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Malay Lacewing and its circle

Malay Lacewing and its  circle
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX10 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-12 17:20
Viewed: 3560
Points: 56
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Hi friends,
this is what I see and discover about the Malay Lacewing butterfly.
I did not manage to discover the eggs but on the caterpillar and the the favourite plant they like to breed on.
The redwine caterpillar likes to feed and live on the passiflora leaves.
Here is the flower and the leaf of passiflora.

The Malay Lacewing (Cethosia hypsea hypsina) belongs to the genus Cethosia, which includes some of the most beautiful butterflies in the region. The upperside of the wings of both the male and female of this species feature a bright orange-red colour with black borders. The outer margins of both wings are serrated, particularly more so on the hindwings, giving the wings a saw-toothed appearance. The intricate 'lace' patterns on the undersides of the wings are likely to have given rise to the origin of its English common name, Lacewing.

The Malay Lacewing is described as the commonest species of the genus in Malaysia and Singapore. It is characterised by the pale yellow subapical border on the forewing above. Males tend to fly more energetically than the females. It is essentially a forest butterfly, preferring to stay within the confines of the nature reserves in Singapore, and the forested areas. The Malay Lacewing can often be observed at the flowers of Leea indica, Snakeweed (Stachytarpeta indica), Mile-a-Minute (Mikania cordata), Ixora spp. and Lantana camara. It is always a joy to watch this pretty butterfly flutter amongst the flowering bushes, searching for its favourite nectaring source to feed upon, and flying nonchalantly in a spectacular display of its bright cheerful colours.
Females of the Malay Lacewing have a yellowish-white dorsal patch on the forewings above, which is absent in the males. The females also appear a paler orange-red whereas the males sport a darker shade of orange-red on the wings above.

The wine-red caterpillars of this species are known to feed on Passifloraceae. The species is distateful to predators.

Passiflora foetida (Common Names: wild maracuja, santo papa, marya-marya, wild water lemon, stinking passionflower, love-in-a-mist or running pop) is a species of passion flower that is native to the southwestern United States (southern Texas and Arizona), Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and much of South America. It has been introduced to tropical regions around the world, such as Southeast Asia and Hawaii. It is a creeping vine like other members of the genus, and yields an edible fruit. The specific epithet, foetida, means "stinking" in Latin and refers to the strong aroma emitted by damaged foliage.

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Hello Foozi.

This is a nice collage of the lacewing.
Cheers Dave

Beautiful collage, excellent colourful photos. regards yiannis

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-12 23:07]

Beautiful and colorful collage of this butterfly, hope you will find the eggs soon to complete the circle. tfs.

Hi Foozi,
Excellent composition & collage, well done!
TFS Ferran

Sawasdee Ka Foozi,
This is a very nice collage, each of the image is beautiful colours, excellent sharpness details, wonderful arrangement, great work!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

Hellow Foozi,
What a strikingly vibrant coloured collage.Each image pinsharp and fully detailed, well done.

Hi Foozi,

Interesting caterpillar & greatly captured. The zig-zag edge on the wing is interesting too. Good note. Well done & TFS.


Hola Foozi.

Magnifica composicion y gran riqueza de detalles y colores,excelente trabajo.

Ciao Foozi, molto bello il puzzle che presenti. Un ottimo lavoro in termini di comprensione dell'evoluzione di una farfalla. Un saluto, Paolo

Hello Foozi,
this is a very interesting collage of the Malay Lacewing. You have collected pictures of the full life circle in beautiful pictures with vivid colours and fine sharpness. Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-13 4:52]

Hello Foozi,
A very interesting assemblage on this beautiful butterfly- Good idea to show the caterpillar and the favourite plant. The whole is very plaesant to look at and instructive too. Excellent sharpness on all pictures. Well done, indeed!
Kind regards

Ciao Foozi. Intyeresting collage with brilliant colours excellent light and stunning details for all the shots.


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-07-13 6:20]

Hi Foozi.
Precisely designed and very informative and enlightening collage. Every picture is amazing with sharp details and beautiful colors. Excellent work! Thank you for sharing. Have a nice day.
Best regards

Super macro pic collection!!!
Great lighting, exposure and depth of field,excellent viewpoint and good use of light!

Hi Foozi,

Impressive collage here my friend, good sharpness and wonderful colours with lovely lighting, great job well done,
Best regards,


Hi Foozi.
Amazing! Great!
I really like this mix. Each photo is interesting. Nice colours. Great composition. Interesting species.
Thanks for sharing,

Fantastic presentation Foozi! The composition, the colours and the sharpness in all the photos are excellent.

Ciao Foozi, fantastic collage of cicle life on this splendid butterfly, in each photo wonderful natural colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Foozi

Beautiful photomontage of these macro photos,
on every photo fine POV, beautiful light,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hello foozi,

what an great collage made by yoy.
Very good of sharpness, different pov and dof.
Fine colors.
Well done my friend.


Foozi, this is an excellent presentation. A job well done. Have a great day and thanks for your comments, Bill

Hallo Foozi,
a very beautiful interesting colalge of this wonderful butterfly, very good sharpness and vivid colours, all images are very good
best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-13 22:58]

Helo Foozi,
A very nice collage showing the Malay lacewing and its caterpillar together with the host plant Passiflora.
Each image is a joy to view, of high technical standard and they are well presented.
Thanks and best regards,

amazing cycle, TFS Ori

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-07-16 19:44]

Hello Foozi,
Very impressive collage showing the caterpillar and it's butterfly next to each other, as well as the plant they feed on. Exceptionally sharp detail and beautiful coloration. A real learning tool for those who study insects and their habitat. Well done!!

Hi Foozi,
eye-catching presentation of the Malay lacewing, its prickly and poisonous looking caterpillar, the blossom of its feeding plant. Brilliant colours, and an aesthetically very pleasing composition of those four images. Thank you!
With best regards,

Hi Foozi,

I like the way that you are showing the development of the insect. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the flower, of the caterpillar and of the butterfly. The quality of the light is enhancing the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Foozi,
Excellent!!!Well done.I am learning here how to make collage.
Kind regards,

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