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Blue Morpho Butterfly (Morpho peleides / Spanish-Morfos or Azulás)- Shot in RAW
Blue Morpho Butterfly (Morpho peleides / Spanish-Morfos or Azulás)- Shot in RAW

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2007-04 (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Butterfly farm in Westford MA
Date: Apr 15, 2007
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125
Date Uploaded: Apr 26, 2007

Common Name: Blue Morpho Butterfly
Scientific Name: Morpho peleides limpida.

Family: Nymphalidae.

Subfamily: Morphinae.

Genus: Morpho, Fabricius, 1807.

Species: peleides.

FW Length: 64-78 mm.

Geographic Range: from sea level to 1800 m, on both slopes, in association with all forest habitats.

Host Plant (s): Macharium, Pterocarpus, Lonchocarpus, Mucuna. (Fabaceae).

Unique Characteristics: This is the most common species of morpho in Central America, and its floppy, zigzag flight along rivers and forest edges and through coffee plantations is a familiar sight.

Metamorphosis Time Life (days)
Egg Caterpillar Chysalis Butterfly Life
16 60 22-30 21

Went out shooting for the insects challenge, forgot to change the camera to jpg mode, so this beauty ended up here.

Place: 359 out of 573
Avg (all users): 5.4620
Avg (commenters): 5.6667
Avg (participants): 5.3197
Avg (non-participants): 5.8163
Views since voting: 4408
Views during voting: 234
Votes: 171
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0

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06/12/2009 10:29:29 PM
stunning colours .. love that iridescent looking blue .. :)
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10/11/2007 08:24:56 AM
Great color tones and DOF. Beautiful image.
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06/24/2007 10:39:03 PM
Very eye-catching! I have yet to get this nice of a butterfly shot. They just don't cooperate for me! I agree with the comments about cropping tighter, especially up from the bottom. The butterfly itself is nice a clear and vibrant.
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06/08/2007 07:58:17 AM
I would like to see this one cropped much tighter around that butterfly as it is so beautiful.....
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06/01/2007 07:27:34 AM
Oh My Gosh!! 10 +..
Stunning!!I love this photo..
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05/31/2007 07:40:57 PM
stunning colors!!
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05/31/2007 02:22:51 PM
Great color saturation and nice focus on the butterfly ... the spiderweb in the lower left is distracting to my eye ... makes me think the image is scratched ... I'd try a tighter crop to eliminate the web along with the stems from the leaves ... both of those things compete for attention with that gorgeous butterfly ...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2007 09:18:41 PM
Very pretty. I love a beautiful butterfly.
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05/07/2007 02:43:45 AM
I would crop out the lower right portion of the image to focus more on the butterfly, center the butterfly in your shot, full framed. the detaling on the wings is very beautiful.
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05/05/2007 11:09:08 AM
I saw this on Dora the explorer! (I've a young son) Nice catch!
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05/04/2007 09:49:39 AM
Too much title.
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05/03/2007 08:13:14 PM
these blue Morpho guys sure are getting popular around here. Nice colors, the leaf in foreground does compete for my eye
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05/03/2007 02:24:08 PM
Congratulations on shooting in RAW. :)
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05/03/2007 01:24:53 AM
shot in RAW? what doest that have to do with anything?
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05/01/2007 03:16:44 PM
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