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Owl Butterfly (Caligo Memnon)

By teocali
I spent a lovely day at the RHS Wisley on Friday where they are holding a butterfly event in their hot-house. The atmosphere was tropical and it took nearly 30 mins for my camera to warm up and get rid of the condensation. It was a pleasure to meet up with EPZ members Maiwand, Doghouse 765 and peter_oak who were also enjoying the chance of photographing the beautiful butterflies loose in the greenhouse.
This is the Owl Butterfly (Caligo Memnon) and native of Costa Rica. It is a large specimen and most of them were intent on sleeping or feeding, with wings furled, showing their wonderful "owl" eye. Unfurled wings are a glorious dusky bluey-purpley brown and when in flight the wings flap slowly and they then glide, in ghostlike fashion - fascinating. Hope you enjoy this series.
Settings varied between F7.1 and F4, 1/250sec, ISO 400 - 160, sometimes in AV and sometimes in manual, handheld

View large - F11 if you have time - there is a lot of detail.

Thank you all so much for your super response to my last two uploads - I am overwhelmed and very grateful Smile

Tags: General Butterfly Owl Close-up Costa rica Close-up and macro Rhs Wisley Wildlife and nature Caligo memnon Butterfly event

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norton 12 6 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2009 10:25PM
Lovely detail and colour,superb shot Sylvia,well captured...................


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Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
14 Feb 2009 10:25PM
Some fantastic butterfly captures, such great clarity and detail in these.
14 Feb 2009 10:28PM
Very well detailed macro shots.
SMlLER 7 9
14 Feb 2009 10:33PM
WOW. Really well taken.
TerryMcK 7 71 2 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2009 10:38PM
Well taken & presented macro images. Excellent detail throughout.
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
14 Feb 2009 11:09PM
4 super shots Sylvia showing the Owl in its glory. I just couldn't get one with the wings open. I particularly like the angles you have on them and they make up a great series
gary_d 8 576 13 Wales
15 Feb 2009 1:47AM
Four super shots V1 is my Fav. - gary
KangaGal 8 66 Australia
15 Feb 2009 2:37AM
Yes, it is V1 for me too, so detailed and sharp. Lovely work Sylvia.
CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
15 Feb 2009 5:19AM
Superb captures, Sylvia, you obviously had a wonderful day at Wisley, lucky you! Internet running at a snail's pace today! Carol
iancam 8 23 England
15 Feb 2009 5:24AM
Four superb close-ups, I like them all.
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
15 Feb 2009 6:06AM
All 4 shots are great. My favorite is V1, love the detail on the butterfly. Great bg.....Sandy
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2009 7:25AM
For detail and markings v1 is a winner, but for me the blue metalic colours of v2,3 and 4 are wonderful and they really are my favourites
TonyFrith 9 3 6 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2009 8:07AM
Superb detail
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2009 8:39AM
not easy Sylvia with the heat and steam on your camera I dreamt last night my camera had rust or something inside and I had the whole thing apart frightened me silly, I love my camera heheh!
Wish I had known you were going to Wisley, like to meet you sometime. Good set of images for yesterday
15 Feb 2009 8:53AM
Wow they are all fantastic shots,i hope we do the same when we go there.
videotec 8 8 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2009 9:46AM
Great set of butterflies, i really like V1, there is loads of fine detail in this
photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
15 Feb 2009 10:18AM
superb macros!
franfoto 9 2 32 England
15 Feb 2009 1:02PM
A lovely series of shots Sylvia and I see you've been mixing with the 'big guns', hope you all enjoyed it. I like #1 for colour and detail but I also like #3 for it's angle. A nice set to have in your porfolio.
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
15 Feb 2009 1:37PM
Great shot Sylvia. You made a far better job of this visit than I did. Cant find anything in my poor efforts to match this.
15 Feb 2009 2:09PM
Lovely set Sylvia

Gezina 10 3 6 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2009 4:16PM
Magnificent series of shots - V1 is just beautiful and then the lovely surprise of the stunning colour in the rest - well done Ina
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
15 Feb 2009 4:59PM
Thank you so much everybody for your kind comments and votes - as
always so much appreciated Smile
The butterflies are open to the public until Feb 22nd so if you live within striking distance of RHS Wisley it is well worth a visit. I am contemplating going again!
15 Feb 2009 5:44PM
Great set,V1 is for me this time,my friend
15 Feb 2009 10:15PM
Superb detail especially in V1 - love em Graham
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
15 Feb 2009 10:52PM
A superb set Sylvia, hard to choose a fav,
RTDS 8 Cyprus
17 Feb 2009 7:11PM
Excelelnt set of images.
They all are stunning.
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
16 Feb 2014 9:19AM
Ooh I just found this trawling the gallery for Costa Rica, didn't know you had been there. Excellent shots!

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