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Dryas iulia mating

Dryas iulia mating
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-10-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-12 1:09
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dryas iulia (often incorrectly spelled julia), commonly called the Julia Butterfly, Julia Heliconian, The Flame, or Flambeau, is a species of brush-footed butterfly. The sole representative of its genus Dryas, it is native from Brazil to southern Texas and Florida, and in summer can sometimes be found as far north as eastern Nebraska. Over 15 subspecies have been described.
Its wingspan ranges from 82 to 92 mm, and it is colored orange (brighter in male specimens) with black markings; this species is somewhat unpalatable to birds and belongs to the "orange" Batesian Mimicry mimic complex.
This butterfly is a fast flier and frequents clearings, paths, and margins of forests and woodlands. It feeds on the nectar of flowers, such as lantanas (Lantana) and Shepherd's-needle (Scandix pecten-veneris), and the tears of caiman, the eye of which the butterfly irritates to produce tears. Its caterpillar feeds on leaves of passion vines including Passiflora affinis and Yellow Passionflower (P. lutea) in Texas.
The species is popular in butterfly houses because it is long-lived and active throughout the day.(Wikipedia)

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你還照的兩隻 真是美極了也帥呆了
照的清晰 翅膀明亮 有點像是用油料畫的 很特別

Ciao Siggi, great macro of fantastic maiting couple, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-10-12 2:28]

Hello Siggi,
Beautiful macro in splendid clarity and colours. Excellent sharpness and DOF. Marvellous composition.

Hello Mr.Siegfried,
It seems,someone has painted it!
Beautiful butterflies.Well captured with good sharpness and colour.Like BG and their pose.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hi Siggi,
I was stunned to see the Julia Butterflies in mating! They do not seem to be mating, but dancing classic ballet. Perfect POV, sharpness, details, composition and colors. Great work, my friend. Thanks and have a nice weekend!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-10-12 9:33]

Hi Siegfried,
Another gorgeous portraits of butterflies.
Excellent composition, sharpness details and nice colours.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-10-12 11:16]

must have been labeled with "adult content" ;) :) .. great timing and image Siegfried.

nuri :)

Ciao Siegfried. Details and sharp perfect beautiful colours in the lovely compo.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-12 14:59]

Hi Siggi,on of the most elegant mating moment never seen on TN,really beautiful and taken whit the usual spectacular quality of details,for me only a bit undersaturated.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

nice romantic capture, TFS Ori

Impressive scene and impressive photo Siggi! Excellent composition, wonderful soft colours and very good sharpness.

Hello Siegfried,
Nice to see your pictures....Remarkable photo and comments. This lovely specie of butterflies have wonderful natural colors. The contrast against the background is superb. Very nice composition taken from a excellent low POV with perfect light and best clarity.
Thanks for sharing!

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