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Alfalfa Butterfly

Alfalfa Butterfly
Photo Information
Copyright: Christoforos Askaridis (a_christoforos) Silver Star Critiquer [C: 29 W: 0 N: 5] (190)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D, Tamron 90mm macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-01-06 13:32
Viewed: 5384
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is an Orange Sulphur, AKA Alfalfa Butterfly. As with many Sulphurs, eurytheme's wing pattern and coloration is sexually differentiated. Although it is a resident representative of this genera, Colias eurytheme may also be migratory. In southern fields of Alfalfa and clovers, Orange and Clouded (C. philodice) Sulphurs can become quite numerous and are considered agricultural pests.

Identification: Males have bright orange upper wings with solid black borders. Spring generation may be smaller with yellow top wing having only a small patch of orange shading in the middle of the wings and a narrower black border. Females have yellow spots in the black border and white females are commonly encountered. Both sexes have a black spot on the top and bottom forewing, and an orange spot on the top hindwing. Also, the undersides of both fore and hindwings have a row of small brown dots near the margin and, on the hindwing, a pink rimmed silver spot. Wingspan: 34-55 mm.

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2008-01-06 13:47]

Hi Christoforos

Very great details in this picture. beautifull bright colours of both the butterfly and the flower. I also like the green BG. Great PoV and DoF. Well done! And thanks for sharing.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-07 15:28]

Hi,i like a lot this butterfluy beacuse in my gallery i think is the best pic that i upload there...you're is very perfect too,a very goosd work,thanks for share,Luciano

Very good capture, they don't hang around for long so well done! Its a fine macro lens the Tamron, I use it myself.


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