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Junea dorinda

Junea dorinda
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Copyright: CArlos Prieto (Panthiades) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 74] (465)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-23
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.5
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-05 1:45
Viewed: 5304
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The adults of Junea, are exquisite butterflies. They are arguably among the most striking satyrines worldwide. They are large for the standards of the sub-family, averaging eight centimeters of wingspan. The genus is strictly Andean and comprises only two species J. dorinda and J. doraete. They are very fast flying butterflies, alternately active patrollers and territorial perchers on hilltops. While perching, wings are invariably closed, showing their cryptic underside pattern, which gives them a perfect camouflage against dark green leaves, lichens and tree barks background. Individuals of Junea could be observed turning around and engaging into violent aerial combats. (from Pyrcz 2004. Genus 15(4):455-622.)

I collected this individual in a rotten fish baited trap, then I put it carefully inside a box with ice for 3 minutes and after at the sun on some plant trying to take the photo when the insect return to activity.

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Beautiful butterfly you have captured there! TFS

Beautiful butterfly...

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