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Brown Clipper Butterfly

Brown Clipper Butterfly
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-29 6:00
Viewed: 5075
Points: 36
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Brown Clipper Butterfly

This is a Brown Clipper Butterfly. It is a bit old and ragged, but still looks a beauty. I have posted a few photos of this popular butterfly, and you can see them here and here.

So now I want to talk about:

What is a butterfly?
Butterflies belong to the class Insecta.

With around one million named species and perhaps many more unnamed, insects account for a great majority of the species of animals on earth.

Butterflies are in the order of insects called Lepidoptera.
With Lepidoptera is derived from the Latin word "lepido" which means scale + "ptera" which means wing. Butterflies have a head, thorax, abdomen, two antennae, six legs and a coiled proboscis for drinking liquids such as flower nectar. Butterflies have four wings that are usually covered by colored scales.

Butterflies are very important in our world.
There are more than 20,000 different kinds of butterflies in the world.
With the majority being found in tropical environments. Butterflies are important as plant pollinators and as food for other animals (birds, mammals, spiders, and other insects). Butterflies are also very sensitive to changes in the environment, and help warn us about unhealthy changes that are taking place


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Hi Janice,
Very good composition.
Composition : 5
Sharpness : 5
Colour : 5
Depth Of Field: 4
Point Of View : 5
Background : 4
Contrast : 5
Focus : 5

Framework : 5
Note : 5

Selamlar / Regards.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-29 6:17]

Una bonita captura Janice, con nitidez y el detalle de las alas deterioradas, posiblemente por el viento y el paso del tiempo.
Buen DOF y colorido, aunque personalmente, el encuadre me parece algo simétrico... tal vez una ligera rotación hubiese optimizado la composición, pero sólo es un punto de vista.
Saludos... Ricardo

Nice capture Janice, with clarity and the detail of those deteriorated wings, possibly for the wind and the passs of time.
Good DOF and coloring, although personally, the framing seems something symmetrical... perhaps a slight rotation has optimized the composition, but it is only a point of view.
Greetings... Ricardo

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-08-29 6:54]

Hello Janice!

Very old and tired Clipper. Heavy damaged wings. Lovely colours and patterns - central part of its body and wings look like made from amber velvet. Nice composition and BG. Great picture my friend, different from our butterflies but very nice :-)

It's an old clipper Janice.
well taken shot, good in composition and nice details, very nice job janice.
gr. jaap

Hello Janice, excllent colors, Bg, POV DOF perfect details, very crisp, excllent work, TFs kyle

Hi Janice,
Yes this one is way past his prime, but the beauty is still there. I love butterflies for the colors and intricate patterns and detail. It comes out well in your shot here. A lot of days I feel like that butterfly looks. You are spot on with the exposure here. Very nice!

Bonjour Janice
Félicitation tu nous envoies encore une superbe prise de vue d'un trčs jolie papillon qui va se retrouver dans ma collection . Belle composition
belle couleur et beau BG ainsi que les beaux détails.
Bravo et merci....JP

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-08-29 8:18]

Hi Janice, nice shot. Excellent lighting with good details and colours, nice work. TFS.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-29 10:46]

Hello Janice,
What happen to your little fellow ? His wings have damage... Stop the camera and do the nurse ;-)

Hello Janice.
Great - old Brown Clipper on Heater pipe! This is a great butterfly shot. I love it. Excellent sharpness, great POV and very nice colours. I have a picture from an very old Morpho(20 days old) with very damaged wings. Thank you for posting my friend.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-29 16:54]

Wow, this is a beautiful butterfly Janice. Colors are great and composition is excellent. 20,000 kind of butterflies? That's amazing! (I read your notes too!:-)) Well done & TFS!


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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-08-29 23:00]

Nice 'fly Janice. A great specimen. Good shot, too. Nice light and color. Good capture. Great focus on the abdomen.

Good morning Janice,
Just time for a quick visit.
Nice capture. enjoy the rest of the week.

Hello Janice,

What an amazing picture of this great butterfly you are offering today! It should be a veteran: damaged but alive! I like the nice green blurry bg which compliments so well the insect (even the antennas). Great pov and position of the butterfly! I'm just wandering that using a aperture of f8.0 instead of f6.3 you could have get maybe the 2 wings in focus... Great picture of a butterfly I didn't know until today! TFS,


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-30 15:05]

Hello Janice,
lovely butterfly, very detailed and sharp close up. Excellent POV and stands out very well from the OOF BG.Lovely composition with wonderful colors.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-08-31 3:59]

Hello Janice,
Very nice close up.Colors,contrast,BG,lighting and framing are wonderful.

It is a pitty that this gorgeous butterfly is allready old and with broken wings, yet it is a beautiful picture. Great composition and sharpness achieved here.
Very well done.
Thanks for sharing.
My best regards,


Very nice composition. The butterfly is very old and tired but still very nice. Excellent colours and sharpness.


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