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Brangas coccineifrons

Brangas coccineifrons
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Copyright: Jesus Linares (jlinaresp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-16 14:23
Viewed: 3667
Points: 30
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Brangas coccineifrons (Godman & Salvin, 1887)(Black-veined Brangas)

I really enjoy taking pictures of insects. Often, they represent a lot of fun challenges, such the case of this interesting Lycaenid.

In our region, this butterfly only lives in rocky peaks, where only grow a few species of flowering plants, usually about 1200 meters above sea level.

These butterflies usually fly making sudden dizzying curves and curls. Because they live in windy environments, they tend to have that "crazy flying mode", I think that they manage to overcome the gusts of wind.

Another feature that distinguishes them is their ability to "disappear" when the sun is covered and appear again, when sunlight returns. I never understand where they hide when the sun is covered!

I spent several minutes trying to photograph these Lycaenids on top of a rocky peak, on past Tuesday (when I went walking with my Son). After watching the nervous behavior of this species, I realize that they tend to "rest" for a few seconds on the rocks, especially when the wind is very strong. That gave me the opportunity to take this picture and others. I spent several minutes "lying on rocks" until this specimen landed nearby.

I've found very little information about this species in the web. I could hardly find some reference photos and taxonomy. If someone have additional data, please let me know.

I hope tomorrow can make a post of a "close cousin" of this butterfly, which lives in the same place, resembles in color and behaves. I realized are two different species, just when I reviewed the photos!

Thanks by stop and visit!


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Brangas
Species: Coccineifrons

NOTE: This shot required more postprocessing than I usually do in my photos. I think that "liying on rocks, with gusts of wind and some back pain" decline significantly my very precarious shooting skills! ha ha ha! :) I did this: 30% selective sharp in buttefly, ouput levels adjustements and BG noise reduction (with GIMP filters).

Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Software: GIMP 2.4.3
Exposure Time: 1/636
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 12800/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2010-10-12 09:44
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash did not fire
File Size: 293 kb

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Hola Jesús

Otra mariposa que tampoco había visto antes, que formas y colores mas bellos que tiene, una composicióm muy bien tratada y posada en esa roca llena de liquenes. Poerfecto POV y buena nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

This butterfly could be the very first on TN, Jesus, though I can't be sure. At least I have seen it for the first time.
It is a lovely capture with the subject resting on a lichen covered rock. The details and colours couldn't be better and the DOF is remarkable.
Well done and thanks for sharing this picture of a rarely seen species.

Good side view, with detail everywhere Jesus. The perfect depth of field allows us to see every part of the subject well without excluding the butterfly totally from the colorful background. As usually another successful trip with your son! Is he involved with photography?
Regards and have a great week all you good people,
George Veltchev

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-16 23:51]

Hello Jesus,
A beautiful shot of this Black-veined Brangason . Colors and clarity are very good.Very well done my friend.Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-17 0:49]

Hello Jesus,
Another jewel in your series of butterflies. Very beautiful colours and good sharpness. Very nice POV, DOF and composition.

Hola Jésus
He aquí una nueva muestra de nuestro conocimiento, que tiene colores originales, y está muy bien representado.
Gracias y felicitaciones.

hello Jesus
this is a beauty
very nice pose and good details with beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Jesus,
Amazing capture with superb details and focus. Great catch. Lovely colours and perfect

Hi Jesus,

A very nice species. I see the first time.
Beautiful presentation and nice composition.
Light, sharp, point of view with a great shot too.
Thank you for sharing.

Best Regards,

Ciao Jesus,
un'altra bella immagine per questa licenide, ottimo sfondo e splendidi colori per questa farfalla così bella.Un caro saluto, Paolo

Aparte de la belleza de la mariposa, me sorprende gratamente la buena
captura del espacio y lo bien posicionada que está la mariposa en él.
Los puntos amarillos del hongo y rojos de la mariposa dan un toque
de vida al conjunto.
Un delicado trabajo Jesúa.

Ciao Jesus, la tua solita splendida farfalla con la consueta magnifica qualità, niente creitiche ma solo elogi, ottima nitidezza, eccellenti dettagli e magnifici colori, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

hi jesus
lovely colours good shot nice macro

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-10-18 9:20]

Hello Jesus,
A really great capture of a fantastic butterfly that I'm sure is not often seen on the web! It looks good on the rocky surface and stands out sharply against the background. Beautiful colours too and well composed. A brilliant find!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hola amigo Jesús,

I thought you're much younger. :) Really, never thought you have such an "old" son, ha-ha. Be careful with Batmen! :)

Greatly composed solid photo with marvellous DoF, nice colors and well chosen focal point. Optimal post procession also - everything is OK. The visual impact is more than great, note is useful and the species is not often seen on TN (if it is at all). I can only say bravo!

Strong wind sometimes may support the photographer. Although you're more experienced on this field than I (shooting butterflies on rocks, around 1000 meters asl., in very windy conditions) please click here - the wind didn't allow the butterfly to close his / her wings. :)

Friendly regards and hugs, László

Does anyone know how I would contact Jesus Linares for permission to use this photo? Jeffrey Glassberg

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