Costa Rican Butterflies
|Copyright: ROBERTO INTILE (rintile)
|Date Taken: 2010-05-15|
|Categories: Nature, Macro|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-05-20 8:30|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Heliconius erato is a butterfly commonly known under a variety of names, such as the "Red Postman", the "Small Postman", the "Red Passion Flower Butterfly", or the "Crimson-Patched Longwing". It is one of about 40 Neotropical species belonging to the genus Heliconius. The species is remarkably variable in color and form throughout northern South America, depending on location, and its various appearances can be difficult to distinguish from various other Heliconius butterflies such as Heliconius sara, also known as the Sara Longwing. Particularly hard to distinguish is the related Heliconius melpomene, or "The Postman", which mimics almost all the color forms of Heliconius erato; color forms are synchronized between the two throughout their common habitats. It is likely the clade containing Heliconius erato radiated first, establishing the wing pattern diversity found in both species of butterfly. Heliconius erato is up to about 5.7 cm (2.25 inches) in wingspan with a jerky unelegance in flight.|
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- [2010-05-21 5:24]
The pattern and colours are well reproduced!
The level point of view works well, DoF spot on isolates the butterfly nicely in the setting...
A balanced framing with good feeling of depth!