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Panacea prola

Panacea prola
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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
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-22 19:19
Viewed: 3751
Points: 24
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Panacea prola - DOUBLEDAY, 1848 - Red Flasher

Ivan (argus) never ceases to amaze me, he seems to know all! ... Thank you very much friend Ivan by the ID of this butterfly! (Panacea prola)

Well ... This shot taken in this way:

-My son walks in front of me and whispers "Look at that ..."
-I see the butterfly ...
-I draw my compact camera from the small bag ....
-Adjust the exposure as possible, as is set the camera! ... does not matter! ... the important thing is to make the picture!
-I took a picture and (as expected) ... Butterfly Wings! Disappears fast! ... do not see it again!

This is one of the most elusive and fast butterflies I have seen in our forests, I was very lucky to see this in a place sufficiently clear. I have no ID, I'm tired of searching the web! I've seen it before, but this is the first time I can take a picture, I was very lucky! She is not easy!

I hope you forgive the technical shortcomings of the picture, the real goal is to show this interesting butterfly in TN and know if anyone knows the ID!

This butterfly closes my cycle of "Butterflies of October 12" when I made my most recent trek into the woods and mountains near my home in the company of my son Emmanuel.

Thanks to everyone for the comments, I hope to find new butterflies soon.

Happy weekend!

Thanks by stop and visit!


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphaliae
Genus: Panacea
Specific name: prola - Doubleday [1848]
Scientific name: - Panacea prola Doubleday [1848]

The genus Panacea contains 3 known species, all confined to the neotropics.

The underside hindwings of all Panacea species are reddish. In P. procilla the hue is dull reddish brown, overlaid with broken wavy black lines and a series of submarginal ocelli. In regina the underside is red, with a suffused pattern of blackish markings.

The species featured here - Panacea prola, is smaller than regina and has a bright red underside that is devoid of markings. The iridescent bands on the upperside appear as a highly reflective pale turquoise when viewed from directly above in bright sunlight. In overcast conditions, when viewed at certain angles, the colour changes to a beautiful shade of sky blue.

Panacea prola is found throughout much of South America, from Colombia to southern Brazil but is more abundant in the foothills of the eastern Peruvian Andes than anywhere else.

This species appears to be confined to rainforest and transitional cloudforest, at altitudes below about 1000m. It becomes increasingly abundant at lower altitudes, and can be extremely common below 500m in certain areas, e.g. in the forests of the Manu in southern Peru.

Surprisingly the lifecycle and larval foodplants of this common butterfly are apparently unknown.

Adult behaviour:
The butterflies roost amongst foliage high in the forest canopy. In the early morning they can be seen basking on tree trunks at a height of about 10-15 metres, head downwards, with wings flattened against the bark of the tree.
As temperatures begin to climb and light levels increase, they gradually descend to bask at lower points on the trunk, but will fly back to bask much higher up if disturbed. Later, even the weather remains cool and overcast, they descend to settle on riverbanks, often settling on rocks, stones, or logs. Once the butterflies have been on the ground for a few minutes they become very reluctant to move, and will remain basking until dusk, even during light showers or drizzle.

-Cut and scale in Photoscape.
-The butterfly and trunk sharped 30% (PS3)
-Ouput levels ajusted decreasing bright (PS3)
-Noise reduction (BG) with NeatImage (using the plugin for PS3)

Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 1/101
F-Stop: f/3.2
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 9100/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2010-10-12 09:29
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash did not fire
File Size: 233 kb

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Your son guided you to an amazingly beautiful butterfly, Jesus, and you did him proud by shooting it so well before it flew away. Compact cameras sometimes come in handy in such situations when the subject is as elusive as this one. Its wings are frayed but the colours and patterns on them are intact and well captured in this picture.
Bravo to the boy too!

  • Black44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 2 N: 497] (3703)
  • [2010-10-22 20:11]

Hola Jesús

Toma original, si en vez de la rama donde esta posada la mariposa fuera el tronco de un árbol, esta mariposa sería gigantesta, que es la impresión que me dá. Perfecta composición y nitidez.

Lo siento no tengo puntos, no me había dado cuenta.

Buen fin de semana y un saludo de Antonio

  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-22 22:53]
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Hola Jesús,
Sorry, but I've run out of smileys but I can give you the ID of this worn but beautiful species of Nymphalid butterfly.
It is Panacea prola, well taken with fine sharpness, colours and contrast.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

A lovely shot of this ageing butterfly, Jesus!
Very unique POV and a lovely frame!

Ciao Jesus, bellissima anche questa, fantastici i colori metagllizzati, ottima nitidezza, bravo, ciao Silvio

The story behind this photo is quite an important part of the image I guess friend Jesus. And what an inspiring butterfly, I never seen that beauty!~! Coloration is so impressive, it does look like a skin of a "blue" Tiger isn't it? In nature a perfect composition is never guaranteed. In this case I do not think that this natural composition shines in glory! But the exposition is right again, the black is black and the rest OK! Your post processing explanation looks like a surgery report! I like that!
George Veltchev

Hi Jesus,
A lovely capture of this beautiful butterfly. Sorry for the ID. South America is a heaven for butterfly photographers. Very good composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Jesus
Altra bella immagine di una strana(in Italia) farfalla. Paerfetta la ripresa ed ottimi i colori. Un'altra buonissima foto. Un saluto, Paolo

Hi Jesus,

The color blue has a very wonderful, this beautiful butterfly. I'm sure it is a rare kind of small. Open positions on the wings of the tree was a very nice shot. Timing and technique is very impressive. TFS ...Mehmet

Ciai Jesus. Un esemplare vecchio ma splendido. Fantastici colori e solità ottima qualità. Complimenti!


Good comp, color, details, and exposure Jesus.
Nice job in getting the shot of this elusive & beautiful B-fly :)
Have a great weekend!

Me gusta :-) Gracias por tus siempre animadores comentarios, a veces se necesitan,
solo hay que ver la justa calidad de mis últimas fotos... creo que ellas reflejan casi
siempre mi estado de ánimo.

Hello Jesus
superb butterfly, i love the colors of his damaged wings,
i love also his head down pose and the natural environment
this Panacea prola is captured with sharp details
Have a great sunday

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-24 7:04]

Hello Jesus,
such a lovely capture of the butterfly in its glitter and shines. how I like it gives its downward pose. The surrounding trees and bark add artistic view to your composition.
Very pleasant composition.


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