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Fountainea ryphea CRAMER,1775

Fountainea ryphea  CRAMER,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: 2012-02-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D3100, Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S 1:4-5.6 G ED DX VR, Tiffen 52mm UV Protector
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-21 5:19
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Flamingo Leafwing - Fountainea ryphea - (CRAMER,1775)

Hello TN friends!

Well, today I finally posting again in TN! ... I like it!



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Rhopalocera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Charaxinae
Tribe: Anaeini
Genus: Fountainea (Rydon, 1971)
Specific name: ryphea

General: The tribe Anaeini comprises of 87 neotropical species in the genera Coenophlebia, Consul, Anaea, Polygrapha, Memphis, Siderone, Fountainea and Zaretis. The butterflies are characterised by having a very rapid and strong flight. They have stout bodies, falcate wings, and on the upper surface are generally black, marked with bands or patches of orange, bright red, or lustrous blue according to species. The undersides of all species in the Anaeini are cryptically patterned in mottled brown tones, and bear a very strong resemblance to dead leaves.
There are 8 species in the genus Fountainea, all of which are restricted to the neotropical region. The hindwings of most species usually have short tails, in both sexes, but in the males of ryphea and sosippus these are vestigial or absent.
In some races of Fountainea ryphea the males have a beautiful purple sheen across the wings, but this can only be seen from certain angles.
This species occurs in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Trinidad, Colombia, Guyana, Surinam, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru and Bolivia.

Habitats: This species breeds in lowland primary and secondary rainforest, and in moist deciduous forests at altitudes between sea level and about 1000m.

Lifecycle: The eggs are white, and laid singly on the foliage of the foodplants.
The fully grown caterpillar is green, with paler longitudinal lines along the back, and lightly marbled with reddish brown and white along the sides. It has a large head that is adorned with a pair of short horns. The caterpillar lives within a cell made by rolling up a leaf and securing it with fine silk. It feeds on Croton - a tree in the Euphorbiaceae.
The chrysalis is suspended by the cremaster from a stem or leaf. It is pale greenish, with the wing cases edged with pale yellow. The head and thorax form a barrel shaped section, and the abdominal segments are highly compressed, forming a short cone.

Adult behaviour: The butterflies are usually seen singly, often as the sole Fountainea species amidst a mixed group of Memphis, Doxocopa and Taygetis species that have aggregated to feed at dung or rotting fruit on the forest floor. Males also visit sewage seepages and river beaches to imbibe mineralised water.

The flight and general behaviour is similar to that of other Charaxine genera. They tend to remain settled on foliage or on the ground for long periods. If disturbed they fly up, circle around briefly, and then settle on the foliage of a nearby tree. After a while, they descend cautiously over a period of several minutes, in a series of steps, often settling on leaves that are in dappled sunlight. At such times they often bask with wings half open. Eventually they return to ground level, and sometimes flit about, fanning their wings for a few moments, before closing them. Once settled with wings closed they are confident in the disguise afforded by their "dead-leaf" undersides, and will remain stationary for many minutes.

About this shot:
Model: NIKON D3100
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 10/10000 sec
F-Stop: f/8.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 800
Focal Length: 200 mm
Date Taken: 2012-02-20 15:27
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 239 kb

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-02-21 5:29]

Ciao Jesus,sono contento di rivederti anche se ho gia' visto le foto su facebook,una macro spettacolare di una farfalla che sta facendo camouflage..ehehe..qualita' impressionante dei dettagli e colori! Buona giornata e complimenti,Luciano

Ciao Jesus,
bentornato con questa magnifica macro fi una splendida farfalla, straordinaria nitidezza per una piacevolissima composizione
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-21 6:20]

Hello Jesus,
very lovely and exciting brown on green background. Razor sharp and very attractive.
Well presented in excellent skills.


Hola amigo Jesus!
Acabo de ver essa linda borboleta no Fbook!mas quero deixar aqui meu comentário,é sempre um enorme prazer "ver" você por aqui depois de tanto tempo!Espero que não se va novamente!São pessoas como você que fazem com que mereça a pena continuar a postar nossas fotos no site.
Sabe o que notei agora mesmo? Que o padrão do olha da borboleta é o mesmo das asas!!!!Isso é totalmente novo para mim!!!! Wow!
Belo trabalho,Jesus! Parabens mil vêzes!!!E obrigada por vir aqui de novo! Com suas lindas e despretenciosas fotos.Simples como você!
Um abraço grande!

Hello Jesus,
Excellent photo fo this Butterfly, very nice colors and composition, TFS!

Perfectly situated against a clear background, nicely composed, good detail, excellent focus and exposure.
Indeed, it looks just like a dead leaf.
regards yiannis

Nice to see a new photo from you Jesus!
Fantastic photo with excellent composition, beautiful BG, wonderful colors and impressive sharpness!

Hi Jesus,
very nice photo of this butterfly. Amazing colours. Perfect sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing,

hello Jesus
thanks for the nice comments
and here a good camouflage butterfly
great details and super sharpness picture
the colours anf light are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-02-21 11:45]

Ciao Jesus,
bentornato! L'immagine che ci presenti è splendida!
La nitidezza è super come la composizione;perfetta la luce e bellissimi i colori; molto gradevole lo sfondo pulito. Complimenti!
Un saluto

Ciao Jesus, grande ritorno con un'altra fantastica bellezza a me sconosciuta, ma quante specie diverse avete in Venezuela?
Macro al solito di grande qualità, splendida nitidezza, magnifici colori e fantastici 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)
  • [2012-02-21 12:40]

Hello Jesus.
Beautiful species and great photo! The composition, the BG, the lighting, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Jesus. Ritorni tra noi con uno spettacolo di foto. Qualità sopraffina amico mio! Complimenti.


Hello Jesús

Excellent photo with very fine POV, DOF and framing,
great focus sharpness and details, beautiful light,
very beautiful background, TFS


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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-02-22 8:53]

Preciosa y especial esta mariposa, tiene unas texturas marrones que hacen un juego precioso con el posadero, hasta los puntitos de sus ojos son marrones. Tiene gran nitidez y la composición con el espacio delante y el fondo plano y suave la hacen una gran foto. Enhorabuena. un saludo.

Hello Jesus,
Wonderful image of a lovely butterfly. Excellent clarity and very good focus!
Outstanding composition with brilliant colors and sharp details.
The clarity and POV are great.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-02-22 9:18]

Ciao Jesus!
Bello rivedere ancora una tua foto: macro dai dettagli strepitosi. Ottimo il POV che da un effetto 3D alla farfalla.
Graziosa l'ombra della farfalla sulla foglia. Superbo sfondo sfumato.
ciao! Vanda
P.S.grazie del commento al mio ultimo post.:)

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