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Electrostrymon sangala

Electrostrymon sangala
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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: 2009-08-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-14 10:42
Viewed: 3395
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At the beginning of August, some mornings repletes of a brilliant and generous sun, allowed me to take some pictures endeavoring less than it usual. This small lycaenida was taken with ISO 80, F 2.8 and 1/1250s of shutter. Is not common that has so much light as to use these values. Also, had not wind, and something of dew was still on the bloom where the insect is put down. Definitively, conditions were very good... until the butterfly wanted to pose!

Ruddy Hairstreak!

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies (excluding skippers))
Family Lycaenidae (Gossamer Winged Butterflies)
Subfamily Theclinae (Hairstreaks)
Genus Electrostrymon
Species sangala (Ruddy Hairstreak)

Other Common Names:

Endymion Hairstreak

Synonyms and other taxonomic changes:

Electrostrymon endymion
Electrostrymon hugon


Underwings nearly identical to Dusky Blue Groundstreak, but upperwings golden-orange to rusty brown.

Mexico south through Brazil, with rare strays to the LRGV of Texas.

Forest edges

flower nectar

Life Cycle:
Caterpillars have been reared in captivity on leaves of Retama (Parkinsonia aculeata) but some sources cite Coral Bean (Erythrina herbacea) flowers as the host.

Internet References:




Size 3/4-7/8" (19-22 mm). Small. Golden-orange above with brown at base, costa, and margin. Gray below with postmedian band black, white, and red; thin, dark submarginal band and prominent red spot and blue patch by HW tail.

Similar Species:

Olive Hairstreak green below. Red-banded and Dusky Blue hairstreaks both black and blue above.
Life Cycle Unknown.

Flight Multiple broods; April-May, August, and November-December.

Habitat Tropical and subtropical forest edges and scrub.

Range S. Brazil straying rarely into S. Texas.

Discussion The Ruddy Hairstreak is one of many neotropical butterflies that may occasionally be found in the southernmost extremities of North America. It used to be called the Endymion Hairstreak, named for a shepherd in Greek mythology lulled into perpetual sleep by the moon - hardly a suitable namesake for this flighty and alert butterfly.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-08-14 11:06]

This I call a good capture!
Wonderful colors, great sharp, good job!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-08-14 11:07]

Hi Jesus,the butterflies of the Lycaenidae family are my passion....and i must say thanks at you for this fantastic specie.And what a top quality pic,in particular the details of the wings are wonderfulllll!!And all the composition is very nice whit the drops on the flower.My greats compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2009-08-14 11:18]

HI Jesus, perfect macro of this beautiful butterfly. Very well composed.
Regards Rose

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-14 11:58]

Hello Jesus,
Wonderful photo of this butterfly in perfect sharp details, fantastic. Beautiful contrasting and clear colours. Great composition, POV and OOF BG.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-14 12:13]

Hello Jesús,
You used excellent camera settings for your compact to achieve superb sharpness of this Hairsteak as well as a fine OOF natural BG.
The composition on petals of this flower is superb.
A fine image of a species that I think is new for TN!
Congratulations, thanks and have a good weekend,

Hola Jesús,

Wow, one of the best shot I have today seen on TN! Te butterfly looks so adorable with wonderful natural colors and the placing of the butterfly on the right side of the frame is just awesome. The colors of the flower and the BG, collectively give a great contrast to the butterfly's colors and textures. The eyes and antennae are well shown. Simply perfect composition!

Wishing you a great weekend ahead.

thanks and regards,
Paras Bhalla

... buen fin de semana para tí también Jesús.

Preciosa tu toma; muchos con cámaras compactas nos dais mil vueltas a los de las reflex jeje solo hay que ver el precioso trabajo que nos presentas, con unas texturas admirables y atractivas en las alas y unos colores fieles y elegantes en el conjunto. Buena también la luz y el encuadre.
Hoy fotografié una muy parecida que aún tengo que id. ya la publicaré otro dia, tengo material para años jaja.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

ciao Jesus!
una macro di licenide davvero ben composta,dove i dettagli della piccola farfalla sono bene definiti come le goccioline di rugiada sul fiore,che vengono aspirate con la sua piccola spirotromba...buon ferragosto

hello Jesús

beautiful butterfly photo, with fine POV and framing,
suberp focus on the subject with great sharpness
and details, and beautiful luminosity, TFS


Hi Jesus

Great shot of this hairstreak, a species I have not seen before. Good sharpness, details and composition. I like the dew on the flower too.


Hola Jesús:

Gracias por tu instructivo comentario a mi foto de la libélula.
No se nunca que valores aplicar al hacer fotos, lo hago o por intuición o automáticamente, soy un autodicata que lo poco que sabe lo ha ido aprendiendo gracias a todos los compañeros.

Tu foto es mpreciosa, la protagonista tiene una definición en las alas inmejorable, se aprecian todas sus teturas. Execlente trabajo, para que vean algunos de lo que es capaz una compacta. Se puede decir que yo la reflex la tengo olvidada.

Un cordial saludo

Hello Jesus
you was lucky to bee able to capture so a beautiful butterfly and with the best weather condition, the sharpness, the colors, the POV and the composition are excellent and the dew droplets are a nice bonus of this picture
Have a great sunday

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