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Danaus erippus

Danaus erippus
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Copyright: Paulo Tcr (tcr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 1000D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 4, jacqueline's favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-09 6:36
Viewed: 5054
Points: 18
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Danaus erippus

(Cramer, 1775)

Southern Monarch (Danaus erippus) is almost indistinguishable from the Monarch (Danaus plexippus) as an adult, the pupae are somewhat different, and is often considered a subspecies of the Monarch proper. But analysis of morphological, nuclear DNA 18S rRNA and EF1 subunit α sequence data by Smith et al. (2005) indicates that it is better considered a distinct species. The separation of the Monarch and Southern Monarch is comparatively recent. In all likelihood, the ancestors of the Southern Monarch separated from the Monarch's population some 2 millions years ago, at the end of the Pliocene. At the time sea levels were higher and the entire Amazonas lowland was a vast expanse of brackish swamp that offered hardly any butterfly habitat.
Danaus, commonly called Tigers, Milkweeds, Monarchs, and Queens, is a genus of butterflies in the tiger butterfly tribe. They are found worldwide, including North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Indonesia and Australia.

Danaus, or Danaos, was a Greek mythological character, twin brother of Aegyptus and son of Achiroe and Belus, a mythical king of Egypt. The myth of Danaus is a foundation legend of Argos, one of the foremost Mycenaean cities of the Peloponnesus. In Homer's Iliad, "Danaans" and "Argives" commonly designate the Greek forces opposed to the Trojans.

Danaus erippus occurs in tropical and subtropical latitudes of South America.

Big. Wingspan of about 11 cm.

Elusive species. High sensitivity to approximation.


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Ola Paulo! Nice butterfly and amazing flower, nice background, superb colours, perfect sharp, splendid effect. Saude e Paz!

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-09 6:49]

Fala Paulo!
Muito legal essa captura. A grande abertura possibilitou um fundo suave e homogêneo que destacou o objeto principal, que está com um foco perfeito e com belas cores naturais.
Muito bem feito essa imagem.
Um abraço e obrigado por coimpartilhar conosco essa bela imagem.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-09 7:02]

Hello Paulo
Amazing capture with wonderful vivid colors and excellent sharp details

hello Paulo
this is a Beauty
super sharpness and nice composition with good light and nice BG.
beautiful colours
greeting lou

Dear Paulo!

You present us a magnificent picture of one of the most beautiful butterflies, the Monarch. You have put the butterfly well on stage and the fine sharpness reveals rich details. Moreover, the lighting and the colour management are perfect and the soft and pastel colour tones create a very pleasant atmosphere.

Kind regards


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-09 11:46]

What a great tiger!
Lovely colors, wonderful details.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-09 11:58]

Hi Paulo. This is a first class side view of the Danaus erippus. Which you have taken with sharp focusing and fine detail. I like the rich colours against the plain BG. A good pose on the orange flower. well taken TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-10 0:50]

Hello Paulo,
Very pleasing and soft colors give a very harmonious picture. A wonderful and striking butterfly which is well put on stage on the yellow flower.
A very fine shot indeed.
Kind regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-11 7:32]

Ola Paulo,
A superb sharp capture of D. erippus, a species of Monarch butterfly rarely seen on TN. The sharpness, colors, composition with the tagets flower and neutral BG contribute to a fine portrait of this species.
Thanks and best regards,

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