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Arcas imperialis

Arcas imperialis
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Copyright: Juan Jaramillo (BeBe) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 253] (931)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American butterflies, 100 points or more (Chapter 2), Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above, 5 favs. and up - PART 3, Kevin's favorites #4 (Butterflies and moths), South American Butterflies 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-11 21:11
Viewed: 22904
Favorites: 13 [view]
Points: 144
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Scientific name (Nombre Científico): Arcas imperialis
Order (Orden): Lepidoptera, Family: Lycaenidae

This Imperial Sunstreak is probably one of the most beautiful butterflies that I have photographed, it lives from Mexico to Bolivia, in Colombia from sea level to 1500 masl.
Some of the butterflies of this family have some hairy tails that they move constantly so the predators will get confused and if they bite they won´t do it in the head.
Forewing 20-22 mm
Taken in jpeg, cropped and resized. No flash, no tripod. Shutter speed: 1/125 sec., Aperture: F5.6, ISO 100.

Esta mariposa vive desde Mexico a Bolivia, en Colombia habita desde el nivel del mar hasta los 1.500 msnm.
Algunas de las especies de esta familia de mariposas tienen una colitas que mueven constantemente y que guian a los predadores a atacar esta parte salvando la cabeza.
Longitud ala anterior 20-22 mm.

Place: Parcelación El Hato, San Jeronimo, Antioquia.
Date: jun 11 2006

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This is one cool butterfly, the colors and details are fantastic. Great POV shows this beautiful creature off well. :)

  • ewiczek Gold Star Critiquer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 0] (815)
  • [2006-06-11 22:18]

excelent macro

What a beautiful butterfly, well taken image Juan, nice colors and fairly sharp.

Beautiful, first I have seen myself, nice camera work.


Hola Juan,
Wow - this butterfly is fascinating, never seen anything like it before.
Great low POV that shows us great details. DOF is good having it all sharp.
Also good background with contrast with subject.
TFS - y un saludo

Hi Juan,
Great macro of this amazing insect.
Nice colors and details.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-06-12 2:15]

Hallo Juan,
Just the best!! Highest quality picture of this Lycaenide which appears to be 'freshly' hatched. Tails are not disturbed. Excellent!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-12 2:26]

What a smart and interesting butterfly that you have well captured ! Its wings are wonderful. Colors, exposure and sharpness are very good. I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Juan and thanks for sharing.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-06-12 2:59]

A great capture of this very colourful and interesting butterfly.
Nice and sharp with excellent detail.
Great shot.


Great picture!
Very beautifull butterfly! Amazing colours and very sharp. Great shot

Thanks for sharing
Greetz Kristies

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-06-12 3:18]

Hello Juan, an excellent macro shot with this splendid butterfly. Great colors and sharpness and very nice composition too. Best regards, Didier.

Hola Juan, vaya maravilla de mariposas que puedes fotografiar. Gran nitidez y colorido. Enhorabuena y un saludo.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-06-12 3:20]

That butterfly has such an interesting shape, Juan.
Amazing colors and details.
Great job and TFS. : )

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-06-12 4:04]

all I can say is wow!! I wish I had the chance of photographing this big colourfull Lycanid. a superb shot you have here!!

WoW!!! Wonderful capture Juan, and great detail and DOF!!!

Hi Juan

What an amazing looking butterfly. Look like it is a piece of upholstery material. Excellent macro showing wonderful colours and details. Congrats on firstly introducing me to this wonderful looking insect and secondly on a good quality shot. Thank you!

Hola Juan!
Amazingly looking butterfly! Its wing look like a creation of somebody's imagination used in a sci-fi movie. Congratulations,

Hello Juan excllent Job, Perfect details, BG, POV, DOF, great JOb, TFS Kyle

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-12 8:42]

Hola Juan,
¡Me dejas sin palabras con esta mariposa tan rara y tan bonita!
Esto no es un animal, ¡es una obra de arte!. Por cierto la foto es perfecta.
TFS, José M.

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  • emmari Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 387] (3105)
  • [2006-06-12 11:01]

What an impressive species! It's very amazing. Nice colours and very good sharpness.

Esta foto esta increible.
Me encanta el colorido y los detalles en las alas de la mariposa. Su color es hemoso con visos de negro y rojo.
La composicion es maravillosa y el fonto tambien.
Felicitaciones por otra increible foto Juan.

Hi Juan,
Very good close-up.
Excellent sharp, details and colors.
Well done!
TFS Malgosia

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-06-12 12:06]

Great picture of this beautiful butterfly. Sharp and clear picture with great color anf BG.


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-06-12 15:07]

Hello This is a very beautifull Butterfly Juan , this one never seen , good colours compositie details sharp pov and the bg , very good job ,tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

Hi Juan,
very beautiful and impressing capture with excellent details,
a perfect pose taken from a well chosen very low point of view, delightful colours, and an interesting and colourful wet stone surface and background. Great!
With thanks, and best regards,

What can I say beatifull butterfly beatifully captured. TFS Allan.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-06-13 3:49]

Such a beauty Juan!
Never saw this specie.
Amaising colours it has!
Very good POV!
Excellent DOF and details!
5* and TFS!

Hola Juan,

Excellent picture of this very strange but wondeful butterfly!!! I'm very impressed!!! What kind of flight has he? You managed so well the pov and the light that we can easily see the scales of the wings which looks iridescent by nature. The abdomen looks very heavy too! Congratulations fot this superb shot and TFS,


Never seen anything like this one. Its beautiful.
Excellent sharpness, DOF and POV. Interesting composition.
Well done.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-06-13 14:26]

wauw Juan,
what a fantastic butterfly, I never seen this specie before, a marvelous shot, good details and realy a super shot, very good job, I like it a lot, well done,
gr. jaap

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-06-14 3:49]

Hi Juan, that's one very interesting butterfly. I've certainly never seen it before. It's technically good in this shot, my only nit would be that it is one a paving slab. Well done.

It's really impressive butterfly! The tails are very long and "crowded" ;-D
Perfect colours, sharpness and composition - thanks


Hola Juan,
Esta foto es la más extraña y maravillosa en cuanto a la rareza de la especie, ninca vi ni imaginé algo así. El colorido es sorprendente. El color del piso ayuda un poco a que se destaque.

terrific shot of an amazing butterfly, juan! :-)
fascinating details on the wings and beautiful colors
and patterns - even the legs are black and white.
this is one of the coolest butterflies i´ve ever seen.
thanks & well done, thor.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-15 17:46]

Hi Juan,
Wow, superb detail on this beautiful Butterfly. I've never seen anything like this before, it's amazing, such intricate patterns and colours. A great shot too, perfect exposure, excellent colours and detail. Interesting note too, great work.

Hi Juan,
Beautiful butterfly and excellent capture, very sharp and clear details, great colours and nice framing.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-06-16 16:26]

Me parece buenisima de definicion y color, una mariposa muy vistosa sin duda. Las texturas y la dificultad de la luz estan a su punto. Lo de menos quizas sea el soporte Juan. Un saludo

El aspecto documental es imperdible para conocer este ejemplar, los detalles dela prosbocide, el abdomen prominente con huevos?el color de alas y los flecos para los depredadores son fantasticos un aporte ala macro delos adictos a los insectos

C'est un plaisir que de voir si bien un papillon que l'on ne rencontre pas en Suisse.

Hello Juan
Absolutely stunning photograph of this unique butterfly. I have never seen a butterfly with a tail, it's very unuasual. Really nice detail and composition. Colours are vivid. Your note is very informative TFS Janice

Hej Juan!
Fantastyczny okaz. Widaæ dok³adnie szczegó³y. Kolory i g³êbia ostro¶ci na wysokim poziomie. Z wielk± przyjemno¶ci± ogl±dam Twoje fotki
Gratulujê i pozdrawiam serdecznie - Roma

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-08-05 10:29]

WHat a beauty! Brilliant photography!

Hi juan ,

AWSOME !!!!!1 never ever had seen such wonderfull butterfly. The composition , details and everything else is simply amazing.



Excellent capture of this magnificent butterfly! Very good composition and POV! The colors look bright and natural and contrast is nice! Superb details and sharpness! Great use of DOF! Congratulations and TFS!


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  • Lican (12)
  • [2006-08-24 4:30]

awesome!!! everithing is great in this Foto!!! five stars *****

Juan e' bellissima la fotografia ma soprattutto la farfalla.
Ha veramente dei colori magnifici.
Grazie per avercela fatta vedere, da noi non eistte.
Saluti dall'Italia

UAU!!!!!! :-0 . Que animal fenomenal. Talvez a borboleta mais linda que já vi.

You live in a neat part of the world, so much more fauna and flora than what the great white north has to offer. Some consolation, anyway.

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2006-09-08 21:46]

Hola Juan:
Maravillosa toma de una maravilla de la Naturaleza. Nunca vi nada igual. Me agrada el colorido del fondo y los extraños colores de esta mariposa. Una foto única. Mis congratulaciones. ¿Se pueden dar 10 puntos? Los mereces.
Saludos desde Argentina.

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  • biero Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 2] (12)
  • [2006-09-09 22:48]

Un bijoux de photo, bravo Juan.

Wha a great species you have captured. Well done.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-10-03 20:51]

Hi Juan
Great shot. Beautiful butterfly. Great colours, sharpnes, details, light, DOF and POV.
Well done


Hi Juan,
I like your butterflies but this one capted my attention immedialty because I never saw one before... What a beauty with excellent details, POV, lightning and composition! It's color and shape are fantastic. Well done! Thanks also for the ID of my butterfly :-)
Well done!

Hello Juan,
unbelivable sharp picture with excellent details and beautiful but antural colours, perfect POV and great DOF.
I hope I can make you glad with the 100th point for this brilliant picture.
Greetings, FABIAN

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-16 10:43]

Tal vez la composición no sea la ideal por el sitio donde se encuentra posada la mariposa Juan, pero el sólo hecho de capturar algo tan bello y maravilloso, amerita su publicación.
La imagen tiene un correcto POV, DOF y foco, mostrando absolutamente todos los detalles del insecto sobre ese fondo contraste.
Tal vez sea la mariposa mas hermosa que han publicado en TN... y la has retratado en forma sobresaliente.
Gracias y hasta pronto... Ricardo

Impressive details!
Great POV and DOF.
Amazing shot.

So very beautiful!!!

This is one of the most unusual and beautiful butterflies I have ever seen, thank you for sharing and educating me on this creature.


WOW!! Is this real?

Hi Juan,
It is something I've never seen before! Looks more like... an colourful exotic fish. Good sharpness and saturation.

Tfs this amazing creature,
best wishes,

Hi Juan!
Really nice photo presenting an amazing butterfily during a meal :)
Nice composition, very good sharpering but for me especially contrast between the insect and the ground is interesting.
Regards, Radomir

Wow! Great details on the scales of this lepidopteran! The colors are quite vibrant; good shot.

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2007-01-23 15:55]

Beautiful butterfly, beautiful colours, beautiful dof, beautiful sharpness and detail - Yes, this is just beautiful!


Essa borboleta realmente é linda. Aqui no Brasil Possui uma espécie muito similar a essa. Em relação a foto está ótima, DOF e POV perfeitos.

Wow ! Fantastic looking butterfly ! Great POV. Colors and detail incredible. TFS

This is one of the MOST beautiful butterflies I have ever seen. The thumbnail view of this suggested for a second that this was someother insect due to its tails. But then I saw the green beauty.

Very GOOD work for a hand held shot.

TFS, regards, Kiran.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-08-15 3:50]

Superbe spécimen et parfaite couleurs.
Merci et félicitation.

Wonderful picture, very unusual, I have read of these butterflies but not ever seen this particular one. The tails are amazing but the colors on the wings and face are too. Great picture

This is the most beautiful butterfly I have ever seen! Good shot.

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  • JAS (0)
  • [2007-11-19 13:59]

Esta foto es una de las mejores que he visto que ilustre alguna especie neotropical de Licaenidae, es sencillamente espectacular, digna de las mejores caratulas que se publiquen en alguna revista especializada. Se trata de una hembra de Arcas imperialis (Cr.) que se distingue del macho por esa manchita morada a nivel discal, FELICITACIONES!!
Julián (JAS)

Beautiful colour and detail.
Never seen such a butterfly.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-06-08 20:00]

Hi Juan, A magnificent specimen well presented. The colours and crop are ideal. TFS. Murray.

What a specimen??? Amazing...wonders of nature amazes me all the time. Thanks for a lovely shot

merhaba Juan,
mükemmel renkler.

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  • pau (26)
  • [2009-03-24 10:48]

Espectacular! Bonita mariposa!Buen enfoque!


Omgwow! That is such a cool butterfly!:))
Great shot! TFS!:D


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