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Parnassius apollo

Parnassius apollo
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Copyright: Theodoros Limitsios (limier) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 14 N: 235] (1055)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Zuiko 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-27 4:39
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Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the great Parnassius Apollo(Linnaeus, 1758)
Family, Papilionidae
I shot this one some weeks ago in my village Lipinitsa. The first time I saw it flying all over the thistles and never stops for a shot. I was very tired trying to cautch it. And it was the only one all over the place like one year ago when I shot it for one more time. Next day I saw it again in the same place. The apollo was very tired and stops in every thistle waiting for my shot. So So I did it!!!
According to Peter_Stoeckl in my previous post 1 years ago this butterfly is rare, very locally distributed in the mountains.They are hard to catch, most of the time either flying up a hill in the morning, or downhill in the evening, being rarely at rest.
Thanks Peter

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Hi Thodoris,
Beautiful capture of this butterfly!
I like so much the lighting, focus and sharp details got on the image.
Love the patterns and false eyes on the insect's wings.
It's very good the contrast made with the purple flowers and the nicely blurred background.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hello Thodoris,
wonderful capture of Parnassius apollo that also allows to see the habitat. Nicely told story - patience pays, my congratulations! From many painful experiences I agree there is no use to follow a restless Apollo through steep and rocky territories, but sometimes, preferable in the early hours of afternoon, the butterflies love to settle peacefully on Carduus blossoms to suck nectar. And you, well decidedly, took that chance.
Interesting to note, also, that July for the main flying time seems to be the same all over Europe, in cool places as well as in Greece.
Thank you for this most enjoyable contribution from beautiful Lipinitsa. Have a very good peaceful day.
Best regards,

Hello Thodoris,
Good sharp image.
Well composed.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-27 7:11]

Hello Thodoris,
Fine capture of the Apollo butterfly, one of my favourites. I like the way you focused well on the butterfly and the thistle flowers, leaving an OOF natural BG that shows the habitat. The shape of the thistle makes the central composition work here.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

je pense que vous auriez peut etre pu recadrer un peu plus pour avoir une plus grande vu du papillon qui me semble particulierement velu et joli.

Fantastic colors!!
Great depth of field and wonderful composition!
I've already exceeded my limit for today. :( Sorry.

Hi Thodoris,

A nice image of the butterfly and of the flowers, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hello Thodoris !
Wow, you managed to capture this wonderful butterfly ! I love his colors and markins, and I dream to meet one of them some day... There are nice details on the butterfly and the flower, beautiful colors, nice composition which allows us to see the natural environment of the butterfly, and a fine blurred BG. Very well done !

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-09-17 8:05]

Hi Thodoris,

A fine capture of the apollo,a butterfly which is here as well seen (but rare),you captured it very nice although the composition could have been improved if the butterfly was not centered too much,anyway I like this butterfly,I have to wait again a season to have another try to capture tis one,regards,


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