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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: 2007-07-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 180 Macro Ex HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): GouthamButterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-24 8:51
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Points: 20
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Hi all,

Today's menu is "Zebra Longwing" shot at ARTIS butterfly pavilion. I have been trying to show these kinds of POV's of butterflies for sometime now and I like the details. This is not a crop :-)

Zebra longwings (Heliconius charitonius), has a long black wings striped with faint yellow.
Zebras fly slowly and don't startle easily, making them easy to follow and observe. A zebra resting at dusk can be gently coaxed to climb on your finger and to return, unflustered, to its perch. Zebras roost in groups, returning to the same location each night.
Zebra longwings feed on nectar and pollen. They are the only butterflies known to eat pollen which is probably why they have a long lifespan of about six months. If denied pollen, they live a more typical lifespan of about one month.Zebras are especially fond of the nectar of plants of the Verbena family. During the spring and early summer, the zebras in gardens of Florida( It is their state symbol) concentrate on the red pentas and occasionally visit the blue porterweed nearby. During the late summer, their attention shifts to the golden dewdrop. In winter, they're attracted to poinsettia flowers.
Passion vines host zebra eggs and larvae. Passion vines contain toxins that are consumed by the larvae and make the adult butterflies poisonous to predators. The tiny (1.2mm x 0.7mm) yellow egg is usually laid on new foliage, sometimes in a group. The newly emerging caterpillar is yellow. It will go through four or five instars (moltings), becoming white with six bands of black spots and black branched spines and a greenish-white head that is also spotted and has two spines. When it pupates it forms a chrysalis that looks like a spiny curled, dried leaf. If disturbed, the chrysalis makes a rasping sound.The entire process, from the time the egg is laid until the butterfly emerges, is dependent on temperature, taking longer during cool weather. Under optimum conditions, it make take as little as three weeks.

Source : http://www.nsis.org/butterfly/butterfly-sp-long-zebra.html

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Yours is a different species but this perspective reminds me a lot of a favorite butterfly picture of mine I took at the Desert Botanical Gardens butterfly pavilion in Phoenix, Arizona USA.

My similar butterfly picture:
A Butterfly Profile (click here)
(Sorry, I don't know the species of mine)

I'm a fan of butterfly imagery and my best captures are in a PBase gallery located here:
Butterfly Gallery (click here)

Una macro estupenda con un color y nitidez fabulosos.
Buena nota amigo.
Saludos, JL.

Hi Goutham,

This is an Excellent close-up shot of the Heliconius charitonius
Superb sharpness and details
the BF stands out really well against the blurred BG

TFS Thijs
ps. please let me know what time you had in mind to go to "Blijdorp"

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-24 10:51]

Hi Goutham. A very good close up shot of the Zebra Longwing. excellent detail and sharp focusing. with rich colours and good use of the light. which has made the markings stand out well. you have captured a nice POV/DOF.very well done TFS. good notes too.

have a good weekend.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-08-24 10:54]

Detail, color, sharpness. Well done!

Hi Goutham
Beautiful shot. Perfect composition, great POV Unususal idea. Perfect colors, sharpnes and buckground
I like it very much
Best wishese

Hi Goutham,a lovely butterfly,good shot

Increible ampliación de gran elegancia por las formas y colores. El encuadre es sobresaliente y demustra gran dominio de la técnica. Fondo a juego. Una excelente toma.
Saludos Goutham.

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2007-08-25 4:34]

Superbe. Un saludo

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2007-08-26 1:10]

Goutham, It looks like you went too close to the shot. Excellent sharpness and lovely pOV

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