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|Podotricha judith, Guerin-Meneville, .|
When this species was first described in 1844 it was included in the genus Cethosia, which is now used only for Old World taxa. Podotricha was erected by Michener in 1942 and includes just two species, the other being P. telesiphe, Hewitson, 1867, which has reduced forewing markings which are more of a pink colour than the orange of P. judith. In between times, they have also been included in a genus called Colaenis.
This is the first time either species has been shown on TN. This individual was flying in the Bellavista reserve at about 2,300m elevation, and has clearly lived a long and eventful life. Both species are restricted to montane regions of the Andes from Peru northwards, and are part of the "Tiger Longwing" mimicry complex which includes many butterfly species from the Nymphalidae and Pieridae, as well as some day-flying moths.
The picture was hand-held in good sunlight. It has been filtered, cropped, resized and sharpened for TN.
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Ciao Alan, great macro of old butterfly, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, I like a lot, bravo my friend, ciao Silvio
- [2011-01-02 22:27]
Very interesting shape of the fore wing and fine patterns and colors of the species, well captured. tfs.
an very nice image from this beautiful but old butterfly.
Good pov, sharpness on the wings ( I miss sharpness on his head) and details.