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Geranium Bronze of 2009

Geranium Bronze of 2009
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Copyright: Horia Scubli (horias) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Horia's favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-05 4:46
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Geranium Bronze
Cacyreus marshalli

Distribution: South Africa. Arrived in Europe in the early 1990s and has spread around the S European coasts from Portugal to Italy. In France it extends to Lyon where it is common throughout the city, at least in 2006. Almost certain to extend further east and possibly north - records from the southern slopes of the Alps indicate it may establish itself in Valais, Switzerland and similarly from Lyon perhaps moving into Geneve. Recorded from further north, as far as S England. Probably importations with the larval foodplant account for these records. Also recorded from Morocco, around the city of Tarroudant.

Identification: Distinctive. The underside markings are quite unlike any other European butterfly - brown ground colour with white blotches and lines. Strongly chequered fringes and a long tail on the hindwing.

Flight time: All year, given warm conditions. I've found in May in S France and commonly in October in S Spain and Lyon, France. Larval food plant wild and cultivated Pelargonium.

Habitat: Dry grassy places and urban gardens.

Behaviour: Rarely opens its wings when taking nectar, but will show its uppersides when basking in sunshine, usually on leaves or grasses.

Additional notes: Presumed to have arrived from South Africa on imported Pelargonium plants. Frequently found around habitations.

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Ciao Horia, beautiful collage of nice macros, in each fine details, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Horia,

Woh! no words! is a beautiful butterfly! it's great that you have made this collection of good photos. Thank you! I was very interested in the Lycaena are really beautiful and interesting butterflies.


Hello Horia!
Watching you pictures from Morocco I can see that for butterflies the best period to visit this country is the end of year. I was in Morocco in April (looking for tiger beetles) and there was no too many Lepidoptera (even if I saw a lot).
Collage is very unique and colourful - I really like it. All pictures are perfectly choosen to show variability among this species and its different poses.
Anyway, have you seen some beetles too? Maybe some Cicindelidae beetles? ;>
All the best from Poland,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-05 5:29]

Mister specialist in familia fluturilor,
superb colaj.
Uite ca "moda" colajelor a prins cit de cit. Parerea mea este ca ai mai mult de lucru la un colaj decit la o poza normala, dar rezultatul este mult mai bun. Posibilitatea sa "lipesti" mai multe imagini la un loc ... si per asamblu sa obtii un tot ... este mult mai buna decit o poza unde vezi numai o mica parte din intreg.
Excelent conceput si redat, felicitarile mele calduroase.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-05 5:41]

So many images of the same species, beautiful one. My pick is the one at the bottom left on red flower, fine collage. tfs.

Hello Horia,

An excellent & beautiful collage with lovely colors, sharpness & details. Well done & presented. TFs & regards.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-05 6:50]

Hello Horia,
A lovely collage showing this pretty little butterfly from different angles. Great sharpness and beautiful colours and backgrounds in all. I like the flowers too!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-05 7:07]

Hello Horia,
Another very beautiful collage in a great composition. All photos are sharp and colourful. Very interesting.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-01-05 7:29]

Frumos collage, fiecare cliseu este foarte bine realizat!
Multumesc pentru urari de bine, si eu iti doresc la fel!
Numai bine,

hello Horia

excellent photomontage of these beautiful butterflies and their flowers,
with on each photo, fine POV, fine focus sharpness details,
beautiful luminosity and colour tones, TFS


Dear Horia
A very aesthetic pleasing collage; every individual photo a technically perfect image!

Good variation of colours,flowers and movement - lively but not too busy i.e. a truly perfect montage!

A true documentary, and I add it to my theme "Animal Behaviour"

I wish you a good 2010
Kind regards

hello Horia
supe sharpness collage with great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hi Horia,
I love your collage - and I love this cute butterfly, so many excellent shots - and together it's wonderful, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Horia,
Excellent collage with this beautiful Lycaenidae. All the photos are very sharp, with nice lighting. TFS,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-05 12:18]

Hi Horia. A fine set of pictures of this butterfly. Each one taken with good detail and natural colours. The colourful flowers help to set them of. All layed out so well TFS.

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-01-05 12:19]

Gonden Medal for these Geranium Bronze MF Horia!
I only can say congratulations for each one in this great collage.
Best wishes,

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-05 12:24]

Hello Horia.

You show us a great overview of this butterfly.
Each picture looks great.
Very well done and thank you for sharing it.

Gr. Hans

hello Horia,
beautiful presentation with very fine every photo, the colors output is splendid!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-05 13:23]

Hello Horia.
Beautiful presentation.This is a lovely collection and it it is very well presented.All of your subject are sharp with lovely colors.Also very good note.
Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-05 15:02]

Hi Horia,this butterfly is very important for me...in this summer i found for the first time in my region this specie..and was a great scoop.Obviously i think that in Morocco is most common as i can see...and you show us a fantastic collage made in the best quality as possible.My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-05 16:12]

Hi Horia,

Another gorgeous collage! A wonderful collection of the Geranium Bronze is a nice variety of positions. Each picture is excellent with beautiful colors and details. I just saw your picture of the VW Beetle. Our 1966 VW Fastback is still my favorite even though I have driven fancier cars since then.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-05 23:47]

Hi Horia,
Beautiful captures of this butterfly.Each frame is crisp clear and well composed.Excellent collage!
Thanks for posting..

Hallo Horia
Due to minor surgery done to my foot, my time is restricted in front of the computer; I do however want to compliment you on this collage of lovely the Geranium Bronze butterfly. Each individual image is a show piece by itself. I do however fancy the one in the left hand bottom corner on the red mesem. It is a beautiful collection of images. Best regards.

Hello Horia,
a very beautiful collage showing very well this splendid and darmful butterfly, all pictures are very beautiful with marvellous colours, very well done.
Best regards

Buna Horia,
Am cam lipsit si nu am avut ocazia sa te felicit pentru acest colaj excelent prezentat.
Culori, lumina si detalii superbe. O foarte bune prezentare a speciei.

Hola Horia,
creía que esta especie solo era parásita de las geraniáceas, pero veo que va a multitud de especies :-)
Excelente trabajo.

Un saludo: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Horia,
One more great year collage. Super picture.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-06 4:26]

Hello Horia,
A second butterfly-dance, this time with the cute Geranium Bronze!
Very well done your assemblage,full of light and life. Yes, I'm sure it will be soon in Valais, having already reched the North of Italy. Amazing expansion of a little butterfly!
Kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-06 4:40]

Hi Horia,
superbs collage in great colours and lively collection.
So well taken in different flowers presentation.
Indeed very eciting composition.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-06 6:02]

Hello Horia,
Another excellent well arranged collage, this time of the Geranium Bronze, each image is of high quality and shows nice different aspects of thi lycaenid butterfly.
Thanks and best regards,

Hello Horia
nother great collage, this time with Geranium bronze, so many different pose and POV, each one is beautiful, sharp and posed on another flower or plant, all in one, a superb composition !
Have a good night

What a lovely composition!!!
Super in DETAILS too.
Very sharp.
Loved all the multi colours.
Highly educative notes.
Friendly greetings from,

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