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Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye
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Copyright: cecilia lazzaro (cecilia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 6 N: 1224] (4630)
Género: Animals
Medio: Color
Tomada el: 2006-08-20
Categorías: Insects
Exposición: f/9.0, 1/20 segundos
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Versión de la foto: Versión original, Workshop
Fecha enviada: 2006-08-20 23:32
Vista: 7900
Favoritos: 2 [Ver]
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Family: Nymphalidae, Brush-footed Butterflies view all from this family

Description 2-2 1/2" (51-63 mm). Wings scalloped and rounded except at drawn-out FW tip. Highly variable. Above, tawny-brown to dark brown; 2 orange bars in FW cell, orange submarginal band on HW, white band diagonally crossing FW. 2 bright eyespots on each wing above: on FW, 1 very small near tip and 1 large eyespot in white FW bar; on HW, 1 large eyespot near upper margin and 1 small eyespot below it. Eyespots black, yellow-rimmed, with iridescent blue and lilac irises. Beneath, FW resembles above in lighter shades; HW eyespots tiny or absent, rose-brown to tan, with vague crescent-shaped markings.

Similar Species West Indian Buckeye lighter and redder, has smaller eyespots of nearly equal size on HW above.

Life Cycle Egg dark green, stubby, ribbed, flat-topped. Caterpillar, to 1 1/4" (32 mm), dark or greenish to blackish-gray with orange and yellowish markings. Wide variety of host plants include plantain (Plantaginaceae), figwort (Schrophulariaceae), stonecrop (Crassulaceae), and vervain ( Verbenaceae) families. Chrysalis, to 1" (25 mm), mottled pale brown.

Flight 2-4 broods; year-round in Deep South, elsewhere March-October.

Habitat Shorelines, roadsides, railroad embankments, fields and meadows, swamp edges, and other open places.

Range Resident throughout South, in North to east and west of Rockies to Oregon, Ontario, and New England.

Discussion Although the Buckeye flies in summer throughout much of North America south of the Canadian taiga, it is not able to overwinter very far north. In the autumn along the East Coast, there are impressive southward emigrations. In places such as Cape May, New Jersey, the October hordes of Buckeyes drifting southward rival those of Monarchs in number and spectacle. The classification of Buckeyes has puzzled generations of lepidopterists. They are sometimes listed under the genus Precis (which includes the Old World species) and under the old species name lavinia. The Dark Buckeye (J. nigrosuffusa) is nearly black above, with buff wing tips, orange fore wing cell bars, and smallish, blue-centered eyespots. The underside looks very different: the fore wing is orange, black, and buff with a prominent, blue-centered spot, while the hind wing is clear sandy-buff, crossed by a vague brown line or band, and has minute eyespots near the margin. This species dwells in the canyons of the Southwest from southeastern California and Arizona across southern Texas into Mexico. Its caterpillars feed on Stemodia, a member of the figwort family. Adults fly in the fall.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-21 0:11]

Hi Cecilia.
Brilliant shot of butterfly. Bravo.
I think this is one of the best photos of butterfly. Great colours and details. Impressive colourful BG. Perfect DOF and POV. My congratulations.

very nice shot. it does seem a bit subdued though.

Bellissima foto Cecilia!
Stupendi i colori di questa farfalla, belli i dettagli e ottima composizione, brava!


Hi Cecilia

Wow... this is a beautiful butterfly. Lovely wing pattern. Good saturation of colour. Nicely composed and presented. Thank you!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-21 2:27]

Hi Cecilia,
This is a really nice shot of the buckeye.
I have never seen one with so much gray.
Ours are much more orangy-brown.
I really like the colors on that one.
Very sharp details, excellent exposure and DOF, beautiful composition.
TFS. : )

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  • JobeyM (26)
  • [2006-08-21 3:00]

A well presented shot. All the important bits are well focused. I wait for ages to get a shot like this with spread wings, but they usually fly off before I am able. Very well done.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-21 4:12]

Hi Cecilia

This really is a splendid shot! A very good capture of a very beautiful butterfly!
Excellent POV, with the wings wide opened, nice sharp details, lovely colors and light. also great are the DOF, the blurry BG, the framing abd the cimposition.
As i said, really well done!

A brg Bravo and TSF

Superbe papillon plein de détail.
Bonne journée.

Perfect, nothing more to say!

it's a sweety Cecilia,
veery nice composition, good soft colouts and fine light, good details and a very nice point of view, very nice job.
gr. jaap

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-21 6:38]

Hi Ceclia
Beautiful butterfly shot. Great colours, light, sharpnes, etails, BG and POV. Also good note and frame.
Well done Cecilia


Hello Cecilia,

Excellent shot.
Great exposition, colors, sharp, POV and DOF.
Well done!

TFS :-)

Hi Cecilia,
Very sharp and neat picture. Greatly captured and nicely composed. Excellent shot.

Ben lakitan

Attractive species and well captured.
Good composition and OOF background.
Good sharpness and DOF.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-21 7:36]

Hi Cecilia,
Smart shot of this beautiful bf. Colors, sharpness, pov, dof, gb, composition and even frame make a aesthetic portrait.
TFS, José M.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2006-08-21 7:52]

Brilliant shot of a fantastic butterfly! I can't remember seeing this before. Very sharp, beautiful colours and nice background.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Cecilia,
Excellent color, DOF, light and.. what a beauty! Perfect specimen.
I like the framing, POV, details, and smooth OOF BG also :)
Very well done.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-21 8:07]

Hello Cecilia,
Beautiful butterfly very well captured. POV is excellent to show of the wonderful markings. Sharpness, colors and composition are great.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-21 13:09]

What a lovely butterfly in a superb shot. The design on the wings is beautiful and I like to see the six "eyes". Colors, sharpness and DOF are excellent. Congratulations Cecie for this great job and TFS.

Hello cecile, Very nicecolos, Bg, POV DOF is perfect everything on the butterfly is in focus. nice details, very crisp, I really like the colors balance of this photo A lot, Nice work, TFS Kyle

What an amazing buterfly Cecilia!
Such beautiful colors and composition.
Very well done.
Thanks for sharing.
My best regards,


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-08-21 23:20]

Bonjour Cecilia!

Cette prise est magnifique. Le papillon a des couleurs sublimes et la composition génerale est excellente.



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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-22 7:21]

Una pequeña belleza Cecilia... tanto la mariposa como la composición que lograste.
Bellos colorido, gran nitidez y un encuadre simétrico muy estético.
Apropiado DOF y POV con el fondo difuso que no interfiere con el plano principal de la imagen.
Cordiales saludos... Ricardo

A little beauty Cecilia... as much the butterfly as the composition that you achieved.
Beautiful coloring, great clarity and a symmetrical framing very aesthetic.
Suitable DOF and POV with the diffuse bottom that doesn't interfere with the main plan of the image.
Cordial greetings... Ricardo

Hi Cecilia,

Nice capture of this lovely butterfly! Perfect details and exposure. Brilliant natural colors! Elegant framing! I like everything about this photo but I just wish the butterfly wasn't placed exactly in the middle of the picture. A little bit lower would have been perfect! One of the best rendered butterflies on TN! Great note too! TFS!


Hi Cecilia!
My good fortune that I came across this amazing image by chance; I had missed it during my absence from TN during August.
I must say that this is perhaps the most aesthetically satisfying image of a butterfly I have ever seen on TN. It is just marvellous!
Words fail to describe the essence of its beauty.
I wish I could give this picture 100 points in a single go!
Warm regards.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-11-07 2:51]

Hola Cecilia, que maravilloso disparo, una mariposa muy original, compo. excelente y Bg. Una imagen para disfrutar, TFS. Muchos saludos

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-11-10 10:31]

Excellent POV,fantastic shot..Nice details..!!TFS!!

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-12-18 23:05]

You have a beautiful buckeye photo with rich, well saturated colors and exceptional focus. It is a bit on the dark side, but the workshop by trinko certainly brightend it up.
It is only a matter of personal taste, but I think I would crop from top and from bottom to give retangular shape.

Absolutely gorgeous Cecilia.. This is a beautiful capture that shows this mariposa off extremely well. :)


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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-03-20 13:40]

Hi Cecilia,
This is a great shot with nice composition and presentation.
I love the colors on the Butterfly and the crisp details.

Hello Cecilia,
Beautiful image. The butterfly is a gem as well.
Nice presentation...
Well done

Que dire ? C'est incroyable, encore une vrai merveille de la nature !

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-12-19 5:28]

absolutely fantastic!
great focus and details.
perfect timing.


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