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Melete lycimnia

Melete lycimnia
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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: 2010-11-28
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Superb Macros, CeltickRanger's favorite photos 2, South American Butterflies 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-12-01 15:15
Viewed: 3859
Points: 40
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Primrose Flag - Melete lycimnia - CRAMER, 1777

This is very rare in my garden... In fact, is the second time I've seen. Fortunately this time I had my camera at hand!

This is a butterfly slippery and very fast. It has a flight straight and determined. Also stay only a short time sucking in every flower.

The photo is taken with the sun at noon, the light was complex and not know what I did! But I think the butterfly is displayed enough! :)

Thanks by stop and visit!


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Melete
Specific name: Melete lycimnia

The Pieridae is divided into 3 subfamilies. The Dismorphiinae, with a very small number of exceptions, is entirely neotropical in distribution. The Coliadinae ( Sulphurs and Yellows ) and Pierinae ( Whites and Orange tips ) however have worldwide distribution.

There are 217 members of the Pierinae in the neotropical region. These include familiar Holarctic
( Eurasian and North American ) genera such as Pieris, Pontia and Anthocharis, and others such as Pereute, Catasticta and Melete which are found only in Central and South America.

The genus Melete contains 6 species, characterised by having a black bar at the end of the forewing discal cell, a black fw apex, and in most species a dark border to the hind-wings. Apart from these markings the wings are usually a unicolorous yellow or white.

Melete lycimnia occurs in several geographical forms. On the underside, subspecies peruviana has a white ground colour, narrow black borders, and a yellow spot at the base of the hindwings. At the other extreme the nominate subspecies lycimnia has the underside hindwings primrose yellow, with wide brown borders. In all subspecies the females are more yellowish in colouration than the males

This is a lowland rainforest species, occurring at elevations between sea level and about 800m.

Adult behaviour:
Males are a regular sight along forest edge habitats on the banks of rivers, and at roadsides, where they gather to imbibe mineral-laden moisture from sand or mud. They often congregate in dense clusters of 50 or more butterflies, packed very tightly together, which erupt nervously into flight if disturbed.

Females are not in my experience seen in such open situations, staying instead in the forest interior. They do not visit flowers in the understorey, or along forest roads, so presumably feed at the nectar of arboreal flowers. Their flight is direct and fairly rapid, interrupted by long periods at rest on foliage in the sub canopy.

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Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Software: Picasa 3.0
Exposure Time: 1/636
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 12800/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2010-11-28 11:41
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash did not fire
File Size: 202 kb

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Hi Jesus,
That's a beautiful butterfly that I haven't seen before. You are right the light is interesting . It is almost backlit which makes the head kind of glow. I like it, a wonderful sharp, colorful image.
Have a fine day

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-12-01 17:27]

Hola Jesus.
Los diferentes tonos de color amarillo la flor lucen de maravilla, y que decir del color limon y negro de las alas de la mariposa. Hermosos deveras. Gran calidad de imagen

Hi jesus,

Good morning. It is nice to start the day with this beautiful picture. Excellent POV & great sharpness. TFS.


Hi Jesus
Impressive photo with beautiful composition, fantastic light, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.
Regards Christodoulos

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-12-01 22:40]

Hi Jesus,
Splendid photo of this interesting Butterfly species, TFS!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-12-01 23:45]

Hello Jesus
Wonderful and perfect macro capture as usual. Perfect focus, vivid colors an nice composition

Ciao Jesus, magnifica farfalla su uno splendido fiore, macro di grande qualità per questa bellezza, meravigliosi colori, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Jesús.
This is an amazing beauty in the frame. Gorgeous butterfly complementing well with the bright yellow flower. Such an excellent control of exposure and details in the frame. Please allow me to add this to my personal theme and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-02 1:54]

HEllo Jesus,
a very beautiful capture of the Melete lycimnia, very good sharpness and lighting, splendid natural colour, a very nice close composition.Best regards Siggi

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-02 2:39]

Hello Jesus,
a real stunning shot of the yellows. Sharp yellow butterfly and excellent features well shown.
Very well done.


Hello Jesus,
Fantastic capture with excellent colours and razor sharp details.
Splendid yellow colours and exceptional contrast between the background and this amazing butterfly.

Lovely shot with brilliant contrast between the lovely butterfly and the the grey murky background friend Jesus. Good day! The detail in the highlights here is well captured. Amazing composition which can be in league of it's own! lets call it Jesus league! Bravo! Clean simple and impeccable!
George Veltchev

Ciao Jesus. Spettacolo unico amico mio! Perfetta gestione della luce che sembra accarezzare i colori. Dettaglio e nitidezza eccellenti.


hello Jesus
great sharpness and good details of this Beautiful coloured butterfly
greeting lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-02 6:09]

Hello Jesús,
A close to perfect capture of this beautiful species of Pierid butterfly taken from a perfect POV while feeding with the wings closed. The composition with the orange flower, sharpness, fine lighting, natural colours and neutral BG contribute to a fine portrait of this species as the speciemen is also fresh.
Well done my friend and thanks for delighting us with this beauty!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-02 8:56]

Che spettacolo! Un giallo limone che brilla di luce propria,hai scelto la miglior angolazione della luce per il miglior risultato possibile,un grandissimo ritratto ed un grandissimo regalo per tutti gli amici di TN.Bravissimo!Luciano

hello Jesús

WOW ! this it is one of your most beautiful
photos of your latest series, superb focus
sharpness and details and what a beautiful
color tones, an image like this one Jesús
it put sun in our day, TFS alot


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-02 10:52]

Hello Jesús,
What a splendid photo. The yellow in flower and butterfly are gorgeous. Taken from a perfect POV in a perfect composition. Very good DOF and superb sharpness and details. Even the BG is contrasting very beautiful.

Hello Jesus
WOW !! this butterfly is splendid with so beautiful colors, the yellow wings and the yellow flower makes a wonderful contrast against the grey BG, the sharpness is perfect, you was lucky to have your camera with you this time for showing us this beauty
Have a good night

Hola Jesús

Una bella composición en tonos amarillentos muy agradable. Otra nueva mariposa que no había visto y muy bonita con esos colores y la franja negra. Muy original y buen POV.
Me ha extrañado mucho el f/3.5, con muy buena profundidad de campo.

Un saludo de Antonio

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