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Flying Zebras
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Copyright: Angelina Deans (angybone) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 40-150 f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: The Butterfly Farm
Theme(s): Beautiful Butterflies Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-22 6:04
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The following is from Butterfliesandmoths.org
Zebra Heliconian
Heliconius charithonia

Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

Subfamily: Longwings (Heliconiinae)

Identification: Wings long and narrow; black with narrow yellow stripes.

Life history: Males patrol for females, and are also attracted to female chrysalids. A male will wait on the chrysalis and mate with the female as she is about to emerge. He then deposits on her abdomen a chemical than repels other males. Eggs are laid in groups of 5-15 on leaf buds or leaves of the host plant; caterpillars feed at night on leaves. Adults roost communally in groups of 25-30 individuals.

Flight: All year in South Texas and southern Florida, wanders north during warmer months.

Wing span: 2 3/4 - 4 inches (7 - 10.1 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Passion-vines including Passiflora suberosa, P. lutea, and P. affinis.

Adult food: Flower nectar and pollen, which are gathered on a set foraging route or "trap-line". Favorite plants include lantana and shepherd's needle.

Habitat: Tropical hammocks, moist forests, edges, fields.

Range: South America north through Central America, West Indies, and Mexico to South Texas and peninsular Florida. Occasional immigrant north to New Mexico, Nebraska, and South Carolina.

Conservation: Not usually required, but habitat for permanent populations is limited in South Texas.

NatureServe Global Status: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Management needs: Maintain habitat and host plant colonies.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-22 6:13]

Hi Angelina,
Glorious shot of this beautiful butterfly. Very sharp details and fine focus. Set against the green habitat it looks so beautiful and i like the colour contrasts here. The red flowers give a fine touch of colour. Excellent POV and a superb composition. Kudos.

Hello Angelina,
Beauuuuutiful!! Great pov with those big wings opened wide. Great color saturation and focus. TFS

Hello Angelina
Great shot from Nymphalidae family,
Perfect focusing ,colors and composition,
Superb shot, Welldone.


Man Angy I could sharpen the picture on my TV with that shot. I wish they were big enough to click on so it would make a full screen background for the monitor without stretching it. Very sharp focus. Well noted as per your usual!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-22 6:28]

Hi Angelina. a very nice shot of the unusal butterfly. you have captured good detail amd colours. it stands out well against the green back ground. a nice POV/DOf. very well done TFs.
. good notes too.
Nick.. " have a good week "

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-22 6:30]

Hi Angy,
a great shot of this beautiful butterfly.
Sharp and detailed.
Well done,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-22 6:39]

Hello Angelina,
This is a really gorgeous composition showing this fabulous butterfly on the red flower and underneath the leaves. Very shaarp details and lovely colours.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

hi angelina, lovely shot of this butterfly ,vibrant colours good sharpness well done.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-22 7:07]

Hola Angelina,
preciosa mariposa y bello pov y detalles...
colores hermosos,

Hi Angelina
Another excellent shot from you,what a beauty,Excellnt POV,Crisp detail and composition,I love the reds in the picture.

Hi Angelina,
A beautiful capture. Lovely colors and composition. Very good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-22 7:40]

Hi Angelina,
Perfect pov, pose, colours, sharpness, background and composition. A very nice shot!
TFS, Josť M.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-22 8:46]

Hi Angy,

Absolutely magnificent!! More like a painting than a photograph. Outstanding details - marvelous colors. Perfect pose showing the glorious pattern. The red flower is wonderful and even better with the second red petal. Very beautiful composition. I love this!


Hello Angy,
Perfect sharpness with exposure and focus!
awesome colour and pov,
very well composed and well seen indeed,
thanks for sharing

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-07-22 9:41]

Hola Angelina. Que hermosos los colores de las alas de esta bella Mariposa. Tu foto la muestra exelentemente con gran claridad y nitidez. Me agrada la pose y el fondo. Saludos Luis52. Muy buena nota tambien.

Super butterfly shot. Bright and dark colors. Nice background. I like the way the leaves come across the top of the composition. Sort of like a frame. Well done. Reid

excellent, the contrast black/red
well composed
wonderful butterfly
great shot ;)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6568 W: 89 N: 15654] (65467)
  • [2007-07-22 13:16]

fantastic pic,my compliments

Hello Angy,
your latest posts are a mix of beauty, grace and wonderful colors. Each your butterfly seems to know which color will give more relief to its own wings, no one combination is wrong.
Spectacular indeed.
My wishes,

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-07-22 14:51]

Beautiful composition and contrast...I think the word has gotten out and butterflies from around the World with damaged wings seek you out...Very good capture...TFS

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-07-22 16:32]

Great catch, Angy. The touch of color makes it even more interesting. Seems to have had a hard time with parts of the wings missing. Well done! Cheers, Klaus

Hi, Angy
Very good shot of this Butterfly, Vary sharp and good detail. You do very well with butterflies (and every thing els). I was in the Colombia river gorge to day and came across several. And fond out how hard it is to photograph these little guys they don't like to sit still for very long. I had a Vary tuff time, (do you hypnotize them or some thing) Agene GREAT JOB!!

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-07-22 22:48]

Hello Angelina !
Wow, what a wonderful butterfly ! And I love everything in this picture ! The setails, the vivid colors, the beautiful composition, the POV, the pose of the butterfly, with the wings wide open... I also like the shape and the markings on the butterfly's wings, it is a gorgeous specimen. Very well done !

Hello Angelina!

Excellent shot, in colour, sharpness POV and DOF! TFS.
But I think that composition is not so well-balanced. I cropped it a bit on top and right and like it more. (Unfortunately I have reached the limit of 2 WS photos for this day.)
best regards.

P.S. I am sending my WS photo today.

hi angelina,
what a pretty butterfly, i really liked your composition of this shot, well saturated colours, sharp image with good details, nice bg,
well done,
tfs & regards

Wow, Angelina! The three bits of red are supporting actors in this drama - they really pop. The clarity is great, too. I love this!

Hi Angela,
Exotic -for me, europena POV- butterfly... Nice compo, black on red flower, green leaves encompasing the whole image...TFS, Marta

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-07-23 18:37]

Hello Angelina,

Wow! You have such a beauty in Texas!!! Wonderful composition of a splendid butterfly (the damaged wing doesn't bother me at all). Excellent exposition (not easy black and ivory)...!!! The only thing is that you put maybe a little bit too much sharpening (look at the white line around the antennas).

Good job and TFS!


Wow truly beautiful Angy! Finely exposed and sharp.

Love the contrasting colors Angelina!
Excellent depth of field and positioning!
I like the lighting and rich colors!


Hello Angelina,

A great shot of this beautiful butterfly. You have captured good detail and colours. He/she is more than 1 day old. Look to the damage on the right wing. The composition with the red flowers and green BG are superb. Interesting notes. Well done. regards and TFS Bob

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