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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: 2009-11-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 60, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-15 4:14
Viewed: 4405
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.

CeltickRanger, eng55, loot, goatman04, nasokoun, jlinaresp, marius-secan, nglen, roges, jaycee, zulfu, maurydv, boreocypriensis, Dis. Ac., siggi, Noisette, Luis52, Jamesp has marked this note useful
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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-15 4:16]

Hi Mariana,
very beautiful flower and very excellent capture of butterfly.
Nice soft background makes the wings stands out xplendid.
i like you low angle shot that gives a dramatic expression.


hello Mariana

excellent macro photo of this insect with fine POV
and the way it is framed (with the flower) on the image,
fine focus sharpness and details, beautiful luminosity,



Ciao MAriana. Nice capture with intrigant playing of light.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-15 6:24]

Hi Mariana,
Lovely close up.Well caught,framed and composed.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-15 6:37]

Hi Mariana

Quite a dandy little chap, this Geranium Bronze, an export product from my country, SA.
Or so I just learned from your interesting notes. A lovely BG, well OOF and isolated helps
to make this little butterfly stand out in the frame. Lovely details are clearly visible and it is
only a slight pity that it was hiding behind the parts of the flowers so one cannot see the
body completely.

Well done and TFS.

Hello Mariana,

An excellent macro with striking colors, details & pose. Well taken & presented. TFS & regards.


hello Mariana,
from this fine POV, is created a good composition, that chromatically the yellow impresses, it's a nice result!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-01-15 8:30]

Nu se poate uita Marocul!Cred ca a fost o excursie frumoasa, plina cu evenimente!Si aceasta fotografie este o dovada a biodiversitatii de acolo, felicitari!

Hi Mariana,
A newest (for me) lyacenidae, very interesting especies, well shoted, although a higher POV would have been better to see the complete structure of the butterfly. Either way, the wings are very well appreciated. TFS

Buna Mariana,
Regret ca lipsesc, fiind in delegatie, in cursul saptaminii si nu pot admira toate imaginile expuse. Dar incerc sa recuperez...Foarte bune detalii si culori. Un contrast deosebit. Un weekend placut.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-15 11:31]

Hi Mariana . A fine butterfly picture taken with a good side POV , so we can see the closed wing markings. Taken with good detail and natural colours. Well taken TFs.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-15 15:18]

Hi Mariana,

This beautiful butterfly is posed so nicely on the flower. Colors and details are wonderful. I love the lighting and the very pretty background.


Hello Mariana
very beautiful Geranium butterfly on very beautiful yellow flower. you nicely captured it from eye level with great sharp focus, POV/DOF and composition. coloration also very nice. thanks for sharing, have a nice weekend

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-15 23:27]

Hello Mariana, Great close-up shot of this beauty with excellent composition, details and colours.
TFS and G's,

Ciao Mariana, lovely little butterfly against a beautiful blurry BG, great natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Mariana,
another very beautiful picture of the Geranium Bronze, very good sharpness and splendid bright colours, a very nice composition.
Have a good weekend
Ciao Maurizio

Hi Mariana,

Awesome macro capture of a this pretty Geranium bronze from nice vantage point with excellent DOF, nice blurred BG and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice WE!


Hello Mariana,

very beautiful image with good pov, details and bg.
Fine volours.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-16 12:10]

Hello Mariana
Superb shot of the butterfly, its a lovely composition and a great POV and pose, fine details and superb colours.
Best regards Siggi

Buna Mariana !
Grozava focalizare !
Foarte frumos contrastul cromatic !
Superbe detalii !
Toate cele bune !

Hello Mariana
a fine capture of this Geranium Bronze, a lovely composition with beautiful yellow flower, the butterfly is sharply detailed and well framed
very good DOF
have a great sunday

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-01-16 17:14]

Hola Mariana.
Muy hermoso el Macro. La Mariposa luce sus finos detalles en sus alas gracias a la calidad y nitidez lograda.
Saludos Mariana.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-16 23:33]

Hi Mariana

A lovely pov with great colours and detail.


Frumoasa si interesanta imagine cu acest fluture putin ascuns in detaliile florii.
Multe salutari.Alin.

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