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Atlides atys

Atlides atys
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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: 2008-08-28
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Tropical Eumaeine, South American Butterflies 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-30 6:10
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Eumaine Lycaenid genus Atlides is not particulary diverse. It includes 13-15 species. Supposedly all species share a common larval food plant family (Loranthaceae), wich is unusual amongst lycaenid butterflies. Hence, the adults of Atlides show brigth orange-colored lower abdominal parts as well as prominent red spots or dashes at the wings bases presumably to warn predators that they are protected by toxins.

The overal distribution of Atlides is poorly documented. Some authors indicate the ocurrence in Colombia of seven species: A. atys (=scamander), A. polybe, A. inachus, A. havila, A. dahnersi, A. browni and A. bacis. I have confirmed the ocurrence of the first six species in several hills near my city of birth (Cali).

(Modified from Bálint, et. al 2004)

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-08-30 6:31]

Hello Carlos, wonderful macro of this beautiful butterfly with superb vivid colours. TFS and regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-08-30 7:44]

hi carlos,
wonderful butterfly, good capture. tfs.

Hi Carlos, what a beauty? realy all tropical animals such as birds, butterflies, amphibians and reptiles are very colourful and interesting like this butterfly. Perfectly focused and composed shot with nice natural colours. Many thanks for sharing this beauty and have a nice sunday!


Hola Carlos,
Many thanks for posting this series of pictures of Atlides. I find them most interesting. The focus here is very good and the colours very natural, except the green perhaps a little desaturated. Well done for finding such an interesting creature.

Hola Carlos,
very speical colouration on this beautiful butterfly! and thanks for the sharing
good pov with sharpness, nice colour and superb details in the shot also the notes
muchas gracias

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-08-31 4:48]

Hello Carlos,
What a beautiful species of butterfly, I never saw before on TN. This Lycaenid is really very striking and you present it well. Interesting to see also a little bit of the upperwing coloration.
Bravo for this interesting shot

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-06 6:03]

Hi Carlos,
You have a great collection of butterfly shots from Columbia. All are so colourful and varied. This butterfly looks so beautiful with the variety of contrasting colours. Very neat and sharp image with great handling of lighting and exposure levels. Excellent POV and composition. Thanks for sharing this fine image.

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  • Pitter (62)
  • [2008-09-14 6:52]

Very beautifull photo. I have not seen this one. I think I have visited some of the same areas as you.

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  • Ninfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
  • [2009-04-09 21:56]

Que bonitos colores metálicos, trato de imaginar sus alas abiertas y ese color azul debe tener tonos muy hermosos, desde lo intenso hasta lo suave que se percibe en la parte inferior de sus alas. Estas mariposas me llaman mucho la atención por los delicados flequitos al final de sus alas..(hairstreak)..Saludos Cordiales. *Ninfa Urania*

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