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Cacyreus marshall

Cacyreus marshall
: Horia Scubli (horias) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
: Animals
: 2009-11-14
: Insects
: Nikon D700, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640
More Photo Info: [view]
: 2009-12-03 6:58
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Thanks to maurydv and Ivan for ID!
Yours are great master of identification!

Geranium Bronze
Cacyreus marshalli

Distribution: South Africa. Arrived in Europe in the early 1990s and has spread around the S European coasts from Portugal to Italy. In France it extends to Lyon where it is common throughout the city, at least in 2006. Almost certain to extend further east and possibly north - records from the southern slopes of the Alps indicate it may establish itself in Valais, Switzerland and similarly from Lyon perhaps moving into Geneve. Recorded from further north, as far as S England. Probably importations with the larval foodplant account for these records. Also recorded from Morocco, around the city of Tarroudant.

Identification: Distinctive. The underside markings are quite unlike any other European butterfly - brown ground colour with white blotches and lines. Strongly chequered fringes and a long tail on the hindwing.

Flight time: All year, given warm conditions. I've found in May in S France and commonly in October in S Spain and Lyon, France. Larval food plant wild and cultivated Pelargonium.

Habitat: Dry grassy places and urban gardens.

Behaviour: Rarely opens its wings when taking nectar, but will show its uppersides when basking in sunshine, usually on leaves or grasses.

Additional notes: Presumed to have arrived from South Africa on imported Pelargonium plants. Frequently found around habitations.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-03 7:02]

Superba din toate punctele de vedere.
Numai bine

Vad ca ai gasit multi fluturi frumosi pe acolo.Si asta arata foarte bine pe floarea colorata.
Multe salutari.Alin.

Hello Horia,
You did a beautiful photo of a Lycaena unknown to me!. is a very attractive insect with wings full of interesting ways. Very good focused, achieving a perfect foreground and background beautifully blurred. Good work. I hope some of the "masters of ID", like Ivan or Peter, can help you.

hello Horia
this is a Super picture
very good details and super good light
beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

Ciao Horia, beautiful licaena on a lovely flower, splendid sharpness and fine details, fantastic colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 143 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-03 7:56]

Hi dear Horia,
I can`t help you with ID, but I can tell you that this pic was very captured in good light conditions, nice POV and DOF. Congratulations and TFS.

Hello Horia
this one is Cacyreus marshall, a butterfly of Lycaenidae family from South Africa, but now very common in Sud Europe (Italy, Spain, ecc. ) and North Africa, it is very dangerous for Geranium flower; very good picture with superb sharpness and splendid colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards
Ciao Maurizio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2009-12-03 8:20]

Hello Horia,
A very fine macro of this geranium-dependent Lycaenid butterfly, Cacyreus marshalli. The POV, sharpness and composition are excellent to show the underside of the wings with fine clarity.
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2009-12-03 8:24]

Hello Hria,
Sorry I can't help you with the ID. I've got a small book of butterflies, looked at the lycaenidae, but this one wasn't there.
A very beautiful photo in great sharp details and a very good composition. Very nice light and clear colours. Pleasing POV, DOF and OOF BG.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 815 W: 0 N: 2394] (10510)
  • [2009-12-03 8:31]

Buna Horia,
Little flower and butterfly ...
Depth of field, color and detail are very fine.
Species, Geranium Bronze - Cacyreus Marshall, looks like ...
Best wishes,

Hello Horia,
Fantastic shot with fine colors and details, beautiful composition. Very well done! Cheers,

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2009-12-03 10:06]

Marvellous capture and great details Horia..
Very well composed..TFS..

Ciao Horia. Fantastic light and bright colour for this detailed beautiful butterfly. Nice compo with blurred BG.


hello Horia

with the fine POV, DOF and the way it is framed
this is a excellent photography, and with the luminosity
and coour tones this is a very beautiful photography
of the butterfly with his flower, TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-03 11:13]

Hello Horia,
A nice capture of this beautiful butterfly. Very well composed with sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-12-03 11:41]

Foarte frumoasa realizare, este o specie mai deosebita pentru mine, numai bine!

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-03 13:21]

Seara !
Uite ce import de fluturi ne propui. Superba compozitie. Astia maninca nisip ? Excelente detalii, felicitari.
O seara frumoasa,

Buna Horia,

An utterly beautiful macro capture of a Geranium bronze with great contrasting green OFF BG, clarity and perfect focus. Delightful composition too.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2009-12-03 23:08]

hi Horia,
trs jolie macro compose de multiples couleurs intenses. Pov judicieux avec un cadrage diagonal.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-12-04 0:30]

very beautiful and special species, good composition and excellent colors. tfs.

Hi Horia,

Awesome butterfly and superb photo this one. Very nice and bright details with great focus and very good DOF. Very well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2009-12-04 9:40]

Hello Horia,
This is a beautiful butterfly that I'd love to see! Excellent capture showing the beautiful markings and colours very nicely. A lovely little flower too that I recognise and a nice soft background.
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

Buna Horia,
Excelenta imagine, culori si detalii deosebite.
O foarte buna compozitie si fundal blurrat potrivit.

Hello Horia,

An excellent macro with beautiful natural colors, sharpness & fine details. Lovely POV, pose & BG. Very nicely taken & presented.

TFS & regards.


Preciso enfoque y magnfico fondo. La luz tambin sobresaliente. En Espaa est haciendo estragos esta especie en los geranios.
Saludos Horia: Josep Ignasi.

hello Horia
Casablanca!!! the light and the colours continue fascinating, marvellously your composition and her photographing!
keep photographing! TFS

Hello Horia,

Fantastic photo.
Nice colours with great details.
Light,focus and sharpness are excellent.
Good composition.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3050 W: 3 N: 8714] (40568)
  • [2009-12-07 2:20]

Hello Horia,
Very subtle picture of this migrating Lycaenidae, which arrived now in Switzerland too (in Ticino). I haven't seen it in Valais until now, but may be next sommer:-).
Excellent and fine picture, well composed and with good sharpness. Very fine posting.
Thanks and kind regards

Hello Horia
great close-up of beautiful Moroccan butterfly. sharp details great. POV/DOF, composition and colors also great. reddish succulent flower great to composition. thanks for sharing this beauty. have a nice weekend

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