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Cacyreus marshall

Cacyreus marshall
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Copyright: Horia Scubli (horias) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-18 23:25
Viewed: 3997
Points: 46
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Geranium Bronze
Cacyreus marshalli

Distribution: South Africa. Arrived in Europe in the early 1990s and has spread around the S European coasts from Portugal to Italy. In France it extends to Lyon where it is common throughout the city, at least in 2006. Almost certain to extend further east and possibly north - records from the southern slopes of the Alps indicate it may establish itself in Valais, Switzerland and similarly from Lyon perhaps moving into Geneve. Recorded from further north, as far as S England. Probably importations with the larval foodplant account for these records. Also recorded from Morocco, around the city of Tarroudant.

Identification: Distinctive. The underside markings are quite unlike any other European butterfly - brown ground colour with white blotches and lines. Strongly chequered fringes and a long tail on the hindwing.

Flight time: All year, given warm conditions. I've found in May in S France and commonly in October in S Spain and Lyon, France. Larval food plant wild and cultivated Pelargonium.

Habitat: Dry grassy places and urban gardens.

Behaviour: Rarely opens its wings when taking nectar, but will show its uppersides when basking in sunshine, usually on leaves or grasses.

Additional notes: Presumed to have arrived from South Africa on imported Pelargonium plants. Frequently found around habitations.

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Ciao Horia, beautiful little butterfly with wonderful colors, excellent DOF, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-12-19 2:31]
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Slav Horîa,
Very good macro shot of this Cacyreus marshall with nice colors and taken from great POV.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-19 5:01]

Hello Horia,
A picture giving an almost 3-dimensional view on this cute Geranium Bronze posed on this grass-like plant. Very expressiv butterfly-shot. Good contrasting colors anf excellent sharpness. A pleasing composition.
Kind regards

Ciao Horia. Magic light and transparencies. Good colours. Intrigant playing of light. Never seen it. TFS.


Interesante y misterios toma. Quizás exceso de ruido electrónico. Buen acercamiento.
Saludos Horia: Josep Ignasi.

hello Horia

excellent macro photo of the butterfly with fine POV, DOF
and the way it is framed, fine focus sharpness and details,
excellent contrast between the 2 main colour tones, TFS


Hello Horia,

A great macro with lovely natural colors, sharpness & details. Well taken & presented. TFS & regards.


A good capture of a veteran specimen Horia, with nice mixture of under- and above-wing details. Thanks also for your concise notes my friend.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-19 10:36]

Hello Horia,
very fine composition, very pleasing and great pose of the butterfly captured. tfs.
Best regards Siggi

Buna Horia,
Excelenta iluminare al aripilor partial in contralumina. Detalii exacte si culori impecabile.

hello Horia
very good composition with great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Buna Horia,

Awesome macro capture of a Geranium bronze from lateral POV with great DOF, impeccable details and delightful composition.
Have a nice night MF!


ciao Horia!
oggi in casa Scubli un post simultaneo di Marshalli
ottimo pov laterale e mgnifica definizione

ciao sERGIO

Hi Horia,

Very nice macro shots. Color of the beauty and clarity of detail is remarkable.
Light, very successful perspective and exposure. Thanks for sharing.

Good weekend wishes, Sincerely.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-19 15:38]

Hi Horia.A very nice and interesting pic whit an excellent choice of point of view and great sharpness and colors.Very good composition too.My best compliments,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Hello Horia,
another good capture of the Geranium Bronze, fine detail and splendid colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

hello Horia
very beautiful colors beautiful light, in very fine composition, well done!
keep photographing! TFS

Hello Horia,
A fine macro of rather worn Geranium Bronze, taken from a nice POV with excellent sharpness and lighting and set in a pleasing composition with a fine contrasting BG.
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-12-20 9:43]

Buna Horia,
Cacyreus marshalli, another excellent capture.
Colours,light and definition are splendid.
Best wishes,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-20 15:15]

Hi Horia,
Very nice close up.I liked POV,colors
details and 3D effect a lot.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

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  • Abyta Silver Star Critiquer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 34] (130)
  • [2009-12-20 23:03]

Hello Horia,
A great macro with lovely natural colors, sharpness & details.
Thank you for sharing.
Best regards,

Wow Horia,

this is amazing capture of the bronze butterfly. Very nice macro shot. Very well done!


Hello Horias,

another very nice image from you with good pov and dof.
Fine colours.


Hi Horia,
Nicely composed with great contrasting brown and greens.Well done, and TFS.

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