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Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis)

Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis)
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/8, 1/4000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of North-America [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-01-30 17:34
Viewed: 2716
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While vacationing in Oklahoma, I spotted this little butterfly perched on a rotting log late one evening. Unlike most butterflies you will rarely find them feeding on flower nectar. Their choice of nourishment is fermenting fruit, tree sap, dung and carrion. They also sip moisture and minerals from mud and readily land on people to drink sweat for salts.

There are usually two generations per year and the larva feed on their host plant the Hackberry. The larva are normally not numerous enough to seriously harm host trees.

For more info on the Hackberry Emperor click here

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Hello Ron,
This is very nice and sharp image. I like the popping eyes and details of the vein and fine markings on the wings.

Another impressive macro Ron! Interesting subject, good composition, wonderful colors and great sharpness!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-01-30 22:25]

Hi Ron.
Crisp sharp and clear close-up of a fine species. I like the POV so much as well as three-dimensional reproduction of the butterfly. All details are reproduced precisely with excellent use of fill flash. DOF is also great. Combination of sharpness and blurriness is very impressive. My compliments and TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-31 0:59]

Hello Ron,
Excellent sharp detailed photo in nice colours, good use of flash. Taken from a very good POV in a fine composition. I like the DOF too.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-01-31 1:28]

Hi Ron,
Beautiful capture ..
Lovely capture of this butterfly with a very good focus, sharpness, colors, details, POV and composition.
Best wishes,

Excellent photo in a natural setting. Good point of view and nicely focused.
Excellent detail and light.
regards yiannis

Ciao Ron, great macro of beautiful butterfly, splendid sharpness, wonderful natural colors and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

so beautiful scene, with this light with your great natural performance!
regards Ron

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-01-31 2:45]

Hello Ron,
very pretty butterfly. Its green compound eye is so lively and shiny. Excellent details and you managed the light very well.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-01-31 3:12]
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Hello Ron,
A fine capture of this species of Nymphalid butterfly resting in the closed wing position. The features are well shown with good use of flash in the low lighting and the composition on the log is just right forthe lateral POV.
Thanks and regards,

Hi Ron, Very nice capture of this fine Hackberry Emperor Butterfly my good friend, splendid lighting and colours, lovely wing markings with impressive detail and sharpness, superb effort here Ron and very well done,
Best Regards,


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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-01-31 6:13]

Hello Ron,
splendid image with great sharpness, details and depth; wonderful shades of warm colours and perfect POV. Very well done!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-31 7:04]

Hi Ron,magnificent specie and great capture,i like the strange light and the excellent sharpness and colors,not easy in this ground position!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ron,
Spectacular composition with excellent contrast and colors.
It is a interesting image taken from a very nice POV.
The details and natural colors are great.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Ron,
amazing photo of this butterfly. Perfect composition. Great sharpness and details.
Very good use of light.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Ron,
What I like especially at this image are the natural colours, great sharp details, composition and excellent use of flash. Well done!

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-01-31 18:02]

Hello Ron!
This is a very beautiful shot! Very sharp with a lovely lighting.Well done!TFS
Regards from,

PS: thanks for visiting my gallery! I appreciated it!

Hello Ron,
A fantastic macro picture. Lovely natural setting and accompany with informative note. Very well done and tfs.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-02-01 1:16]

Bonita y muy bien resuelta esta foto. Muy natural. Enhorabuena.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-02-04 9:34]

Hi Ron!
Wonderful composition with great harmony of colours.
Perfect sharpness and fine details. Excellent lighting and nice shadow of the butterfly against the BG.
Congratulations and TFS.
Nice Sunday.
Ciao! Vanda

Hello Ron,
Perfect detalis and nice coloor.
Amazing species.

Hello Ron

Great macro shot of this butterfly, with very
fine POV and framing, excellent contrast,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Ron,
A Beautiful capture of this Butterfly in splendid sharpness and detail. Wonderful earthly colours taken from an excellent POV and a shallow DOF. Well done my friend.
Best regards,

Hi Ron

Fine shot of this guy, good shrapness and beautiful details. Can't always have them feeding on nectar, I've seen plenty of species in Thailand feeding on dung...funny, but there must be something good in it...


Hi Ron,

The subject is well framed. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Hackberry Emperor butterfly. The combination of the afternoon light and the light of the flash have a special effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-02-26 10:33]

Hello Ron,
Great capture of the Butterfly with splendid sharpness/detail, light balance, beautiful colours and DOF. Great work my friend.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Ron. Very good DOF and perfect details. Good use of the flash light.


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