. The RIODINIDAE are exclusively in the Neotropics from southern Mexico to Brasil and are a family related to Lycaenidae.


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