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Tiger Longwing #1

Tiger Longwing #1
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Copyright: Ken Slade (Ken52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of middle America, Alex99 favorite shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-04 18:41
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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In late March, I visited the “Butterflies In the Garden” exhibit at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden. I saw many butterflies from around the world. This was one of my favorites.

Tiger Longwing (Heliconius hecale)

This butterfly occurs from Mexico to the Peruvian Amazon.

The longwing butterflies have unusually long lifespans and high fecundity rates, which largely result from their augmented diet. Instead of surviving on food stores from the larval stage or solely sipping flower nectar, adult longwing butterflies are avid pollen eaters. These trait make them eminently suitable for butterfly farming and butterfly gardening. Also, Adult Longwings may live for several months, much longer than most butterflies.

The longwing butterflies are also known as Heliconians. They are brightly colored butterflies with long forewings. Once placed in their own family, they are now considered closely related to the fritillaries. Larvae of most longwings feed on passion vines, and this host plant imparts noxious chemicals to the larvae which are carried over to the adult butterflies. This relationship is identical to the monarch butterflies' reliance on its host plant, milkweed, for defense. Predators find these chemicals distasteful and avoid eating the butterflies.

This butterfly emits a pungent odor from glands at the tip of the abdomen when disturbed.

Source: http://www.cirrusimage.com/butterfly_photos_WORLD.htm

Aperture = f5.6
Shutter = 1/200s
ISO = 400
Focal Length = 210mm
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens

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I love the brilliant colors on this - it's what caught my attention. They clash, yet they meld - like they belong. The lighting on the butterfly really seems to enforce just how fragile they are, and yet beautiful too. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-05-04 18:55]

Hi Ken , beautiful work here , the color is so vivid , nice sharpness and composition to , TFS.



Hi Ken,

a perfect perching just waiting for you to capture her in stylish pose. great colours & sharpness. very well done.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-05-04 21:55]

Hi Ken,
A very dramatic pose!
Brilliant colors, and excellent sharpness.
The bluish BG really shows off both the butterfly and the flowers very well.
We did see a lot of those longwings in Costa Rica.
Great shot. TFS. : )

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-05 0:01]

Hi Ken,
Beautiful macro shot.I liked POV,vivid colors and use of backlight very much.
Thanks for posting!

Hi Ken
Beautiful colours, great sharpness and lovely lighting. Nice composition too...thanks for sharing!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-05 5:02]

Hi Ken,
This indeed is a beautiful butterfly and you have used the natual lighting very skillfully. There is a certain glow on those wings and makes them look so gorgeous. Very impressive sharpness and colours and a classic pose captured on those charming tiny flowers. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-05 8:48]

Hello Ken,
Superb photo in perfectly saturated and contrasting colours. Excellent sharpness and composition. Very beautiful BG.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-05 9:28]

Hi Ken.
You had a very nice opportunity to see and picture amazing butterflies as this one. I am impressed with the shot a lot. Fantastic colour palette, composition of the shot is superb as well as the DOF, wonderful sharpness of the beautiful butterfly and so fine flowers. I like romantic BG too. Well done and best regards.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-05-05 12:45]

Hola Ken,
bella captura y colorido pov...
excelente realización.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-05-05 13:32]

salut Ken,
très belle image de ce papillon, il a fier allure. Bon choix du pov en contre plongée pour la gestion de la transparence, bonnes couleurs.

well done my friend.


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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2008-05-05 15:47]

Hi Ken ,
This is such a beautiful butterfly!
The sharpness and details are amazing, great vivid colours. The blured bg really makes the subject stand out.
Well done

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-05-07 20:36]

Hola Ken.
Muy bello Macro. Hermosos los colores de las alas de la mariposa, que resaltan gracias a la iluminacio natural. La pose exelente para la presentacion.
Fino Macro Ken.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-07 21:23]

Hello Ken

Wow! What a beauty,
The colours are superb,and the focus and sharpness are spot on.
Excellent POV and DOF.
A lovely capture.


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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-05-12 19:40]

Perfect composition here. Technially all is great, nothing to critique really. I love the semitransparent of its wings with the sun light, it glows with brilliant colors and you captured it well. Thanks for sharing. Once again. Have a great night.

Hi Ken,
a very elegant pose that is showing both sides of wings plus the head from an unusual and very effective point of view. I love the rich amount of light and the very pleasant feeling of transparency. The dynamical composition looks very lively. A slight cropping at the left border might even further enhance the vibrant drive. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-07-07 8:53]

very beautiful! i like your pov! nice composition and great colors. tfs

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-09-04 20:24]

Hello Ken,
such a beautiful posture and great colours of this tiger.
Really a fascinating insect, you captured it very well.
Well composition with the beautiful flowers well shown too. it adds an interest to the already impressive shot.


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