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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: 2006-01-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insect Mating, !Action Plus [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-11 3:55
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
What is a Butterfly? A butterfly is a type of insect. Insects are distinguished from all other animals by having an external skeleton (a hard outer covering), three main body parts (head, thorax, and abdomen) and three pairs of jointed legs (all attached to the thorax. Butterflies belong to the order of insects called Lepidoptera, which means "scaly wings".

How long do butterflies live? The average life of a butterfly is around two weeks. Some species only live a day or two and other species are capable of living around nine months.

How many kinds of butterfly are there? Worldwide, there are around 20,000 species. There are about 725 species in the USA and Canada. About 2,000 species have been found in Mexico. About 80% of all species are in the tropics.

Where do butterflies go at night? At night or during bad weather, butterflies will usually hang from the undersides of leaves, or crawl into crevices between rocks or other objects, and sleep.

What do butterflies eat? Most adult butterflies sip nectar from flowers through their proboscis which acts like a straw like tongue. A few species of jungle butterfly feed on tree sap or rotting organic material, for example, fruit.

What do caterpillars eat? Almost all caterpillars eat plant materials. Most eat leaves, but some eat seeds, seed pods, or flowers. The caterpillar of the Harvester butterfly eats aphids.

What are the largest and smallest butterflies? Queen Alexandra's Birdwing (Ornithoptera alexandrae), with a wing span of 11-1/8 inches (280 mm).

The smallest butterfly, is the Pygmy Blue (Brephidium exilis), it is found in the southern United States. Its wingspan is 1/2 inch (15 mm).

What are the world's rarest and most common butterflies? The rarest (and biggest) butterfly is the beautiful Queen Alexandra's Birdwing (Ornithoptera alexandrae). It is found only in the rain forest of New Guinea, but destruction of its habitat is threatening this beautiful creature with extinction.

The most common butterfly is the Cabbage White.

The above obtained from http://www.thebutterflyfarm.com/frequently_asked_butterfly_quest.htm


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 3:40 p.m.
Date: 7th January 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: 320mm
ISO: 100
External Flash: Canon 580EX Speedlite
Original file type: Digital Raw

dew77, Luc, ALIRIZA, Signal-Womb, fiyo, phlr, aido, blue-velvet29, red45, glazzaro, marhowie, cecilia, saguzar, Gerson has marked this note useful
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-11 4:20]

Hello Pam!
Excellent close up.Clear details,sharpness,POV,framing and composition are wonderful.I liked your note also a lot.TFS...:-)

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-04-11 5:01]

Excellent Photo.
Complete note as usual.
Thank you Pam.
I am just paying my debts.

Nice moment Pam :-)
And as always fantastic note!

Hello Pam!
Good shot. POV, framing, details, sharpness and composition are excellent. Congratulations...
Ali Rıza

Excellent capture Pam and very well spotted. Fantastic detail and exposure on the black. Your note are always perfect to, well done.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-04-11 5:24]

Hello Pam,
Great photo, colours and details you have had a very lucky moment.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-04-11 5:31]

Hello Pam,
Excellent macro.
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-04-11 6:12]

Fantastic shot Pam!
Nature on its best!
Excellent POV with both with wings wide open!
Very good on details!
Very good DOF!
5* and TFS!

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-11 7:10]

Hi Pam,
A nice shot, excellent detail and colour, exposure is spot-on. I'm curious now, do Butterflies only mate with others of the same sub-species?

Hi Pam!
Wonderful composition, colors and very...hmmm... strong scene ;-)))

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-04-11 11:06]

Perfect symmetry, Pam. It is interesting to have the two paired up like this, with one darker than the other. Excellent POV, focus, and exposure. Thank you for sharing this wonderful composition. TFS. : )

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-04-11 11:26]

Good capture Pam, shot perfectly and at the right time. Great composition, super sharp and a perfect exposure. Thanks !


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-04-11 15:07]

Hi Pam!
Too much for me ;-) Not one perfect butterfly, but two of them :-) Excellent quality.

Hi Pam,
I have a very busy couple of days. But I can make just enough time for a quick visit to TN.
Great capture, thanks for posting. Have a great week.

Not sure I am old enough to look at this shot, but the detail is fantastic!


Hi Pam,
Great interest with the hookup shown so nicely from this POV :)
Very good sharpness, detail, color, light, DOF, and well composed. When I think of b-flies..I think Pam Russell ;)
Very well done!

Once again you've captured a great composition,colour and detail...
And a nice framework to go with it....

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-04-11 20:31]

Bonne capture Pam!

Félicitations pour les détails,l'action, les couleurs justes et la netteté.



Superb picture. A spectacular scene to catch. Congratulations.

Hi Pam,
what a wonderful moment, I love this shot very much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Pam,
Beautiful image, excelent details of this insect procreation. I love colours and composition. I thik that it´s a great photo.

Hej Pam!
Bardzo dobre ujecie, ostrosc, no i moment.

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