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Calisto herophile

Calisto herophile
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-15 6:01
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Hϋbner's Glad-eye
Calisto herophile HÜBNER, 1823
subfamily - SATYRINAE

There are 42 species in the genus Calisto, of which 1 is found on Jamaica, 1 on Puerto Rico, 1 on the British Virgin Islands, and 2 on Cuba ( which both also occur in the Bahamas ). The remaining 37 species are endemic to Haiti / Dominican Republic. Calisto is the only Satyrine genus occuring in the West Indies.
The upperside wing surface of all species is dark earthy brown, and devoid of markings, although the sex brands ( androconia ) of males differs in shape from species to species. On the underside some species such as chrysaoros are strikingly marked with irregular bands of cream or white, while others such as herophile have dark bands, and a large ocellus on the hindwing.
The butterflies are currently classified under the subtribe Pronophilina - a large group of largely high elevation species from Central and South America. Recent DNA evidence however suggests that Calisto are more likely to be allied to Palaearctic taxa.
Calisto herophile is a native of Cuba, including Isla de la Juventud. There are 3 Cuban subspecies - herophile, which occurs in the lowlands; bruneri from eastern Cuba; and parsonsi from the Sierra del Escambray at 500-1000m altitude.
The only other Calisto species found in Cuba is sibylla, which also occurs as 3 subspecies, listed by Lamas as bradleyi, muripetens and smintheus. It is a woodland species found chiefly at elevations above 1000m.
It should be noted that Hernandez, an authority on Cuban butterflies, regards smintheus as a full species, endemic to Cuba. He names muripetens, bradleyi, and also delos, brochei and israeli as colour forms of smintheus.
Both herophile and sibylla also occur on the Bahamas, as subspecies C. herophile apollinis, and C. sibylla sibylla. The Bahamas also hold a third species C. anegadensis.
Calisto herophile is a very common and widespread species found at elevations between sea level and about 1200m. It occurs in a variety of habitats including open deciduous woodland, scrubby grassland, hedgerows, thickets and overgrown gardens throughout Cuba.
The egg is globular, with a fine raised reticulation forming minute polygonal areas. It is whitish when first laid but develops tawny-olive markings after a day or two.
The caterpillar is very pale greyish brown, with wide dorsal and narrow paradorsal dark lines. It has a granular texture, and is covered in short hairs. It feeds on various grass species including maize and sugar cane.
The butterflies are active both in sunshine and shade, flying slowly, weaving between low growing plants, and often remaining on the wing for long periods without settling. They commonly nectar at a variety of flowers including Bidens, Eupatorium and Stachytarpheta.
(source www.learnaboutbutterflies.com)

Erofile Calisto è una farfalla della famiglia Nymphalidae. E 'endemica a Cuba e le Bahamas. La specie abita ovunque, dalle aree suburbane, presso le grandi città ai bordi di siepi e foreste pluviali fino a 1.100 metri di altitudine.
La lunghezza delle ali anteriori è 14-19 mm per i maschi e 17-21 mm per le femmine.Gli adulti si possono trovare ogni mese dell'anno in tutta Cuba.
Le larve si nutrono di erbe varie. Mangiano dopo la schiusa e durante la notte, rimanendo nelle parti basse di erbe durante il giorno.

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hi Luciano,
very nice photograph of this Hubner's Glad-eye. good clarity and composition. only the colour is a bit unnatural... over exposed, rather... might be due to the flash light.
otherwise it's a good presentation.

Ciao Luciano
Very beautiful macro of wonderful butterfly.Impressive sharpness and colors.Great close!
Thank You
Best regards

How can I past that one without saying WOW ...What a shot ! Good day Luciano! This image can easily be shown as a reminder for those who work with compact cameras and believed that they are extremely disadvantaged. What a clarity, sharpness and punchy colors! Bravo!
george veltchev

This is a feast for the eyes! A remarkable butterfly and and excellent presentation.
Perfect detail, light and colours.
regards yiannis

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-02-15 7:24]

Hello Luciano,
What a beauty! Spectacular colours and superb sharpness with amazing details. Good DOF and an excellent comopsition.

Hallo Luciano
The Hϋbner's Glad-eye butterfly is indeed a beauty and how lovely is the position in which you have captured it. The colours in the whole image is beautiful and the overall presentation so pleasant. Your image is super sharp. You are a great photographer that knows how to handle your equipment and bring forth the best with your camera. Thanks for sharing this 1st for Trek Nature. Best regards.

Hello Luciano,
Congratulations for this splendid photo, new species on TN! Great photo with fine details and useful description too!TFS!
regards, Joska

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-02-15 7:46]

Hello Luciano,
A very fine capture of this attractive Cuban satyrid butterfly - congratulations on this TN first!
Excellent POV, BG, colours and sharpness in a pleasing composition.
I trust you had a great holiday!
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Luciano,
Sharp focus and beautiful natural colors. Lovely composition. TFS this fine image.

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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-02-15 8:23]

hello luciano

what a capture it is my friend!!!
ooopz i do call it peacock butterfly bcos
i seen its wing like peacock tail decoration.

u have applied focus and sharphness very perfect.its realy look like what a butterfly in hand!!! very great job my friend.
have a nice day

Hi Luciano,
very nice photo of this butterfly. Amazing colours. Perfect sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-02-15 9:59]

Una Gran foto Luciano. Me gusta la especie, tiene buen foco y una buena pose. Los ocelos son preciosos y esas motitas de polen en ella tienen su encanto. Enhorabuena. y un saludo.

hello Luciano
this is very good ,so beautiful colours and nice composition
the sharpness and details are beautiful to
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Luciano,
una bellissima macro per una bellissima farfalla, ottima nitidezza e colori stupendi.
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

Ciao Luciano. Fenomenale!


Bellos colores y contrastes. Buenos el encuadre y la luz.
Saludos Luciano.

Ciao Luciano, questa è da applausi a quattro mani, però così mi deorimi, io sommerso dalla neve a postar repliche di farfalluccia e tu a Cuba a beccare ste meraviglie, mica giusto, lei è splendida con colori e disegni favolosi, la macro è spettacolare, ottima nitidezza e magnifici dettagli, bravissimo, ma abbi pietà di me e la prossima posta un filo d'erba ghiacciato da Cuggiono, ciao Silvio

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-02-15 12:17]

Ciao Luciano!
Complimenti per lo scoop, innanzitutto e poi complimenti per la magnifica foto che hai fatto a questa bellissima farfalla.
Dettagli strepitosi e una splendida luminosità, che rende quanto mai brillanti i coliri.
Sfondo superlativo!!
Ciao e buona serata! Vanda

WOW! Your pic here,Luciano,made my day!!!! What a beauty!The colors, the sharpness,the focus...wow!A perfect job,indeed!Bravissimo!!!!
I will take it in my favorites ones.TFS
Regards from,

Salut Luciano

Comme à ton habitude, une superbe photo en macro,
excellent POV, belle lumière, excellent contraste,
superbe focus netteté et détails, TFS


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-02-15 20:13]

Hi Luciano,
A very nice close-up of this butterfly. Excellent colours and detail.
Regards Jiri.

Amazing butterfly Luciano! Fantastic photo too! The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.

Ciao Luciano,

Excellent macro image of this fine specie and congratulations on a TN first, lovely stuff my good friend, this picture has all the qualities in all departments, fabulous camera skills shown here Luciano Bravo! and very well done,
Best Regards,


Hello Luciano,
A very beautiful picture of this lovely butterfly, fantastic clear details, very good sharpness and beautiful colours, a superb captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-16 2:30]

Hello Luciano,
such a lovely presentation of sharpness and beauty. The pollen could be still seen on the face of this pretty guy.
Very nice brightness displaying the pattern and the big eyes!
Excellent job.


Hello Luciano,
Lovely picture, Well done.
Colorfull lepidopter.
have a good time.

Bonsoir Luciano,

Les feuilles cadrent bien le papillon. La prise de vue rapprochée permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du papillon Calisto herophile. La combinaisons de la lumière du jour et celle du flash mettent en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.


Hello Luciano.
after reading others comment, I come to realize that how blindly we rely on our own computer monitor to judge the photographs!
any way, you know that your picture has absolutely perfect exposure.
nice picture with great clarity and colour.

Ciao Luciano,
Cuba ti ha dato un miracolo bellissimo! ... Bella farfalla in questa bella foto!

Ciao Luciano,
spettacolare macro per questa inedita Calisto,
è la prima che vedo, ottimi dettagli e gestione della luce,
colori a dir poco meravigliosi, ottimo lavoro ;-)

Buona settimama e ben tornato


Hello Luciano,
Beautiful butterfly.Nice colour and details.Well captured.Like it.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2014-10-11 21:14]

Hi Luciano
Amazing pattern, perfect to dissuade potential predators with these fake eyes.
Good sharpness.


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