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Parides sesostris - CRAMER, 1779

Parides sesostris - CRAMER, 1779
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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: 2011-07-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-07-05 11:18
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Points: 38
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Sesostris Cattle-heart,
Parides sesostris (CRAMER, 1779)

Hello friends!

Today is public holiday in Venezuela, 200 years ago, was signed our Declaration of Independence. Today is the feast of the Bicentennial! ... Thanks to which I have no work today! ... Then I decided to go for a walk very early in the morning, luckily I took my little Canon compact! Some kilometers from mi house, in the grass growing at the roadside, I spotted this huge butterfly. She was in a difficult place to take the shot, but fortunately she was sluggish due to low temperatures and low sunlight. Finally I could take a picture of this butterfly with relative calm, before I had only seen this flying, flying and flying non-stop.



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Tribe: Troidini
Genus: Parides
Species: P. sesostris
Binomial name: Parides sesostris (Cramer, 1779)

Introduction: Parides, and the related genera Battus and Euryades are not true Swallowtails, but are members of the Troidini, the same tribe to which the giant Ornithoptera Birdwings of Papua New Guinea belong.

There are 34 members of the genus Parides, all of which are confined to tropical and sub-tropical areas of Central and South America. They are characterised by having elongated blackish forewings, marked on the males of most species with brilliant patches of turquoise or lime green, and on the females with cream. The hindwings in most species are marked with bright pink patches, and are generally rounded and without tails, but with a scalloped outer margin.

There are exceptions to these general rules, e.g. Parides hahneli which has a series of broad transparent bands across the forewings, and long tails on the hindwings. Another exception is Parides quadratus which has black forewings and large golden patches on the hindwings, and is very reminiscent of the Troides Birdwings of tropical Asia.

Parides sesostris is a common species found from Mexico to Bolivia.

Habitats: This species occurs primarily in primary rainforest, at altitudes between sea level and about 1200m. There are small populations on the western slopes of the Andes, but it is much more frequent on the eastern slopes and in the Amazon basin.

Lifecycle: The eggs are globular, and laid singly on the leaves of young Aristolochia plants.

The caterpillar when fully grown is mottled in dull ochreous with blackish spotting. The tubercles are dark reddish brown, except those on segments 8 and 11, which are white.

The pupa is bright lime green, flushed with pale yellow on the wing cases.

Adult behaviour: The butterflies are usually encountered along forest edges, and where light gaps occur at the intersections of trails. Both sexes visit flowers on sunny mornings, and males occasionally mud-puddle on riverbanks, but most sightings are of males in flight or basking on foliage.

About this shot:
Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 1/251
F-Stop: f/3.2
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 9100/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2011-07-05 08:01
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash did not fire
File Size: 246 k

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Hola amigo Jesús!
Que invidia de tí!!!! ( que feo! kkkkkk) Pero hoy yo estava persiguiendo a una mariposa quasi como esta tuya...Y no logré nada!( que rabia).Felicitaciones por tu foto tan exitosa! Me alegro por tí! Tomé la libertad de hacer un WS en tu foto y espero que te guste...
Un abrazo!

What a treat to see this butterfly. Perfectly photographed. regards yiannis

Ciao Jesus, fantastica bellezza ripresa magnificamente, splendidi colori, ottima nitidezza, bei dettagli, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Jesus,
Another amazing species of butterfly with such fantastic colors and interesting shape of the wings.
Exceptional clarity, superb colors and very good focus.

This gorgeous Black Perl can stand proudly next to the Maurizio's Painted lady without a trace of discomfort ! That's how good this shot is my friend Jesus! Awesome result from the tiny Canon! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hello Jesus,
very nice capture of this fine butterfly with good sharpness and many details. Well chosen POV, fine clarity and beautiful colours.
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-05 12:21]

Hello Jesus,
Excellent photo of this butterfly in great sharpness and details. Very beautiful colours and a good POV and DOF.

A beautiful butterfly we have here. Excellent photo. Regards!Valerian.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-05 12:42]
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Hello Jesus,
Another beauty from your corner of the world..you have so many beauties there, and for us they look all so exotic! This black one with pink and white patches..amazing! It seems to be a quite big butterfly.
Lucky you!
Kind regards

Hi Jesus,

Great spectrum of this fine species with fine detailed my friend, superb sharpness with so much detail that one can see the scares of expenditure on the wings, magnificent exhibit and well done Jesus,
Best regards,


Ciao Jesus. Wow bellissima! Incredibili trasparenze tra le ali nere. Ottimi i colori e il POV.


Hello Jesús

Very beautiful photo with a excellent POV from behind,
beautiful light, great focus sharpness details,
i love to see details of the blurred background, TFS


perfect angle. good sharpness and contrast. a colorful species. thanks for sharing.

This is such a great looker popping out of the grass, Jesús.
The pink and white markings are just fabulous against the black. Nice symmetrical beauty in fine framing.
Kind regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-06 2:52]

Ciao Jesus,sono anche io molto invidioso come Ana..ehee...sembra di essere in un paradiso delle farfalle,che meravigliosa specie e che magnifica foto,perfetta messa a fuoco su tutto il soggetto ed eccellente luce e saturazione.Complimenti e grazie per quest'altro bellissimo regalo,buona giornata,Luciano

Ciao Jesus,
altra fantastica farfalla ripresa splendidamente con colori naturali bellissimi e straordinaria nitidezza, un vero spettacolo fotografico e della natura
Grazie e complimenti

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-06 6:59]

Very fine species and well captured, wish it had drawn its forewings little more. tfs.

Beautiful photo Jesus. Excellent framing, fantastic colours and impressive sharpness. Beautiful butterfly too.

Hola Jesus,
Magnifica composicion .los colores,la nitidez y el colorido de la mariposa resaltan el trabajo,
Felicitaciones y que tengas un buen dia

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