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Strymon istapa

Strymon istapa
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-12-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2015-01-02 2:02
Viewed: 2692
Points: 23
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Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Strymon
Species:S. istapa

dentification: One short hindwing tail. Upperside dark gray; female with blue-gray at lower half of hindwing. Underside hindwing gray with one round black spot near base of costa, postmedian row of small black dots.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 1/4 inches (2.2 - 3.2 cm).
Life History: Caterpillars eat stems and young leaves of host plant.
Flight: All year; number of broods has not been determined.
Caterpillar Hosts: Plants in mallow family (Malvaceae) including alkali mallow (Sida hederacea) and coastal Indian mallow (Abutilon permolle); also bay cedar (Suriana maritima).
Adult Food: Nectar from small-flowered trees and composites, croton.
Habitat: Open disturbed areas, second growth, weedy pastures, roadsides.
Range: Brazil north through Central America, the West Indies, and Mexico to southern California, southern Arizona, South Texas, and peninsular Florida.

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So you have been to Brazil recently, Luciano. Great!
Super shot with your compact camera. This species certainly is the first here on TN.
Charming composition.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Luciano,
Nice composition,Lovely details and BG.
Best regards.....Joy

Ciao Luciano

HAPPY NEW YEAR beautiful as your picture. Excellent macro with perfect sharpness and details in a very nice composition. Very nice contrasting BG.



Hi Luciano - Congratulation to show us a New Species. Well captured this small butterfly. Nice light and sharpness with splendid details. I like its composition, as well as the way you have framed it. Thanks for sharing. Wish You Happy New Year. Take care, Regards - Srikumar

Hello Luciano,
Congratulations with the debut of this species on TN. The definition, composition and overall quality are first class. A real pleasure to view. May you also have a very happy and contented 2015. Best wishes.

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2015-01-02 16:37]
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pure elegance and stunning detail rendered here Luciano;..

healthy and successful a 2015 to you friend

nuri :)

hallo Luciano
very good sharpness and good light
the colours are beautiful to

Happy new year and good health to you and Familie
gr lou

Ciao Luciano,
Congratulations for posting a new species and thanks for the education. Beautifully composed photo... but I guess both the flower and the abdomen are heavily overexposed. A pity, because the compo itself is really spectacular.
Best regards, László

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2015-01-04 4:35]

hi Luciano,
always a pleasure to see your pictures.
This one is well composed with fine détails and great colors.


Hi Luciano,
happy new year full of nice fotos to you too!!
one more a beautiful butterfly of yours - well done

Hello Luciano, Congratulations on another TN first and "Happy New Year"
A pretty little butterfly and a new one for me. I like it's tan colored wings intermingled with white markings and dark brown eye spots. Not often do you see a butterfly with it's antenna turned downward like this, a bit unusual yet adds character. Good use of flash which made the colors pop and helped to bring out detail.
I tried a WS to see what could be done about the tiny bit of overexposed area.

Hello Luciano

Beautiful macro of thus butterfly over its flower,
with a fine POV, and beautiful lateral light, TFS


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