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Cacyreus marshall

Cacyreus marshall
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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: 2009-11-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Exposure: f/16, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Horia's favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-03-05 22:44
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.

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Buna Horia,
Gorgeous macro with fantastic lights, blurred bg and composition. A pity the right wings became a little oof, otherwise a top class photo. Bravo. Please, if You have a pic with open-winged pose, post that one once also, I never saw this species before and You made me curious.
Tfs, have a nice weekend, László

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-05 23:43]

Hello Horia.
A fine macro showing off the wonderful colors and shadings of the wings. Excellent details of the entire butterfly. Lovely pose on the dry flower, a perfect background and composition.Best regards Siggi

hello Horia,
very beautifully composed with splendid background scene, the light and the colors output are great!
"keep photographing!" TFS

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-03-05 23:54]

Interesnat compozitia, culorile frumoase si naturale si bg curat care scot bine in evidenta subiectul
Numai bine

Hello Horia,
Fantastic capture, with a great composition and back light. I like specially the harmony of bronze tones. Have a nice weekend,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-06 1:12]

Hello Horia,
Very nice photo in splendid light and colours. The matching blurred BG is fantastic. Good sharpness, details, POV and composition.

Dear Horia!

Your picture simply is superb. I especially like the unity of the colour tones and the particular point of view, highlighted by the diagonal composition. The nicely blurred background highlights the butterfly and the plant at best. Your notes also are interesting and instructive.

Kind regards


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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-03-06 1:47]

Hello Horias.

A wonderfull capture of this butterfly.
Splendid colors and a great composition in wich the butterfly is very sharp.
I like it very much.

Gr. Hans

Hi Horia,
A stunning butterfly image,well exposed good focus showing great details.Interesting perspective and nice contrsting BG.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-03-06 3:29]

Hello Horia,
This one is a very subtle picture! The light, the color-combination and the composition are so well chosen. The colors of the Geranium Bronze and of the plant are almost identical. Very beautiful posting!
Have a nice weekend you and Mariana
Kind regards

Ciao Horia, lovely little butterfly against a beautiful blurry BG, splendid sharpness and fine details, beautiful light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-03-06 3:59]

Hi Horia.
What a nice picture and harmonic colour palette. Both dry plant and butterfly create a wonderful and pleasantly looking composition. DOF and details are perfect and absolutely smooth BG is great canvas for main subject. Well done and TFS.

Hi Horia

Fine shot of this species i have not seen before. Your note is informative. Interesting POV. Good sharpness.


Hello Horia,
a very beautiful picture of the Geranium Bronze taken with superb sharpness and lighting, marvellous colours, a very nice composition.
Have a good Sunday
Ciao Maurizio

Ciao Horia. Another unknown for me with intrigant light and transparencies in a elegant environment. Excellent compo. TFS.


Hi Horia,
Impressive. I like a lot of these butterflies. I think this is one of the best photos of Lycaenids I've seen so far. It has art, light, definition, eloquence. Very good, very well maintained. Congratulations!

Buna Horia,
O imagine superba cu detalii exceptionale si un fundal deosebit.
Culorile sunt impecabile si compozitia la fel. Ar fi aratat bine si intors la 90 de grade, desi sunt convins ca aceasta este pozitia reala.
Numai bine!

Buna Horia,

Foarte frumoasa aceasta fotografie, culorile si detaliile sunt excelente, de asemenea pozitia fluturelui este absolut geniala

Un weekend calduros

Buna Horia.
Si fluturele si planta arata extraordinar,mai ales ca au aceeasi culoare si parca sunt un singur corp.
O poza foarte interesanta.
O seara buna.Alin.

great sharpness and good details with very nice pose
beautiful colours and good light
greeting lou

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-06 12:23]

Seara buna Mr. Horia,
simplu: elegant, frumos, perfect.
POV, BG de top.
O simbata frumoasa,

hello Horia

excellent photo of this camouflaged butterfly on his acrobatic pose,
with fine POV and the way it is framed, superb focus sharpness
and details, superb againts day-light effect, superbe effet de contre-jour,



hello Horia
this beautiful lycaenid new to me. I have seen it firstly. you nicely captured it on old flowers, I think from Caryophyllaceae. sharp focus, POV/OOF and composition very nice. also colors and BG. thanks for sharing it with good informative notes. best wishes and have a nice weekend

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-03-06 14:54]

Hi Horia,incredible backlight,what a fantastic macro!!!I know these littles butterflies and i'm exciting for the perfection of your pic,impressive sharpness,colors and composition.My greats compliments,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO

Ecelente el parido que le sacaste a la luz Horia y respetando además los colores. Buena toma de este pequeńo devorador de geranios.

Hi Horia ,
What a great macro.
Excellent details and nice sharpness.
BG is great too.

Kind regards

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-03-07 2:45]

Hello Scubli,

We get a very soft light on the butterfly and the seeds
Lovely drawings on the wing of the butterfly.
Very soft and attractive. TFS.

Have a great Sunday,

Hello Horias.
Amazing capture of this small butterfly Lycaenidae!
The colours, sharpness and details are excellent.
A composition very interesting with this perspective.
Well done!
José Roberto

Hi MF Horia,

Very impressive close-up. This really speaks for itself, so natural and perfect.
Congratulations MF!
TFS and have a nice new week!


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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-03-08 5:57]

Hello dear Horia,
I have to say that I'd like to see some more details in its right wing, but by your different POV you show us another way to do a great image. Your composition is so good in this lovely frame.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-03-08 6:57]

Hi Horia
Excellent composition.Every thing is perfect the sharpness the detail,the pose .Color is also very nice .I like the contrats the the darker OOF BGprovide.
TFS Michel

Hello Horia
this is a very nice shot with excellent details, i like the superb composition and the POV, the grey BG and the beautiful light highlights the butterfly very well
very beautiful image
Have a good imaage TFS

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-03-10 3:19]

Hi Horia,
very sharp shot and excellent perching position.
i like the monotonous colour of the plant and the butterfly. so well composed to give an exciting effect.


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