White Four-ring Ypthima ceylonica
Apefly Spalgis epeus
Hi Amila, I love the eyes on that Apely! The White Four-ring is cool looking too. What kind of lens do you use for your super macro shots? They are incredible!
oooh!And just when you think your photos can't get any better!Never seen a butterfly so up close. Beautiful!
Ha.. I see five rings there!very good macro work.
Great shots! They look like moths?! What are they? Moths, Butterflies??
Up close and personal! Great photos, Amila. Love the eyes on the Apefly Butterfly. Wishing you a wonderful day, and more butterflies to photograph.
Hi Larry,Thanks!Yes, I too am pleased with the eyes of the Apefly, which was a garden tick for me. Both these were photographed on Saturday. I am using Canon 40D + Canon 100mm Macro f 2.8 Lens + Canon MR-14EX Macro Ring Lite. The last item in this list got added to my kit, last Wednesday. Hi Sasani,Thanks! This ‘difference’ is I think partly due to my new Macro Flash, which really helps to ‘pop’ the colours out. If your inquiring mind wants to know why the first one is called the Apefly, it is due to the head of its larva having a ‘monkey-face’ design!Indeed, Tabib.This Four-ring is somewhat of a misnomer!Hi Spookydragonfly,Thanks! They are butterflies. Further reading for you: here.Hi Pat,Thanks! Glad you too love the eyes of the Apefly. I am glad I got it in focus. A pair of Apeflies turned up on Saturday, Sunday and today at the same woody patch in my garden at around 2.00 p.m.!! There were constantly settling on the leaves of several plants there. Unlike most butterflies Apefly do not have a particular larval host plant but their larva is known to feed on mealy bugs instead!
Pat,I should have mentioned "They were constantly settling..."Pardon my French.
Good macro work! Excellent definition and colors!
Thanks, Modesto!Good to hear from Portugal.Thanks, OC! Have a good day!
I like the first one's fuzzy face and his striped eye. Love the details of your macro photography!
Great photos, as usual. I was trying to place the Apefly from a taxonomic standpoint. I was thinking metalmark at first, and although the pattern fits, the behavior does not. When you mentioned that it eats mealy bugs, I realized that It's a relative of a species from eastern North America called the harvester. Suddenly it all made sense.
PS_ Your post inspired my to put up a photo of the Harvester over at my blog.
Thanks, Vickie!The White Four-ring uses grasses as their larval food plants and it is the commonest butterfly in my yard. They are always found qute lowdown in the vegetation and is a real pain in the neck to photograph!Hi Doug,Yes, your Harvester sounds like a close enough relative to the Apefly. Thanks for sharing that - I can now point that to my North American clients! Thanks also for doing a post on it and for the plug!BTW, a pair of Apeflies arrived at around 2.30p.m at the same spot in my garden as before!Dear All,The family to which the Apefly belongs: Lycaenidae is Doug's favourite butterfly family. Visit his blog to find out why.Gossamer Tapestry. http://gtapestry.blogspot.com/
Sure sounds like the eyes have it! They sure "made" the image for me.
These are so amazing! I am never disappointed here;)
The details are exquisite. I really enjoy your macro photography. Have a wonderful week!
Thanks, Nancy!I have a lot of good subjects in my yard to keep me busy.Hi AGWB,Thanks! I am pleased to hear that.Hi Chrisss,Thanks for the theme: ‘Macro Monday’, which I copied from you.You too have a great week!
Very nice.It's nice to stop in and find the sights of warmer weather!
Thanks, Nina.I am glad that I am in an aseasonal part of the world.
Gosh, the largest of the "eyes" is really like an eye, staring at you! Amazing pictures! Are they common butterflies?
Thanks, ST.Thanks, flowergirl.White Four-ring is quite common. The Apefly is not.
Amazing! I can see the fuzz on them!
Thanks KathieGood to hear from you.Hi Leedra,Thanks! Have a great day!
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