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Anartia jatrophae. (48)
peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Anartia jatrophae
ssp. guantanamo (Munroe, 1942)

White Peacock
Family: Nymphalidae

Wing span: 58 – 74mm

A fragile looking, middle sized butterfly that can be met in Cuba in good numbers at any location from the sea shores to the sierras, at any time of the year. A wary and restless flyer during the hot parts of the day, A. jatrophae guantanamo is a distinctly territorial species that tends to fly short distances only and take short moments of rest in low vegetation. Best time to approach the butterfly for a close capture is the hour of sunset when it gets drowsy and starts looking for a place to spend the night in low vegetation - as here.

“Muy abundante en prados y jardines en toda la Isla; es una de las mariposas dominantes en estas comunidades. Tiene un velo lento y corto, se posa a cada momento, con las alas extendidas, en plantas bajas. La especie se distribuye, en el continent, desde el Sur de Estados Unidos, hasta la Argentina; A. jatrophae guantanamo es propia de Cuba, Isla de la Juventud y Gran Caimán.“ (Pastor Alayo D. y Luis R. Hernández: Atlas de las mariposas diurnas de Cuba. Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera. La Habana 1987/1999)

The “White Peacock” A. jatrophae is a neotropical species widely distributed over the South American continent, Central America, going north to Southern Texas, Florida, Cuba (ssp. guantanamo). Its caterpillars are feeding on various plants such as Acanthaceae: Blechum pyramidatum, Justicia, Ruellia occidentalis, Ruellia tuberosa, Strobilanthes; Euphorbiaceae: Manihot esculenta; Labiatae: Melissa officinalis, Mentha pulegium; but not on Jatropha as the scientific name might suggest. (http://www.butterflycorner.net/Anartia-jatrophae-White-Peacock.561.0.html)

The camera:
SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixel, sRGB, 14mm zoom (equivalent 70 mm at full size SLR), F/8, 1/80 sec., ISO-125, hand held, no flash. 16.02.2010, 18:52.

Postwork:
Photoshop CS4. Slightly cropped, levels slightly adjusted, downsized to web, selectively resharpened.

Buenas noches amigos.
Have a good evening and a good start of the week.

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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
The underside of wings.
Edited by:peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)

The hour of sunset: Anartia jatrophae guanatanamo looking for a place for the night in low vegetation.

SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixel, sRGB, 14mm zoom (equivalent 70 mm at full size SLR), F/4, 1/100 sec., ISO-125, hand held, no flash. 16.02.2010, 18:53.

Buenas noches.