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family from the blue one

family from the blue one
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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-05 11:42
Viewed: 4779
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Different lycaenid groups
Phytophagous. Those that feed only on plants with no ant association (for example Durbania).
Myrmecophilous (facultative). These are found associated with ants on the foodplant but can be bred successfully without ants (for example Myrina silenus ficedula attended by Camponotus ants). Honeygland and tubercles are present from the second instar.
Myrmecophilous (obligative). These species, although entirely herbivorous, require ant presence to complete their life cycle (for example Poecilmitis lycegenes now placed in the genus Chrysoritis). The female butterfly will only lay eggs on vegetation where there are Crematogaster ants or on the ants' pheromone trails between plant and ant nest. The ants pick up the newly emerged larvae and transport them to the host plants. The older larvae shelter under nearby rocks and stones, always attended by ants, and find their way back to the plants by following the ant pheromone trail. Ants feed on copious secretions of liquid from the honeyglands and should ants not feed regularly, the larvae develop and die from, fungal infections of the honeygland.
Phyto-predaceous. (for example Lepidochrysops spp.). The first two instars feed only on plants and then they are transported by the ants (Camponotus spp.) to the nest where they feed on the ant brood. The ants tend and treat them as ant brood as the larvae produces a pheromone from the epidermal glands that mimics the ants' brood pheromone. The larva pupates in the underground nest tunnels and when the adult butterfly emerges, it moves to the exit where its wings are expanded.
Predaceous. Some (for example Spalgis), feed exclusively on Homoptera (plant hopper bugs) and are either totally ignored or attacked by ants attending the Homoptera. Some feed on Homoptera and ant brood but usually attended by ants (for example Lachnocema bibulus). Some feed exclusively on ant brood in the nest (for example Thestor dicksoni dicksoni, tended by the ant Anoplolepis custodiens))
Secretion feeders. Some live in ant nests and are fed by the ants with regurgitated food (for example Euliphyra tended by Oecophylla ants) and the ant brood is not eaten. Some feed only on Homoptera secretions and others feed on both ant and Homoptera secretions.
here for the whole piece.
For two weeks I take this shot. I took it for composition, the good pov and the fantastic dof, and the result is nice. It was one of the 3 butterflies I saw that holyday. I hope you like it.
gr. Jaap

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Hello Jaap, that's a very nice butterfly shot! Pose is excellent, very good sharpness, details, warm tone of colours and composition. I like your work and note. Thanks for sharing

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  • IdoTT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 19 N: 86] (482)
  • [2005-10-05 13:47]

Outstanding photo!


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-10-05 13:54]

Goedenavond Jaap,
Zo op deze manier vanonder genomen heb ik nog de kans niet gekregen, maar ik blijf volhouden, misschien maak ik ooit eens een goede zoals u, maar ik wil absoluut de specialist niet benaderen, want dan moet ik nog enkele jaren aan werken, of misschien nooit! Prachtig werk opnieuw, en mooi om naar te kijken. Bedankt!

Nice little guy with the wonderful big and dark eyes. Also a nice softly background, the colours are so nice together. Very good 3 D effect. I like it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2005-10-05 14:39]

what a lovely photo of thei butterfly, from a more unusual angle. I really like the way that you can see through the wing.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-05 14:39]

Hi Jaap,

Wonderful colors and well composed. The bg colors really suit the butterfly well. The body and the head are really extremely sharp. The wings are maybe a wee bit soft. Een hele mooie plaat! Well done & TFS!


Wow Jaap, what an incredible shot! The detail and clarity are wonderful. It's just beautiful! Well worth the time it took to take. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-10-05 16:01]

Hi Jaap,

She's a beauty, excellent shot and well done on the composition and details.
A nice summer like image for the Fall season.


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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-10-05 16:44]

Hi Jaap,
Excellent close-up!
Very beautiful colour, great composed, very sharp image, good lighting.
Well done and thanks for sharing!

Hello Jaap

Very nice capture with great colours and dof. Personally I would prefer a little more space in front of the butterfly. Anyway it is all over a very nice piture to lookat and I think you did a great job on this one.

Excellent image Jaap,
The sharpness and composition are very well done. The reoccuring flowers in the background are very pleasing and the sunlight you have caught in the photo is just beautifull. Very nice!

Very nice close-up, Jaap.
Good POV, well composed and nice warm colours.
Very well done, my friend.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-06 3:14]

What a lovely composition ! The butterfly is wonderful and the yellow flowers are nice. Yellow is my favourite color ;-) Congratulations Jaap and thanks for sharing.

Hello Jaap!
Perfect close up.Colors,DOF,details,lighting,framing and composition are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-06 3:28]

I really like the POV of the butterfly on this one, Jaap. And I like the way the light comes through the wings. A beautiful composition with gorgeous colors. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-10-06 3:38]

Great photo and note Jaap. Summer is over and butterflies gone. This one looks like last rays of summer sun. Good work!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-06 3:50]

Hello Jaap!
WOnderful macro.Lighting is amazing.Details and sharpness on head,colors,POV and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-06 13:46]
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Jaap, excellent capture. I like the yellowish shades all around; besides, to me, a nice mixture between light and dark areas.

Excellent sharpness, composition, pov and bg.

In the data above, you mention you used 1/119. I also use the Pro1, and I didn't know it's possible to have such speed with it.

Good macro of this butterfly! Nice composition, good colors, great POV and excellent details. TFS!

Superb shot Jaap!
It has amazing colours and very good quality, POV and composition.
You did a great job on this

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-09 13:18]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Jaap. Have a good week.

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-10-10 13:45]

yellow flowers
orange butterfly
and good composition

Hi Jaap:

What a stunning pitcure !!... Beautiful eyes and great composition. Also a nice DOF and POV.

Take a look my first butterfly...


Have a Great holiday season Jaap.
Thank you and a Happy New year!

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