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Menelaus Blue Morpho

Menelaus Blue Morpho
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Kenko 58mm UV filter
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Volkan's Best, Alex99's favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-22 2:13
Viewed: 6013
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is one of my favourite butterflies. I posted a shot of one a few months back which was the first time I'd seen one. I used to think it was huge (which it sort of is) until I saw some of the massive butterflies at the London Butterfly House where I took this. It's hard for me to believe that there are actually larger butterflies than the ones I saw! The Queen Alexandra's Birdwing for example, has a wing-span of over 1 foot!!

The Menelaus Blue Morpho (Morpho menelaus) is an iridescent tropical butterfly of Central and South America. It has a wing span of 6 inches (15 centimeters). The adult drinks juice from rotten fruit with its long proboscis, which is like a sucking tube. The adult males have brighter colors than the females.

The larva eat plants at night. The larva is red-brown in color with bright patches of lime-green or yellow. The larvae are also highly cannibalistic.

Thanks for looking :)

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Hi Joe

A great shot - nice pose and great detail. The lighting and colours are both wonderful.

I have seen Morphos in the S American rainforest - an amazing sight as they come fluttering past - the blue comes and goes as they open and close their wings - beautiful and distracting - maybe a defence mechanism? I have also been lucky enough to see Raja Brookes Birdwing in Malaysian Borneo - a large and beautiful butterfly.

Regarding the points - do you remember if they were there when I marked the post? I marked a lot yesterday as I had very little time, but I do not want to go back and write crits if the points are going to disappear.


What a colorful and a beautiful species you have captured. I like the combination of its colors.
Best regards,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-22 3:09]

Hola Joe,
hermosa macro,
bellos colores y excelentes detalles y pose,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-22 3:25]

Nice one Joe,
this one is excellent, i think i might have one similar. Love the colour and striking markings shown so well here, you even caught the fine hairs on the leaves. That lens of yours gets some great results. It's just a shame to think this great place is closing down next week :o(

Hello Joe
Excellent shot of this intersting Butterfly,
Perfect details,colors and DOF,Superb shot.


Beautiful capture of this Blue Morpho Joe.
It would be awesome to see butterflies like this.
The biggest we have here is the Monarch,and thats not huge.
Anyway,you've taken this one nicely.
Good colour and detail,and a good note too.

Hi Joe,
The picture of the butterfly is sharp and representative with good colours. Note is really informative. I never knew that there are butterflies as large as 1 foot wing-span. Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-10-22 5:01]

Hi Joe!

I know this butterfly only from movie. Yes, it's truely fantastic, probably one of most beautifull and majestic specie. Side view of wing looks amazing - all these colorfull 'eyes' and veins. Superb macro.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-22 5:58]

Hello Joey
What a lovely presentation and nice composition.Excellent POV and very sharp iamge whit great details.Colors are outstanding.
TFS Michel

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-10-22 6:05]

Hi Joe,

I can understand this is one of your favourites,it is a very colorfull butterfly,well captured with good sharpness and detail,well done and tfs


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-10-22 7:10]

Hi Joe, what a magnificent Butterfly. Colours on the markings are amazing, very deep. I like the pov showing the wings in all their glory. Great detail, light and sharpness. Wonderful all round.

You have filled the frame with patterns and colors. This is one of those pictures one gazes on for a long time...Very nicely done in Joey technique.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-22 8:04]

Hi Joe

No wonder this is one of your favorite butterfly species...it's absolutely stunning!
I really like your POV here and the excellent angle it gave you for those impressive colors and pattern on its wings.
Also the composition here is wonderful and very natural and thanks to your very good DOF choice, the BG is nicely blurred, too.
Sharp and colorful, but a bit too dark maybe...perhaps you were rather far and your flash wasn't powerful wenough...
Anyway, nice work pal!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-22 8:13]
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I am glad you got to the house before it closed its doors forever!
Superb colours, details and composition on this lovely capture!
P.S. Do you know what they will do with the exhibits when they close?

bonjour joe
ce papillon est magnifique avec toutes ses couleurs et motifs.
la photo est bien realisé avec une bonne netteté et un BG bien flou.

HI Joe,
wow! Great macro shot, love those big wings with all the color. Beautiful color and sharpness. Awesome shot !

Hi, Joe.
Nice shot of this colorful butterfly. Very good exposure and details.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-22 9:33]

Hi Joe.
I am amazed with your fantastic of subject and beautifulness picture. All is tremendous: your charming model, your amazing POV, great flash light, wonderful rich colours and terrific details/sharpness. Bravo and my greetings. Thank for my next favorite picture.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-22 10:24]

Hi Joe. Great picture sorry very short of time.

Hi Joe.
Simply splendid! Wonderful butterfly!
Exuberant colors, very good sharpness.
Excellent composition, POV and details.
Well done!
José Roberto

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-22 11:28]

Hello Joe,
I'm very fond of this butterfly too, its pattern and colours are really striking and your close capture is excellent although a trifle dark. I like the background and your composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-10-22 11:41]

selam joey; wow excellent macro shot and very good composition of this buttterfly.nice pov with splendid colours.well presented pose
Well done my friend!
Regards ridvan

Hi Joe!
What an amazing shot of such a beautiful butterfly!
the colours are so vibrent!
well done

Hi Joe, superb butterfly with amazing color, all iride is there, splendid details and excellent sharpness, wonderful blurry BG, I like a lot, very well done, bravo! ciao Silvio

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-10-22 12:20]

Wonderfull capture Joe. Very clean and sharp and very good composition of the crop.TFS

I can understand that this is one of your favorite specie, what a beauty this is! Patterns and colors are beautiful, this frame is a little tight to my taste as I would have tried to let a little more space in front of the butterfly but those wings are impressive and so beautiful! Well done!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-22 19:45]

Hi Joe,

Fantastically beautiful. The markings are stunning and the colors are just spectacular. Excellent details, lovely background, great composition.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-23 1:16]

Hi Joe,
What a beautiful butterfly... It has charming colors and markings. Very well composed with a good POV. I liked the details.TFS
Best wishes,

WOW! Perfect details and sharpness...excellent shot!!!!!!

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-10-23 7:04]

Hello Joe , Fantastic shot from this butterfly , great colours details pose ,very good ,Greetings Teunie .

Nice job Joe,
Beautiful colors in this Morpho..
Really like the inimate POV including the leaf's surface leading in..

Grandiose, extraordinaire, quels détails, quelles couleurs.

Hi Joe,

A nice image of the Menelaus Blue Morpho butterfly, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. thanks for sharing.


very nice butterfly! nice background and sharp. TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-26 8:42]

Hello Joe,
Excellent photo. Fabulous colours and details. Great BG, composition and POV.

What a delightful butterfly and absolute feast to the eye shot. This is really a gorgeous image with lots of detail to appreciate. This butterfly is formed perfectly and the colours are spectacular, especially at the lower part of the wings. It looks hand painted with gloss enamel. Good framing, good lighting and great clarity applied. A splendid macro presentation. Thanks for sharing, and have an enjoyable day.
Best regards

amazing colours, TFS Ori

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