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Siproeta epaphus - LATREILLE, 1813

Siproeta epaphus - LATREILLE, 1813
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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: 2011-06-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 4, Pretty - Perfect - Picture [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-25 10:25
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Siproeta epaphus - LATREILLE, 1813

Hello friends!

I never found this butterfly in a good place to make a better picture; but it's the time (yesterday in a mountain walk) when I could be more closer to this butterfly. I hope it can provide better view of this beautiful species.



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Rhopalocera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Tribe: Victorinini
Genus: Siproeta
Species: S. stelenes
Binomial name: Siproeta epaphus - LATREILLE, 1813

Introduction: The Kallimini includes some of the most colourful and instantly recognisable species in the world. Amongst them the African genera Precis ( Pansies ) and Salamis ( Mother of Pearl butterflies ), and the Asian Kallima ( Dead Leaf butterflies ).

In the neotropics the tribe is represented by the genera Anartia, Junonia, Hypolimnas, Metamorpha, Napeocles and Siproeta.

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.

Siproeta epaphus occurs throughout Central America from Mexico to Panama, and in South America occurs in Venezuela, Trinidad, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.

Habitats: This species is scarce in lowland areas, but commonly seen in two's and three's in disturbed habitats at elevations between 400-2000 metres, favouring forest edges, roadsides, cattle pastures, and well vegetated riverbanks.

Lifecycle: The eggs are dark green with yellow ribs, and laid in small clusters on the leaves of the foodplant.

The fully grown larva is maroon, adorned with orange branched spikes along the back and sides. The head is black with a pair of backward-curving horns. The larvae feed on the foliage of Ruellia or Blechum ( Acanthaceae ).

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

Adult behaviour: The butterflies are usually encountered in two's and three's, flying on sunny mornings in open situations, but can also be found in hazy or misty conditions, basking on foliage or bare ground.

They have a rapid fluttering and gliding flight, and commonly visit flowers in pastures, along forest edges, and along roadsides. Males often imbibe mineralised moisture from damp roads, muddy riverbanks, scree or rock faces, and at such times usually hold their wings half-open while flitting gently from spot to spot.

About this shot:
Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 1/202
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 80
Focal Length: 6700/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2011-06-24 14:30
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash fired
File Size: 247 kb

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hello Jesus
very nice pose with great details and super sharpness
i like this beautiful colours very much jesus
thanks greeting lou

Hallo Jesus
This is a superb macro with beautiful rich colours and lovely patterns on the butterfly's wings. Wow it is almost to good to be true. An excellent photograph that makes me drool out of pleasure to look at such a beauty via your camera and skills to capture it so wonderfully. The almost full framed composition is just great, and the very close point of view even better. Thanks for sharing a super image. Best regards.

Hello Jesús

Excellent macro shot of this butterfly, with fine POV
to show its beautiful color tones and patterns,
great focus sharpness and details, excellent contrast,



Hello Jesus,
Another superb butterfly with amazing colors, very good details and perfect clarity.
Outstanding combination of the colors. Thanks for sharing this beauty!

Hi Jesus, for me outstanding butterfly, excellent colors and details, I love the lights and shadows on the subjectin this nice composition,

congratulations !

have a nice day,

ciao, tino

Extraordinary butterfly, a striking detailed image. regards yiannis

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-25 13:29]

Hello Jesús,
A very fine capture of this well-known and beautiful S. American Nymphalid butterfly.
This fresh specimen is well portrayed against the rock BG from a perfect POV with very fine sharpness and natural colours.
Thank you and have a good weekend,
Best regards,

Ciao Jesus, tu vivi nel paradiso delle farfalle, una più bella dell'altra e tutte riprese magnificamente, grazie per farci vedere tutte queste bellezze e non ti stancare di mostrarcele, che noi non ci stanchiamo mai di vederle, splendida macro con fantastica nitidezza e meravigliosi colori, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-06-25 14:42]

Hola Jesús!
Yo me hago eco de las palabras de Anna : esta foto es muy bonita para ser verdad ! wow! A mí me parece que la mariposa vay a salir volando desde la foto...Está increíble! Bravissimo! gracias por compartir!
Un abrazo!

Ciao Jesus,
una fantastica macro per una fantastica farfalla, ottima nitidezza e magnifici colori, spettacolari i giochi di luce, eccellent il punto di ripresa per una composizione molto bella
Grazie e complimenti
Buona domenica
Ciao Maurizio

Ciao Jesus. Spettacolo puro! Davvero difficile commentare la perfezione.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-25 16:02]

Ciao Jesus,meraviglia delle meraviglie,invece di andare a Curacao avrei fatto meglio a fare 200 km in più e venire in Venezuela..ehehe..un vero spettacolo della natura ed una foto di una qualità impressionante!!! Complimenti e buona Domenica,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-26 2:01]

Hello Jesus,
Never seen so much butterflies in the wild as in your country. But I can't remember this one. A real beauty. Excellent sharpness, details and photographed in beautiful light and colours. Nice contrasting BG and pleasing composition.

Another fantastic butterfly macro Jesus! For one more time the composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.

Hello Jesus,
a new high quality picture from you, you handle the small Canon with great skilfulness.
Very good sharpness, well composed , fine natural colours and a fine POV,
Well done.

Hola jesus ,meavilloso ejemplar y fantastico macro ,magnificos detalles en la composicion,felicitaciones.

No I will not faint from an excitement here as others did already, but I will congratulate you for this impeccable work friend Jesus! Truly special capture! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2011-06-28 7:40]

Hola Jesús, Esta mariposa tiene una luz muy buena y es un logro sacarla tan bien como tu lo has hecho, teniendo en cuenta el contraste tan fuerte entre el marrón oscuro, la franja blanca y los reflejos de sol en el suelo. Enhorabuena por tan buena foto. Que variedad tan rica de mariposas tenéis en Venezuela!. Un saludo.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-03 4:51]

Bonjour Jesus,
What a beauty, Jesus! Happy for you to have had the opportunity to catch it so well. A most beautiful butterfly of your country, which is a great pleasure for us to see. Perfect sharpness and a fine classical view. Very well done!
Kind regards

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