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By CarolG  
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.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Butterfly Close-up Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: Hermanus, Ayoob, Pinnace and 77 more


Hermanus 8 4 South Africa
30 Jul 2013 5:59AM
Super info on these beauties Carol !!Three really lovely photos !!
Ayoob 9 Australia
30 Jul 2013 6:06AM
Great set of images, carol
Wonderful light , colours and clarity....GrinGrinGrin
bobsblues 10 10 2 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 6:13AM
Good use of the sunlight Carol, super write up and excellent shots.SmileSmile
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 6:24AM
Does look rather "Regal" Carol! Stunning camouflage ...
Beautiful green, and quite a mesmerizing set of images! IB
Andysnapper 12 109 25 England
30 Jul 2013 6:42AM
Superb Carol, the last in especially pleasing.

ColleenA Plus
8 464 7 Australia
30 Jul 2013 7:00AM
A superb set as usual....great answer your question we go back to the UK Manchester for the next Ashes cricket test
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
30 Jul 2013 7:00AM
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

Jasper87 Plus
10 2.6k 158 England
30 Jul 2013 7:07AM
Well captured, Carol, and the shape/composition of v1 is a worthy leader.

annettep38 9 220 42 Luxembourg
30 Jul 2013 7:17AM
how beautifully the light shines through the wings! love the perch in the same texture,too.
30 Jul 2013 7:34AM
V1 for me Carol composition and light make it for me and a good write up as well

HarrietH Plus
10 303 Portugal
30 Jul 2013 7:39AM
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.

30 Jul 2013 7:46AM
V1 my favourite Carol, nice set,
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 7:47AM
She is lovely
andylea 12 37 1 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 7:49AM
User_Removed 7 920 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 8:15AM
Lovely detailed set
AnnChown Plus
10 207 1 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 8:17AM
Unusual coloration but all the more beautiful for it. Beautifully taken Carol!
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
30 Jul 2013 8:22AM
Beautifully captured as ever by you, Carol: V 1 for me as it shows perhaps a wee bit more detail around the head ae.
Caziwinkles 8 3 1 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 8:28AM
Three great captures Carol and great write up too. V1 is stunning! Smile

Mrsbass 8 2 1 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 9:06AM
Wonderful trio Carol - I've never seen these before and they are so beautiful. Superb.
ddolfelin Plus
9 103 3 Wales
30 Jul 2013 9:18AM
Difficult to see how those images could be improved, Carol.
First class!
rontear Plus
17 23 9 England
30 Jul 2013 9:33AM
Sharp where it matters Carol.
30 Jul 2013 9:34AM
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
11 10 10 England
30 Jul 2013 9:40AM
Your work is a pleasure to view Carol.
boov 8 2 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 10:18AM
sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 10:25AM
prabhusinha 12 5 5 India
30 Jul 2013 10:31AM
Why on earth named Cleopatra ? Must be for the nose. Love the pic quality.
Growmore 11 4 3 England
30 Jul 2013 10:32AM
Beautiful captures Carol with wonderful light.
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 11:21AM
Three incredibly well captured photographs each bursting with superb clarity and detail throughout Carol.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
Irishkate Plus
10 42 118 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 11:23AM
Just like a leaf indeed - despite the camouflage you always find them.
I love the backlighting on V1 and V2 .Excellent write up.
TonyDy Plus
11 52 3 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 11:37AM
Great work, Carol.
PattiW 15 24 2 United States
30 Jul 2013 11:44AM
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
lonely_oryx 13 61 55 England
30 Jul 2013 11:46AM
Beautifully captured close ups
richmowil Plus
11 414 2 England
30 Jul 2013 2:04PM
Class!! Carol
Bravdo 12 17 2 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 2:27PM
Excellent macro work. now thats camouflage for you.GrinGrin

30 Jul 2013 3:58PM
Great set of images with fabulous lighting
30 Jul 2013 4:29PM
Excellent captures, informative writing and beautiful presentation, Carol!!
EileenH 7 1 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 4:30PM
Three beautiful captures Smile

pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 4:37PM
Has to be V1 with V2 a close contender
30 Jul 2013 4:41PM
Fantastic macro images.
nickyv32 Plus
13 135 England
30 Jul 2013 5:11PM
No 1 for me Carol, great set x
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
30 Jul 2013 5:27PM
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
Trev Smile
Brian65 11 2 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 5:59PM
Fantastic work as always Carol. Sorry I've missed some lately.
AnneWorner 13 620 43 United States
30 Jul 2013 6:27PM
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.


(Had a nice dinner out yesterday evening Smile)
LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 6:40PM
Wow, must look for these guys in Spain.
marktc Plus
10 101 15 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 7:11PM
Top class images Carol, I can't choose between them, v3 is something special!
danbrann 16 640 17
30 Jul 2013 7:13PM
i think I peer V1 simply because of the light which you have used so well.```````
moiral 10 12 Scotland
30 Jul 2013 8:07PM
Certainly does look like a leaf. Well captured. Moira
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 50 England
30 Jul 2013 8:18PM
Nice back light Carol - V2 for eye detail.
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 8:48PM
lovely Carol with the sun in behind
31 Jul 2013 11:26AM
Lovely images Carol, is this the one we call the Brimstone?
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
2 Aug 2013 10:26PM
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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