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Astraptes fulgerator (Walch, 1775)

Astraptes fulgerator (Walch, 1775)
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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: 2011-01-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-01-16 14:56
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Points: 35
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Astraptes fulgerator (Walch, 1775)

A common Skipper our gallery forests. It's funny, but populations of this butterfly can be very variable, one day seem to abound everywhere, and the next day are impossible to find. I still can not explain this behavior.

More details of brilliant blue plume can be seen in another photo in WORKSHOP!

Thanks for visit!


Species:A. fulgerator

The Two-barred Flasher (Astraptes fulgerator), is a cryptic species complex in the spread-wing skipper butterfly genus Astraptes. It ranges all over the Americas, from the southern USA to northern Argentina.

A. fulgerator's adults all look quite alike. They are mid-sized skipper butterflies with the typical wing shape of this group. The upperside is black, with basal to postbasal blue corners which are more extensive on the forewings. There is one discal-tomal and one apical band on the forewing; these are usually off-white to light blue but the former may be quite white towards the costal margin. The thorax has bluish hair on the back, the underside is yellow to orange.

The caterpillars and pupae show a wide range of colors and patterns, and the caterpillars also vary in food preference. Last-instar caterpillars are black with a pattern consisting of light to bright yellow dots along the sides, or rings of varying thickness, sometimes interrupted on the back, in a range of colors varying from white to orange-red.[

Larval foodplantsThis species is highly polyphagous, with most foodplants belonging to the Fabaceae (legume family):

Selected primary foodplants:

Inga: I. exalata, I. oerstediana, I. punctata, I. sapindoides, I. vera and probably others
Lonchocarpus (see also below)
Senna: Candle Bush (S. alata), S. cobanensis, S. hayesiana, S. pallida, S. papillosa, S. undulata and probably othersMalvaceae
Hampea appendiculata (but see below)
Cupania: C. glabra, C. guatemalensis and probably others

Selected secondary and accidental foodplants:

Capparis frondosa
Canavalia brasiliensis
Cassia: Golden Shower Tree (C. fistula), C. grandis and possibly others
Centrosema (butterfly peas): C. macrocarpum, C. plumieri and possibly others
Desmodium glabrum
Dioclea: D. malacocarpa, D. violacea and possibly others
Mucuna holtonii
Piscidia carthagenensis
Byttneria catalpaefolia
Karwinskia calderoni
Casearia sylvestris
Styrax argenteus

About this shot:
Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 1/1614
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 11500/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2011-01-09 14:03
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire
File Size: 236 kb

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Hola amigo Jesús
what a beautiful butterfly from marvellous nature of Venezuela. splendid coloration and superb details.
dark BG and green leaf nicely contrasted and show its beautiful bluish-turquaz colors. great focus and composition. muchos gracias
best regards and have a nice new week

Impresinante acercamiento Jesús.

Suerte con la Id de tu nueva captura !

hello Jesús

excellent photo of this Skipper with fine POV, DOF,
excellent focus great sharpness details, excellent light,



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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2011-01-16 21:53]


Excellent sharpness, lighting, composition and detail of the subject. Wonderful colour is shown in your image too!

This surely is unknown skipper for me friend Jesus. Good day. I have written that it is a commonly seen around there, so I just wonder why you did not post an image previously or now taken from a more appropriate point of view? This angle may be not the ideal, it demand a massive depth of field somehow and you have been quite close to the creature. The near wing seems terribly out of focus. I do not know at least for me that issue is critical my friend. On the other hand the clarity on the focus area is superb. The contrast can be slightly reduced as well I think. The image at the workshop showing us perfectly that beauty from behind. In my opinion a top view, a view from above with widely open wings could be the answer here. If this is a common species around your Town you do not have an excuses, by delivering a result like this one friend Jesus. Use closer aperture or just step back a bit, keep that focus under control my china!
George Veltchev

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-01-16 23:35]

Hi Jesus,
Splendid photo of this interesting Butterfly, great lights and beautiful colors, TFS!

Hello Jesus,

this are an beautiful skipper in an unusal pov.maybe an other pov where better but antor specie i have never been seen.
Good of sharpness exept the first wing oof and details.
Skippers are in the netherlands very shy and difficult to approche.

Fine colors.


Ciao Jesus, ne stai tirando fuori una piů bella dell'altra, complimenti, staordinaria la tonalitŕ d'azzurro, magnifica macro, splendida nitidezza e ottimi dettagli, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-17 1:12]

Hello Jesus,
very beautiful Skippe, very nice macro. Nicely composed with a beautiful green leaf. Superb colors both of BG and moth . Great sharp details and POV. TFS, well done friend.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Jesus,
un'altra incredibile, almeno per le nostre specie europee, cattura di Esperide, fantastici colori, perfetta messa a fuoco in una piacevole composizione, molto interessante.
Grazie e complimenti
Buona giornata
Ciao Maurizio

Hello Jesus
Awesome picture of this butterfly, and the butterfly it self. Nice colors, sharpness, composition and light. Job well done!
Regards Hedesan

Ciao Jesus. Da un POV difficile hai opttenuto profonditŕ e dettaglio. I colori e la luce sono magnifici.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-01-17 5:24]

Very beautiful and colorful species of skipper, fine colors and well done. tfs.

Hi Jesus,
Lovely photo with very good POV, focus, sharpness, composition, lighting, colors and details. TFS

hello Jesus great shot with good details and nice light
the colours are beautiful
thanks to see this moth again
I found this one to in Costa Rica
in a night walk he came on the light from my pockettorch of light
i have send the picture on your Workshop
i hope you like it
greeting lou

Hi Jesus
Impressive butterfly and beautiful photo with very good composition and nice colours.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2011-01-17 14:16]

Hi Jesus,
very good macro photos; color, clarity and detail was wonderful. Congratulations and best regards ..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-01-22 9:43]

Hello Jesus,
A fantstic Skipper very well captured in beautiful light that shows up the lovely blue colours and markings very well! I like its pose on the leaf and the fine framing too.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

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