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A butterfly for you

A butterfly for you
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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-04-25 14:20
Viewed: 3752
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

A butterfly is an insect of the order Lepidoptera. The scope of the term butterflies depends on how far the concept is extended. Currently, most experts include the superfamilies Hedyloidea (the American moth-butterflies), Hesperioidea (the skippers) and Papilionoidea (the so-called 'true' butterflies). This concept of butterflies including the Hedyloidea is an only recently expanded one[1]. Like many Lepidoptera, butterflies are notable for their unusual life cycle with a larval caterpillar stage, an inactive pupal stage and a spectacular metamorphosis into a familiar and colourful winged adult form, and most species being day-flying, they regularly attract attention. The diverse patterns formed by their brightly coloured wings and their erratic-yet graceful-flight have made butterfly watching a popular hobby.

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Map (butterfly)

The Map (Araschnia levana) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is common throughout the lowlands of central and eastern Europe, and is expanding its range in western Europe.
In the UK this species is a very rare vagrant, but there have also been several unsuccessful – and now illegal – attempts at introducing this species over the past 100 years or so: in the Wye Valley in 1912, the Wyre Forest in the 1920s, South Devon 1942, Worcester 1960s, Cheshire 1970s, South Midlands 1990s. All these introductions failed and eggs or larvae have never been recorded in the wild in the UK. (Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is now illegal to release a non-native species into the wild.)

The Map is unusual in that its two annual broods look very different. The summer brood are black with white markings, looking like a miniature version of the White Admiral and lacking most of the orange of the pictured spring brood.

The eggs are laid in long strings, one on top of the other, on the underside of stinging nettles, the larval foodplant. It is thought that these strings of eggs mimic the flowers of the nettles, thereby evading predators. The larvae feed gregariously and hibernate as pupae.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-25 14:38]

Hi Heinz.
This is amazing capture.I am yet this spring form in our region haven't seen,I I hope as though maybe this year.I like beautiful contrasted colors and very nice details on drawing on wings.Pretty composition with "classical" pose and very good point of view.I like this picture so much,thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-25 14:49]

Hallo Heinz...
sehr interesante Anmerkung, wusste ich fgar nicht dass es zwei verschiedenen "maps" bei denen gibt. Dein Workshop bringt das ganz toll zur Geltung.
Diese Aufnahme gefaellt mir gut, die Farben sind so schoen kraftig uynd auch die Schaerfe ist einwandfrei.
Wirklich gut eingefangen hast du den Falter.

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-04-25 14:56]

Hi Heinz ! excellent shot and beautiful colors of this butterfly, the perfect bottom. Greetings. Carme

bonjour heinz
magnifique,couleurs details et netteté tout est la.
j'aime beaucoup les motifs sur les ailes.
bon dof,par contre on voit la retouche faite sur le BG.

Hello Heinz its a lovely shot with fine detail good DOF and composition tfs rgds Necip.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-25 15:33]

selam Heinz; amazing shot and nice comp with nice colours.good POV particularly on the wings ,good BG of this lovely b.fly. TFS
well done

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-04-25 15:52]

Hello Heinz,
I haven't seen them yet, but you gave me the first image om the Map.
Nice picture, Jacob

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-04-25 15:57]

For me? Thanks Heinz!
It's beautifully captured, great details and colours. Good sharpness too, they are so beautiful...:)
Thanks for sharing

Gracias Heinz, no es frecuente que a uno le regalen una mariposa como esta tan hermosa y tan bien lograda.
Un cordial saludo y TFS, JL.

Hallo Heinz,
wie freue ich mich über diesen Farbtupfer spät am Abend. So satte Farben und gute Schärfe, und welch' ein Glück er saß schön Modell für Dich. Zur Zeit sind die Schmetterlinge so hektisch, ich seh' sie nur fliegen.
Am Wochenende hatte ich einen Aurorafalter im Garten - aber er wollte mir keine Freude machen und sich setzen, schade!
Viele Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-25 16:15]

Hello Heinz. a very good close up shot. with lot of good colours and detail.with a good DOf. TFS. well done.

Hi Heinz,
Lovely great picture and pretty colours.
Good shot..!
well done,

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-04-25 18:37]

Hello Heinz,
Great contrast, strong colours and POV! Also I like very much the composition of this vivid portrait of that typical spring messengers.
Best greetings and TFS!

TFS Hainz this beauty butterfly and thakks for your note.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-25 19:15]

Hola Heinz,
preciosa mariposa,
colorido y pov, magníficos.
bellos encuadre...

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-04-26 4:00]

beautiful. colorful. nice macro. tfs

hallo heinz, wo hast du denn das hübsche landkärtchen gefunden?! :-)
da hat sich wohl einer ein bisschen gesonnt und auf dich gewartet.
schmetterlinge, hm, ich schaue mal schnell raus in den garten: fehlanzeige.
da bin ich ja echt froh, dieses farbenprächtige kleinod zu sehen.
dass mit den zwei "versionen" finde ich interessant.
danke dir & alles gute aus dem sonnigen köln, thorsten.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-26 11:34]

Hi Heinz.
Your butterfly picture is simply perfect. I like its bright sunlight and impressive shadows, amazing vivid colours and great sharpness of the butterfly, excellent DOF and wonderful diagonal composition. BRAVO and TFS for so beautiful shot.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-04-26 12:12]

Hello Heinz, very nice photo of this butterfly, POV is great, sharpness is outsdanding..very good indeed, have a good one..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-26 15:02]

Hello Heinz,
That's a really great shot of a fresh Map Butterfly. Excellent sharpness and lovely colours. I like the plain background too. We saw the first ones here today but I didn't manage a good shot.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-04-26 18:19]

Hi again,
this one is too good to miss. Perfect pose and crisp details. Lovely exposed colors and nice light.
Did you do some cloning on it (the line in the upper part of the pic is too straight).
Nice presentation.

Hi again
Very nice picture with great colours. I very like the contrast between butterfly wings and the leaf in the background. Thanks


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-28 11:00]

Hi Heinz,
Really nice butterfly. I like composition and background as much as the main subject.
TFS, José M.

Hi Heinz

Very nice work. Love the composition. Good colours. Well done my friend, lovely to view. :-)

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2007-04-29 13:55]

Hi Heinz,

You have a very impressive gallery, and I like this picture very much. Your capture of this butterfly is very good.
Beautiful colours, good background and excellent details and sharpness.
I like it, thanks for sharing!

Greetings, Nel

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-29 16:28]

Hello Heinz

Lovely composition,The colours are well saturated.Excellent contrast,and very well illuminated.The focus and details are crisp and sharp.Very good textures reproduced.TFS


Hallo Heinz,
sehr lebendiges, farbenfrohes Juwel, herrlich ausgeleuchtet in tiefen, satten Tönen, bereit zum Flatterflug ins üppige Grün des frischen Frühlings.
Elegant komponiert, schön präsentiert und beschrieben.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-06-14 11:07]

Hello Heinz,

Great picture of this butterfly with its shadow.
Great color, sharpness and background.


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