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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-28 3:28
Viewed: 3456
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The place where I took this shot used to be a garden full of insects (especially butterflies) and flowers. Going there was getting great shot opportunities.

This is a Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae).

The wingspan is on average 2.75 to 3.75". The upper side of the Gulf Fritillary is rich orange in the male and a dull brown in the female. The female is a little larger. These butterflies are beautifully patterned on the under side. They have shiny silver spots across the wings and a rich rose patch at the base of the forewing.

They cannot survive freezing temperatures at any stage in its life. The caterpillar is orange with four rows of black spines along its body, which are harmless to humans. The eggs of the Gulf Fritillary are oblong, ribbed, and yellow. The caterpillar is about 38mm or 1.5" and the chrysalis, which looks like a dried-up leaf, is 28mm or 11/8".

Their geographic distribution ranges from, "South America north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to the southern United States. Wanders north to the central United States; rare northward. The habitats they prefer are subtropical forest edges, fallow agricultural lands, roadsides, open/sunny areas, and canyons.

The larvae of the Gulf Fritillary feed on plants such as maypop (Passiflora incarnata), blue passionflower (P. caerulea), and corky-stemmed passionflower (P. suberosa) all of which are passionflower vines. The adult tends to feed on Tall verbena (Verbena bonariensis), pentas (Pentas lanceolata), tread softly (Cnidosculous stimulosus), drummond phlox (Phlox drummondii), and lantana (Lantana camara).

(Source: www.treknature.com/gallery/South_America/Argentina/photo1911.htm)

ISO: 50
Post process on Photoshop CS2
Sharpness through Intellisharpen II (www.fredmiranda.com)
Neat Image (www.neatimage.com) on the background

phlr, carper, TAZ, AndyB, Janice, chiliu, electra, coasties, dew77, Comandante, wallhalla15, PDP, scottevers7, liquidsunshine, marhowie, novaman has marked this note useful
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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-28 3:31]

Very good photo of this beautifuil species!
Wonderful colors and details too!
5* photo!
Doesn't exist in Portugal.

very nice shot Livio,
good pose, good pov, very nice dof and well composing, very gopod job.
gr. Jaap

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-28 4:08]

A great capture Livio,
Excellent composition and POV,nice sharp detail and great colours.
Good work,well done.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-28 4:09]

Hi Livio, super shot of the pretty butterfly on the pretty flower. The sun shining make the wings look quite translucent. Good catch and display. Well done.

Hi Livio,
Very colourful photo!
The lighting is perfect, very sharp and detailed, very nice one.

Hey Livio,

Awesome color. Very nice. Well done

Very good picture with great colours !

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-07-28 7:05]

THe colors here are fantastic Livio. I also like the compositio and sharpness.

Very well done and thanks for posting

Hello Livio,

this is an beautiful shot, exellent POV. Great colours, sharpness and details are perfect. Well done.

Hello Livio

Stunning vibrant colours. Lovely shape to the wing. I like the scalloped edges. It stands out extremely well against the OOF BG. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-28 7:31]

Hello Livio!
Very nice colourful macro.Using of backlight,details,sharpness,framing and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

Hello Livio!
Excellent capture.Colors,lighting,framing and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

Livio, this is another great photo. Great colours, sharpness excellent, a very nice composite and great note. TFS

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-28 17:13]

Hi Livio, very nice! I love the back lighting and you did very well on the exposure. The DOF is great and you did very well for F3.5. Very good colourful shot, congratulations.

Hi Livio,
An excellent macro..You got a superb exposure under some strong sunlight. The colors are beautiful. Detail is nice and sharp. Great Notes.. Well Done my friend!

Great shot as always Livio,
The bright colours are a feature of your posts which is superb. Excellent DOF and very nicely exposed. Well composed and good sharp detail.
Thanks for posting.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-07-28 17:45]

Hello Livio!
Excellent capture.superb colours,details and light...
Congratulations Livio.Thank for posting...

Great backlight effect Livio with great details and vivid colors.. Well done!

Great shot Livio!
PErfect POV and composition, superb details and really great sunny mood.
I like it very much.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-29 3:32]

Woooow ! Wonderful colored shot for this superb butterfly ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are excellent ! Congratulations and thanks for sharing Livio.

Perfect shot Livios.The colors is great, also the BG.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-07-29 21:42]

As cores ficaram ótimas! Composição muito boa.
Luminosidade também muito boa, ficou com "cara" de cromo!

ficou muito boa com a descentralização, lindas cores.

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