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Pararge aegeria

Pararge aegeria
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Copyright: Mariana Scubli (marianas) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 377 W: 55 N: 1208] (6739)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 60, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-17 8:47
Viewed: 3620
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) is a butterfly found in and on the borders of woodland throughout much of Europe. In Northern and Eastern Europe where subspecies P. a. tircis occurs it is brown with pale yellow or cream spots and darker upperwing eyespots. In southwestern Europe the subspecies P. a. aegeria has a colour which is more orange in the background; the hindwing underside eyespots are reddish brown rather than black or dark gray. The two forms gradually intergrade into each other. The speckled wood also occurs in North Africa and on the Atlantic island of Madeira. Molecular studies suggest that the African and Madeiran populations are closely related and distinct from European populations of both subspecies, suggesting that Madeira was colonized from Africa and that the African population has a long history of isolation from European populations.

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hello Mariana

very beautiful photo of the butterfly over his flower,
fine POV from above, fine DOF and framing,
excellent focus sharpness and details of the foreground,



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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-17 9:39]

Hello Mariana,
A really lovely capture of this ('Morroccan' Wall Brown (not Speckled Wood!)on the Bougainvillea flower. Both are very nicely in focus and details nice and sharp. Wonderful bright colours too and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Ciao Mariana, lovely composition with beautiful pararge on splendid flowers, fine details, excelent sharpness, wonderful light asnd colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Mariana
great sharpness composition with very good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-12-17 11:34]

Hello Mariana,
you nicely show the fiery orange-brown colouration of this Pararge aegeria which is typical for the
mediterranean forms of this species. Geometrical composition is not optimal. It does not appear
well selected but more or less accidentally.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-12-17 12:24]

FDelici-ari!Am ceva probleme la PC, numai bine+!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-17 13:54]

Hi Mariana

This is a "spectacular" capture of the Speckled Wood butterfly. The brightly coloured
Bougainvillea in the BG all adds to the visual stimulus. The f/8 aperture made sure
that all the details are nice and sharp and the colours appears very natural. Although
there is a slight amount of OE on the stigmas towards the right it is not really that much
of a distraction. The little butterfly steal the show with its lovely open winged pose.

Well done and TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-17 13:58]

Hello Mariana.
beautiful Speckled Wood with splendid design on wings, fantastic details and excellent sharpness, very well done,
Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-17 15:14]

Hi Mariana,it's very strange to see a Pararge on a flower,you was lucky!! And the pic is the great artwork,a festival of colors and a beautiful composition too!My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-17 15:31]

Hi Mariana,

I'm not sure which is more beautiful - the lovely Speckled Wood or the pretty flowers. Colors and details are excellent and the composition is a winner.


Hello Mariana,

An excellent macro with striking colors, sharpness & details. Very nicely taken & presented. TFS & regards.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-12-17 15:34]

Slav Marīana,
Very nice image of this beautiful butterfly on the flower.Nice colors and great details.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-12-17 18:53]

Dear Mariana!

The superb brightness and the deep colours make this picture an outstanding one. The flower is as beautiful as the butterfly and both together form a fine and pleasant couple. I also appreciate your instructive notes.

Kind regards


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-18 1:22]

Hi Mariana,
Lovely close up.POV,clarity,details and vivid colors are perfect.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

Ciao MAriana. Nice detailed compo with fantastic brigh colours in vry good contrast. My best compliments.


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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-18 11:06]

Delicious colourful image dear Mariana.
You did a good job and I`d like to thanks for the image.
Have a nice weekend.
Best wishes,

Hello Mariana,
a very beautiful colours of Pararge aegeria aegeria taken with super sharpness, the colours are fantastic:
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-19 5:14]

Hello Mariana,
Great photo in very beautiful contrasting colours. Good sharpness, details, POV, DOF and composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-20 6:24]

Hello Mariana,
A fine capture of a R. aegeria aegeria nicely taken on Bougainvillea flowers against a fine dark natural BG. The sharpness and colours are excellent.
Thanks and best wishes,

Hi Mariana,

Delightful and flawless macro caprure of this beautiful speckled wood from top POV with usual great clarity and fine composition.
TFS and habe a nice night and new week!


grande definizione su un accostamento di colori che enfatizza la bellezza della parage aegeria catturata in terra magrebina
complimenti Mariana!!
ciao sERGIO

Hallo Mariana
This is such a striking species and you have captured it so well showing all the remarkable details to its best. (Even the damaged wings)The colours are very soft on the eye, and the technical aspects of your photography is great in all aspects. Sharpness, ideal point of view and composition are only a few to mention that I favour looking at this image. It was indeed a pleasure to stop by this splendid and most colourful shot. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

Hi Mariana,
A well captured image with striking colours on both butterfly as well as the flowers. Nice sharp image showing the shapes and designs of the butterfly, well done.

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