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Blue and White Heliconian

Blue and White Heliconian
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-210, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-03 1:32
Viewed: 4082
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the Heliconius cydno (Grinning Heliconian or Blue and White Longwing). A photo from a butterfly garden.

Range: Mexico to Columbia and Ecuador

The longwing butterflies have unusually long lifespans and high fecundity rates, which largely result from their augmented diet. Instead of surviving on food stores from the larval stage or solely sipping flower nectar, adult longwing butterflies are avid pollen eaters. These trait make them eminently suitable for butterfly farming and butterfly gardening. Also, adult Longwings may live for several months, much longer than most butterflies.

The longwing butterflies are also known as Heliconians. They are brightly colored butterflies with long forewings. Once placed in their own family, they are now considered closely related to the fritillaries. Larvae of most longwings feed on passion vines, and this host plant imparts noxious chemicals to the larvae which are carried over to the adult butterflies. This relationship is identical to the monarch butterflies' reliance on its host plant, milkweed, for defense. Predators find these chemicals distasteful and avoid eating the butterflies.

Source: www.cirrusimage.com/butterfly_cydno_longwing.htm

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Hi Peter, perfect close up. Details are razor-sharp, colors and antennas are superb. A beautiful composition on the green leaf. TFS.


Ciao Peter,
splendida macro, eccellenti POV e composizione sulle diagonali, l'ambientazione con la pioggia e l'utilizzo del flash danno brillantezza a questa meravigliosa farfalla, molto buona la definizione, bellissimi i colori e BG.

What a beautiful butterfly you have captured in a butterfly park, Peter!
For me, these are unique and uncommon species because we don't see them here in India.
Superb POV, focus and colours.
TFS and regards.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-03 4:42]

Hello Peter,
Wonderful composition with great textures and details, along with bright colors. Superb work Peter, thanks for sharing.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-11-03 4:45]

Ha Peter,

Een mooie opname van deze vlinder,jammer dat het blaadje achter de vlinder net een bruin kleurtje moet hebbe (leid iets af),maar over het algemeen een welverzorgde compositie met een goede focus op de gehele vlinder,groetjes


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-03 5:38]

Hello Peter,

This is a very nice close-up of the butterfly. You have chosen a fine composition for the image with the edge of the leaf creating a diagonall of the image. Butterfly is sharply shown and wings colors attract wiewers atention. As you have chosen a suitable DOF the insect is shown in very good sharpness.

Thank you for sharing,

A finely executed close up work Peter, the straight, lateral viewpoint perfectly display the salient features of this finely formed individual in great detail. TFS this fine image my friend.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-03 8:58]

Waaw Peter,a fantastic portrait of this unknown and spectacular butterfly.You are lucky to have a garden near you!!My best compliments for this perfect work,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2008-11-03 9:01]

Hi Peter, beautiful macro very sharp, vivid colors and nice contrast with de background.

regards, Dan.

Hallo Peter,
Je moet al veel geluk hebben om alleen maar met natuurlijk licht dergelijke foto te maken.
Zoals ik al eerder schreef ben ik ook een keertje in Kwadendamme geweest en ik herinner mij dat er weinig licht was.
Ik vind het heel positief dat er in achtergrond geen te donkere partijen en flitsschaduwen zitten. Kortom het aanwezige licht speelt mee.
Verder een goede scherpte en een leuke compositie.
Thanks for sharing

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-03 10:01]

Hello Peter,
Excellent macro.Sharp image with great details and very nice green background.Colors and light are excellent.
Best regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-03 10:45]

Hi Peter.
Amazing in every aspect shot. Both butterfly and leaf as scenery are wonderful. Details of the charming insect cannot be better. Coloration is reproduced extremely perfect. Neutral BG supplements pictured beauty excellently. Bravo. Superb close-up.
P.S. Do not worry. Points are not key point in our life :). Thanks for kindness and visit.

Just perfect, Peter,
wonderful light on this beautiful butterfly, excellent sharpness, I realy like this shot very much.
Thanks for sharing, groetjes,
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-03 12:02]

Hi Peter. A beautiful butterfly well taken with rich colours and fine detail . A nice POV/ DOF. I like the water on the large green leaves. all with good notes too. well done TFS.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-03 12:40]

Hi Peter,
A crisp sharp and well focused photo of this butterfly. I like the patterns and details on the wings, composition, POV and the shallow DOF. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-11-03 13:08]

Merhaba Peter,
Böyle mükemmel bir kareye imza attığınız için sizi yürekten kutlarım. Yandan bakışla çekilmiş, ışıgın enfes kullanıldığı hrika bir kompozisyon ortaya çıkmış. Renkler ve detaylar da aynı şekilde muhteşem olmuş. Kusursuz bir çekim. Eliniz sağlık.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-11-03 13:15]

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture.I liked POV,natural colors,lighting and composition a lot.TFS

Hi Peter, elegant butterfly with splendid colors, great macro with fine details and superb sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter,
Wonderful capture of this very colourful butterfly perched on a green leaf in a fine posture.
TFS and cheers,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-04 3:14]

Hello Peter, Very beautiful shot of this butterfly. Razor sharp details. Ganesh

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-11-04 5:06]

Hi Peter
very nice colos and composition
well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-04 7:48]

Hello Peter,
Lovely capture of this beautiful and rarely seen longwing! Excellent sharpness and colours and I love its pose on the leaf. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-04 14:10]

Hello Peter, very sharp close-up of that beautiful butterfly. Great pose of the subject, a fine image. Well done again.


Hi Peter,
Very good picture of this Grinning Heliconian. You have excellent POV and composition, sharp clear details and bright natural colours.

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-11-04 16:00]

Very nice shot; sharpness and depth of field are really great. Arrangement on the leaf looks really good, too. Gary

Hello Peter. Excellent shot in closed wings. The sharpness and excellent markings on the wings are well established. I like the colorful butterfly and excellent perch. Well framed and best regards. Jusni

Hi Peter, this photo is really perfect and have nothing else to mention!!!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-05 6:03]

Hi Peter,
Great macro work.Well caught,framed and composed.
Colors,contrast,POV and composition are perfect.
Thanks for posting..

Hello Peter, great close up shot of this beautiful butterfly.
TFS and regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-07 12:25]

Hi Pater

Great macro here once again from you!
The parallel side POV again helped you in getting exactly what you wanted - excellent sharpness on the subject with a shallow DOF so that the BG will be nicely blur.
The outcome is beautiful, with gorgeous natural colors and sharp contrast on your subject.
A worthy presentation for this Blue and White Longwing!

Bravo and TFS

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-11-08 23:34]

Hi Peter.

Magnific capture, excellent colors, contrast , sharpness, exposure,point o view, beautiful composition,goos note.


Hello Peter
I paged through your portfolio and could not pass this one. This is indeed a beauty. I am not sure if this is a male or female but this is a most elegant looking insect, with wonderful colours and details. The combination of rich and warm colours are striking, and the green leaf with the droplets one really puts that extra oomph into this already special image. I cannot find fault. The composition, depth of field, sharpness, focus, framing and all other I forgot to mention is just spot on. This worth a well deserved smiley. Kind regards.

Nice shot of this little beauty Peter,
The color, detail, and exposure look great.
Good POV and well composed as well :)

Hello Peter

Excellent photo of this butterfly, with a very
fine POV and framing, beautiful light, great focus,
sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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