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Colias cesonia

Colias cesonia
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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: 2010-12-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus SP565 UZ
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-12-15 14:41
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Points: 36
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Colias cesonia - STOLL 1790 - Southern Dogface

**16-12-2010: I have no doubt! ... Ivan (Argus) knows all the world's butterfly ID!

Thank you very much for your support friend Ivan!

If I'm correct, I have published several Pieridae butterflies in TN, all of them have been easy to classify, because in internet there are a lot of information about this family of Lepidoptera. But this is not the case for butterfly of today, I reviewed hundreds of photos of "yellows and whites" (as we affectionately know the Pieridae butterflies) and I can't find one match with the species on this photo. In fact, I'm pretty sure this is the first time I saw and photographed this butterfly! ... Hopefully someone here in TN can provide some clue about the ID of this strange "Yellow" with pink stripes on the wings.

Thanks by stop and visit!


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Ditrysia
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Pieridae (Duponchel, 1835)
Subfamily: Coliadinae
Genus: Colias
Species: C. cesonia

About this family: The Pieridae are a large family of butterflies with about 76 genera containing approximately 1,100 species, mostly from tropical Africa and Asia. Most pierid butterflies are white, yellow or orange in coloration, often with black spots. The pigments that give the distinct colouring to these butterflies are derived from waste products in the body and are a characteristic of this family.

It is believed that the name "butterfly" originated from a member of this family — the Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni — which was called the "butter-coloured fly" by early British naturalists.

The sexes usually differ, often in the pattern or number of the black markings.

The larvae (caterpillars) of a few of these species, such as Pieris brassicae and Pieris rapae, commonly seen in gardens, feed on brassicas, and are notorious agricultural pests.

Males of many species exhibit gregarious mud-puddling behavior when they may imbibe salts from moist soils.]

Identification: The Pieridae have the radial vein on the forewing with 3 or 4 branches and rarely with 5 branches. The fore legs are well developed in both sexes, unlike in the Nymphalidae, and the tarsal claws are bifid unlike in the Papilionidae.

Like the Papilionidae, Pieridae also have their pupae held at an angle by a silk girdle, but running at the first abdominal segment unlike the thoracic girdle seen in the Papilionidae.


* Dismorphiinae (6 genera) Mostly Neotropical, this group includes several mimetical species. The host plants are in the family Fabaceae.

* Pierinae (55 genera) Whites, Yellow, Orange-tips, many of these species are strongly migratory. Host plants are in the families Capparidaceae, Brassicaceae, Santalaceae, and Loranthaceae.

* Coliadinae (14 genera) Sulphurs or Yellows, many of these species are sexually dimorphic. Some, such as Colias, have wing patterns that are visible only under ultraviolet.

* Pseudopontiinae The sole species in this subfamily, Pseudopontia paradoxa, is endemic to West Africa.

** According to the molecular phylogenetic study of Braby et al. (2006), sister group relationships among Pieridae subfamilies are: ((Dismorphiinae+Pseudopontiinae)+(Coliadinae+Pierinae)).

About this shot:
Model: SP565UZ
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 10/5000 sec
F-Stop: f/4.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 977/100 mm
Date Taken: 2010-12-05 12:10
Metering Mode: Spot
Flash: Flash did not fire
File Size: 269 kb

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-12-15 15:47]

Perfect dear Jesus. Incredible crisp focus and beauty composition.
Congratulations MF.
See you.......

hello Jesús

congratulations for this first time for you,
as always excellent photo with fine POV,
superb focus great sharpness and details,
this butterfly could have a beautiful
camouflage with his environment, TFS


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-12-15 18:21]

Hola Jesus.
Te quedo hermosa la foto de esta bella mariposa. Un exelente manejo de la camara con los ajustes apropiados para logra esta calidad.
No se mucho de mariposas, quisa sea una
Berger's Clouded yellow
Saludos Jesus

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-12-15 22:34]

Hi Jesus,
Splendid photo of this Butterfly, very good sharpness and fine details, natural colors, TFS!

Well surely you must been using some kind of heavy post processing in order to separate so well the destructive background from the subject friend Jesus!!! A !! Good day my friend! I am really impressed with the result here. Well, you do not have to share your secrets! Every one has some tricks to hide! Good colors as well, and this sharpness is truly unbelievable. Even a quite boring subject like this common butterfly from family of Lepidoptera can look amazing when presented so carefuly! Bravo, Jesus! Another Perl in your collection, no doubt!
George Veltchev

Ciao Jesus. Dettaglio sensazionale e nitidezza perfetta. Grande macro!


Ciao Jesus,
sull'ID di questa Pieride dai colori straordinari non ti posso aiutare, i dettagli sono incredibilmente nitidi, molto bella e ben bilanciata anche la composizione.
Grazie e complimenti
Buona giornata
Ciao Maurizio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-16 2:58]

Hello Jesus,
A fine capture of a lovely Pieridae butterflies in a fine posture on a leaf from lateral POV with excellent clarity, great DOF, details and delightful composition.Best regards Siggi

Hi Jesus.
Beautiful photo with wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.
Regards, Christodoulos.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-16 6:36]
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Hello Jesús,
A very nice capture well up to your high standard in every way of what i think is a female Colias cesonia, the Southern Dogface. It shows well against the neutral natural BG in a pleasing composition.
Thanks and kind regards,

hello Jesus
great pose of this beautiful butterfly
very good details and super sharpness
great BG
greeting lou

Hi Jesus,
A very nicely composed, sharp photo.
Best regards,

Ciao Jesus, mamma mia che bellezza, sembra quasi la nostra Colias crocea vestita con l'abito della festa, splendida nitidezza, magnifici colori, dettagli spettacolari, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hola Jesus

Tadavía en estas fechas teneis estas mariposas, por que yo por aqui no veo ninguna. Hoy estamos a unos 4 grados (mucho frio).

Bella imagen y una macro bien hecha, con perfecta nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hello Jesus,
An excellent macro with excellent natural colors, sharpness and details. Very nicely composed and presented. Well done!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-12-16 13:24]

Merhaba Jesus,
Netlik ve detaylarıyla harika bir kompozsiyon olmuş.
Tebrik ederim, sevgilerle..

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-16 15:24]

Ciao Jesus,una specie fantastica ed una foto meravigliosa,bellissimi i dettagli del giallo e rosa delle ali,una nuova sorpresa per gli amanti delle farfalle.Buona giornata,Luciano

Hello Jesus,
Amazing details and focus. Very nice composition. The colours of the butterfly and the razor sharp details are amazing.
It's a interesting capture and very rare one.
Have a nice weekend!

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