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Dryadula phaetusa

Dryadula phaetusa
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-02 1:20
Viewed: 2447
Points: 38
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Photographed in the butterfly house.
Dryadula phaetusa, also known as the Banded Orange Heliconian, Banded Orange, or Orange Tiger, is a species of butterfly (an insect). The sole representative of its genus, the Banded Orange Heliconian is native from Brazil to central Mexico, and in summer it can be found rarely as far north as central Kansas. Its wingspan ranges from 86 to 89 mm, and it is colored a bright orange with thick black stripes in males, and a duller orange with fuzzier black stripes in females.
It feeds primarily on the nectar of flowers and bird droppings, and its caterpillar feeds on passion vines including Passiflora tetrastylis. It is generally found in lowland tropical fields and valleys.
This species is somewhat unpalatable to birds and belongs to the "orange" Batesian mimicry complex (Pinheiro 1996).
Prior to their mating season, males of this species congregate by the hundreds on patches of moist soil that contain mineral salts. When they cannot find such deposits, the insects visit various animals to drink salty secretions from their skin and nostrils (see the image on the left).

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Hi Sigfried..
Excellent details and colors...Very good catch like others....Nice composition...TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-02 1:35]

Hi Siggi,another great spectacle of nature taken very very perfectly.The perfect position whit the wings open is fantastic.Great sharpness and colors too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

A lovely shot, yet again, Siggi!
I love this butterfly!
Simply superb lookin!

Czesc Siegfried! Wspaniale makro, swietna ekspozycja, doskonala ostrosc, bardzo dobra, czysta kolorystyka. Klaniam sie!

Great close-up shot of this beautiful butterfly Siegfried!
TFS and regards,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-10-02 4:20]

Phantastic colors and very good details! Very interesting species!

hello Siegfried
very good details and great sharpness
beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

Ciao Siegfried. Best compliments for this magnifcent coloured butterfly. Great details and top light. Great work.


Hello Siegfried,
another splendid picturee from the butterfly house, very good sharpness and vivid colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

Hello Siegfried,
a good idea from you this tropical butterflies!
I have also a range from these species.
good pov and detail and fine colours.Where are this taken?


Hi MF Siggi,

An expertly taken macro capture of this beauty -novelty for me!- from top POV with excellent clarity, great DOF and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice WE MF!


Ciao Siggi, fantastic butterfly with splendid colors, superb macro with excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Siggi,

A fantastic capture with brilliant coloration patterns, sharpness & very fine details. Excellent POV, pose & BG.

Very well done & TFS.

Best wishes & regards


Hello Siegfried, beautiful shot of this wonderful butterfly in a fine composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-02 10:41]
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Hello Siegfried,
I was also there in Kwadendamme, a nice butterfly house.
You took some very good photos there, like this one. Excellent sharp details, beautiful natural colours and a good POV and pose.
Have a great weekend,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-10-02 10:42]

Hello Siegfried, perfect close-up shot.
TFS and R's,

Hallo Siegfried,

Very well done macro capture of the butterfly with wonderful clarity and great details!
The colors are perfectly natural and especially, I like the textures on the wings of the butterfly. The POV and DOF are well managed. The green leaf as the BG is wonderful and gives great contrast to the subject. Lovely composition!

Have a nice weekend.

best regards,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-10-02 11:57]

Slav Sgg,
A wonderful close up of this beatiful butterfly in nice position.Nice colors and perfect sharpness.Very well composed.TFS.

Hello Siegfried
superbe shot of this Banded Orange, great pose on his grass or leaf
wonderful contrasting colors and pin sharp details, nice blurred BG
Have a good night

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