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Morpho peleides
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-09-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-16 6:14
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Points: 46
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Common Morpho, The Emperor
Blauer Morphofalter, Himmelsfalter

Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Morpho
Wingspan: 95-120mm
Distribution: Central America, Northern S'America

The brilliant blue color in the butterfly's wings is caused by the diffraction of the light from millions of tiny scales on its wings (Wikipedia)

Normally I don't show pictures taken in Zoo or parcs, but yesterday I had the great pleasure to meet Goutham Ramesh from India and TN-member and we went together to the Butterfly-parc of Kerzers, which shows ca 60 species of tropical origin. It was quite amazing to see all these wonderful butterflies fluttering around..

This Morpho-species opens rarely its wings for a longer time and I was just lucky to catch it.

ramthakur, Hussain58, maaciejka, drchoneydew, Marco2010, cobra112, MMM, ana974, mad_hatter1984, goutham_ramesh has marked this note useful
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Anne, thanks a lot for your kind words on my 1400th post.
I'm envious of Goutham. Wish I too could have the joy of meeting you personally!
This absolutely stunning butterfly is perhaps one of the most beautiful in the entire world with those special wings that create a fascinating shade of metallic blue through diffraction of light. You have captured this phenomenon very effectively here.


Hello Anne,
Thanks for presenting a nice composition with soft colours and clarity,
My regards,_Joy

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-09-16 7:28]

Hello Anne,
Excellent photo of this Common Morpho with its open wings. One of the world greatest beauties in the butterfly world. Very beautiful natural colours and great sharpness. Fine DOF and composition.

Hello Anne,

Hope you are well and life is good and.....it might be after shooting such an elegant butterfly in a dream posture with that metallic blue sheen, mottled dark green background, caterpillared leaves and a red flower to add to the beauty of the scene. Amazing indeed!
Thanks a lot for sharing and it was good to be with you on this page after quite some time, the honour is mine.....take care....warmest regards/Abid

hello Anne
super good sharpness composition with nice light and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Anne, sure i too don't like post photo from butterfly house, but this is a particular occasion and butterfly is fantastic, great macro with wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Anne,
Incredible clarity, focus and razor sharp details. Lovely colors, perfect exposure and superb light. You have a very good chance to take a shoot of this interesting species of butterfly. Thanks for sharing and useful photographers note.

I just wanted to say...didn't know they had morphos in switzerland,

very nice pleasing composition, well done


She is as beautiful as Ninel Conde, but those wrinkles suggest a long day of shopping. Still beautiful, mature and impressive! Well done Anne! Hope you are well!
George Veltchev

Hi Anne,
beautiful photo of this butterfly. Amazing colours. Great composition. Perfect point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Anne.
Un vero spettacolo questa farfalla,ben fotografata con un’eccellente nitidezza e splendidi colori con le loro sfumature,moto bella la composizione complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-09-16 14:10]

Salut Anne,dans les jardins des papillons c'est trop facile et je n'aime pas ca,mais sans doute la qualite' de la photo est vraiment impressionante comme la beaute' de cette merveille...mes compliments et belle semaine,Luciano

Ciao Anne. What beuatiful specie here! Magnificent colour and stunning details despite the difficult POV. Best complments.


Impressive butterfly and beautiful photo Anne! Excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Hello Anne,
very excellent & beautiful capture, good work
TFS, Ferran

Hello Anne,
An excellent macro with fine colors, details & POV. Very nicely composed & presented. Nice work & TFS. Best wishes!


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-09-17 7:17]

Salut Anel
Wow quelle belle présentation.Le POV est excellent et j'adore la pause du papillon nous pouvons le voir en pleine grandeur.La lumiere est égalemnt excellente .j'ajoute un petit plus pour la feuille en rouge du coté droit de l'image.
Merci Michel

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-09-17 11:07]

Bonjour Anne ! Ta photo est un vrai bijou ! Bravo ! Les couleurs, la composition, le papillon avec ses larges ailes toute ouvertes...Wow ! Cette photo fera partie de mes photos préférées.Merci pour la partager avec nous!

Salut Anne,
Excellent point de vue pour un très beau papillon. La profondeur de champ et la lumière sont parfaitement gerées. Bravo.

I was a pleasure meeting you in person! You were a great host.
This is a splendid capture and as you said its very rare to get this butterfly in this position , the perspective is amazing and i love the colors :-)
Thanks once again for one of the best days i've had in Switzerland.
PS I will try to post some picture today
Goutham R

wow, fantastic colors for this butterfly and excellent details, congratulations Anne for the picture !

ciao, tino

Hello Anne.

Félicitation pour cette photographie spectaculaire de cet "Empereur".

Belle composition, bon point de vue.

Les couleurs sont bien restituées et les contrastes agréables.

Félicitation d'être parvenue à immortaliser cet empereur toutes ailes ouvertes, ce qui nous permet d'apprécier les couleurs et dessins de ses ailes.

Merci pour le partage.

A bientôt.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-09-21 18:48]

Great shot Anne,
I was fortunate to see some of these little beauties while down in Costa Rica this summer and your right, they don't keep their wings spread for very long.
Love the angle you took this photo from and the fine detail you were able to capture. Colors are true and natural and you managed the lighting very well.

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