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Copyright: Greg Hume (greghume) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 212 W: 72 N: 575] (2160)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, Leica 35-430
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-11 20:39
Viewed: 3536
Points: 14
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Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Division: Neoptera
Subdivision: Endopterygota
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Heliconiinae
Tribe: Heliconiini
Genus: Dryas (Nymphalidae)
Species: Dryas iulia

Dryas iulia (incorrectly spelled julia), commonly called the Julia Butterfly or Julia Heliconian, is a species of brush-footed butterfly. The sole representative of its genus Dryas, it is native from Brazil to southern Texas and Florida, and in summer can sometimes be found as far north as eastern Nebraska. Over 15 subspecies have been described.
Its wingspan ranges from 82 to 92 mm, and it is colored orange (brighter in male specimens) with black markings; this species is somewhat unpalatable to birds and belongs to the "orange" Batesian mimic complex.
This butterfly is a fast flier and frequents clearings, paths, and margins of forests and woodlands. It feeds on the nectar of flowers, such as lantanas (Lantana) and Shepherd's-needle (Scandix pecten-veneris). Its caterpillars feeds on leaves of passion vines including Passiflora affinis and Yellow Passionflower (P. lutea) in Texas.
The species is popular in butterfly houses because it is long-lived and active throughout the day.
Etymology: Dryas ("oak") a son of Ares, and brother of Tereus, was one of the Calydonian hunters. He was murdered by his own brother, who had received an oracle, that his son Itys should fall by the hand of a relative (DRYAS). Julia is of latin origin, and its meaning is youthful. Feminine form of Julius (IULIA).

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-08-11 23:26]

Hello Greg,
what a lovely shot of this so beautiful butterfly, the colours and the contrast is perfect, excellent pov for a butterfly shot with open wings, well composed shot,
Best regards Siggi

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2009-08-11 23:39]

Hello Greg
wonderful shot of this beautiful Dryas iulia with very impressive sharpness, colours and details. Great hand of light and exposure with perfect focusing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-12 0:50]

Hello Greg,
Superb shot in splendid colours and a very good DOF. Excellent POV, sharp details, OOF BG and diagonal composition. Great quality!

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-08-12 1:07]

Hello Greg,
It's very interesting species and photo done very well.Beautiful spread wings, good sharpness, nice blurred BG. Such colours, shapes our butterflies don't have.
Best regards, Pawel

Hi Greg,

Lovely macro shot of the adorable butterfly! The colors of the butterfly are very eye-catching, thereby giving great contrast to the sorroundings. The sharpness and POV is wonderfully chosen and the DOF is fine too. Very well done!

Thanks for posting.

Paras Bhalla

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-08-12 8:17]

Hello Greg
Wonderful capture with very sharp details and beautiful colors

I admire your work,beautifully presented,strong composition and superb note,many thanks Les

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