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Pararge aegeria

Pararge aegeria
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd, 28-300mm f2.8-4.9 built-in
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/140 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-16 11:40
Viewed: 4794
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
English name : Speckled wood – Scientific name : Pararge aegeria – Family : Satyridae.
Description : Wingspan 35-45mm. Wings brown with pale yellow spots, especially on forewings; forewing with one eye-spot, hindwing with three; in the female (pictured) the pattern of yellowish spots is more extensive than in the male; underside of hind wing marbled brown yellow. The intensity of the colours varies greatly from place to place.
Distribution : Europe and north Africa. Found in open deciduous woods, on the edges of woods, in clearings, and along forest rides.
Flight period : March to October, usually with two or three broods. Hibernation : As a chrysalis, but occasionally as a caterpillar.
Behaviour : Prefers to remain in shade and half-shade; readily rests on the leaves of shrubs and herbaceous plants; feeds on nectar and the juice of overripe berries, also on excrement and flowing tree sap. The male will vigorously defend his territory against intruders; the female lays her eggs singly on grass stems and the leaves of the caterpillar's food plants.
Caterpillar : Matt green with a short pale forked tail, with very short hairs. Chrysalis green or dark brown, suspended from the base of grass stems or beneath loose stones.
Photo : taken in a clearing, under shadow, a sunny day, I was lucky because the butterfly was kind to wait for few shots with different angles. Picture slightly cropped, resized, framed in 800x600 for TN and my website...
Camera : FUJIFILM FinePix S6500 - Mode P - Auto focus - Aperture f3.7 - Shutter speed 1/140s - Iso 100 - White balance auto - Flash not fired - Focal lenght 95mm equiv. - File JPG fine - Handheld.

cicindela, dew77, Alex99, wallhalla15, JoseMiguel, garyfudge, horia, glazzaro, SkyF, Ken52, livios, scottevers7, cataclysta, iris, Hormon_Manyer has marked this note useful
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-16 11:49]

Hello Christian,
Wonderful close up.POV,clear details,natural colors,cross framing and simple BG a lot.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-16 11:57]

Hi Christian,
Wonderful shot of the Speckled Wood. Lovely colours with sharp details. POV, DOF and the green leaves as BG are all excellent. The natural light and the diagonal pose enhances the beauty of the shot. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

bonjour christian
vous étes un peu plus present sur le site qu'a une periode,les travaux sont finis?
en tout cas bonne qualité d'image,même sans flash ni trepied.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-16 12:31]

Hi Christian.
Your butterfly picture is perfect and I like it so much. Butterfly is pictured nicely: its sharpness, colours, texture and all other details are amazing. Composition of the shot, two impressive layers (leaf as FG with beautiful butterfly on it and remote nicely blurred BG) are perfect too. Selected POV is so impressive. Perfect refined work and my compliments. TFS and best regards.


Bonjour Christian,
This is an splendid capture!
I like so much the sharpness and focus on the butterfly.
Details got are just amazing, we can see and enjoy the patterns ans colours on their wings.
I like so much the DOF and the way he background is putted away.
It's very well balanced the composition made.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Christian,

super shot, beauty in miniature for sure.
Good clarity and sharp too.


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-16 13:53]

selam christian: very good macro capture of this lovely butterfly beautiful colours with nice Bg good composition and pov TFS well done.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-16 16:57]

Hola amigo,
bello trabajo y nitidez excelente,
buenos colores y detalles,

Hi Christian,
Very nice shot of Speckled wood. Crisp clear image and beautiful composition. Lovely natural colors. Blurred background that contrast nicely with the butterfly. TFS.

Hi Christian,
Very good shot of the Speckled wood. I liked your diagonal composition, POV, DOF and background. You have made great use of natural light.A definite 5/5.:)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-17 2:46]

Salut, mon cher ami. : )
It is so good to see you, and to see a post from you.
A perfect POV to show off the beautiful markings on this butterfly.
The composition is very pleasing with good light and exposure.
Merci pour le partage. ; )
A bientot!

Hi Christian!
Very nice butterfly picture. I like: DOF, POV, details, frame, and a note :)
On the other hand a little more saturation would be nice :)
Best greetings from Lodz,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-17 7:28]

Hi Christian

Another splendi composition and macro work from you!
Again you managed to create a splendi and natural way in which your subject to stand out nicely.
Sharpness is spot-on as usual, colors are lovely and POV is exceptional.

Bravo and TFS

Bonjour Christian,
Excellente macro de ce papillon, très belle qualité d'image et bonne netteté. Pas besoin d'objectif macro pour réaliser de si jolies vues.
Bien amicalement

Hi Christian,
A vey nice frame filling composition of this Speckled Wood. excellent color saturation and sharp detail. Looks good!

Well taken macro, nice detail in the wings, good exposure.


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-18 9:08]

salut Christian,
belle image d'un papillon commun. La lumière est diffuse et permet d'avoir des couleurs naturelles. Bon POV et diagonale parfaite.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-18 20:15]

Hello Christian

A very well composed shot of this beautiful satyr.Excellent detail and sharp focus.The colours are well saturated .Very nice textures are visible.The DOF and POV are well done.TFS


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-19 9:13]

Bonjour Christian,
looks lovely, whith its wings open one really gets a nice view of all the fabulous details and color in its wing. Great POV and very nice diagonal composition.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-05-19 12:16]

The dusky colored butterflies are hard to photograph, but you have fine details here. Excellent focus and details. Your POV is excellent. Outstanding exposure too and I like the composition.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-05-20 1:49]

Yes, pretty brown and yellow butterfly. Well captured Taz my friend. Colours and details all look good,

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-05-20 19:49]

Christian, a beautiful and colorful macro.

I do enjoy composition and saturation too.

Excellent sharpness and dof too.

Very nice photo of P. aegeria aegeria. I like the composition. Maybe you could sharpen it a little bit more on wings.
Best wishes

Hola Christian,
Bonita composición de esta mariposa, la nitidez y detalles son excelentes. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-05-25 1:16]

Hello Christian
Splendid details and shot of the speckled wood butterfly.
very original.
TFS & Cheers

What an excellent use of wide aperture to get the best of this natural lighting. DOF is perfect and effect most elegant. Lovely ·D effect too.
A beauty it is!
Thanks MF, hope you follow well.
Best regards, Felipe.

Très beau Tircis ! Belles couleurs, bien placé dans l'image. Celui-là, il m'arrive de le voir dans mes 20 m² de jardin de banlieue ;-).

Hi Taz,
Well I cant believe I missed this beautiful shot of the speckle wood butterfly, love the warm colors of the subject that is placed on the nice green background. Very nice. :)

Hi Christian

I have missed many posts from you. I have been off line for a while. Another awesome shot. A pleasure to view. :-)

Bonjour Christian,
It's so good You're here again, at least I saw You just commented an image a few minutes ago. We missed You, dear Friend!
An excellent butterfly shot, excellent pose of the b-fly and great composition with a diagonal line. Even the antennas are sharp as razorblade. Bravo. And of course merci.
Friendly regards, László

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