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Gonepteryx cleopatra is a medium sized butterfly with a wingspan of about 50-70 mm (2.0-2.8 inch). It is a sexually dimorphic species - the female has pale yellow or greenish wings, the male is darker yellow with an orange patch on the forewing. Both sexes have a forewing apical hook and brown dots in the center of each wing, and the underside of wings is light greenish yellow. The greenish colour, the shape and the pronounced venation on the hindwings give to these butterflies a good camouflage, making them resemble just leaves. The Cleopatra butterfly inhabits open woodland and scrub. The flight period is from May to August in most parts of its range, except Spain, where it is double-brooded and may fly almost all year. The adult hibernates in evergreen trees and shrubs.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:cleopatra
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:30 Jul 2013 - 5:40 AM
Tags:Butterfly, Close-up, Close-up / macro, General, Macro, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:80
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
30 Jul 2013 - 5:59 AM

Super info on these beauties Carol !!Three really lovely photos !!

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Ayoob
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30 Jul 2013 - 6:06 AM

Great set of images, carol
Wonderful light , colours and clarity....GrinGrinGrin

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bobsblues
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30 Jul 2013 - 6:13 AM

Good use of the sunlight Carol, super write up and excellent shots.SmileSmile
Rob

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Chinga
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30 Jul 2013 - 6:24 AM

Does look rather "Regal" Carol! Stunning camouflage ...
Beautiful green, and quite a mesmerizing set of images! IB

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Andysnapper
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30 Jul 2013 - 6:42 AM

Superb Carol, the last in especially pleasing.

Andy

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ColleenA
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30 Jul 2013 - 7:00 AM

A superb set as usual....great photographyGrinGrinGrinGrin....to answer your question we go back to the UK Manchester for the next Ashes cricket test

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ChiliMan
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30 Jul 2013 - 7:00 AM

You are so skilled at capturing these fellas so close and at such good angles, Carol. Love the light in this in Vs 1 and 2 too Smile Especially how it's coming through the wings AND making the bum visible through the wings Smile

Andrew

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WhiteRose1
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30 Jul 2013 - 7:07 AM

Well captured, Carol, and the shape/composition of v1 is a worthy leader.

Dave

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annettep38
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30 Jul 2013 - 7:17 AM

how beautifully the light shines through the wings! love the perch in the same texture,too.

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digital_boi
30 Jul 2013 - 7:34 AM

V1 for me Carol composition and light make it for me and a good write up as well

Graham

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HarrietH
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30 Jul 2013 - 7:39 AM

Beautiful. Most unfair of you to keep all these bugs captive and not let them fly over towards my camera. Wink Really super images all of them.

Harriet

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Badgerfred
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30 Jul 2013 - 7:46 AM

V1 my favourite Carol, nice set,
Fred.

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barbarahirst
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30 Jul 2013 - 7:47 AM

She is lovely

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andylea
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30 Jul 2013 - 7:49 AM

SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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Quoise
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30 Jul 2013 - 8:15 AM

Lovely detailed set

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AnnChown
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30 Jul 2013 - 8:17 AM

Unusual coloration but all the more beautiful for it. Beautifully taken Carol!
Ann

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RonnieAG
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30 Jul 2013 - 8:22 AM

Beautifully captured as ever by you, Carol: V 1 for me as it shows perhaps a wee bit more detail around the head ae.
Ronnie.

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Caziwinkles
30 Jul 2013 - 8:28 AM

Three great captures Carol and great write up too. V1 is stunning! Smile

Carol

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Mrsbass
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30 Jul 2013 - 9:06 AM

Wonderful trio Carol - I've never seen these before and they are so beautiful. Superb.

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ddolfelin
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30 Jul 2013 - 9:18 AM

Difficult to see how those images could be improved, Carol.
First class!

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30 Jul 2013 - 9:33 AM

Sharp where it matters Carol.
Ron

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powderpuff
30 Jul 2013 - 9:34 AM

Hello! I think that butter fly is lovely! the light through the wings makes it stand out, hope I can learn to do that! I'm just starting got a lot to learn, love your photo, Camellia.Grin

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30 Jul 2013 - 9:40 AM

Your work is a pleasure to view Carol.
Joan.

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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 - 10:18 AM

Brilliant...

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sparrowhawk
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30 Jul 2013 - 10:25 AM

beautiful

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prabhusinha
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30 Jul 2013 - 10:31 AM

Why on earth named Cleopatra ? Must be for the nose. Love the pic quality.

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30 Jul 2013 - 10:32 AM

Beautiful captures Carol with wonderful light.
Gary

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30 Jul 2013 - 11:21 AM

Three incredibly well captured photographs each bursting with superb clarity and detail throughout Carol.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin

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Irishkate
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30 Jul 2013 - 11:23 AM

Just like a leaf indeed - despite the camouflage you always find them.
I love the backlighting on V1 and V2 .Excellent write up.
KateGrinGrinGrinGrin

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TonyDy
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30 Jul 2013 - 11:37 AM

Great work, Carol.
Tony

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PattiW
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30 Jul 2013 - 11:44 AM

Excellent Carol! I still can't believe you achieve this quality of work with a point and shoot! I am soooooo jealous! This is a real beauty! PattiSmile

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lonely_oryx
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30 Jul 2013 - 11:46 AM

Beautifully captured close ups

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richmowil
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30 Jul 2013 - 2:04 PM

Class!! Carol

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Bravdo
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30 Jul 2013 - 2:27 PM

Excellent macro work. now thats camouflage for you.GrinGrin

Barry

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ChristineD
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30 Jul 2013 - 3:58 PM

Great set of images with fabulous lighting

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GeorgePlatis
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30 Jul 2013 - 4:29 PM

Excellent captures, informative writing and beautiful presentation, Carol!!
George

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EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 - 4:30 PM

Three beautiful captures Smile

Eileen

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pluckyfilly
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30 Jul 2013 - 4:37 PM

Has to be V1 with V2 a close contender

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georgiepoolie
30 Jul 2013 - 4:41 PM

Fantastic macro images.

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nickyv32
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30 Jul 2013 - 5:11 PM

No 1 for me Carol, great set x

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30 Jul 2013 - 5:27 PM

I actually saw some butterflies today, small white ones (cabbage whites?) but not as exotic as yours Carol! Wink A fine set, with V1 being my fave Smile
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30 Jul 2013 - 5:59 PM

Fantastic work as always Carol. Sorry I've missed some lately.
Brian

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AnneWorner
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30 Jul 2013 - 6:27 PM

I love how these have wings that resemble leaves. Very good detail especially on 1 and 2 and I do like the light coming through the wings.

Anne

(Had a nice dinner out yesterday evening Smile)

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30 Jul 2013 - 6:40 PM

Wow, must look for these guys in Spain.

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30 Jul 2013 - 7:11 PM

Top class images Carol, I can't choose between them, v3 is something special!

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30 Jul 2013 - 7:13 PM

i think I peer V1 simply because of the light which you have used so well.```````

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30 Jul 2013 - 8:07 PM

Certainly does look like a leaf. Well captured. Moira

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30 Jul 2013 - 8:18 PM

Nice back light Carol - V2 for eye detail.
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30 Jul 2013 - 8:48 PM

lovely Carol with the sun in behind
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ChrisWallace
31 Jul 2013 - 11:26 AM

Lovely images Carol, is this the one we call the Brimstone?
Chris

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maratsuikka
1 Aug 2013 - 8:09 AM

ALL THE YEAR IN SPAIN WOW

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2 Aug 2013 - 10:26 PM

You've nailed these Carol, the light through the wings is wonderful. Some of the Cretian butterflies must be huge if this one is only considered medium!

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