Atala Butterfly

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, Florida

Atala Butterfly

Atala Butterflies are small (up to about 1¾ inches). Coontie is their only host plant. Commercial harvest of coontie in the late 1800s drastically reduced the Atala’s numbers and later loss of habitat to urbanization almost did them in. They were considered extinct from the mid-1960s until rediscovered on Key Biscayne by South Florida naturalist Roger Hammer in 1979. Atala butterflies spend 4 - 5 days as eggs. Larval stages take 18 days. The pupa lasts ten days, and finally, the adult lives another ten days. During that last ten days, a female Atala will lay up to forty eggs.

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Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens set at 100mm. Camera was set for f/11 on aperture priority with no exposure compensation, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/640 sec at ISO 4000.

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Print details: maximum size Medium Printed Estimated
  Fine Art Paper 11" x 15" 141/2" x 20"
  Canvas N/A 191/2" x 27"

Currently In Stock

Although we can print to your specifications any size up to the above limits to the nearest 1/16" with any mat and moulding combinations, the below prints are available immediately:

Print Number   Description Price (includes sales tax & shipping)  
#3 Matted Atala 3 matted 11"x15" print, black inside blue mats (outside 16"x20") $107
#1 Framed Atala 1 framed 11"x14", oval black inside white mats, espresso frame (outside 191/8"x221/4") $195
#2 Framed Atala 2 framed 11"x14", oval white inside black mats, white frame (outside 191/2"x221/2") $195