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Blue Morpho

Blue Morpho
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-11-08 3:34
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Blue Morpho Butterfly (Morpho menelaus)

The Blue Morpho Butterfly (Morpho menelaus) is an iridescent blue butterfly that lives in rainforests of South and Central America, including Brazil, Costa Rica, and Venezuela. The adults drink juice from rotten fruit with their long probiscus which is like a sucking tube.The larvae eats plants at night. The larvae is red-brown in color with bright patches of lime-green.

Anatomy: The Blue Morpho Butterfly is a species of neotropical butterfly that has brilliant blue wings (the females are are not as brilliantly colored as the males and have a brown edge with white spots surrounding the iridescent blue area). The undersides (visible when the butterfly is resting) are brown with bronze-colored eyespots. The Blue Morpho has a wingspan of about 6 inches (15 cm). Adults drink the juices of rotting fruit using their straw-like proboscis.

The caterpillar of the Blue Morpho is red-brown with bright patches of lime-green on the back, and it eats the plant Erythroxylum pilchrum nocturnally (at night).

Classification: Order Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), Family Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies), Genus Morpho, Species menelaus.

The above obtained from www.yesnet.yk.ca/schools/wes/webquests_themes/butterfly_lucille/butterfly_species/morpho/


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 11:25 a.m.
Date: 6th October 2005
Weather conditions: Inside Tropical Butterfly House
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/40
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-11-08 4:00]

Such a BEAUTY!
Big butterfly!
Very good details!
Great sharpness!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-11-08 4:15]

Beautiful and interesting shot that you have well done ! Congratulations Pam and thanks for sharing.

" the Life is so rare in the universe and the Nature so precious, take care of them! " Christian...

Excellent butterfly shot Pam! Great macro. I like the details, sharpness and DOF. Great work! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-11-08 4:47]

So you went back to the Butterfly House Pam. Were there any new butterflies this time?
The Blue Morpho is nice and sharp, excellent capture. Colours and details all good and clear. Well shown, TYFS...

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-11-08 4:50]

Hi Pam!

Perfect patterns on this b-fly wings. Eyes and veins look superb. Great note and picture!

Hello Pam!
ABSOLUTELY amzazing shot!!! I love this butterfly - colours, details.... it's great to see this beauty so close!

Excellent macro of this quite large butterfly, what pity we can't see it with its wings open, but I guess this is the camouflage pose when resting.
Great sharp details and nice background.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-11-08 6:58]

Beautiful butterfly Pam. Very good sharpness and nice colors.

Waouhhh !! Quelles couleurs magnifiques !!
Réellement une superbe photo ; un papillon de toute beauté photographié de mains de maîte !

Si la feuille avait été d'un joli vert sur son ensemble, on aurait appelé cela la perfection!

Bravo et Merci !

Hi Pam,
The morpho is very beautiful even with its wings folded. The colors and detail are superb here. They never leave their wings open long. Excellent work here.

Very good detail, color and exposure Pam. Well composed closeup and a great POV. Great work with the 400mm. Well done.
Thank You

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-08 10:31]

Hello Pam!
Wonderful macro.Colors,lighting,POV,clear details,DOF and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

Hi Pam,
this on is perfect.
Wonderful design and colours, excellent sharpness and POV, just beautiful, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

This is lovely Pam,
Very good sharp and clear detail, great colours and DOF. Good POV and good exposure.
Nicely composed and great notes.
Thanks for posting, have a good week.

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-11-08 14:49]

excellent macro shot :o)
all is perfect !
perfect work TFS LIbor

Nice macro Pam!

Focus and exposure are very good. Shallow DOF is great. My only critique would be the specular reflexion off the leaf. If you had used a polarizing filter, you would have got a nice saturated green. But looking at you technical camera infos, the polarizing filter would have reduce your speed to much. I tried to simulate polarizing effect in the included WS.
Nice shot and TFS.

HI Pam,
This is a great shot of a very beautiful butterfly.
The details, compositio and POV are very good.
Excellent work.

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-11-08 17:46]

A real beauty! The leaf seems slightly overexposed though, but I am nitpicking again ... Very well done!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-11-08 19:41]

Pam, this is a lovely image.

Great sharpness, pov and composition.

The shadow upon the leaf is a very nice bonus. The pose is always vibrant.

Superb shot, not a lot more i can say, that hasn't already been said, brilliant!!!!

Ahhhhh Pam, excellent capture of this butterfly!

Details are fantastic; colors, POV, lighting and BG are great.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful composition with us.

Une tres belle espece de papillon ou les détails nous en disent long sur sa famille avec la note accompagnatrice.
Un bon resumé de l'essentiel.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-11-09 16:26]

Hi Pam
Great macro. I like his position on the leaf. Not as colourful as other butterfly shots. Pity the leaf isn't greener to set it off better.
Regards Toni

On dirait qu'il pose pour vous! Les détails sont bien présents et le spécimen est superbe. Bien fait!

Hi Pam,
Excellent shot of this blue Morpho! Great composition and beautiful colors on a nice blurred BG. Congratulations!

i like this one. crisp color & it shows the fine details. the soft light from the background gives a warm glow.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2005-11-21 18:15]

Hi Pam.
Nice photo,very good details and sharpness,is a great macro,nice details and colors.

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