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Urbanus dorantes

Urbanus dorantes
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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: 2011-06-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-23 15:54
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Points: 38
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Lilac-banded Longtail - (Urbanus dorantes)

Hello friends!

I've been since 2009 photographing this butterfly in this kind of flowers this year for the first time, these flowers were born in my garden and not on the mountain. I brought seeds of this plant to my house in 2010, during the dry season, I cultivated the seeds until they germinate in small bags of potting soil, now I have five large plants with red flowers in my garden and I am saving seeds again. I do not know the ID of this plant, but I have the ID of the skipper this reappears every year in my region.



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Rhopalocera
Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Eudaminae
Genus: Urbanus
Species: U. dorantes
Binomial name: Urbanus dorantes (Stoll, [1790])

Introduction: The Lilac-banded Longtail or Dorantes Longtail (Urbanus dorantes) is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found from Argentina, north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to southern Texas and peninsular Florida. Strays can be found as far north as northern California, southern Arizona, southern Missouri and southern Georgia.
Dorantes Longtail (Urbanus dorantes) ventral (1).jpg

The wingspan is 37-51 mm. There are three to four generations throughout the year in southern Florida and southern Texas.

The larvae feed on various legumes, including wild and cultivated Phaseolus species, Desmodium and blue peas Clitoria. Adults feed on flower nectar from various plants, including shepherd's needle, lantana, trilisa, ironweed and bougainvillea.

About this shot:
Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 1/1002
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 16100/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2011-06-12 09:58
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash did not fire
File Size: 274 kb

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Wow amigo Jesús!Que bela foto! La mariposa ( skipper ?) está muy especial nesta tu tomada! Los ojos...que fabulosos están! Los colores ...fuertes como nustro sol. La flor me parece ser GERBERA... Se quieres puedes mirar en el Google y ver se es mismo esa flor.
Un abrazo y bravo por esa tu foto!

Interesting long tail on this skipper. Excellent photograph, perfect detailed, nice colours and background. regards yiannis

Hello Jesus
Interesting species and beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Interesting species with this charismatic swallow tail ...at least strange for me, friend Jesus! How are you? Good! Pin sharp focus on the skipper and amazing clarity on its wings. Good! The chosen point of view, can not be better in my opinion! What a breathtaking depth of field! Good!

P.S. Have you seen the reviews for the ever growing four/third mirrorless cameras.This maybe a good cheaper alternative to the APS-C DSLR's! ..the lenses are smaller, and cheaper and most models has a sensor equal to the above bigger brothers!
George Veltchev

wow, simply beautiful picture, excellent colors, light and details in your picture Jesus, very good definition too for this wonderful skipper,

have a nice week end,

un caro saluto, tino

Ciao Jesus, deliziosa esperidae dalla lunga coda sopra un fantastico fiore dai magnifici colori, macro di gran bellezza, ottimi dettagli e splendida nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-24 1:19]

Ciao Jesus,una specie davvero particolare e catturata alla perfezione,impressionanti dettagli e magnifica composizione sul fiore coloratissimo! Complimenti e buona giornata,LUCIANO

wonderful clarity, sharpness and contrast. great image. thanks for sharing.

Great shot with beautiful natural colours and excellent light. Great work.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Vijeesh

hello Jesus
very good sharpness and nice details
the colours and compo are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hello Jesús:

Vivid capture of this long-tailed skipper. Practice really does make perfect. Wonderful POV, excellent sharpnes & just an overall very pleasing composition. Very well taken!

Kind regards,

Ciao Jesus. Ottimo POV dal basso ed estrma nitidezza per la farfalla con l'occhio perfettamante a fuoco. Eccellenti luce colori.


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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-06-24 5:03]

Hello Jesus, shot with beautiful and natural colors, fine details, good sharpness and splendid light.

Preciosos conjunto Jasús; no se si la habías publicado antes pero me suena la especie.
Buen formato y control mde la luz.
Saludops: J. Ignasi.

Ciao Jesus,
una bellissima macro, straordinaria nitidezza e fantastici colori, non hai bisogno di un tele per fare magnifiche fotografie, questa č fantastica, ma anche tutte le altre sono bellissime, ognuno di noi deve saper lavorare bene con l'attrezzatura a disposizione
Grazie e complimenti
Buon fine di settimana
Ciao Maurizio

Hello Jesús

Beautiful photo of this insect over his flower,
shot with fine low POV, beautiful light,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-06-24 12:00]

Hi Jesus.
Excellent macro shot of this interesting butterfly. beautiful bright colors and precise focus on all details on butterfly. I like composition with perfect POV. Congratulation and thanks for sharing.
Have a nice weekend
Regards Milos

PS: The flower looks really pretty. I think that to designate the kind, it would be good that you share the whole her picture. There are many users expert on flowers here na TN, they might help ;-)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-25 7:07]

Hello Jesus,
Excellent photo in very beautiful colours and taken from a fantastic POV in a great composition. Very sharp detailed against a beautiful blurred BG.

Hello Jesus,
wonderful capture of this butterfly sitting on this beautiful red flower. I especially like the good light and the fantastic colours. Good sharpness of the butterfly with many details. The nicely blurred background completes the outstanding compositon.
Best wishes,

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