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Copyright: Goutham Ramesh (goutham_ramesh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 154 N: 2871] (12237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 180 Macro Ex HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): GouthamButterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-08 11:38
Viewed: 3194
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi All,
First happy belated friendship day to all of you. I am back after some hibernation!! Last week i visited butterfly pavilion in ARTIS and got this specimen. This time i carried a mono-pod!
This is "Siproeta stelenes" which is the scientific name for the malachite, a brush-footed butterfly. The malachite has large wings which are black and brilliant green or yellow-green on the uppersides and light brown and olive green on the undersides. It is named for the mineral malachite, which is similar in color to the bright green on the butterfly's wings. The wingspread is typically between 8.5 and 10 cm. The malachite is found throughout Central America, where it is one of the most common butterfly species. Its distribution extends as far north as southern Texas and the tip of Florida, to Cuba and south to Brazil.

Adults feed on flower nectar, rotting fruit, dead animals, and bat dung. Females lay eggs on the new leaves of plants in the Acanthaceae family, especially ruellia. The larvae are horned, spiny black caterpillars with red markings.

Source :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malachite_%28butterfly%29

Hope you ppl will like it

Goutham R

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-08-08 11:41]

Hi Goutham,
You caught a very nice looking butterfly with a nice pattern on the wings and with nice looking colours.
You captured this one with good pov and an nice composition.
Great sharpness and details. Realy makes the butterfly stand out against the dark bg.

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-08-08 11:43]

Glad to see you back in TN Goutham. Excellent shot with fine focus, sharpness and details. A colourful butterfly. i wonder how it will look like with open wings.The POV and DOF are excellent.

WOW goutham ,

a lovely macro with great details captured , the composition and very well captured. Love the framing and the beautifull colour u have catured on this guys wings.

TFs and very well done


Hello Goutham.
I can't avoid getting surprised once and again with the patterns and colours of this exotic beauties. I like your capture, but I felt it could gain some "life" adding some light to the scene, so I dared a WS, hope you dont mind.
Keep up the good work, best regads, Felipe.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-08 12:39]

Hi Goutham good to see your back . A very good close up shot to. the butterfly has some very good markings which you have captured so well.
veru good colours and detail. with a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notees too.

I am off to a butterfly farm in 2 weeks.

Hi Goutham,

Good to see you back MF.
Great shot
Superb use of flash
excellent sharpness, details, POV and DOF

TFS Thijs

Hi Goutham,very pretty butterfly, the colors are splendid.Cheer

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-08-08 14:17]

Hi Goutham,

Well captured with good POV,the colors and sharpness are outstanding,I like as well that the leaf is in focus ,something you dont see so often with these type of shots,tfs


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-08 14:29]

Hi Goutham,

A beauty for your return post! The colors and patterns on this butterfly are just beautiful. Fantastic details, colors and background.


Lovely color and I like the vertical comp here Goutham..Perfect use of flash to fill, sharp details with excellent DOF.
Well seen from the BG,
Very well done.

Hello Goutham,
Beautiful image of this lovely butterfly.
Composition and sharpness are excellent and I love the wondeful colors, color contrast and details.
Very well done.
By the way. Felipe (extramundi) did an excellent WS on this image by brighten it up a little.
Thanks for sharing and the good note.
Best wishes,

Hi Goutham,
An excellent capture of this colorful butterfly!
I like so much the POV and the clear view of the wings, with its beautiful patterns and colours.
The dark background really enhances the appreciation of the subject.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Gautham,
Nice to see beautiful pictures from you again.I was also out for some time and still out of India.Shot of this malachite looks great with good POV,colours and sharpness.
Thanks and TFS

Hi Goutham,
That is a great capture nice colors
sharp focus and POV. nice composition
well done TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

Goutham, Back with a bang? This is a beauty. Looks like you have used fill in flash. The background is excellent too.
- Murali Santhanam

Hi Goutham,
At last you are back. Same to you. A beautiful capture of this beautiful butterfly. Very nice colors and details. Mr. Felipe has made it more outstanding with the help of some PP. Both are great. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2007-08-09 5:28]

Goutham, Yes welcome and have a very happy friendship week. Now you know we are missing your such a lovely photograph for a long time. Hope you are keeping well. Ganesh

Great capture, Goutham! A very beautiful Butterfly. Excellent detail and color make it a joy to look at! Well done! Cheers, Klaus

Hi Goutham,
Welcome back!!! Wondering where were you so long without any pics upload all these days.....
This pic is absolutely great with aspects.


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