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Ringed Xenia

Ringed Xenia
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Australia, Satyrinae - Worldwide - 2 -, Invertebrates and fungi of the Sydney region 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-07 2:06
Viewed: 4892
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi friends. First thanks for all the kind critiques of my last few photos, I do appreciate your words.
Today I present another butterfly, a Ringed Xenia ((Geitoneura acantha) from the subfamily Satyrinae. This is a slightly worn male, females lack the silver vein marking on the forewing and are bigger; males have a span of 39mm, females 45mm.
They are found in open woodland and forests with a grassy understorey in the foothills of the Great Dividing range. In the western Sydney region they are reasonably common but photographing them with their wings open is quite a challenge, as they habitually rest with wings shut.
As with most Australian species, it is also very difficult to find them attending flowers. Many feed on eucalypt flowers high in the canopy, others stop briefly for a quick drink then they’re off. Thus it is normal for most my shots to be on prominent stones or leaves on the forest floor – this is just where the majority of species live in the Sydney basin.
There is only one generation per season and they fly from November to March. The larvae feed on various native grasses.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-07 4:00]

Hi Chris,
Beautiful butterfly you captured beautifully. i like the soft colours all in the frame and wings opened posture also.

Hello Chris,
superb closeup shot of ringed xenia,perfect sharpness and good lighting,
well done,

Hi Chris,

Good sharp picture from these butterfly, a pity he misses a stuck of his left wing.
Beutiful colours and pov.


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-07-07 14:57]

Hi Chris. I like the rich color tones of this butterfly which you captured well. Nice details and good DOF.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-07-07 15:34]

Hola Chris.
Aqui otra muy bella imagen de esta preciosa Mariposa con sus alas abiertas mostrando sus finos atributos y colores muy bellos. Exelente el encuadre para la presentacion.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-08 9:13]

Hello Chris, Poor fella having torn dress. Seem to be nearing old age or fought with some one. Well shot with superb sharp and crisp focus. Great take and thanks for sharing this beauty. Ganesh

Even though the butterfly is a bit worn, you have captured a fantastic picture of it with its wings fully open, Chris.
I feel we have rarely seen this species on TN, so many thanks for sharing this brilliant image.
I fing the rocks for BG very interesting and have shot quite a few subjects preferring to sit or perch on a stone.
Best regards,

Hi Chris, elegant butterfly with fantastic details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-07-13 11:08]

Hi Chris,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful butterfly with very impressive sharpness, lovely colours and fine details on its wings. Nice pose captured on that rock and the lighting is superbly handled. Though the wings are damaged but the butterfly still retains its beauty. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

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