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Aged Apoll'

Aged Apoll'
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-10 8:13
Viewed: 3109
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The picture shows an aged specimen of
- Parnassius apollo
- family: Papilionidae

English: Apollo
German: Apollo, Apollofalter
French: L'Apollon

The specimen shows some lesions, the colours are no more brilliant and it has lost a number of scales - just the signs a aging.

Species information
The species is easily recognized by its wing pattern. However, there occurs a similar species in the European Alps, Parnassius phoebus, of which I have shown a picture earlier.

A huge number of subspecies have been described of Parnassius apollo, most of them probably without any biological sense.

Upper Peder-Valley, North-Italian Alps, about 2400 m.

- bright natural light
- ISO 400
- handheld

* Capdeville P (1978-1980) Les races geographiques de Parnassius apollo. - Editions Sciences Nat, Compiegne.
* Schweizerischer Bund für Naturschutz (1982) Tagfalter und ihre Lebensräume. - Basel.
* Higgins L. and Hargreaves B. (1983) The Butterflies of Britain and Europe. - Collins, London.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-10 8:26]

Wonderful old apollo!
The sharpness of the details are great, the colors are lovely!
I like too the contrast between the butterfly and yellow flower!

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-10 8:27]
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Wow Peter,
Those yellow tones in it`s wings are their own colours or translucency by the flower?
Very nice crispy details and perfect composition dear friend.
TFS and see you on TN, actualy it`s always a pleasure to see your fine pics here.
Best wishes,

Hi Peter
Apollo is always fantastic ;-) Another great contribution to TN gallery. Nice POV, good exposure. Background is blured but a little bit disturbing and with some noise

Ciao Peter, great capture of aged Apollo, I never see this wonderful butterfly in nature, I try a lot for it, but never for me, lovely macro with beautiful natural colors and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Peter
great sharpness and nice lightwith very good details
nice composition with good BG.
greeting lou

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-12-11 0:05]

Beautiful species captured well with lot of details. tfs.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-11 7:19]

Lieber Peter,
Dein Apoll hatte schon einige Flugstunden hiner sich, irgendwie rührend sie in diesem Zustand anzutreffen. Du scheinst diese Spezies immer wieder unter die Linse zu kriegen! Natürliches Bild mit guter Bildschärfe und klassischer Komposition. Jetzt müssen wir wieder einige Monate warten, aber der Schnee ist ja auch schön. Wir gehen über Weihnachten ins Chalet.
Danke auch für deine Zeilen betreffend meinen Pyrgus-Schmetterling. Ivan tippt auf Pygus alveus, kannst Du das bestätigen?
Ich wünsche Dir und den Deinen noch ein schönes Wochenende.
Herzlich grüsst

Hi Peter,
da hast Du einen wunderbaren Schmetterling gesehen, diese Apollo-Falter sind schon was ganz Besonderes.
Ich hatte auf dem Monte-Baldo ja mal das Glück einen Schwarzen Apollofalter zu sehen und ein Bild zu schießen, die anderen Arten habe ich leider noch nie life gesehen.
Vielen Dank, ganz super
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Peter

Gee, that is an old one, the wings are also translucent. Good diagonal composition, great sharpness and details.


Hallo Peter
Although this butterfly has seen better days, one can still see traces that at some stage it was a beauty. Even though the wings are withered and fragile, you captured it with great clarity. The furry body, stripes on the antennas and the big eyes are well seen. I like the colourful background, which makes one forget about the wear and tear just seen on the butterfly. The colours of both the butterfly and the cheerful background are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Ciao Peter. Good light's management here in an intrigant diagonal pose. Great contrast.


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