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Garden Inspector for Silvio

Garden Inspector for Silvio
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 15x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 1, Dedications I have made, Masterpieces with Bridge or Compact cameras [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-07-08 5:09
Viewed: 4879
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 96
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Garden Inspector / Precis archesia archesia

My butterfly posting of today, called a Garden Inspector or also known as Garden Commodore, I would like to dedicate to one of the masters of butterfly photography Silvio Sorcini. I once said to Silvio that I am sure when he cannot sleep at night, he does not count sheep, but all the butterflies he has photographed up to date in his lifetime. I really admire all the talented butterfly photographers on the site. I know it is not so easy to photograph these kaleidoscopic insects, as they have way too much energy and just won't sit still for a moment.

This one is for you my friend; I hope you enjoy one of our South African beauties, just as much as I have enjoyed all the ones you have shared from your country Italy. This dedication is also for the 70 000 points you are heading too. Thanks for all the enjoyable photos you have shared so unselfishly.

I photographed this in the Butterfly Valley, a few minutes drive from Ramsgate on the South Coast, were Loot and I spend a relaxing long weekend, just enjoying nature all around us.

Genus Precis
Robust, medium-sized, brightly coloured nymphalines, similar to Junonia, but no eye spots and great differences in colour and markings. Flight fast, agile; often sit on ground with wings slighty opening and closing. Fond of flowers. Eggs laid singly on Lamiaceae. Bulb-shaped, green to yellow, with 10-16 prominent glassy longitudinal ribs, and (sometimes) 25-40 cross-ridges. Larva dark, sometimes with prominent orange or yellow transverse bands, 7 longitudinal rows of branded spines of varying length and head capsule either unadorned or with pair of branded spines. Pupa robust, usually with bifid head, two or more rows of dorsal tubercles on abdomen; suspended head down from cremaster.

Description – Garden Inspector
Wingspan of male 45-50mm and female 50-60mm. Most familiar Precis in South Africa with sexes similar, but the female's wings are rounder. They come to garden flowers, roosts in hollows under banks and rocks. They are distributed in savanna, grassland and forests from Western Cape (Knysna area) to Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and North Western provinces and further north. Their habitat is forest edges, parks and gardens, hill tops, hillsides, rocky slopes and gullies. They fly all year round and have 2 main broods.

Taken from the book: Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - Steve Woodhall, Published by Struik Publishers.

I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-07-08 5:16]

Hallo Anna,
What a beautiful butterfly ..
Great macro of fantastic butterfly, splendid sharpness, wonderful colors and fine details.
Best wishes,

Hi Anna,

A very nice shot on this butterfly. The colors are very well saturated and beautiful.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2011-07-08 5:22]
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Hi Anna

Spectacular image of this beautiful butterfly. I am sure Silvio will be much impressed
with such a fine dedication.

You nailed this one with an excellent composition, spot on DOF, excellent and sharp
details and lovely colour saturation. It was a great weekend with you meandering all
along the south coast and the bonus is that you got to capture such wonderful images.
I know you are still going to spoil us with some of your other similarly wonderful shots
you have accumulated throughout the weekend. The Trekkies will just have to wait and
see. Btw, it is a TrekNature first so I've added it to my theme "RARE or SIGNIFICANT
contributions to TN".

Well done and TFS.
Take care and have a great weekend.

WOOW Anne, thanks for this fantastic beauity, wonderful buterfly from Sud Africa, I never see before, splendid light, fine details, beautiful natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, brava, grazie, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Excuse me I finish my smiles, but I must comment your fantastic gift :)

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-07-08 5:47]

Hi Anna.
This is beautiful shot. Beautiful butterfly and very nice capture. Colors are amazing and details are outstanding. Well composed. Thank you for sharing this beautiful butterfly, which I had never seen before, even here in TN. I wish you a really nice weekend.
Best regards

Hi Anna, Beautiful macro and excellent detail of the butterfly.
TFS. Carme

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-08 6:03]

Hello Anna,
Wha a beauty! Spectacular and splendid colours. Great sharpness, details, POV and DOF. I almost forget your wonderful bird images.

Hello Anna,
Apart from the fabulous colours and the beautiful shapes and patterns and textures, the DOF is rather impressive with virtually all of the insect in sharp focus. What a pleasure to view this image. And congratulations with this species being a first on TN. Best wishes.

Anna, this is such a beautiful butterfly. What a great capture. Have a great weekend, Bill

Hi Anna - a great macro shot with amazing color and excellent POV. The fine lines are looking awesome. tfs

Hello Anna!
What a beautiful shot and so nice dedication to our friend Silvio! I love the natural colors and superb sharpness,artistic POV and BG. Gorgeous, indeed! At last but not the least, it is great to observe the complicity that exists between you and your husband...How lovely it is!!! Many congrats to both of you!!!And thankyou very much to keep on posting in TN!
Best wishes from Brazil,

hello Anna
very good picture with great details and beautiful colours
nice shot Anna
thanks greeting lou

Hello Anna,
great capture of this beautiful butterfly with good sharpness full of details. Well chosen POV, fine light and I especially like the wonderful colours.
Best wishes,

Hi Anne,
Wow, this butterfly is simply fantastic!
A very nice capture!
Thanks for sharing

Hi Anna,

Amazing butterfly! Very good detail! Love the colours!


Hi Anna!
Good heavens! ... I stand up and applaud this picture!
POV is sublime, the colors are impeccable, the overall picture eloquence is very commendable.
This is a species I had not seen before. Thanks for posting!

Makes a great gift for our carissimo "Master of the Butterflies" Silvio!

Regards, TFS

Ciao Anna. TFS this magnificent coloured beuty! Impressive light and razor details with excellent DOF. Great compo. Very well done!


Wow....Exceptional capture of a splendid butterfly with outstanding colors and very good clarity.
Wonderful focus and excellent dept of field.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Anna

Excellent macro photo of this butterfly with fine
POV from behind, bautiful light and color tones,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-08 17:03]

Hello Anna,
just to say how wonderful it is to see this inspector. The colors, the features and the sharpness is simply exciting.
very well done and its really worthy for the great Mr. Silvio.

Best regards,

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  • amruta (36)
  • [2011-07-09 0:03]

Hi Anna,
Woooow....This is really beautiful butterfly...
very nice captured . Excellent sharpness..Amazing colours. very good details....
Have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

Hola Anna

Magnifica imagen perfecta en el enfoque y la composicion de la imagen bellisimos colores |gran trabajo¡
buen fin de semana

Impresionante belleza Anna !
Los colores, aparte de la belleza de la mariposa, son realmente desbordantes.
No la conocía, por lo que es un placer el poder admirarla.
Un abrazo y buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-07-09 6:42]

Hello Anna,
Very nice photo of the very beautiful butterfly.Exactly sharp and colours.
Regards, Pawel

Exceptional beautiful photo of this butterfly in splendid colours and great sharpness and details!!!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-09 7:58]

Hallo Anna,
A beautiful species of Precis, well portrayed while resting with the wings open. The sharpness is total where needed and very good showing the butterfly with nice clarity and natural colours. How nice to see and photograph such a beauty while on a relaxing weekend!
Thanks for sharing this and best regards to both you and Loot!

Hi Anna,
What a spectacular exposure of excellent colour saturation, detail and DOF. Looking forward to more of your surprises.
Enjoy the evening,

WOW Fantastic butterfly and Fantastic photo Anna, The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.

The capture of this butterfly from the top is amazing Anna. I like the tone, details and vivid markings of the full spreading wings.
Well done and have a wonderful weekend.

Hallo Anna,
excellent closeup of beautify butterfly, perfect composition
TFS, Ferran

Hi Anna,
really beautiful photo of this butterfly. Excellent point of view. Amazing colours. Great sharpness and many details.
Have a nice Sunday,

Hello Anna,
This is a very beautiful butterfly and you have captured it so well, very good details sharpness, superb depth of field, wonderful natural colours and excellent point of view,
Thanks for sharing this beauty and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

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  • ABON Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 17] (104)
  • [2011-07-10 8:10]

Hi Anna,
GEAT Macro shot with excellent colours.Great Shot!

Hallo Anna,
a superb macro shot of this marvellous butterfly, bright colours, very good sharpness, excellent point of view and composition
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-11 4:56]

Hello Anna,
Missed this impressive butterfly which you have presented a few days ago. What an interesting shape and coloration. And what a lovely name, it a whole programm!
Very nice dedication to our friend Silvio.
Have a nice week

very beautiful butterfly, nice colors and details, congratulations Anna for the picture,

all the best to you,

ciao, tino

Hi Anna,
thanks for the presentation of the splendid butterfly and the explanation of the "Butterfly valley". That is quite a sight, it must be awesome tto have a butterfly like this before your lens. But then you are spoiled with all the interesting creatures around you. Good dedication to Silvio!

Best regards

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-07-12 16:13]

Hola Anna.
Gran dedicatoria para Silvio. Verdaderamente merece este tributo que tu le brindas hoy. Seguramente estara muy feliz con este regalo.
La imagen de alta calidad y nitides. Se obseran finos y elegantes detalles en las alas y abdomen de la Mariposa.
Saludos Anna.

Hi Anna,

What a beautiful butterfly captured from a great POV!
The colors are splendid. Lovely composition too. Well done & TFS.

Hello Anna
this butterfly have very beautiful markings and colors, and you have captured it perfectly in a great pose and from a nice POV, each details is sharp,
fine contrast with green environment
Have a good night

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2011-07-14 13:53]

Hi Anna,
I think this is a first for me to see this "Garden Inspector". What a great name!
A great dedication to Silvio.
That broad orange band with the whitish-bluish spots is quite striking.
And I always love the graduated blues against the dark brown that are often found in these beautiful insects.
A super shot with fine details and perfect light.
TFS. : )

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-07-15 6:32]

Hello Anna,
This butterfly looks almost too big to fit into the picture but it is absolutely gorgeous! The details are super-sharp and colours so vibrant and beautiful!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-07-17 10:52]

Hello Anna,
I see Africa not only has awesome animals, but also very pretty butterflies. This particular one has intricate and well defined patterns. The contrasting orange, brown, blue and whitish colors are simply gorgeous in this full opened winged pose. Excellent detail and exposure. Well done!!
The shape of it's upper wings remind me alot of our Question Mark butterflies here in Ohio.

Hi Anna
What a beautiful butterfly photo! Perfect sdharpness and fantastic colours!
By the way, they now have a Butterfly House just on the road outside St Lucia. But rather go in the summer as they have very few butterflies at the moment.

great and sharp capture, greetings Ori

A masterpiece created with your compact camera, Anna. You have reached the zenith of perfection with your simple equipment. Congratulations!
It is a pleasure to watch and admire this extremely beautiful picture.
Warm regards,

Hello Anna
Un très grand papillon, d'une très grande beauté...
Merci pour ce cliché

Hi Anna,
WoW! What a beauty! with amazing colors and light,
Fantastic butterfly well taken here,
fine details and great caught of view.
My compliments and congradulations,

Hi Anna,

The leaves are helping to frame the butterfly. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Garden Inspector butterfly. The late morning light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


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