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Lunch with friends

Lunch with friends
Photo Information
Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-02 5:06
Viewed: 3549
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red Cracker (Hamadryas amphinome [Linnaeus])

- pictured Maximilian park, Hamm, North Rhine Westfalia -

Wing span: 3 1/16 - 3 3/8 inches (7.8 - 8.6 cm).

Identification: Upperside is black marbled with blue; forewing has a wide white band. Underside of hindwing is brick red;

submarginal eyespots are mostly concealed.

Life history: Eggs are laid in chains of 5-10 on underside of host plant leaves. Caterpillars eat leaves and live communally.

Adults perch on tree trunks head downward with their wings spread open. Before dark, adults gather on a single tree, then disperse to roost in nearby trees or shrubs. Males make a crackling noise as they fly to interact with other insects.

Flight: Many flights throughout the year in Mexico and the tropics. Strayed to Texas in September.

Caterpillar hosts: Vine Dalechampia in the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae).

Adult food: Rotting fruit and other non-floral resources.

Habitat: Tropical forest edges and clearings, second-growth scrub.

Range: Argentina north through tropical America to central Mexico and Cuba. A rare stray (once) to the lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.

Have a great weekend.


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Hello Heinz,
Seem that these butterflies are nectaring on a pineapple. Nice shot. Sharp and clear picture. Very well seen and TFS.

This is certainly a party, Heinz, with lot of friends joining this pretty butterfly.
I guess we have seen Red Cracker for the first time on the TN.
The image is superb in terms of POV, DOF and colours. All the participants in the feast are seated elegantly around the "table".
Thanks for sharing this super image.

Hallo Heinz,
festlich gedeckte Tafel im besten aller Schmetterlingshäuser - wunderbare Tafelrunde um den genussvoll präsentierten Cracker.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

Hello Heinz,
Wow! This where I say four heads are better than one :) Perfect title mf.
Very good light and color, with sharp detail and great DOF. I like it!
Very nicely done and TFS!

Hi Heinz,
A beautiful butterfly. Colors and intricate wing pattern look great. Your exposure has brought out every bit of color and detail. The title is perfect for this photo. This looks great!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-02 8:05]

Hallo Heinz,
die Ananasschnitte scheint populaer zu sein, da herrscht ja ein reges Treiben. Den Red Cracker hast du super erwischt, man kann seine schoene Zeichnung auf den Fluegeln so toll sehen. Perspektive, Schaerfe und Bildaufbau sind super.
Gruss und schoenes Wochenende...Sky

Hi Heinz
Encore une fois tu nous envoies une superbe prise de vue avec non pas un mais trois magnifiques papillons qui vont se retrouver dans ma collection personnelle..
belle couleur et beaux détails ainsi que le BG
Bravo et merci ....JP

Hello Heinz, great Job,Perfecet details, BG, POV, DOF,perfect Job, TFS Kyle

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-06-02 11:28]

Hi Heinz,
Great b-fly, fantastic colours of wings, superb quality of photo. I like it a lot. Good job.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-02 11:53]

Hello Heinz,
Wow, a lot going on in this photograph :-) Excellent shot, beautiful detail and colours and perfect aperture selection to include the furthest Butterfly in the DOF. Great exposure and perfect framing/composition. Great shot.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-06-02 14:47]

very nice one Heinz,
well taken shot and good capture of the pov, the composition is nice , well you did a good job here, well done
gr. jaap

This is an incredible plate of jewels Heinz.
It is very difficult to get all these beauties in one shot at the same time but you have done it.
Great composition and the colors and details are superb.

Hi Einz, nice macro.
Full of details and colors.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-06-03 3:17]

A new butterfly for me, Heinz.
It is sooo beautiful. The colors and designs are just exquisite.
Fantastic details and excellent exposure in a great POV.
TFS. : )

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-06-04 12:28]

So beautiful Heinz!
Excellent POV with wings wide open!
Excellent DOF and details!
Very beautiful colours!
5* and TFS!

Hi Heniz

Very nice work. Thanks.

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