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Marpesia zerynthia (Hübner, 1823)

Marpesia zerynthia (Hübner, 1823)
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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: 2011-09-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D3100, Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S 1:4-5.6 G ED DX VR, Zeikos UV 52mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-09-22 18:14
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Points: 56
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Waiter Daggerwing - Marpesia zerynthia (Hübner, 1823)

Hello TN Friends!

This butterfly is also uncommon, but during my recent trip to the mountain, I was very lucky!

This butterfly is perched on the rocks at the edge of a stream, I was lucky that it landed almost at my feet and allowed me to make this picture. Then she flew away and disappeared!

Hope you like!



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Genus: Marpesia
Species: zerynthia
Binomial name: Marpesia zerynthia (Hübner, 1823)

Marpesia butterflies are similar in wing shape to Swordtails and Swallowtails ( Papilionidae ), but are easily distinguished from them by their straight, clubbed antennae - Papilionids have tapered clubs and are recurved at the tip.

Most of the 17 Marpesia species have the same characteristic wing shape as zerynthia, the exception being petreus, which has 2 tails on each hindwing, and deeply scalloped forewings.

The genus is confined to the neotropical region, but is closely allied to the Afro-Oriental genus Cyrestis.

Marpesia zerynthia ( formerly known as coresia ) cannot be confused with any other species.

This species occurs from Texas to Bolivia.

Marpesia zerynthia is primarily a cloudforest species, and is most abundant at elevations of about 900-1700m.

The eggs are white or yellowish, and laid singly on the foliage of trees and shrubs in the family Moraceae - including Ficus, Chlorophora, Brosimum and Artocarpus.

The fully grown caterpillars are very colourful, typically marked with red and / or yellow spots and stripes. There is a single row of unbranched, recurved spines along the back, and the head is adorned with a pair of very long wavy spines. They feed diurnally and rest on the upper surface of leaves.

The pupae are typically pale in colour, marked with blackish spots or blotches, and have wiry filaments projecting from the back of the abdomen and from the head.

Adult behaviour
This species is almost always encountered as small groups of about 6-12 males, visiting wet sand or mud to imbibe mineral-laden moisture. They particularly favour feeding at shallow fords on unmetalled mountain roads.

In hot weather they jostle constantly for position, and feed with their wings erect or partly open. In cooler or shady conditions they feed with wings outspread, displaying the subtle deep maroon hues of the upperside.

Are very elusive, spending most of their lives in the forest canopy, but in overcast weather will sometimes descend to settle on foliage along forest trails.

Model: NIKON D3100
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 10/4000 sec
F-Stop: f/9.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 800
Focal Length: 200 mm
Date Taken: 2011-09-17 08:48
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 265 kb

PeakXV, dmark11, yiannis, BREARD, aruntp, bungbing, cobra112, buscape, paolo49, PaulLees, anel, marius-secan, tuslaw, vanda, uleko has marked this note useful
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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-09-22 18:47]

Hello Jesús,

What an exotic looking species, this daggerwing. Perfectly presented with very nice light & the purest of colors throughout the width of the wings. A very crisp & choice POV of this rare beauty.



Hi Jesus,
Fantastic butterfly. There really is no end to the amount of color and shape combinations of butterflies. The purple colors on the one are great. Love those tails as well. Very elegant looking and sharp butterfly for sure, great capture.

A magnificent butterfly, amazing colours. Excellent photo with good detail. regards yiannis

You are very lucky Jesus but not only lucky. We are also very lucky because we have you in TN and we can to see so many amazing butterflies.

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-22 22:09]

Bonjour Jesus,
Très belle composition. Jolies couleurs. Excellente netteté. Belle Composition.

Ciao Jesus,
altra magnifica farfalla esaltata dallo sfondo di pietre colorate e brillanti per l'acqua, ottima nitidezza e colori fantastici
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-09-22 23:11]

Hello Jesus,
Excellent and superb. Lovely view of this beautiful Marpesia zerynthia in such a superb position. Great color and nice lighting.Best regards Siggi

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-09-22 23:17]

wonderful and colorful butterfly species. good clarity and sharpness. nice colors. tfs.

Hello Jesus,
Great looking butterfly and you have captured so well, beautiful colours, pin sharp details! excellent point of view and superb depth of field, an excellent shot!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

Ciao Jesus. Fine dettaglio e bellissimi colori per la stupenda farfalla contro lo sfondo sassoso.


Extraordinary! Bravo friend Jesus!The kind of creature which can makes the heart of every photographer beats like crazy! Truly beautiful! If she was a human girl her name would be Beyonce Giselle Knowles

George Veltchev

Ciao Jesus,
che dire? la tua "collezione di farfalle" ha un esemplare più bello dell'altro!! della foto non dico niente, non ne sbagli una, e questa con quello sfondo, non era assolutamente facile da riprendere bene!! Meraviglia!!!!!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-23 2:47]

Ciao Jesus,oramai non so piu' cosa scrivere,stupendo gioiello delle tue montagne e foto impressionante in dettagli e colori,un vero capolavoro in tutti i sensi.Complimenti e buon weekend,Luciano

Hello Jesús,
fine capture of this beautiful butterfly with good sharpness and wonderful colours. I also like the beautiful pose with the open wings and your well chosen POV.
Best wishes,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-09-23 6:45]

I am also lucky to see this lovely species in all its glory, excellent capture. tfs.

Ciao Jesus, spettacolare cattura di questa farfalla. Luce e colori bellissimi ed incredibile il posatoio che il soggetto ha trovato. Un caro saluto, Paolo

Hi Jesus,

Very nice butterfly & captured very well with great details & sharpness.
Good POV & the light is perfect here. I like the colors on the wings. Well done & TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-23 7:50]

Hello Jesús,
What a beauty, this butterfly. Taken in perfect sharpness and in very beautiful light and colours. Good choice of POV and composition.

hello Jesus
this is a super good picture with great details and beautiful colours
very nice compo to see this one very good
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Jesus, una più bella dell'altra, fantastica esotica dalle straordinarie sfumature di colore magnificamente ripresa, ottima lnitidezza e splendida luce, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Jesus,
A great capture of this butterfly with beautiful coloration, great sharpness and details. I also like ideal POV. Well done!

Hi Jesus, Well what a amazing capture and yes you where very lucky to nail this guy, awesome quality focusing with fine clarity, just love the wing extension with these fabulous natural colours, splendid POV and strong composition, excellent and well presented picture here Jesus Bravo and very well done,
Best Regards,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-09-24 4:44]

Bonjour Jesus,
Another beauty again! I'm a little jaleous of the rich and colorful insects and butterflies you have in your country. This one has a very artistical apparition, how beautiful these color-combination. Nicely shown on the stony ground. And thanks also for the ID.

Hello Jesus,
What can a say....splendid capture of another interesting and gorgeous species.
A very nice butterfly with lovely colors.
Exceptional clarity and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!

Tonalidades curiosas que plasmaste bien.
Eso es una eterna primavera... todo el año tienes de todo !
Aquí ya han emigrado muchas aves y empiezan a aflojar los insectos
a pesar de que hace mucha calor para lo normal en estas latitudes.
Buen Domingo Jesús: J. Ignasi.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-09-26 15:27]

Hello Jesus,
What an awesome looking butterfly. When I first glanced at it's shape it reminded me of a bat. The coloration is gorgeous. I love the iridescent purplish pink colors that outline it's outer wings. The focus is tac sharp and the DOF is great.
I see you even managed to capture a tiny water critter in the mid bottom right hand corner next to the dark colored rock, that reminds me of a fairy shrimp, but I am sure is just the larva stage of some insect. Well done!!

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-10-10 7:15]

Ciao Jesus!
Splendida questa farfalla: non l'aveva mai vista.
Macro perfetta, con messa a fuoco totale e una bellissima luce soffusa.
ciao! Vanda

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-11-04 7:09]

Hello Jesus,
I'm late to discover this beauty!! It is a fabulous butterfly that I've never seen before. I love its suttle colours and the beautiful sheen to the wings. Excellent sharpness and a brilliant find of yours!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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