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Araschnia levana

Araschnia levana
Photo Information
Copyright: Dejan Kulijer (dejo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-10 15:23
Viewed: 5837
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Araschnia levana (Linnaeus 1758) f. prorsa - the summer form

This is a very interesting species. It shows very extreme seasonal dimorphism, by far the most pronounced in Europe. The spring form has an orange ground colour on the upperside with black markings increasing towards the basal area. The summer form brings the White Admirals to mind (Limenitis sp.) with a black ground colour and a white (cream) discal band across both wings. Differences in the undersides are not so pronounced.

The main foodplants are Common Nettle (Urtica dioica) and Small Nettle (Urtica urens).

Range: N Spain, C & E Europe, Caucasus, C Asia to NE China, Koreja, Japan.

Croped & sharpend, saturation & contrast

Ena, blakitan, haraprasan, ferranjlloret, jusninasirun, Argus, SelenE, marhowie, JORAPAVI, Alex99, Necipp, nglen, boreocypriensis, flashpoint, Jamesp, Juyona, jcoowanitwong, hester, izler, waylim, CeltickRanger, maurydv, uleko, Noisette has marked this note useful
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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-02-10 18:17]

Very nice photo, sharp focus and nice contrasting colours. The details of the butterfly are very clear and distinct. I've viewed your gallery and you have some awesome photos in it.
Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

Hi Dejan,

Angle was perfectly selected for capturing beauty of upper surface of the wings. Greatly focused, sharp.
Neat blurry BG.

Ben Lakitan

Hi Dejan,
A fine capture of this nettle skipper. Very good composition and details. But could have been better if the white flowers on the right could have been cropped. But again it is only my taste and just personal. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-10 20:43]

Hi Dejan,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly. Great colour contrasts and I like the pose captured. Superb lighting, exposure and DOF. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hi DEjan,
A precious princess ...
Salut Ferran

Hello Dejan,

Beautiful composition of this butterfly. I like the sharpness and details captured here on that contrasting pop-corn like white flowers.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-11 1:12]

Hello Dejan,
The composition and placing of this Map Butterfly among the white umbeliferous flowers and the green bokeh BG make this image very attractive. The butterfly iself is sharp and presented from a pleasing POV.
Thanks for sharing this fine reminder of summer,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-11 2:40]

Hi Dejan,
Nice capture of this butterfly with good colors, contrast and composition. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-11 2:47]

Ciao Dejo,
Prelijep leptiric :-)
Lijepa kompozicija sa leptirom na ovoj Stitnjaci.

Nice catch Dejan, always great to see a variety of interesting species on TN..
Thanks for the notes on this extreme seasonal dimorphic :)
Well done,

Hola Dejan,
Una composición muy bonita de esta bella mariposa, buena definición y detalle con luz y fondo muy hermosos. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-11 4:38]

Hi Dejan,not easy to take so perfect the butterfy on a terrible white flowers..your pic is of high quality,great shaprness and details,and very interesting note,thanks for share,Luciano

Hello Dejan.

Excellent picture, ice composition and colors.

Jose luis.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-11 8:49]

Hi Dejan.
Following you I will say ¬– very interesting picture of the fine butterfly pictured at so nice surroundings. BG is amazing as main character as well as the flowers surrounding the butterfly. Excellent DOF and details of the insect and flowers, smoothness and colourfulness of the BG are perfect. I also like the composition of the shot despite the butterfly is in the center of the picture. My best wishes and many thanks.

Bonito ejemplar Dejan. La composición es sobresaliente, aunque los blancos se te fueron un poco.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

Hello Dejan,
well captured of this beauty with a good pose!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details in the shot
well done and a useful notes

merhaba Dejan
great macro shot of this very beautiful butterfly and white-yellow flower from last summer. They nicely contrast each other. POV, composition, sharpness and details very nice. thanks for sharing
best wishes

Hello Dejan wonderfull shot great detail excellent pov well taken tfs rgds Necip.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-11 10:40]

Hi Dejan.A vey nice close up of the Butterfly which you have captured with fine detail and warm colours. it stands out so well on the white flowers. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS,

Hi Dejan, elegant butterfly with splendid colors, wonderful details and good sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Ciao Dajean,
magnifica questa farfalla, splendidamente fotografata ad ali aperte.
Lo sfondo verde omogeneo ne esalta ancora di piů i colori.

Hello Dejan, splendid the summer form of Arachnia butterfly with lovely details and great sharpness, wonderful light and good colors, Great comp.
TFS friend,

Best regards,


hello Dejan,
great capture of this beauty Araschnia levana,
in a perfect BG for its revenue chromatic best.

greetings sERGIO

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-12 1:56]

Hi Dejan

A beautiful posting - the colours are magnificent and the composition artistic ans well as informative. The umbellifer flowers provide excellent contrast to the green in the top left.


Hello Dejan,

Very nice presentation of this butterfly. Good sharpness. Beautiful light and great vivid colours.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-12 4:02]

Hola amigo,
excelente trabajo y detalles,
bonito pov, compo. y agradable color...
saludos Dejan

Hi Dejan,
Very nice image. Lovely fresh green background and white flowers. Nicely composed. Soft background stands out the butterfly beautifully.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-13 4:39]

Hello Dejan, very well composed image with that beautiful butterfly and those brilliant flowers, great shot, thanks!


Magnifique, avec une trčs beau BG et une trčs belle profondeur de champ quimet bienen valeur ce premier plan.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-15 20:32]

Hello Dejan

A beautiful butterfly,well captured on a lovely dainty flower.
The focus is sharp and the details and textures show well.
The colours are very bright.
Excellent POV and DOF.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-18 12:20]

Hi Dejan

Beautiful greens, sharp details and wonderfully composed. The DOF and POV are perfect



Hi Dejan,
Bela composicao,very nice photo,good BG.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-02-26 13:36]

hello dejan
good macro photo of this beautiful butterfly
technically i like composition, point of view, blurry background, lighting, colours, sharpness, details and note
thanks for sharing

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-03-26 16:21]

A wonderful image with great detail on this Araschnia levana. I love the rich Green tone on the background and the white flowers brighten up the image nicely. Very cheerful image to look at. I really enjoyed it and the rest of photos in your gallery. Excellent works. I will have to come back again soon. Thanks so much.

hello Dejan

very beautifu shot of this butterfly with a fine POV and framing,
excellent DOF, lovely background and flowers, excellent
luminosity of the image and density of the colours,
great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2008-03-31 23:20]

Hi Dejan

Great picture of this butterfly
Great color, sharpness, lighting and background


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-01 4:29]

Hello Dejan,
beautiful capture, very nice sharpness and colors. Very well composed with the wings spanning nicely across the canvas.

Hallo Dejan
This is such a magnificent and colourful insect. I just love the assortment of colours and patterns on the wings and especially the white lining along the edges are very eye-catching. The plumpish body is very fascinating, and the size of the eyes is incredible. Sharpness, focus, light and composition is prominent. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed looking at this one.
Kind regards

Hi Dejan,
i am sensible of your visit to my photo gallery and favourable comments;
what a wonderful picture of Araschnia levana taken from an excellent POV with good sharpness, beautiful colours in a nice composition, i like the pose of the butterfly against a good OOF BG.
Congratulations for your splendid photo gallery on TN.
TFS. Best regards.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-08 6:25]

Hello Dejan,
Beautiful presentation of the Araschnia levana on fine summer flowers and in warm sunlight. I never have seen this butterfly, I just hope one day I will.
Best regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-10 4:26]

Hello Dejan,
I'm sorry to have missed this fine capture of the Map butterfly with wide open wings. A beautiful composition and fine details and colours of the butterfly against a green background. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Dejan
this is a very beautiful shot, great composition and wonderful details of this Araschnia Levana taken in a perfect pose, superb bright colors and very good DOF
Have a good night

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