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Siproeta stelenes LINNAEUS, 1758

Siproeta stelenes LINNAEUS, 1758
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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: 2011-06-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-12 11:47
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Points: 28
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"Malachite" - Siproeta stelenes LINNAEUS, 1758

Hello friends!

The same butterfly yesterday, but with tight wings and Lateral POV, perhaps not so impressive as when the butterfly with wings open, but I seem to have very interesting colors and shapes in this way. The picture is a bit hard to do, because the light was contrary to the butterfly, but I did my best possible under these conditions!



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Rhopalocera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Tribe: Victorinini
Genus: Siproeta
Species: S. stelenes
Binomial name: Siproeta stelenes (Linnaeus, 1758)

Introduction: The genus Siproeta comprises of 3 species - the Malachite stelenes, the green-banded superba, and the Rusty-tipped Page epaphus. All are large butterflies, with wingspans averaging 10 cms.

The beautiful Malachite is distributed from Florida and Texas, south to Peru, Argentina and Bolivia. The butterflies look particularly beautiful when seen at rest, with sunshine streaming through the translucent green windows on the wings.

Some workers consider stelenes to be a Batesian mimic of the Heliconiine Philaethria dido. The 2 species generally occupy different habitats, but their avian predators probably encounter both species fairly regularly, so the theory may have some basis.

Habitats: This is a widespread and common species found in a wide variety of habitats including lowland primary rainforest, mid-elevation cloudforest and deciduous forests, usually in the vicinity of rivers at altitudes between about 100-1200m. It is probably most commonly seen in secondary habitats, including orchards and gardens.

Lifecycle: The eggs are dark green, and laid singly on leaves of Ruellia, Justicia or Blechum, all members of the Acanthaceae. Females tend to patrol back and forth along a limited stretch of habitat, dotting their eggs about fairly randomly.

The fully grown caterpillar is dark olive in colour, with a series of whorled spikes along the back and sides. Those on the back are reddish.

The chrysalis is pale green, with the thorax and abdomen covered in minute black dots, and is suspended by the long cremaster from stems of the foodplant.

Adult behaviour: The adults nectar at Lantana and other flowers, and also feed at fallen fruit, carrion and dung. I have seen groups of Malachites feeding on decaying fallen mangos in Costa Rica, and imbibing from gravel and tarmac roads in Peru and the Venezuelan Andes. They are usually seen flying in open sunlit areas, but I have on several occasions found them roosting beneath leaves deep in primary forest.

About this shot:
Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 1/251
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 11500/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2011-06-11 15:25
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash did not fire
File Size: 249 kb

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-12 11:53]

Hello Jesús,
Another fantastic photo of this butterfly. Great sharpness and composition. The colours are indeed a bit hard, but I like this colourful palette. What a wonder of nature. Very good DOF.

Ciao Jesus, da quest'altro lato è ancora più bella, se capitasse a me di fotografarla starei senza dormire per una settimana, magnifica macro di una fantastica farfalla, meravigliosi colori e otima nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

what a splendid fluorescent colour of this beauty? really nice capture with great sharpness.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-06-12 19:36]

Hola Jesús!
Incredible shot, amazing colors and beautiful butterfly! The sharpness is also remarkable!Well done! TFS
Nice week!

Hello Jesus
WOW for the butterfly!!
WOW for the photo!!!

A fantastic photo of a magnificent butterfly. regards yiannis

Hi Jesus,
Wow, this butterfly is fantastic and your photo is impressive!
Sharpness and details are excellent.
Very good composition and fine BG.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Jesús

The light and color tones are very beautiful,
excellent photo with fine POV and framing,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


Sinfonía de luz y colores. Como siempre sacando partido a la luz, sea mucha
o poca la que tengas en el ambiente, tema en el que nos ahogamos muchos.
Saludos Jesús.

le ali di questa malachite sono davvero uniche,Jesus
altra splendida cattura con ottimi dettagli e definizione
buona settimana sERGIO

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-13 16:24]

Hi Jesus,what can i say? This is a spectacular specie and a top quality pic!! Just a great and long standing ovation,this pic need it!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-06-14 4:11]

Hello Jesus,
A most beautiful butterfly from your country. The back-light enhanced the colors of the wings even more, what produces a surprising effect on the color-vibration. Special picture, indeed.
Kind regards

Hello Jesus
You have a beautiful gallery with great pictures and this one is no exception, great colors, light, awesome details and composition. Well done!
Regards Hedesan

Ciao Jesus. Mi ero perso questa meraviglia. Pazzesca tenuta della luce e fantastici colori naturali. Dettgalio e nitidezza al top.


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