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((( The Holy Grail of Florida Hairstreaks )))

 
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Oct 07, 2013 15:47 |  #1
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The Atala
(Eumaeus atala)

I have been in Florida since 1999, and have combed through no telling how many different forests, swamps, scrub communities, etc. ...

So of all places to find the fabled Atala, it was right outside of a gas station up in Jupiter :lol:

But, hey, I am not complaining :cool:

Enjoy!

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Oct 07, 2013 17:37 |  #2

beautiful specimen,and well captured.


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Oct 07, 2013 17:43 |  #3

What a beautiful butterfly! Having at long last found it you've then gone and done it justice. Your adventure in search of the Atala sounds like a truly epic adventure and almost worthy of having found the holy grail. Congratulations!


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Oct 07, 2013 17:46 as a reply to  @ Poyatos's post |  #4

gorgeous. Love the detail you can see in the wings.


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Oct 07, 2013 18:31 |  #5

An absolutely stunning shot! Very well captured indeed.


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mandokid1 wrote in post #16353756 (external link)
beautiful specimen,and well captured.

Thank you.


Poyatos wrote in post #16353770 (external link)
What a beautiful butterfly! Having at long last found it you've then gone and done it justice. Your adventure in search of the Atala sounds like a truly epic adventure and almost worthy of having found the holy grail. Congratulations!

Thank you very much. These butterflies were on the verge of extinction in Florida at one point, but are now making a comeback. And, actually, as subjects they are duck soup. They just sit there and let you fire away. Rather slow-moving, sit and rest alot, and are in groups. There were at least 20 all over this one particular tree :shock:


LV Moose wrote in post #16353776 (external link)
gorgeous. Love the detail you can see in the wings.

Thank you.


Ishrani wrote in post #16353891 (external link)
An absolutely stunning shot! Very well captured indeed.

Thanks you!

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Oct 07, 2013 22:47 |  #7

A stunning beauty. Great shot, Jack!


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Oct 07, 2013 23:11 |  #8

Maybe a little oversharp on the wing, but it is a stunning shot.


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Oct 08, 2013 01:18 |  #9

Wonderful capture- beautiful butterfly- I assume it's a bit rare so congrats.
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Oct 08, 2013 07:50 |  #10

Beautiful capture!


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Oct 08, 2013 12:56 |  #11

Congratulations on the find John, that is a stunning specimen. Wonderful rendered too with great light avoiding the specula highlights on those shiny blue bits.


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orionmystery wrote in post #16354432 (external link)
A stunning beauty. Great shot, Jack!

Thank you good sir :cool:


hypeneko wrote in post #16354482 (external link)
Maybe a little oversharp on the wing, but it is a stunning shot.

Thank you! Yeah, at 2500+ pixels, the wings look awesome. However, when I downsized for display here, I fluctuated back and forth RE: the extra "unsharpen mask" and I think it looked better this way, but maybe not. Thanks for the input :)


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Wonderful capture- beautiful butterfly- I assume it's a bit rare so congrats.
Brian v.

Thanks Brian. Yes, as mentioned above, these used to be on their way to extinction here in Florida. In a bit of serendipity, I returned again to the gas station "park" area today where I found this one, and a woman happened to be admiring them also.

She told me why they're so prevalent in that spot, and that is because of the Florida Coontie plant that is there (their native hostplant), which is why they were there in swarms. Apparently, the Florida Coontie was ravaged by us human retards, which is why the Atala almost went extinct. But now, with this awareness of the importance of the Coontie plant, many biologically-aware gardeners and landscapers are purposely planting this plant as edging and trim, not just because it looks good in that capacity, but also with the specific intent on bringing the Atala back around ... which adds even more beauty to the local gardens ... and which has changed the Atala's status from "endangered" to "imperiled" which is great!

Because of this woman, I was able to find and photograph all life stages of this butterfly ... eggs, larvae, chrysalis ... and have the complete set now, which I may share later. Truly awesome last couple of days bw!


Worcester Lad wrote in post #16355092 (external link)
Beautiful capture!

Thank you.


Lester Wareham wrote in post #16355892 (external link)
Congratulations on the find John, that is a stunning specimen. Wonderful rendered too with great light avoiding the specula highlights on those shiny blue bits.

Thank you Lester. The reason I was able to get the wings so nicely was because of Adobe Lightroom 5.2. With the new "Shadows" and "Blacks" sliders, I was able to under-expose to get the light colors right, and then slide the dark areas *only* to greater exposure, to get a completely balanced overall exposure. No way could I have done this (unless I bracketed) before Lightroom 5.2, so thanks for noticing--and I recommend it highly!

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Oct 08, 2013 15:59 |  #13

Great info about the Atala and how you managed to find it; thanks for sharing.


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Oct 08, 2013 16:27 |  #14

congrats, quite a striking species too.


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Ishrani wrote in post #16356345 (external link)
Great info about the Atala and how you managed to find it; thanks for sharing.

racketman wrote in post #16356411 (external link)
congrats, quite a striking species too.

Thanks guys.

If anyone wants to read the full story, and see more photos, they can click here to read my brand new blog post on the full details of The Atala (external link) :D

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