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European Peacock and Lavender

European Peacock and Lavender
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Copyright: Paras Bhalla (parasbhalla) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 254 W: 2 N: 914] (3634)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC P150
Exposure: f/5.2, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-04 0:40
Viewed: 3134
Points: 24
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(WiKiPedia) Information on Inachis io (European Peacock butterfly):

The European Peacock butterfly more commonly known as the Peacock butterfly, is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe and Asia. It is the only member of the genus Inachis which is sometimes included in Nymphalis. It should not be confused or classified with the "American peacocks" in the genus Anartia; these are not close relatives of the present species. The peacock butterfly is resident in much of its range, often wintering in buildings or trees. It therefore often appears quite early in spring.

The butterfly hibernates over winter before laying its eggs in early spring, in batches of up to 500 at a time. The caterpillars, which are shiny black with six rows of barbed spikes and a series of white dots on each segment, hatch after about a week and feed on nettles and hops.

Reproduction and food:

The adult butterflies drink nectar from a wide variety of flowering plants, including buddleia, willows, dandelions, wild marjoram, danewort, hemp agrimony, and clover; they also utilize tree sap and rotten fruit.

The Peacock can be found in woods, fields, meadows, pastures, parks, and gardens, and from lowlands up to 8,200 feet (2,500 m) elevation. It is a relatively common butterfly seen in many European parks and gardens.


Stevens, Martin (2005): The role of eyespots as anti-predator mechanisms, principally demonstrated in the Lepidoptera. Biol. Rev. 80(4): 573–588. doi: 10.1017/S1464793105006810

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-08-04 0:49]

Hola Paras,
colorida escena,
elegante macro y composición.
bonitos colores,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-08-04 2:46]

Hello Paras
A colorful capture. Well done

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-04 3:42]

Hello Paras,
A nice colourful capture of a Peacock Butterfly, the open wings taken with excellent sharpness against the blue and yellow floral Bg. The central composition works well here.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-08-04 5:36]

Oooh! What a wonderful composition! I see a lot of Peacock on TN,but this is really fantastic! A lot of colors in backgrouns,a fantastic pov and magic sharpness too.One of the best Peacock of the year! My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Paras
wonderful details, fine colors and splendid sharpness on this Inachis Io with a great focusing. The composition is very detailed on an interesting colorful background.

Hello Paras,

A great shot with lovely colors, sharpness & details. Well done & TFS.



Hi Paras:

A butterfly precciosa you've photographed magustralmente, The flowers are contrasted with the color to highlight the beautiful colors of the protagonist.
A good job. Congratulations

Stocks cordiales


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-08-04 7:31]

Very good colors!

Hi Paras,
A delightful close-up shot of this colourful b-fly in a charming atmosphere with fine composition and neat details.
TFS and cheers,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-08-04 19:16]

Hello Paras,
Splendid color palatte, with the beautiful butterfly being the focal point, nice work Paras, thank you.

Impresionante y atractivo trabajo con el color. Riqueza en los contrastes y originalidad del conjunto.
Un bello trabajo.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

Hello Paras
this shot is very beautiful, the colors are splendid, nice pose of this European Peacock, superb composition
Have a good night

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  • Taluca (203)
  • [2009-08-11 16:41]

Hello Paras,
Wonderful capture!!
Nice job.

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