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speckled wood

speckled wood
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Copyright: Catalin Josan (methos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XTi, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, Hama UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/200 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-16 10:58
Viewed: 3355
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi everybody,
For today a butterfly! The Speckled Wood.
From Wikipedia:
The Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) is a butterfly found in and on the borders of woodlands throughout much of Europe. In Northern and Eastern Europe where subspecies P. a. tircis occurs it is brown with pale yellow or cream spots and darker eyespots. In southwestern Europe the subspecies P. a. aegeria has a colour which is more orange in the background. The two forms gradually intergrade into each other. The speckled wood also occurs in North Africa and on the Atlantic island of Madeira. Molecular studies suggest that the African and Madeiran populations are closely related and distinct from European populations of both subspecies, suggesting that Madeira was colonized from Africa and that the African population has a long history of isolation from European populations. Females have brighter and more distinct markings than males. The wingspan of both males and females is 4 - 4.5 cm, although males tend to be slightly smaller than females. Males are highly territorial and will defend their territory against intruding males. The caterpillar is green with a short, forked tail and feeds on various species of grass including Yorkshire Fog. The chrysalis (pupa) is green or dark brown. The species is unique in its ability to overwinter in two totally separated developmental stages, as pupae or as half-grown larvae. This leads to a complicated pattern of several adult flights.

Thanks for stopping by!

I am not sure why is it that when you click the map it shows I took the pic in the middle of water. It may be that my GPS is off or something else is wrong. Tomorrow I will take the coordinates again and edit the post.

Alex99, kokos101, XOTAELE, phlr, nglen, JoseMiguel, geterdone, sgo, Christopher_PL has marked this note useful
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hi catalin!
great macro shot with beautiful colors.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-16 11:14]

Hi Catalin.
You managed to capture a very nice butterfly. I also like its surroundings. The leaf and insect on it are reproduced perfectly. Excellent colours, sharpness and details. Remote and nicely blurred BG is looked very well too. Picture is well exposed and composed. Perfect done and TFS.

Fabulosos colores los de esta mariposa.
Buen encuadre y acertada exposición.
Un saludo, JL.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-04-16 14:57]

Hi Catalin,
Excellent shot of this butterfly. Lovely colours and sharp details. The lighting is perfect as also the POV and BG. The green leaf contrasts well. Very nicely composed and presented. Kudos.

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

Hi Catalin. Great shot of the butterfly. great colour with fine detail . The markings on the body have come out well. good DOF. well done..TFS
good notes to.

Hi Catalin,
Magnificent capture of this butterfly!
I really like the sharpness of the picture and all the clear details got on it.
The brown on the wings is so pure, and make a beautyful contrast with the light false eyes.
I like so much also the composition made with the leaves and their directions.
Congratulations and thanks fro share it.
my best regards,

Hi Catalin,
Nice macro shot with vivid colrs and nice details. Composition is pleasing, as is your delicate black border. Good shooting. TFS! Lyndon

Magnifique papillon avec toute sa netteté.

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2007-04-18 0:39]

Hello Catalin,
Thank you very much for sharing this exemplary documentation of an early Speckled Wood with us! I'm suprised, and a little bit envious :-), to notice that it's already flying in your area; I love to spot them and follow them around when I'm out on excursions. Very nice!

Very nice picture of this forest butterfly. In Easern part of Europe we've the same species but it looks a little bit different. The colours are not the same. Thanks


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