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Copyright: Paula van Balen (pvb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro, 58 mm UV Hama
Exposure: f/11, 1/90 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-18 11:40
Viewed: 3642
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dryas julia (also spelled iulia), commonly called the Julia butterfly or Julia Heliconian.
The sole representative of its genus, the Julia is native from Brazil to southern Texas and Florida, and in summer can sometimes be found as far north as eastern Nebraska. Over 15 subspecies have been described. Its wingspan ranges from 82 to 92 mm, and it is colored orange (brighter in male specimens) with black markings. It feeds on the nectar of flowers including lantana and shepherd's needle (Scandix pecten-veneris), and its caterpillars form hosts in passion vines including Passiflora affinis and Passiflora lutea (the yellow passionvine) in Texas. The Julia is a fast flier and frequents clearings, paths, and margins of forests and woodlands.

De oranje passiebloemvlinder (Dryas julia, Engels: "Orange Longwing") komt algemeen voor van tropisch Zuid-Amerika en Midden-Amerika tot in het zuiden van de Verenigde Staten (zuiden van Texas en Florida). Hij behoort tot de subfamilie van de passiebloemvlinders (Heliconiinae) en is de enige soort in zijn geslacht. De vlinder heeft een spanwijdte van 7,5 - 9,5 cm. De vlinders hebben lange, smalle voorste vleugels. Mannetjes zijn feloranjebruin van kleur en hebben een een zwarte vlek op de voorste rand van de voorste vleugel. Vrouwtjes zijn valer gekleurd en missen de zwarte vlek. Aan de onderkant zijn de vlinders vaal oranjebruin van kleur met twee rode vlekken bij de vleugelbasis. De vlinders voeden zich onder andere met nectar van Lantana camara. Waardplanten van de stekelige, lichtbruine rupsen zijn onder andere Passiflora biflora, blauwe passiebloem.

I apologise for my long absence, but I have been sick and very busy at work.
This was taken in Leidschendam at butterflygarden vlinders aan de Vliet

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Hallo Paula,

Je hebt weer een mooi plaatje geschoten van een hele mooi vlinder. Wat een elegante verschijning. De hele bouw van dit beestje is zo uitgebalanceerd. Geweldig. De kleuren zijn - ondanks het oranje - toch heel fijntjes. De foto is zodanig scherp dat je de kleinste details goed kunt onderscheiden. De BG is net scherp genoeg om de bloemen te kunnen zien. Goed gedaan. Leerzame notitie. Prettige avond en tot TFS Bob

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-18 14:45]

Hi Paula

Excellent composition with great framing, focus and exposure.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-18 16:03]

Hola Paula,
preciosa macro,
bellos colores y excelente pov.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-10-18 16:19]

fantastic details and colours,thanks for share,Luciano

Nice and colorful butterfly, Paula.
Well presented in panorama view.

Hi Paula,
I hope you are now fully recovered from your illness and feeling like shooting again.
What a beautiful Butterfly. The colour is stunning and you have found one in perfect form. The photograph is as good as it gets, all the insect and some flower is in focus and sharp. The background is not distracting. The 'letterbox' format suits it well.
Very well done,
Best wishes,

Buen formato de presentación y encuadre para esta bella mariposa que yo aún no he visto nunca. Excelente enfoque e iluminación más que correcta. Bello conjunto.

Saludos Paula.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-19 3:52]

Hello Paula,
Nice to see you back and with a very fine capture of this beautiful birdwing on a pretty white flower. Lovely orange colour, great sharpness and a very fine composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-19 7:54]

Hi Paula.
What a fine unknown for me butterfly and wonderful picture. Your POV is very impressive and allows the show all beauty f the butterfly and nice scenery. I am impressed with great DOF (f/11), soft enough flash light and excellent composition. My compliments and kind regards.

Bonjour Paula
Très belle prise, couleurs, netteté et cadrage, bel individu.
Amicalement Robi

Hoi Paula,

Wat een prachtige kleuren heeft deze vlinder, en ik vind de foto erg goed. Details zien er goed uit, goeie scherpte en achtergrond.
Mooi gedaan!

Groetjes, Nel

Hi paula/rene,
Hope you are doing well and recovered completely from ur sickness. The time spent with you ppl have been best day of my stay in Netherlands :-)
This is an excellent picture and the colors are very vibrant here. I love the details on the wings and the amazing DOF.
Goutham R

Ha Paula en René,

Prachtige opname René
Compo, POV, scherpte, DOF en details zijn Perfect
de kleuren zijn schitterend en de achtergrond ziet er ook prima uit.

TFS Thijs

This picture is very mooi! It really tells me I should go to Leidenscham!

I like the photo because of the depth and the sharpness. The comment is also very interesting. I hope we will see more pictures of you in the future, again.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-26 0:38]

Hi Paula

This is a splendid macro shot from you presenting such a wonderful species of butterfly!
I really like what you managed to pull out here with this lens that i also have. I hope in the future i will also get the chance to take pictures such as this one.
The pose of this butterfly is really superb and the angle provies a great view of those impressive wings.
The details are terrific and very sharp, the exposure is very well managed, the flash work is great and finally the composition is charming.

Bravo and TFS

Hola Paula.
Excelente presentación.
Buenos colores perfectamente captados gracias a una buena iluminación.
Saludos, JL.

Hi Paula,
Another well focus, well composed photo from you! Very natural colors and excellent exposure. TFS

great macro shot Paula
interesting butterfly well focused
intense colors and just light

best regards sERGIO

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-04 8:51]

Hello Paula

A beautiful capture of this bright butterfly.
Excellent lighting and wonderful rich colours.
The textures and details are terrific.
The POV and DOF are well done.
Very good pose with the open wings.


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