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Spotted Jezebel

Spotted Jezebel
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Australia, Invertebrates and fungi of the Sydney region 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-15 5:38
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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Another cold and miserable weekend in Sydney so I draw again from my archives.
Here I present a pair of mating Spotted Jezebel (Delias aganippe) from the family Pieridae. Many jezebel species have an underside pattern that is very colourful and this species is no different.
The Spotted Jezebel has a large distribution through the open woodlands of south eastern and south western Australia. They are a highly nomadic species with adults moving in search of flowering miseltoe. In the greater Sydney area, they are often associated with Swamp She-oak (Casuarina glauca), which is what they are perched on here.
They fly for ten months of year, only being absent in June and July; our winter. Two generation occur annually.
They have a wingspan of 62mm and are often observed fluttering about the tops of trees. Only in the very early morning do they seem to come down the ground level and indeed this pair we shot at 8am, but I was very happy with the result.

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Perfect symphony of colours in this image of mating butterflies, Chris.
TFS and regards.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-15 6:07]

Hello Chris,
What a fabulous splash of colours, just like a modern painting!! Excellent capture of this pair both sharply in focus and showing great details against the contrasting background. Very interesting to see these and well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Those are amazingly coloured butterflies Chris.
A great capture of them together,
That Swamp She-Oak looks very much like Horsetail.
Is it related do you know?

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-15 7:09]

Hello Chris,
Superb colours in the thumbnail inspire further viewing to reveal a fine capture of a couple of pairing Spotted Jezebels. Great POV, sharpness and composition.
TFS this beauty,

Hello Chris,

Excellent picture of this couple of colourful butterflies. Beautiful composition. Excellent POV, DOF and focus. Excellent light and colours.

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  • tigy (98)
  • [2008-06-15 7:58]

Nice butterflies, nice color, nice moment. I just can say : perfect
Good job


Hi Chris,
a truly remarkable shot from Australia. Butterflies are colorful in general, but these ... You got them in an excellent composition with the diagonal cattail stalks. And not only is the sight something else, it' also seems to be a "First time" species on TN. My congratulations, Chris.
Best regards

beautiful colors of this mating couple. i love the composition and the dof.excellent pic! in spite of distrubances in the BG

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-06-15 9:54]

hello sir,
Fantstic picture of this jezebel pair. lovely details. good compo,

Spettacolare macro di queste coloratissime farfalle in accoppiamento, eccellenti POV e composizione per la posa "acrobatica", ottime nitidezza e definizione, magnifici i colori e BG. grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Chris,
Very nice photo with this unusual butterflies for me. Amazing colours. Very well done. Best regards,

These butterflies seems a palette of colours!
Great shot, good composition and sharpness.



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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-06-15 12:56]

Hi Chris!

You present us a beautiful butterfly picture. The colours are superb, the moment is delicate. I'm also impressed by the richness of the details. Moreover, the shapes and patterns of the plants they are hanging on are magnificient, too and suit the composition very well.

Kind regards


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-15 21:38]

Hello Chris, Superb colors. Excellent POV of this mating butterflies. Lovely composition. Ganesh

Hi Chris
Nice work from the archives! A lovely colourful image with these two butterflies in an unusual pose. Nicely composed and well framed.

Hi Chris,
Perfect macro capture of these beautifully coloured & paterned butterflies with superb clarity, wonderful DOF and POV. Colours are extremly beautiful my friend! Many thanks fotr sharing this beauty which is new for me too.
Best regards,


Beautiful colors - Excellent job of this Chris!
Their coloration is remarkable. I like the swamp "She-oak" they're perched on, and it's overall effect throughout the image..
Very good exposure, colors, DOF, and details.

Hello Chris this is very good colours are amazing and you captured a special moment also.details are fine. A beautifull closeup. sorry p.t.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-17 8:04]

Hi Chris,
Beautiful photo with a very good pose. Details and colors are lovely. TFS
All the best,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-17 9:50]

Hi Chris,
Outstanding shot of these mating Spotted Jezebel with such wonderful colours and details on their wings. They looks so gorgeous and beautiful. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

Composizione e colori bellissimi! Complimenti!

Ciao e grazie, Emanuele

Hi Chris,
wooow, what a nice and intense colours on this butterfly couple! Good mating action and BG.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Chris,
spectacular image, perfectly approached, perfectly well handled exposure and light. A pleasure to see.
Stunningly colourful members of the family of Whites.
Looking very poisonous - pretenders?
My congratulations! With thanks, and best regards,

very nice capture, TFS Ori

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