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Gonepteryx cleopatra (Linnaeus, 1767)

Gonepteryx cleopatra (Linnaeus, 1767)
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Copyright: Paulo Henrique Lopes Rodrigues (phlr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix 6900 Zoom, Fujinon 6x zoom, Digital
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/6 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): European butterflies 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-10 15:01
Viewed: 5806
Points: 79
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Cleopatra is a close relation of the "Brimstone", Gonepteryx rhamni, but differs in having orange on its forewing.
They hibernate as adults so can see them in early Spring (March) and late Summer (August).
It's a very beautiful Pieridae that belongs to the Pieridae coliadinae family.
It's very dificult to get a photo with wings open, because this species never opens its wings when settled.
The females are large and of a pale apple green.
Both sexes have much more rounded wings, particularly the hindwing than its close relatives the Brimstone and Powdered Brimstone.
They can reach a wingspan from 5cm to 6.8cm.
It flies till 1600m of altitude.
In Portugal is an in danger specie and we have two generations.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-06-10 15:16]
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Hallo Paulo,
unfortunately, species of Gonepteryx have their wings closed when resting in most cases. The nice orange colour of the wing upperside can be slightly recognized on your picture. However, details of wing venation and colour pattern of the underside are clearly presented in good sharpness.

Semella que de cando en cando o macro si trabalha bem. Debes levar a tua camara a reparar, a o millor non e moi grave.
As volvoretas amarelas que atopo por aqui, son moi inquetas, moi dificiles de fotografiar. Ista beleza con nome egipcio merecia unha boa toma coma ista. Saudos amigo!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-10 16:13]
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Hello Paulo,
Wonderful close up.POV,details,sharpness,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Hi Paulo,
this one is excellent, so sharp and beautiful.
I love Brimstones so much, we also have them here in Germany. On a pink thistle they are wonderful. Also here with the dark BG, a good contrast. Thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Paulo,
Excellent shot. Beautiful composition - the colours, details and POV are fantastic.TFS.

Hi Paulo,
Excellent shot and notes.
Beautiful really collors & nice composition .

Well done.

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  • MartaW (34)
  • [2006-06-10 18:04]
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Extraordinary butterfly, looks really like leaf.
Thank you for sharing.
Regards, Marta

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-06-10 18:18]
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hello Paulo,
A great capture.
Nice detail,a good POV and very good DOF.
Handheld at 1/6 ?..You have a steady hand.
Great shot.


Good shot of this prety butterfly.
I like the composition and subtle colours.
Good POV and sharpness.

Hello Paulo.
Super capture of this butterfly.
Excellent colors and details.

Hola Paulo,
Otra excelente macro foto, los colores y los detalles son buenos; además me fascina esos diseńos miméticos en las alas, parece una hoja!

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-06-11 2:42]
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Hi Paulo,
Excellent,detailed shot, with well contrasting colours and very good POV.
A special thanks to your note, which as usual is very informative

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-11 3:26]
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What a beautiful "Citron" that you have nicely captured ! It is a pleasure to see sometime photos from you ;-)
Congratulations Paulo and thanks for sharing.

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-06-11 4:23]
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Hi Paulo,
What a lovely Cleopatra shot!
I like mostly the beautifull pose of the butterfly. colours and detalis are just great.
BG is also lovely.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Paulo

Great shot. Well done on the crisp, clear details. Great depth of colour, well composed with good POV. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-11 5:17]
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Hi Paulo,
Texture, color and POV are the best to see clearly this elegant butterfly!
TFS, José M.

Very good POV, DOF, sharpness and colours, Paulo.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-11 5:33]
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Hi Paulo
A very sharp capture of this lovely butterfly. IMHO you could have reduced the brightness a little bit and it would have brought out more colour and contrast in the insect.
I have been knocked down real bad by the flu bug and struggle to concentrate. So, please forgive me for not giving a complete critique, but I just wanted to deliver this well deserved smiley.
Good work and TFS.
PS. You can rest assure that next time I will present my usual brand of critique.

Hi Paulo,a lovely crisp sharp image.A pity it wasnt facing you, so that you could have caught it looking at you.

a leave, it seems a live. fantastic capture!
colour and details are very riproduct.
TFS Mario

Excellent shot Paulo,
Everything looks very good.
DOF, POV, color, light, sharpness, detail, and framing are great!
Well done and Thank you!

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-06-11 14:03]
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Hi Paulo,
Excellent capture my friend adn Yes,it deserves more than 2 points:)
I saw similar one but in red here in Illinois last week but it was flying high and couldn't capture it good:(
Excellent pov,dof,focus,sharpness,note and details.Obrigado Amigo:)

Fantastic shot,subject,detail and note. Very usefull as never seen before. Thanks.

Hello Paulo!
This is very interesting delicate butterfly Paulo! Great pastel colours on it! pov, focusing, details all are great! Thank you for sharing!
Best regards!

Hi Paulo,
very nice portrait of brimstone, good macro. I like the colours and DOF. Good note also.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hello Paulo, excllent details, BG, POV, DOF, perfect details, BG, TFS Kyle

Hi Paulo,
Great picture, the composition , colors and the DOF is good.
Goutham R

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  • BeBe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 253] (931)
  • [2006-06-12 13:20]
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Hi Paulo, excellent sharp photo, specially the antena that both are sharp, the combination of colors of the butterfly with the background is very good, Juan

Hi Paulo,

I really like this picture. What a beautiful creature. In the correct surroundings you will never see it. Good focus and DOF. Well done.


Hi Paulo!
fantastic close up of this beautiful insect!
love the composition and the colours !
the background gives a perfect idea of the habitat of this species...a great nature photo indeed!

Bonjour Paulo
Belle présentation et belle prise en macro avec ce joli papillon ,les couleurs et la nettetée sont trčs bonnes, belle composition .
Au revoir et félicitation ....JP

Hello Paulo,
Very good shot! The details on the wings are great and picture has good exposure too. As for my taste the BG is a bit too overhelming because of strong colour and structure of the green leaves. I think they take a bit too much attention from the butterfly.
Anyway, it's a good post.


Very interesting subject. The wings look like a leaf. I like your sharpness, detail, Composition, POV and DOF. TFS,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-14 7:09]
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Hello Paulo,
A beautiful composition, great background and contrasts. Superb sharp details. POV and colors are lovely.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-06-15 12:48]
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Great picture of this butterfly.


Hi, Paulo. Great photo! The POV, detail, and composition are great. TFS!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-20 2:52]
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Hi Paulo!
Yes, on first sight it looks like Brimstone. Very good details, colours, good POV. Very shy butterfly, hard to capture. Good work!

Hi Paulo,
Excellent details, well decided composition, and these different shades of green look very interesting and appealing!
Great! With thanks and best regards,

PS: Your camera seems to work very well again!

Hi Paulo
Thank you for uploaded pictures ;-)
This one is great - very good colours and composition.


Motylek ciekawy. Ostre zdjęcie, kolorki naturalne. Pozdrawiam - Roma

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