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Calisto herophile

Calisto herophile
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-11-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-12-01 0:43
Viewed: 1798
Points: 33
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Hϋbner's Glad-eye
Calisto herophile HÜBNER, 1823
subfamily - SATYRINAE

There are 42 species in the genus Calisto, of which 1 is found on Jamaica, 1 on Puerto Rico, 1 on the British Virgin Islands, and 2 on Cuba ( which both also occur in the Bahamas ). The remaining 37 species are endemic to Haiti / Dominican Republic. Calisto is the only Satyrine genus occuring in the West Indies.
The upperside wing surface of all species is dark earthy brown, and devoid of markings, although the sex brands ( androconia ) of males differs in shape from species to species. On the underside some species such as chrysaoros are strikingly marked with irregular bands of cream or white, while others such as herophile have dark bands, and a large ocellus on the hindwing.
The butterflies are currently classified under the subtribe Pronophilina - a large group of largely high elevation species from Central and South America. Recent DNA evidence however suggests that Calisto are more likely to be allied to Palaearctic taxa.
Calisto herophile is a native of Cuba, including Isla de la Juventud. There are 3 Cuban subspecies - herophile, which occurs in the lowlands; bruneri from eastern Cuba; and parsonsi from the Sierra del Escambray at 500-1000m altitude.
The only other Calisto species found in Cuba is sibylla, which also occurs as 3 subspecies, listed by Lamas as bradleyi, muripetens and smintheus. It is a woodland species found chiefly at elevations above 1000m.
It should be noted that Hernandez, an authority on Cuban butterflies, regards smintheus as a full species, endemic to Cuba. He names muripetens, bradleyi, and also delos, brochei and israeli as colour forms of smintheus.
Both herophile and sibylla also occur on the Bahamas, as subspecies C. herophile apollinis, and C. sibylla sibylla. The Bahamas also hold a third species C. anegadensis.Calisto herophile is a very common and widespread species found at elevations between sea level and about 1200m. It occurs in a variety of habitats including open deciduous woodland, scrubby grassland, hedgerows, thickets and overgrown gardens throughout Cuba.
The egg is globular, with a fine raised reticulation forming minute polygonal areas. It is whitish when first laid but develops tawny-olive markings after a day or two.
The caterpillar is very pale greyish brown, with wide dorsal and narrow paradorsal dark lines. It has a granular texture, and is covered in short hairs. It feeds on various grass species including maize and sugar cane.
The butterflies are active both in sunshine and shade, flying slowly, weaving between low growing plants, and often remaining on the wing for long periods without settling. They commonly nectar at a variety of flowers including Bidens, Eupatorium and Stachytarpheta.
(source www.learnaboutbutterflies.com)

Erofile Calisto è una farfalla della famiglia Nymphalidae. E 'endemica a Cuba e le Bahamas. La specie abita ovunque, dalle aree suburbane, presso le grandi città ai bordi di siepi e foreste pluviali fino a 1.100 metri di altitudine.
La lunghezza delle ali anteriori è 14-19 mm per i maschi e 17-21 mm per le femmine.Gli adulti si possono trovare ogni mese dell'anno in tutta Cuba.
Le larve si nutrono di erbe varie. Mangiano dopo la schiusa e durante la notte, rimanendo nelle parti basse di erbe durante il giorno.

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Ciao Luciano, mica vale, questa è troppo bella, favolosa esotica dai fantastici colori, magnifica nitidezza e splendidi dettagli, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-12-01 1:05]

Ciao Luciano,
Very beautiful macro of this butterfly in splendid colours, excellent sharpness and fantastic details. Nice contrasting dark background.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-12-01 1:07]

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful butterfly and well captured. Very attractive color and sharpness.
Excellent focus and detailsRegards Sigi.

A beauty Luciano.

Thanks for sharing.


Hello Luciano,

Very beautiful colored butterfly. Colors and patterns are well visible. Sharpness and details are also nice. But here a common Photography mistake.....

Paying attention on the curves and lines in the photographs background enhances the overall feel and composition of the image. When there are vertical lines, subject should be placed in such a manner, so that the lines do not fall directly behind the subjects head.

Thanks for sharing your work,

WONDERFUL details and color........

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2015-12-01 9:45]

Hi Luciano,
Beautiful butterfly,beautifully colored. Very good composition and details.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Lucino
Another image of (by night-looking), so accurate details also BG is distinguish from the front-subject,
comme' sempero 3D photographia BRAVO LUCIANO GOLLINI

Salut Luciano,
très belle présentation de ce petit papillon. J'aime bien les couleurs devant cet arrière-plan foncé.
bonne semaine

bonsoir Luciano
un autre survivant de ta collection, celui-ci est superbe, j'adore le dessin de ses ailes avec les "yeux" est la partie rouge qui contraste si bien avec le brun, les details sont excellents
Passe une bonne nuit

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-12-01 18:31]

Hello Luciano,
What a gorgeous specimen you have presented to us. Love the contrasting blue and black eye spots along with the bright orange mark on the top wing. Wonderful composition and perfect exposure. Well done!!

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2015-12-02 11:30]

What a beautiful butterfly and great picture Luciano! I like it and also a good presentation.
Congratulation and saludos.

Hello Luciano,
Nice butterfly and well captured.


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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2015-12-03 11:10]

Excelente foto, cores, resolução e ângulo. Parabéns. Um grande abraço do Brasil. Reynaldo.

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2015-12-07 21:35]

Hi Luciano
Simply beautiful. The sharpness allows to appreciate the fine details and the rare pattern. Great picture.


Hello Luciano

Lovely macro of this butterfly over its flower, fine lateral POV,
beautiful light, color tones, and details, TFS


Hi, Luciano. I really like this photograph of this beautiful butterfly with excellent colors, texture, design pollinating the beautiful flower. Thanks for the nice note.

Dear friend,
As my wife being half Cuban, dedicate this wonderful picture of yours to all victims of today's earthquake.

PS- I hope and wish all is good and I'm very sorry for Italy concerning the victims of the earthquake.God Bless you all.

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