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Costa Rican Ringlet - 4 legs only!?

Costa Rican Ringlet - 4 legs only!?
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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of middle America, Satyrinae - Worldwide [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-03 8:43
Viewed: 4205
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ringlets or Satyrine butterflies often do not show spectacular wing colour patterns and are often overlooked among the more beautiful species, in particular in a butterfly-rich country such as Costa Rica.
The species shown belongs to a subgroup of the Satyrinae, the tribe (= a genera Group) Euptychiini which includes more than 390 neotropical species. Members of this group have dull brown coloration of the wing upperside. On the underside, however, you find some peculiar markings - lines, dots and eye-spots. These markings may allow identification of the species.

Please note that this insect appears to have
- 4 legs only - !! However, it has 3 pairs ... really:
The first pair is very short and not visible buried in the scales and 'hairs' as is usual for Satyrinae and also for some other butterfly groups.

The species shown here is
-- Cissia calixta
-- Nymphalidae, Satyrinae, Euptychiini
It occurs from Costa Rica southwards to Ecuador and is found in mountain regions above 800 m.
The specimen shown here was found on a mountain pass in the Sierre de Tilaran not far from Santa Elena in Costa Rica.
With some instructions, the picture was taken by my 14-years old son Fabian, it's one of his first 'works'.
He and me hope that you like this 'Premiere'-shot.

Forewing length: about 18 mm.

- Natural light
- No flash, no tripod

- DeVries P.J. (1987) The Butterflies of Costa Rica and their Natural History. Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae. - Princeton University Press.
- D'Abrera B. (1988) Butterflies of the Neotropical Region, Part V Nymphalidae (Conc.) & Satyridae. - Hill House.

uleko, extramundi, carper, SkyF, coasties, peter_stoeckl, wallhalla15, eruyanik, Argus has marked this note useful
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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-03 9:14]

Hi Peter

I agree , many satyrs are beautiful in their own way but are not colourful so don't get the attention.Good job on this one.Lovely detail with an excellent POV and DOF.Good colouration and composition.Similar to some of the species we have here.TFS


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-03 9:47]

Superb sharp shot. Nice composition and I like the brown gentle colours. Congratulations to Fabian!
TFS, Ulla

It is a good moody shot. It is nice to see the dark details and the shining BG, makes a good effect. DOF is great too. I think a little dark frame would be perfect :)
TFS, have a nice day.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-09-03 12:05]

very good one Peter,
the composition is very good, the point of view is good, the dof is perfect, very lovely shot, good job.
gr. jaap

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-09-03 13:21]

Hallo Peter,
Die Zeichnung auf dden Fluegeln sieht einfach toll aus, man muß sich immer wieder wundern, was die Natur alles hervorbringt.Ein wirklich tolles Makro mit guter Bildgestaltung und farblich abgestimmten Hintergrund. Schaerfe und Perspektive sind auch prima.
Gruss.. Sky

Hi Peter

There are so many different species of butterfly in this magnificent World. Here is another new species to me. Excellent low POV to shot a pretty wing pattern. Very nice work. TFS.

Hallo Peter,
Gratulation an Fabian, der diesen Vierbeiner in perfekter Schärfe und in idealer Pose mit seinen Augenflecken und seinen schönen blau-schwarz gestreiften Facettenaugen festgehalten hat!
Schön zu sehen, dass auch die Berge des tropisch farbenfrohen Costa Rica von zurückhaltend gefärbten Mohrenfaltern bewohnt sind, und schön, diese selten gezeigten Exoten hier in allen Details abgelichtet und beschrieben zu finden.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

Hello Peter!
What a great browny one! Beautiful wing with that patterns. Like the pov a lot and the environment. Great post!

Hallo Peter,
Glückwunsch an Deinen Sohn! Sehr schönes Foto von diesem Augenfalter. Sehr gute Schärfe, Tiefenschärfe und natürliche Farben. Sehr guter Blickwinkel und von Dir eine tadellose Bemerkung. Dein Fabian hat ein technisch einwandfreies Foto geschossen! Danke Euch für diesen interessanten Falter.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-09-03 16:07]

Hello Peter,
Congratulations to Fabian for this shot and to father for guidance! It has all the attributes of a good butterfly shot, even though it is less colourful than most, but there are many beautifully coloured satyrs as well!
Regards to you both, Ivan

  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-09-03 18:14]

Hola Peter,
Estos insectos son de coloridos diferentes formas tamaños... pero todos ellos preciosos, buen trabajo y saludos.

Good first shot from your young son.
Great place to learn photography, lucky him.
Good POV and sharpness.

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