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Parnassius apollo.

Parnassius apollo.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): papillon en europe, marmottelolo theme, jmp *2, Loot's Favourites 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-02 9:20
Viewed: 6759
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 64
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Parnassius apollo.

Red Apollo, Roter Apollo, Apollofjäril, Niepylak apollo, Jasoň červenooký, Mariposa Apollo, Apollon.

Parnassius apollo (Linnaeus, 1758)

Subfamily: Parnassiinae
Family: Papilionidae

Wing span: 65 - 80 mm.

Here I am happy to show a male individual, with red eye spots a bit less extended than at the female. From the same day and the same location, you may also look at a

>>> female.

For more information on this rare, highly endangered, globally protected species, on its distribution and its way of living, please see:

>>> Parnassius apollo I.

The location:

Langschlag forest, a gentle hilly region 900 meters above sealevel in northern Lower Austria called "Waldviertel" where the species of Parnassius apollo has gone extinct decades ago. The Red Apollo was brought back to live there - thanks to a generous local gentleman's private initiative to breed the species, and release the butterflies into its carefully reconstructed natural habit:

>>> www.schmetterlingsparadies.at.

The camera:

SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 18mm macro zoom (equivalent 110mm at full size SLR), F/4, 1/640 sec., ISO-125, hand held, no flash. 21.07.2007, 14:09.


Photoshop Elements, slighty cropped, resized to web, resharpened, levels slighty adjusted.


Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas, Stuttgart 1998.

C.Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe: http://www.lepidoptera.pl/

Schmetterlingsparadies Langschläger Wald. Der Landschaftspark im Waldviertel. www.schmetterlingsparadies.at

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day of summer.

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The exposure on this shot is perefct.
Not easy because of the dark and bright areas...
Well done, good shot, sharp and detailed, too.

Great up close image of this Apollo, Peter.
The detail and lighting is amazing.
Sweet composition and POV.
Well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-02 9:31]

Hello Peter,
This is really a magnificent close-up of this beautiful Apollo. The sharp details are most impressive and the colours beautiful. I like that crispy look of the wings and the pose is perfect. Very well captured against the dark background too. It is amazingly hairy - maybe because of the high elevation.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Bonsoir Peter,
C'est un cliché très spectaculaire, avec un très bon emploi du contre jour. La texture et la couleur des ailes sont parfaitement rendues, avec une précision des détails impressionnantes : on pourrait presque compter les écailles. Les couleurs de la fleur et le contraste de l'arrière plan composent une image magnifique, bravo.

Hi Peter,

What a beauty
Compo, sharpness, details, colours, POV DOF and BG are SUPERB

TFS Thijs

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-08-02 10:06]

hi peter,
what a beauty.the picture is perfect in all aspects.
xcellent,fantastic and marvellous.

An outstanding macro of a beautiful butterfly, Peter!

Hi Peter,
the details and shaprness aer very good in this well composed picture, maybe it's a bit tight cropped but I like it.
Lovely colours and good DOF.
Well done, my friend.

Hello Peter, wich nice butterfly, very sweet composition, perfect lighting and sharpness, beautifull colours, well done, cheer,

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-08-02 11:25]

Hi peter.
Excellent two detailed shots with male and female of this beautiful butterfly.Excposure and focus are precise.Reproductions patterns on his wing you've on both pictures captured really perfectly.Colors but also light are wonderful.Superb done,thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-08-02 11:26]

Hallo Peter,
zur Qualität dieses Bildes muss ich nichts sagen - du weißt genau, wie gut es ist: einfach perfekt!
Schöne Grüße, Peter

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-02 12:27]

Hi Peter,
This is an outstanding capture! Extremely good focus and sharpness, beautiful colours and light and the best pose, pov, dof and background. I'm going to include it in my favorites!
TFS and best regards, José M.

Hello, Peter!
Only one time during my long life I have seen this very rare and very beautiful butterfly in nature... but it was many, many years ago. Now I can see the Niepylak Apollo for the second time - on Your photo. It is superb!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-02 12:56]

Hola Peter,
perfecta macro,
sensacional nitidez y bello pov,
colores excelentes,
buen trabajo,

Hallo Peter,
ich kann mich immer wieder begeistern wenn ich sehe, was Du mit Deiner H5 anstellst. Auch dieser Apollo verdient das Prädikat "perfektes Foto". Hier passt wieder alles: Bildgestaltung, Licht, Farben, Schärfe und Tiefenschärfe. Danke für diesen wunderbaren Falter.

Hi Peter,
It's so good to look at the wing's transparencies!
I like very much the close approach and all the wonderful details got on this parnassius apollo.
You managed to build an excellent composition, with the contrasting flower.
It's so good also the lighting and DOF used.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

Hi Peter,
Stunning! I really like the frame filling composition and tight crop. The colors, detail, and beautiful soft light are amazing. Excellent camera work!

Awsome sharpness, clarity, lighting, DOF and details in this shot Peter!!!!
It really does'nt come any better.
Very beautiul color contrast and wonderful soft background.
Superb work and a great joy to look at.
Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-03 1:40]
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hallo Peter,
Nebst der Schönheit des Bildes ist dieses posting auch sehr interessant, da Du uns die Unterschiede zwischen männlichen und weiblichen Parnassius-Faltern sehr gut zeigst. Hab herzlichen Dank für Deine Mühe.
Wenn ich Dein Bild anschaue, da wird mir klar, warum ich als Kind immer an einen "Verkehrsampeln-Schmetterling" dachte"! Ich meinte damals noch, dass er auch grüne Signale trug!
Mit herzlichen Grüssen

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-08-03 1:50]

Hello Peter,
Magnificent close up.Well caught,framed and composed.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.Focus couldn't be better.Have a great weekend!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-08-03 2:00]

Oh Peter - awesome! An excellent clear and sharp image. All parts of the butterfly are in focus. The lighting is perfect and so is the butterfly. BRAVO!

Fantástica mariposa Peter.
Bellos colores y genial la nota.
Perfecta iluminación.
Un saludo, JL.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-03 7:00]

Th iridescence of the wings really shows up here! Superb details, expert colours and sharpness
A stunning posting
Congratulations and TFS

bonjour peter
juste merci et felicitations.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-08-03 9:36]

Hello Peter,

Many thanks for the wonderful video link.
I like both pictures also your WS is very lovely.
Soft and clarity together with the sharpness gives this butterfly and wonderful colour.
Thanks for sharing.

Have a nice weekend,

Hi Peter

Wow... stunning shot. Awesome quality. Perfect exposure, lovely BG. Congrats! :-)

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-09-17 15:37]

HI Peter!
This is perfection, so so rare and beautiful, TFS!

hello Peter

the quality of this photograph is very high
excellent colors and attractive details of the light with nice BG
great work!!!!!!

best regards sERGIO

Hey Peter,

Eine wirklich beeindruckende Nahaufnahme!!! Die Farben sind sehr lebending und die Bildschärfe ist hervorragend!!! Wirklich ein gelungenes Foto!!!


amazingly beautiful butterfly ........... excellent details ...........

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-09 1:49]
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Hi Peter,
Yet another from the Apollo family and this is indeed another wonderful capture...I have to admit that i am quite attracted to its beautiful wings that again remind me of printed cream silk...so much like fabric...and in India we women have a special liking for such textures and colours...and i can only be amazed at the way nature creates creatures and mould human creativity to weave very similar kind of patterns to earn a living.
This is superb a composition, with lots of details, great colours and contrasts and best use of natural light.
Very well done.
This too to my favourites..Peter..


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-07-22 6:29]
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Hi Peter

While it is true that I anticipate nothing less than exceptional on any given one of your postings it is also true that from time to time I am even more impressed and cannot help to express a loud "WOW" when I open the thumbnail. This was obviously one of those extra pleasurable moments.

So, here is the "WOW" for this one. A super image of this little hairy-fairy. What makes it even more impressive is the fact that this was photographed on the shady side of the butterfly yet it is amazing the degree of detail, lighting and visual oomph you got out of the subject. The composition is outstanding with the flower situated on the left and the butterfly filling the frame at an angle towards the right and almost dissecting the photo into two perfect halves. Great stuff and that is that.

Well done MF and TFS.

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