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Morpho peleides for Sumon

Morpho peleides for Sumon
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Copyright: Richard Vincent (earthtraveler) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 427 W: 123 N: 947] (3483)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/25 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of middle America [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-27 10:58
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I dedicate this image to Sumon Sinha to applaud his wonderful contributions here at Treknature of many incredible quality butterfly and other species images. His detailed and sometimes humorous notes of his chasing after them have made me laugh, warmed my heart, and taught me much. Thank you Sumon!

This is another butterfly I photographed at the La Paz Waterfall Gardens butterfly observatory. I've seen these in the wild lighting up the Costa Rican rain forest with their incredible hand sized iridescent inner blue wings and always my heart jumps with excitement and I'm wowed. I've not been able to capture them with their open wings and a good open wing image escaped me here this day also. I wont complain as these are incredible closed wing also!

The Peleides Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides) is an iridescent tropical butterfly found in the rainforests of Mexico, Central America, northern South America, Paraguay and Trinidad. There are over 80 different species of the Morpho butterfly.

Morpho butterflies are forest dwellers but will venture into sunny clearings in order to warm themselves. Males are territorial and will chase any would-be rivals.

The native peoples along the Rio Negro in Brazil once exploited the territorial habits of the Blue Morpho (M. menelaus) by luring them into clearings with bright blue decoys. The collected butterfly wings were used as embellishment for ceremonial masks.

Morpho butterflies feed on the juices of fermenting fruit with which they may also be lured. The inebriated butterflies wobble in flight and are easy to catch. Morphos will also feed on the bodily fluids of dead animals and on fungi. Therefore, Morpho butterflies may be important in dispersing fungal spores.

The entire life cycle of the Morpho butterfly, from egg to death, is approximately 137 days. The adults live for about a month. They have few predators as the adults are poisonous due to the feeding caterpillar sequestering poisonous compounds. The hairy brown caterpillars feed on a variety of leguminous plants. In some species the caterpillars are cannibalistic. If disturbed, some Morpho caterpillars will secrete a fluid smelling of rancid butter. The tufts of hair decorating the caterpillars have been recorded to irritate human skin.

Today, the commoner (Blue) Morphos are reared en masse in commercial breeding programmes. The iridescent wings are used in the manufacture of jewellery and as inlay in woodworking. Papered specimens are sold with the abdomen removed to prevent its oily contents from staining the wings. Significant quantities of live specimens are exported as pupae from several neotropical countries for exhibition in butterfly houses all over the world.

Source: Wikipedia

Aperture Priority
ISO 400
F-stop 2.8
Exp. 1/25 sec!!
Macro- hand held

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-03-27 11:23]

Hi Richard

Superb macro shot of the Morpho, superbly composed and I love the way the Butterfly really fills the frame so all our attention is drwan to the beautiful markings, nice sharp detail with well saturated colours set against the vivid green leafy BG, nice light too.


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2008-03-27 11:34]

Hello Richard,

Great macro shot of this wonderful butterfly.
Composition and colours are very well choose.
Quality and note are very well.

Best regards,

Hi Richard,
very beautiful shot of this butterfly. Especially the composition is great.
The sharpness is for a hand-held shot with an exposure time of 1/25 sec very good. Very nice POV
TFS Tatjana

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-03-27 12:23]

hola Richard, excelente macro con buen color y muy bien iluminada. Un saludo

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-27 12:39]

Hi Richard. This is a fine close up of this beautiful looking butterfly which you have captured so well with fine detail and natural looking colours. a nice POV. well done TFS. good notes too and a nice dedication to Sumon.

Hi Richard,
Stunning macro of this Morpho, the detail is just amazing and the colours are wonderful, well framed and composed, looks superb against the green foliage, all the best Cheers Rick :)

What a frame filling fine macro shot of a Morpho from a favourable POV, providing us with excellent underwing details in sharp focus and saturated colors Richard, The contrasting green of the fore and background finely balances this beautiful composition, TFS my friend.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-27 14:55]

Hila Richard.
Well 1/25 Sec. and hand held. it is just beautiful. great image My friend. lovly colors. Sumon is going to be very happy I konw.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-27 14:56]

Hola Richard,
preciosa macro,
bello pov,
color y excelente foco...
saludos amigo

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-27 15:25]

Hi Richard,

A perfect dedication to Sumon - definately his style! A beautiful butterfly captured in a perfect pose. The details and colors of the pretty markings are excellent. The green leaf shows him off splendidly.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-27 15:44]

Hello Vincent, so clear and sharp macro! The butterfly is beautiful and you've done a perfect photo with it! Very nice composition and fantastic technique, thanks!


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-03-27 15:48]

Hello Richard,
great close-up!
details and sharpness are really fantastic!

Hello Richard,
Very nice image of this lovely colorful butterfly. Wonderful pose colors and pattern details. TFS and Regards,


Splendida macro, bellissima composizione, ottimi POV e DOF, eccellenti i dettagli e molto belli i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Richard,
Compliment to this excellent butterfly posting from you! perfect job!
good pose with total sharpness, vivid colour and details in the shot
good dedication to our butterfly friend!
best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-27 23:32]

Hello Richard,
Yes, it is difficult to capture morphos with their wings open, but I managed one of a female peleides in Trinidad, unfortunately long before digital cameras.
This is excellent, both as a shot of the underside, nice and sharp, and a fine tribute to our friend Sumon.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful image of a beautiful species,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-28 2:54]

Salut Richard,vraiment un photo exceptionelle,parfaite sous tous le points de vue..j'ai rien autre a dire,la photo parle avec sa beaute',mes compliments et merci de partager,Luciano

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-28 4:41]

Hello Richard,
Very impressive close view of this beautiful butterfly. I like the sharp details of the beautiful wing pattern and the colours are lovely too. A fine light background to make it stand out and nicely framed too.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hi Richard
Very good and sharp details of the wings

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-28 6:31]

Hello Richard,
terrific close up, sharp, colorful and vibrant colors.
Great composition and the presentation looks great.

Splendid shot of this beautiful butterfly that resembles our Junonia almana(Peacock Pansy) quite a lot, Richard.
Sumon has done great work on Pansies seen in India, so your dedication to him is very appropriate.
Great focus, composition and colors.
TFS and regards.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-03-28 11:18]

hello Richard
wonderful macro of this beautiful butterfly
i like composition, POV, light, colours, sharpness, details and note

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-03-28 11:18]

Hi Richard
This is a very nice butterfly
very good sharp
well done.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-28 11:22]

Hi Richard.
Amazing butterfly picture of the superb butterfly and touching dedication. POV is brilliant as well as the framing and cropping of the shot. I like superb wide DOF, wonderful rich colours and crisp sharpness of the entire scene, Bravo. Perfect job.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-28 12:01]
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Hi Richard,
Wow........such a beauty and I feel so happy and honoured to have this as a dedication. Fabulous close-up shot with such lovely colours, patterns, details and sharpness. The lighting and exposure levels are superb and I like your chosen POV to portray it. The green leaf as BG looks so nice and sets up a fine tone to the shot. In toto an outstanding image and a charming gift which I accept with a bow. Thanks again Richard, nothing else could have made my day.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-28 16:43]

Hello Richard, what a stunning shot of one of the most beautiful butterfly. It is cristal sharp, the light is bright and beautiful and we see so much details! Thank you again for a great picture and this is really a nice dedication to Sumon!


Nicely captured butterfly profile.

Hallo Richard
What a wonderful display of colours and patterns in one. The view of this butterfly with closed wings is a totally different view to when it is open winged. I cannot believe it is the same butterfly. I like the view in which you have photographed the butterfly. The lighting is perfect and also the focus. The butterfly is placed precisely right in the frame and the colours and markings are superb and can easily go through as a hand painted job. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.
Kind regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-29 2:33]

Hello Richard,
Superb photo of this Morpho. Amazing colours, sharpness, composition and POV. High quality!

Hi Richard,
A very beautiful and appropriate photograph to be dedicayed to Sumon.
Excellent POV, captured agaibst a very well lit and bright BG. Very high on detail and overall a very beautiful composition.



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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-30 3:06]

Hello Richard,
High quality macro image with great textures and colors in the wings. I was shocked to read it was taken handheld as I am one of those people that have to eat peas with a spoon or I don't eat. Fantastic work Richard and a fine dedication to Sumon.

Hi Richard,

a great one! impressive wings with extraordinary colors.

Well done!


Hello Richard, this is really superb. The details in the wings are amazing and it's a fabulous dedication to Sumon. I can't find a single fault with it-it's perfect. Lovely composition and good colours. tfs rgds Necip

Hi Richard,
I'm always amazed at the DOF you can get with your camera..
I like the warm color and detail I see. Well composed & a nice POV also :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-31 20:55]

Hello Richard

What a beautiful butterfly.
The butterfly fills the frame well.
Excellent display of it's beautiful markings.
The colours are excellent.
Well focused with sharp detail.


Hi Richard, superb butterfly with fine details and splendid colors, wonderful focus, excellent sharpness, BRAVO! very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

It doesn't get more perfect than that! WOW!
Everything about this shot is so clean and clear - great sharpness, wonderful lighting. Just beautiful!

hi richard!
sharp pic with good details on
this very fine butterfly!
well done!

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