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Orange-Barred Sulphur Butterfly by Eyal Nahmias

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An Orange-Barred Sulphur, Phoebis Philea, is sipping nectar from a flower Identification: Upperside of male bright yellow-orange; forewing has red-orange bar and hindwing has red-orange outer margin. The female, much larger than the male, has two forms, one off-white and the other yellow-orange. Both have upperside of forewing with solid black cell spot and a submarginal row of broken black smudges. Early Stages: Females lay eggs singly on leaves and flowers of host plants; caterpillars prefer to feed on the flowers. Caterpillar is yellow-green with black and yellow bands on the sides. It also has white-ringed reddish spots. Habitat: Open lowland sites such as forest edges, city gardens, parks, and road edges. Interesting Facts: Males of this species have a broad orange bar on the forewing, this gives rise to its common name. Range: Lowland tropical America, Brazil, Florida and the keys, rare but seen in Northeast states. Extremely vagrant in Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Connecticut. Interesting Facts: Males of this species have a broad orange bar on the forewing, this gives rise to its common name.



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  • Madeline M  Allen
    Madeline M Allenover 5 years ago

    BRAVO !!!!!!!! Well done Eyal !!

  • Thanks Madeline, Glad you like it. :-)

    – Eyal Nahmias

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanover 5 years ago

    MAGNIFICENT super photography …

  • Thanks ginnymac, much appreciated. :-)

    – Eyal Nahmias

  • jesika
    jesikaover 5 years ago

    Eyal + butterflies = MAGIC!

  • Humm, somehow I missed this equation in my math studies, but I’ll take it and try to solve my more complicated formulas with it. :-) Thanks jesika… :-))

    – Eyal Nahmias

  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkover 5 years ago

    another beautiful capture Eyal

  • thank You!

    – Eyal Nahmias

  • Lensman2008
    Lensman2008over 5 years ago

    Stunning shot, Eyal. Better than my Small Tortoishell.

  • Thanks lensman, I’m not here to judge your image, but I do like the color, composition and details…

    Thanks for the complement and support. :-)

    – Eyal Nahmias

  • InPort
    InPortover 5 years ago

    G’day Eyal,

    A very striking colour combination just makes me wamt to look at this very fine butterfly shot.
    Beautifully crisp, clear subject in glorious light, very well exposed and nicely composed.
    Nice work imdeed!


  • Thank you Dennis. I really enjoy your constructive comments and writing. Thanks for taking the time to review and comment on my work. I do appreciate it. :-)

    – Eyal Nahmias

  • julie08
    julie08over 5 years ago

    Fantastic shot – very beautiful:)

  • thanks Julie, as always, I appreciate your input. :-)

    – Eyal Nahmias

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 5 years ago

    Wow!! Excellent!!

  • Thanks Marvin. :-)

    – Eyal Nahmias

  • eddiepark
    eddieparkover 5 years ago

    great macro shot!!

  • Thanks a lot. Much appreciated. :-)

    – Eyal Nahmias

  • Lior Goldenberg
    Lior Goldenbergover 5 years ago

    Wonderful macro!

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