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Butterfly and flower * for Silvio

Butterfly and flower * for Silvio
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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 18mm-55mm f/3.5 - f/5.6
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Les Gorges du Tarn et de La Jonte
Date Submitted: 2009-07-14 13:41
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Another post from my holidays, and a butterfly again - this time I would like to dedicate it to the man whose name always comes to my mind when I think "butterfly", my friend from Italia, Silvio. I don't know how he is doing it, but he is always posting so many wonderful butterfly pictures, he is really amazing.

Here it is for you, Silvio - a butterfly which I have seen for the first time in my life, and which was an absolute beauty.

The butterfly was very common there, in the moutains of South France. It is (I think) from the species "Aporia crataegi", also called Black-Veined White. It was very easy to take the picture. These butterflies were sitting on virtually every flower, they were very docile and they didn't fly away when I came close, so I could take numerous shots, this is the best of them.

Some infos about the species :

Distribution: Across all of Europe but absent from northern Scandinavia and now extinct in the UK where once it was present across much of the south. It is also in low numbers on some Mediterranean Islands, particularly in the east. North Africa.

Identification: Distinctive. It is the only large white butterfly with all the veins lined black and lacks any other marks. Only the Clouded Apollo, Parnassius mnemosyne, is similar but this has two large black spots on the forewing. See illustration above.

Flight time: May to July.

Habitat: Meadows with scrub or cultivated areas with fruit trees. Larvae feed on various fruit tree species (Prunus) and Blackthorn plus Hawthorns (Crataegus) and a few other bushes.

Behaviour: Often found fighting each other for available space on suitable nectar plants - sometimes this appears to be rather violent, but I'm sure injuries are not possible. Can also be found roosting communally, particularly in open places where suitable low plants can host over half a dozen butterflies.

Additional notes: Once this butterfly was common in southern England. Suddenly it disappeared completely and hasn't been seen since the early 1900s. The reason for this decline has never been fully explained.

I don't know the name of the flower - some kind of orchid, I suppose. It was growing everywhere, on the meadows, on the border of the roads, even in high altitude. The pink color was very attractive and there were always some butterflies sitting on them. Any help with ID would be very welcome.

I hope you'll enjoy this picture !

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-14 13:46]

Hello Valerie
Beautiful close up and dedication for Silvio. I love the sun on the wings and their transparency.
Excellent job with an excellent composition.
Congratulations and TFS.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Valerie,

Great macro.
Beautiful colours with fantastic details,
Light,focus and definition are splendid.
Good note.

Hello Valerie,
Very sharp image of A. crategi with excellent definition and colours. Thanks.

bonjour Valérie

excelente et très bele photo
de ce papilon avec son bouquet de fleur,
prise par un excellent POV, cadrage approprié,
excellent focus neteté et détails, TFS


Bonjour Valerie,

Bella foto, de très bonne composition verticale. Excellent contraste entre les fleurs et les insectes. Très bon avec une excellente définition détaillée. J'imagine que le "professeur" Silvio va profiter de ce cadeau.

Merci pour le partage, est un beau travail.



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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-07-14 20:59]

Hello Valerie,
What a great capture,very sharp, whit natural colors, flower is beautiful.Congratulation!

Hello Valerie,

This is an attractive palette, with pure clean colours!
Excellent details in the butterfly, pin sharp and the DoF isolates the subject nicely...
Good point of view and I admire the silky-crisp texture in the wings!

Pablo -

hello Valerie
beautiful composition,the feathers amazing litted up,excellent photo
TFS thanks for sharing

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-15 0:25]

Hello Valerie,
Light and colours are amzing in this photo. The contrasts are so beautiful. Also including the OOF BG. Very sharp with very good details and a pleasant composition.

Hi Valerie, this is such a beautiful shot. You did a great job capturing this. Have a wonderful week, Bill

hello Valerie
great composition with beautiful colours
great sharpness en details
greeting lou

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-07-15 3:39]

Bonjour Valérie,
Black pen, the wing patterns, drawn white butterfly ...
Very beautiful photo with excellent sharp focus and nice colors and a beautiful flower.
Best wishes,

Hi Valerie,
A nice capture of this beautiful black veined white butterfly. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-07-15 3:54]

Bravo pour la finesse et la légèreté de cette photo! Très belle réussite, bien mise en évidence avec le cadre blanc!

Et donc, maintenant , on sait qu'il s'appelle "A. crategi".
Que du bonheur tout ça!



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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-07-15 7:48]

Hello Valerie.
Very pleasant presentation.
Beautiful colour, composition and out of focus background.
Well done.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-15 7:50]

Hello Valerie
Nice composition and great details.

Thanks Valerie, splendid gift for my birthday, wonderful butterfly over a lovely flower, great composition with fantastic colors and beautiful blurry Bg, superb sharpness and fine details, I like a lot, brava, very well done, ciao Silvio

PS next butterfly for you, my friend:)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-07-15 11:58]

Salut Valerie,pas meilleure choix du jour pour dedique' une photo a nos ami Silvio,aujourd'hui est son anniversaire!Et quelle tres belle photo pour lui ....et pour nous aussi! Une qualite' excellente et une espece capture dans le meilleur point de vue pour comprendre les dessins des ailes.Mes compliments et bonne soiree',Luciano

Salut Val
cette image est vraiment splendide, superbe composition avec un papillon d'une très grande netteté, une fleur aux couleurs eclatantes, un très jolie BG
La pose et le POV de cet élégant Papillon est magnifique aussi

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-07-15 20:15]

Great shot Valerie,
Such a beautiful butterfly with such delicate wing texture and colors that it almost looks semi transparent. Excellent composition and wonderful detail. Well done!!

Hi Valerie

Great shot of this lovely species. Good POV and composition
Excellent sharpness and DOF.


Hello Valerie,
Beautiful butterfly on beautiful flower. Sharp and clear image. Colors are vivid and lively. Very well done.

Ciao Valerie,
une magnifique photo de Piéride de l'aubépine prise avec une bonne netteté et couleurs très belles et naturelles, la composition est merveilleuse.
Merci et félicitations

Hi MF Val, i missed this yesterday night! a fine macro shot of this beautifulb-fly with neat details anf nice composition.
TFS and have a nice WE!

Bonjour Valérie.

Bravo pour cette très belle photographie de papillon, posé sur sa fleur. J'adore la mise en scène de l'ensemble, avec le papillon posé sur la fleur, l'ensemble se détachant sur un fond d'une belle qualité artistique. Bravo aussi d'avoir réussi à capter la translucidité des ailes du papillon : le rendu et l'effet sont magnifiques.

La qualité technique de la photographie est par ailleurs parfaite.

Merci de ce partage.

A bientôt pour d'autres photographies


Hi Valerie. super macro photo of a beautiful butterfly. Details, POV and composition are impressive.
Best regards

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