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Dryas iulia

Dryas iulia
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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: 2014-12-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2015-02-18 4:33
Viewed: 2204
Points: 25
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Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Heliconiini
Genus: Dryas
Species:D. iulia

Dryas iulia (often incorrectly spelled julia),commonly called the Julia Butterfly, Julia Heliconian, The Flame, or Flambeau, is a species of brush-footed butterfly. The sole representative of its genus Dryas, it is native from Brazil to southern Texas and Florida, and in summer can sometimes be found as far north as eastern Nebraska. Over 15 subspecies have been described.
Two Julia Butterflies drinking the tears from the turtles in Ecuador
Its wingspan ranges from 82 to 92 mm, and it is colored orange (brighter in male specimens) with black markings; this species is somewhat unpalatable to birds and belongs to the "orange" Batesian Mimicry mimic complex.
This butterfly is a fast flier and frequents clearings, paths, and margins of forests and woodlands. It feeds on the nectar of flowers, such as lantanas (Lantana) and Shepherd's-needle (Scandix pecten-veneris), and the tears of caiman, the eye of which the butterfly irritates to produce tears. Its caterpillar feeds on leaves of passion vines including Passiflora affinis and Yellow Passionflower (P. lutea) in Texas.
The species is popular in butterfly houses because it is long-lived and active throughout the day.

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Hi Luciano,

Sharp focus absolutely stunning. Love the contrasting color of the Butterfly among the green leaves! It sets it apart from the surroundings! TFS

Ciao Luciano

Perfect image of Julia Butterfly in a very nice composition, it is realy a very interesting post. Very nice lighting, I like very much the bright orange colors of wings, perfect sharpness and details.



hallo Luciano
beutiful butterfly between the plants .very nice composition to see
thanks gr lou

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-02-18 19:03]

Hello Luciano,
Great shot of this very pretty Julia Butterfly. Good use of flash which really brings out the colors and detail of not only the butterfly, but the surrounding vegetation as well. I like the obvious v shape features of it's wings and lovely markings. Colors are well saturated and exposure is excellent. Overall composition is quite attractive. Great job!!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2015-02-19 7:05]

NIce color in these winter days.

I would have cropped the subject a bit tighter.

All the best, Luciano,


Hello Luciano,
Beautiful butterfly! I haven't seen any picture(most probably) of this species, called "Julia". Excellent color and sharpness with splendid view. Nice work...
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Luciano, dovrei andare in Brasile, ma aspetto un altro mese che volano anche qui, fantastica bellezza ripresa con la tua solita gran classe, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hi Luciano,
A shot taken from an interesting angle - I'm not sure whether to like the PoV or not. Let'say I rather do than don't. :-) However, I hope your next post will be a full close up of this beautiful butterfly. I feel the leaves are a little oversharpened, meanwhile the insect is soft. A pity, because the contrast between the orange b-fly and the greenery is really stunning. In the WS I tried to sharpen the butterfly and unsharpen the leaves - probably you'll like it.
Best regards, László

Hi Luciano,

Nice image of this Julia Butterfly.


Beautiful image.....

Hi Luciano,

The butterfly is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details and the colors of the Dryas iulia butterfly. The good luminoisity is giving nice tints to the colors. Have a nice day.


Frequento poco ma vi seguo Perfetto il contorno un po' meno la farfalla. Ma il POV era tosto.


Hello Luciano

This one can not be camouflaged with his environment :)
but its color tones have a great contrast against his
environment's color tones, TFS


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