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Autumn Leaf Butterfly - Wings Open

Autumn Leaf Butterfly - Wings Open
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-07 3:43
Viewed: 5837
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a newly hatched Autumn Leaf butterfly. It is a tiny wee insect and this wee one wasn't going to keep his wings open for long, so it was a matter of some continuous shots while he open and closed his wings. Not my sharpest shot, Dof is not great, but I wanted to show you how pretty the open wings are. Thanks for looking.

Autumn Leaf Butterfly

Species: Doleschallia bisaltide
Family: Nymphalidae

Description: The male is darker, the species being in general very variable. The upperside forewing of the male is red-orange from the basal and the other half up to the tip is black as well as the margin of it. There is an orange band on top of the black markings on the forewing. On the hindwing a two small dots is found, one is near the angle anal and the other one is near the top of the hindwing which is inside the brown shade. The brown shade is borders by a darker color which is separated by a darker line from the basal down to the hindwing tail.

An autumn leaf butterfly would make a formidable foe in a game of hide-and-seek. When hanging upside down, completely still, with its wings folded and its undersides exposed, the species is almost impossible to distinguish from surrounding fall foliage. The cryptic wing undersides are purplish-brown, feature vein-like markings, and a pattern similar to the midrib of a leaf.

Scientifically named Doleschallia bisaltide, the autumn leaf butterfly does not always fade into the background. If its wings are spread for flight, the butterfly can be easily seen. The upper surfaces of the wings are bright orange and surrounded by a very broad margin of black that runs around the wingtips. Some subspecies of autumn leaf butterfly also exhibit white and yellow spots that are seasonally dependent. Both sexes of the autumn leaf butterfly are extremely similar in appearance, but females generally have slightly larger wings and stouter bodies.

Indo-Australian in distribution, there are 22 recognized subspecies of autumn leaf butterflies, many of which are restricted to relatively small Pacific Islands. Some of the subspecies are already extinct and others are in danger.

The above obtained from http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/olympusmicd/galleries/butterfly/autumnleafo2.html and http://arcbc.org/cgi-bin/abiss.exe/spd?SID=1304321704&spd=931⊂=0&tx=LE


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 12:53 p.m.
Date: 4th June 2006
Weather conditions: Inside Tropical Butterfly House
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/60
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 200
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2006-06-07 4:15]

H PAm,
Nice shot. A little soft but I still like it. Would have been hard to get it really sharp with out a tripod and a little more light.
Nice colours and composition.

Beautiful shot Pam
Nice composition and a useful note too.The shot isn't so clear but we can see everything good.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-06-07 5:07]

Very beautiful photo and butterfly!
Excellent POV with wings wide open!
May be a bit darker and soft.
Good on colours.
Good DOF and details!

Love the colour combination,good timing with the wings outstretched.I like your presentation of this beautiful Butterfly.

Hello Pam,
this is a great butterfly shot. Great sharpness, very good colors and great POV. Well done. TFS.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-06-08 17:14]

Hello Pam,

You just get a shot of a superb butterfly here! Excellent pov and composition! Colors are natural and the bg enhanced the whole photo! Nice frame too! TFS,


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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-06-09 18:10]

Hi Pam,
The soft, subdued colors make it special and work together well with the subject.

Nice shot Pam,
Difficult work @ 1/60th..Just a bit soft-focused on this one...

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-06-19 7:06]

Good picture of this butterfly with good background.


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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-06-20 16:56]

Hi Pam.
Very nice composition, excellent tones colors and contrast, I like the pose and point of view,maybe unfocus wings,goos note.


Hej Pam!
Motyl jak z baśni. Beautiful shot.
Pozdrawiam i gratulacje

Hi Pam,
What a stunning shot for hand held, nicely captured, well done..........Cheers Rick

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