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Photo#603574
Rubidus Hybrid (Viceroy and Red-spotted Purple) - Limenitis - male

Rubidus Hybrid (Viceroy and Red-spotted Purple) - Limenitis - Male
Pennsylvania, USA
August 21, 2010
Size: normal for parent sp

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Rubidus Hybrid (Viceroy and Red-spotted Purple) - Limenitis - male Rubidus Hybrid (Viceroy and Red-spotted Purple) - Limenitis - male Rubidus Hybrid (Viceroy and Red-spotted Purple) - Limenitis - male

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Frassed

 
Why?
Why is this excellent photo being frassed? The quality is great, the subject worthy of retention in the Guide, and the Aberrant/Interspecific Hybrid section isn't exactly crammed with a total of 9 photos (including this one).

 
basically a duplicate
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Eh
I suppose you could say that, but given that the section hasn't even reached 10 photos yet, I don't see why both dorsal images couldn't be kept. If we just have to trim the fat and get rid of one of them, I would favor frassing the other and keeping this one. The other appears to have some washout from flash (or maybe direct sunlight) while this photo displays the colors more crisp and true.

 
Purpose of both dorsals
FWIW, as I am not expert in the methods of managing and conserving storage in such a site as BugGuide, I think both dorsals are of value as this one shows the normal coloration that the human eye would see. Even direct sunlight did not greatly highlight the iridescence that appeared under the flash used on the second dorsal image. So this one is what the general observer would see and would be the more important one for identification. The other one just shows off the coloration inherited from the iridescent blue parent under flash. Just my two cents....

P. S. Thanks to all for their kind feedback. The sighting was a great experience -- the kind that sends prickles up your spine and makes you feel five years old again! My hands shook so hard I thought I'd miss getting even just a voucher shot. My usual stalking discipline was sorely challenged, but, fortunately, it won out.

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