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Siproeta stelenes (Linnaeus, 1758)

Siproeta stelenes (Linnaeus, 1758)
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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: 2011-06-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-11 18:59
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"Malachite" - Siproeta stelenes LINNAEUS, 1758

Hello friends!

Today I went out to walk to the mountains, and I found some butterflies!... But I think the most exotical of all I've found is this beautiful "Malachite" I had to pursue in a small forest adjacent to a stream.



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Rhopalocera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Tribe: Victorinini
Genus: Siproeta
Species: S. stelenes
Binomial name: Siproeta stelenes (Linnaeus, 1758)

Introduction: The genus Siproeta comprises of 3 species - the Malachite stelenes, the green-banded superba, and the Rusty-tipped Page epaphus. All are large butterflies, with wingspans averaging 10 cms.

The beautiful Malachite is distributed from Florida and Texas, south to Peru, Argentina and Bolivia. The butterflies look particularly beautiful when seen at rest, with sunshine streaming through the translucent green windows on the wings.

Some workers consider stelenes to be a Batesian mimic of the Heliconiine Philaethria dido. The 2 species generally occupy different habitats, but their avian predators probably encounter both species fairly regularly, so the theory may have some basis.

Habitats: This is a widespread and common species found in a wide variety of habitats including lowland primary rainforest, mid-elevation cloudforest and deciduous forests, usually in the vicinity of rivers at altitudes between about 100-1200m. It is probably most commonly seen in secondary habitats, including orchards and gardens.

Lifecycle: The eggs are dark green, and laid singly on leaves of Ruellia, Justicia or Blechum, all members of the Acanthaceae. Females tend to patrol back and forth along a limited stretch of habitat, dotting their eggs about fairly randomly.

The fully grown caterpillar is dark olive in colour, with a series of whorled spikes along the back and sides. Those on the back are reddish.

The chrysalis is pale green, with the thorax and abdomen covered in minute black dots, and is suspended by the long cremaster from stems of the foodplant.

Adult behaviour: The adults nectar at Lantana and other flowers, and also feed at fallen fruit, carrion and dung. I have seen groups of Malachites feeding on decaying fallen mangos in Costa Rica, and imbibing from gravel and tarmac roads in Peru and the Venezuelan Andes. They are usually seen flying in open sunlit areas, but I have on several occasions found them roosting beneath leaves deep in primary forest.

About this shot:
Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 1/318
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 18100/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2011-06-11 15:19
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash did not fire
File Size: 291 kb

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-11 22:49]

Hello Jesús,
The POV is perfect, the DOF and sharpness superb, to make this a fine capture of what in Trinidad is called the Bamboo Page, that I photographed with an analogue camera but not as well as this.
Thanks for this fine reminder of a wonderful butterfly experience.
Have a nice Sunday,

very beautiful butterfly Jesus ! excellent capture with wonderful details and very nice and soft colors,

have a nice day !

ciao, tino

Now what about that ... friend Luciano?!! Wow...bravo Jesus Linares!!! ;)
BRAVO ...bravo! One of those shots which makes me jump from my chair...I even
called my son Peter to see it ...and my wife too ...when my mother past she saw
it and shouted in delight! What a beauty ...what a shot ....
I am truly impressed with the execution of that capture despite the over saturated
colors here. Bravo again Jesus and well done!
George Veltchev

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-12 0:41]

Hello Jesus,
What a beautiful photo! Splendid matching colours and great sharpness. Excellent POV and composition with a very good DOF.

Ciao Jesus,non ci sono parole,questa è davvero uno spettacolo eccezzionale,sei molto fortunato a vivere in un posto del genere,la specie è bellissima e la foto è realizzata alla perfezione con totale messa a fuoco e dettagli,un nuovo grande regalo per tutti gli amici di TN.Complimenti e buona Domenica,Luciano.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-06-12 2:14]

Hi Jesus,

What a magnificent butterfly. The green colors are superb and the shot is very sharp.


Ciao Jersus, fantastica farfalla dai magnifici colori, ottima nitidezza e splendidi dettagli, bravissimo, buona Domenica, ciao Silvio

FANTASTIC photo Jesus!! The POV and the composition are excellent. The colours and the lighting are fantastic. The focus is perfect.

Very beautiful species of butterflies, Jesus. Despite age, it looks fresh and colourful.
Needless to say, it is a marvellous capture of the subject with its wings fully open.
Well done and TFS!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-06-12 7:15]

Beautiful species with bit rare green colors, good image. tfs.

Hello Jesús

Beautiful photo of this butterfly with lovely
color tones and patterns, great focus sharpness details,



No se si la publicaste ya esta antes o era una parecida.
Si hay que destacar algo por encima de todo ( y eso que hay cosas bonitas ) para mí
seria la excelente luz: a pleno sol y con esos difíciles verdes "fosforitos" casi perfectos.
Increible también los negros, ya que podemos observar los pequeños detalles de nerviaciones
en la parte superior de las alas. Consigues destacar además verde sobre verde y además
no molesta a la vista. Un trabajo en tu línea de realismo y belleza.
Saludos Jesús: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Jesus,
Wonderful capture with such impressive details and sharpness.
The clarity and the focus are perfect.
Thanks for sharing this amazing species.

Ciao Jesus. La bellezza di questa farfalla meritava tutte le migliori capacità fotografiche che possiedi. Impressionante reda dei colori. Grazie.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-06-14 11:57]

Hello Jesus,
This was certainly worth chasing, it's a fabulous butterfly even though this specimen looks a bit worn! An excellent capture in taken in difficult light but details are sharp and the colours of the butterfly natural.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-06-17 21:36]

Hello Jesus,
Green butterflies always catch my eye, probably because we don't have any around here in Ohio. The markings on this one are very attractive and the full open winged pose allows us to get a great look at it's features.
Wonderful detail and a nice semi blurred BG. Colors are well saturated and the exposure is just right. Well done!!

Hola Jésus
Des couleurs comme celles-ci, on ne les voit pas chez nous
Merci pour l'élégance de ta photo

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