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Hamadryas Butterfly

Hamadryas Butterfly
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX210IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies & Moths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-24 12:36
Viewed: 5405
Points: 24
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Hamadryas Butterfly
Hamadryas amphinome

See bottom view of the same butterfly.

The Hamadryas Butterfly is an extraordinarily unique genus of Neotropical Nymphaliae butterflies with a talent that can only be performed by a very small handful of other Lepidoptera. This talent is the ability to purposefully make a sound, more specifically a bacon-crackling sound. Because of this, the Hamadryas butterflies are referred to as the “Crackers”.
It is believed that the noise the Crackers make is caused by two swollen forewing veins that hit one another when the wing is lifted to it’s highest possible position. This isn’t an ambidextrous act and can only be done with one wing. They are short sounds, about a half a second long consisting of two clicks.
Most lepidopterists believe the purpose for this noise is communication among Hamadryas where males are either saying: “Hey, get out of my house punk!” or “What’s up pretty lady, why don’t you flutter my way”. A male Hamadryas will be perched in his tree guarding his area waiting for females to pass by. If another male were to enter this “claimed” area, the perched male will rush down from his position and give chase to the other male, clicking and crackling away at him until the invader is driven off. On the other hand, if a female Hamadryas enters their space, they will also crackle and chase, but it’s more of a courtship than a warning.
The thing about species communicating with each other is it tells us two things, the species has the ability to speak as well as the ability to listen. That means the Hamadryas also has the ability to listen to the crackling sound they produce through an ear known as Vogel’s organ. This ear is located near the base of where the wing meets the body, to be technical it’s at the base of the subcostal and cubital veins.

This photo was taken at the Butterfly Garden in Victoria.


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Oh Manyee what a beautiful butterfly! The vivid colours are awesome, the patterns and markings so beautifully shaped and formed. The point of view and composition is just magic. In fact the whole image is magic. We also visited a Butterfly house last weekend and unfortunately Loot scraped his leg against one of the rocks which had some algae on it and is now in hospital with Cellulites. We never saw even one butterfly as beautiful as this one, and therefore I am quite jealous. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Manyee,

Beautiful butterfly & very well captured. The patterns on the wings are amazing.
The note is really interesting specially the noise generated by the butterfly.
Well done & TFS.

Hello ,
What an incredibly coloration, a very interesting pattern of a butterfly. Magnificent specimen.

What a beautiful butterfly.....excellent colour.Well done.


Hi Manyee,
What a gorgeous blue butterfly. I understand you took this in Victoria and thats cool. Do you know where the species originates? Very intersting that these butterflies make sounds. Good stuff.

Excellent composition. Wonderful colors and great details.
regards vijeesh

One of the most unusual butterflies I have ever seen. Excellent photograph. regards yiannis

the patterns and colors on the Hamadryas butterfly is special. good shades. wonderful clarity. thanks for sharing.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-06-25 5:15]

Hi Manyee.
This butterfly looks absolutely incredible, I never saw such. Amazing patterns on his wings you have captured perfectly. Beautiful "natural image" with perfect butterfly pose and pretty classic composition. Thank you for sharing and for the very interesting information in the note. Kind regards

amazing butterfly, never saw this one before, TFS Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-25 7:52]

Hello Manyee,
What a beauty! Amazing colours and very good sharpness and details. Great DOF and diagonal composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-25 15:38]

Hi Manyee,a great gift to the butterflies fans,a magnificent specie and a very perfect pic from the best point of view and whit the best wings position.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

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