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Tiger (Vibilia?) Longwing Butterfly

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 11 May 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

A tiger longwing butterfly (Heliconius ismenius) (or is it a vibilia longwing?) spotted at the Peggy Notabaert Nature Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

Photo captured on April 5, 2011.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 200 105 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Beautiful capture and butterfly

11 May 2011 5:44am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

I love the radiant light - and great composition with the butterfly set against the layers of leaves.

11 May 2011 7:24am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

beautiful butterfly, very well captured

11 May 2011 7:43am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Terrific colours in this shot, wish I knew a bit more about flowers and insects. If I like them I shoot them!

11 May 2011 8:45am

@Curly: I'm no expert. :-) I have to admit that the Peggy Notabaert Nature Museum had two "cheat sheets" showing the many types of butterflies in the exhibit with their names and class. I took photos of those so I could identify them later.

Ilia from Rome, Italy

wildly lovely life:)

11 May 2011 9:24am

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

beautiful compo and amazing drawing on the wings of this butterfly!
very well seen and captured!

11 May 2011 9:29am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Wonderful color palette.

11 May 2011 10:49am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Hi Steve - Yes someone mentioned the light and I agree...the light is amazing in this image! JUst beautifully concentrated on the Tiger Longwing etc etc.. Serioulsy, he is a very beautiful butterfly!And the contrast between his colors and the light and those gorgeous leaves all goes together to make just a wonderful scene here!These are some of the things that I DO like about spring and summer....Beautiful job, Steven!

11 May 2011 2:49pm

franz from Baden, Austria

stunning clarity and strong colours! can't help you with the species, however ... ;-))

11 May 2011 7:11pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

I'd really like to have similar wildlife here! Very nice!

11 May 2011 9:51pm

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

Beautiful colors, great shot.

12 May 2011 12:55am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States


12 May 2011 12:57am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

The light and details are fabulous in this! Stunning colors too! Well done on this image, Steve!!!

12 May 2011 3:29am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

The beautiful butterfly provides such a contrast against the leaves. Lovely composition.

12 May 2011 2:43pm