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Geranium Bronze

Geranium Bronze
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Copyright: Mariana Scubli (marianas) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 377 W: 55 N: 1208] (6739)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 60, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-18 23:26
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Points: 36
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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.

Argus, cirano, CeltickRanger, goatman04, nglen, Mikolaj, boreocypriensis, marius-secan, flashpoint, jaycee, eng55, nasokoun has marked this note useful
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Ciao Mariana, lovely little butterfly against a splendid blurry BG, wonderful colors, good DOF, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-19 1:48]

Hello Mariana,
A fine capture of a Geranium Bronze taken from a fine POV to show its with its wings half open with fine sharpness and colours in a nice composition against a neutral BG.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-12-19 2:29]

Slav Marana,
A good close up of this Greanium bronze with great sharpness and taken from perfect POv.

Hi Mariana.
Perfect macro, clear details and colours. The usage of the light here made a wonderful ambience.
TFS and kind regards,

Ciao Mariana. What great POV! You've perfecty exalted the light and stunning details "inside" the butterfly. Nice interesting compo. Indeed well done!


hello Mariana

WOW ! wath an excellent photo it is like if the butterfly
was part of the flower, superb camouflage, TFS


Hello Mariana,

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

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-19 9:09]

Hi Mariana. This isa butterfly i have not seen before so thanks for posting this one on TN. It looks like it has two tails from the rear of the wings. Taken with fine detail and natural colours. well taken TFS.

Hello Mariana! Amazing geranium. Wonderful colours, superb saturation. Nice light and bright. Good contrast and sharpness. Well done!

hello mariana
great composition with good sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hi Mariana,

Stunning macro capture of this pretty b-fly from excellent POV with flawless details, great DOF and delightful composition.
TFS and Cheers MF,


Buna Mariana,
Foarte bune detalii si claritate.
Excelente culori la un soare puternic. Sunt de invidiat conditiile acestea.....
La noi merge cam greu, dar poate se indreapta vremea.....

ciao Mariana!
oggi in casa Scubli un post simultaneo di Marshalli
ottimo Pov e dettagli

ciao sERGIO

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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 Mariana.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.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-19 15:42]

Hi Mariana,

I have not seen a Geranium Bronze before! Beautiful colors and details - I love the pink border. A very unusual pose and a very nice one. Thank you for the introduction.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-19 23:30]

Hi Mariana,
Lovely close up.Well seen and composed.POV,harmonious colors,DOF you managed are excellent.Have a nice sunday!
Thanks for posting..

hello Mariana
exceptional attribution of colors, in a very beautiful composition and POV, I like particularly the background, wonderful macro!
you have very good collection...!
keep photographing! TFS

Hello Mariana,
a very beautiful capture of the Geranium Bronze, very good sharpness and fantastic colours, marvellous OOF BG.
Best regards

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