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Feeding time!

Feeding time!
Photo Information
Copyright: Elizabeth Laden (eladen) Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 0 N: 17] (46)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-04
Categories: Insects, Desert, Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-09 18:35
Viewed: 4456
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dryas iulia (incorrectly spelled julia), commonly called the Julia butterfly or Julia Heliconian, is a species of butterfly. 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; this species is somewhat unpalatable to birds and belongs to the "orange" Batesian mimic complex (Pinheiro 1996).

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.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-06-09 19:54]

Another great image, very sharp, composed well and I like the blurred BG. Very unusual looking eyes it has.
Now I only wish I could see it's wings, because I'm sure they are gorgeous too.
Well done!!

Ciao Liz, a very nice colours in your shot!
I like it.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-14 7:44]

Hello Elizabeth,
This is a most unusual view of a butterfly! As a composition it is great, focus is excellent, details of butterfly and flower very sharp and the colours are lovely. A fine soft background too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Good shot of the butterfly as well as of the flower! I do like the warm colors. The cropping is a bit unusual, but who knows what made it necessary.

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