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Eurema albula in Cosmos sulphureus

Eurema albula in Cosmos sulphureus
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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: 2010-11-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus SP565 UZ
Exposure: f/3.8, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Superb Macros, South American Butterflies 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-12-05 2:13
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Points: 42
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Ghost Yellow - Eurema albula (Cramer, 1775)

Definitely, I have much thank to these orange flowering plants that grow by themselves in the gardens of my Mother and mine!

Indeed, these flowering plants are called "Orange cosmos (Cosmos sulphureus) and are of Central American origin, grow their own, adapt to any climate, but prefer desert environment. Inclusive have been considered invasive pests in some countries! ...

Regarding the butterfly is one of the most graceful arriving at the garden. They have flight is almost a dance, but are restless and rarely allow a photo.

Thanks by stop and visit!


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Coliadinae
Genus: Aurema
Species: albula -- Ghost Yellow - (Cramer, 1775)

Identification: Pure white above with black tip to forewing.
Life history: Males patrol in heavy second growth or forest understory, usually in light openings.
Flight: All year in tropical habitats.
Wing span: 1 1/4 - 2 inches (3.0-5.0 cm).
Caterpillar hosts: Cassias.
Adult food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Tropical forests and second growth.
For more INFO: (E. albula)

(flowering plant)
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Cosmos
Species: C. sulphureus

Cosmos sulphureus is also known as Sulfur Cosmos and Yellow Cosmos. Its native habitat is Central America.

This species of Cosmos is considered a half-hardy annual, although plants may re-appear via self-sowing for several years. Its foliage is opposite and pinnately divided. The plant height varies from one to seven feet. The original and its cultivars appear in shades of yellow, orange, and red. It is especially popular in Korea and Japan, where it is often seen in mass plantings along roadsides, following an initiative pursued by the Korean-Japanese botanist Woo Jang-choon.

This plant was declared invasive by the United States Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council in 1996!

Some of the varieties of Cosmos sulphureus in cultivation today include:

-'Klondyke Mix' consists of a variety of colors in shades from yellow to orange and scarlet
-'Ladybird Dwarf Red', 'Ladybird Dwarf Gold', 'Ladybird Dwarf Orange', and 'Ladybird Dwarf Lemon' are shorter than the species. Another cultivar is named "Bright Eyes".

Growth characteristics of this plant include:

-Germination takes between 7 and 21 days at the optimal temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit; flowering begins between 50 and 60 days after germination
-It prefers a soil pH between 6.0 and 8.5, reflecting its native habitat in the alkaline regions of Central America
-Flowering is best in full sun, although partial shade is tolerated
-The plant is tolerant to drought after germination, and is seldom subject to insect or disease damage; this vigor is attested by its status as a pest in some areas of the United States

The flowers of all Cosmos attract birds and butterflies, including the Monarch butterfly. Cosmos sulphureus is featured in the 1997 Japanese film Remembering the Cosmos Flower.

About this shot:
Model: SP565UZ
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 10/8000 sec
F-Stop: f/3.8
ISO Speed Ratings: 64
Focal Length: 1413/100 mm
Date Taken: 2010-11-07 11:44
Metering Mode: Spot
Flash: Flash did not fire
File Size: 240 kb

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-05 2:15]

Ciao Jesus,queste ultime farfalle sembra quasi che si siano messe in posa per te per creare impressionanti composizioni,una piu' bella dell'altra!Grandissima gestione del difficile bianco delle ali e nitidezza strepitosa.Bellissima! Buona Domenica,Luciano

Clean and stylish image like a work of a fine French Fashion designer! Impressive colors/clarity/depth of field and Composition! Another first class presentation ! Bravo!
Have a great Sunday and weekend my friend Jesus!
George Veltchev

Ciao Jesus, splendida macro di questa bella farfalla in vestito da sposa sopra un fantastico fiore, magnifici colori, ottima nitidezza e bella luce, bravissimo, buona Domenica, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-05 2:45]

Hello Jesús,
Another butterfly on this very beautiful flower. In this photo butterfly and flower are both gorgeous. Taken from a perfect POV in a perfect composition. Very beautiful colours and great sharpness. The OOF BG is fantastic too. Excellent DOF.

Hola Jesús

Que bella composición de colores y que nitidez en la mariposa y la flor. Una imagen sumamente agradable y fondo muy bien compuesto.

Un saludo de Antonio

Et tu, Brutus? Both of us have posted "Yellow" butterflies today, Jesus. :)
A remarkably crisp image of this Yellow from your part of the world. The subject looks smashing on the yellow Cosmos.
Great shot with your SX 110. I bought an SX 120 recently.
Thanks and regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-05 4:03]

hello Jesús,
A very fine capture of this species of Eurema on the Cosmos flower. Both are taken from a great POV with fine sharpness, DOF and natural colours in this pleasing composition.
Thanks and have a good Sunday,

foto da catalogo delle farfalle,amico
splendida postura della Eurema albula
e dettaglio sorprendente

buona domenica sERGIO

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-05 4:46]

Hallo Jesus,
a very beautiful capture of the Ghost Yellow and flower, very good sharpness and lighting, superb natural colour, a very nice close composition.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Jesus. Lavoro super! Magnifica composzione con colori brilanti e superba gestione della luce.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-12-05 5:19]

Hello Jesus,
Let me congratulate you for this "formidable" series on butterflies. I was absent several days and I'm just delighted to see them. Truely striking these orange flowers, host of so many species which offer an ideal contrast to so many butterfly-species. Cute little yellow ghost! Perfect sharpness, like usual.
Kind regards

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-12-05 5:33]

Hello Jesus
Excellent work!

Hi Jesús.
Wow... this is an amazing little beauty captured in perfect balanced composition. Really nice with the capture and details under fine focusing plane.
Thanks and kind regards - Jusni

this is VERY GOOD so beautiful colours and super sharpness with great 3D effect
i like this picture with very nice light
a SUPER shot
greeting lou

Hi Jesus
Just perfect.
Regards Christodoulos.

hello Jesús

WOW ! a photo of professional quality image,
once again your photos are putting me with out words,
great POV, DOF, sharpness and details, TFS


OLá Jesus, voce capturou uma exelente imagem de grande qualidade em todos sentidos muito bem focada parabéns.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-12-05 11:45]

Hi Jesus,

I'm not sure which is more beautiful - the flower or the plant. They are a stunning combination. The colors blend beautifully and the details of both subjects are super sharp. A superb composition against the green background.


Hello Jesus,
Great capture. Excellent macro with lovely colours and good focus.
Very interesting this superb butterfly.
Nice exposure and excellent composition.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-07 4:37]

Hello Jesus,
This lovely butterfly certainly has great table manners - there'll be room for all his friends around the bowl of goodies!! A brilliant capture from a nice POV. Excellent sharpness and I love the combination of colours. Very well composed too!
Many thanks and best regards, Ulla

Pues ya publicando de nuevo, espero seguir con el hábito que tanto me gusta.
Ultimamente algo deprimidillo, sobre todo por cuestiones laborales pero todo
bien por aquí Jesús; gracias por tu interés.
Poco a poco iré digiriendo y admirando tus bellezas, como esta superior, todo
un compedio de arte, técnica y buen gusto.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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