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Copyright: Paula van Balen (pvb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro, 58 mm UV Hama
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/90 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-11 16:08
Viewed: 3619
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The European peacock, or simply Peacock (Inachis io) is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe and Asia. It should not be confused or classified with any of the other butteflies known as "peacock" in the Anartia genus of butterflies. It is the only member of the genus Inachis. The species is resident in much of its range, often wintering in buildings or trees. It therefore often appears quite early in spring.
The butterfly measures about 5 cm (2 in) from wingtip to wingtip and is easily identified by its striking eye pattern on a ruddy background, although with wings closed the cryptically coloured dark underwings make it look like a dead leaf. The eyespots are reminiscent of those on the feathers of the peacock, hence the name. The eyespots are exposed when the butterfly is disturbed by a potential predator (such as birds) in an antipredator display in which the butterflies flick their wings open and make a hissing noise. The open wings create a false perception of another predator (note how a glance at the image can give the impression of a cat staring) and the effect is strong enough to deter the predator from eating it.
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. The adult butterflies drink nectar from a wide variety of flowering plants, including buddleia, sallows, 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 elevation. It is a relatively common butterfly seen in many European parks and gardens.

Das Tagpfauenauge (Inachis io) ist ein Schmetterling (Tagfalter) aus der Familie der Edelfalter (Nymphalidae).
Die Falter erreichen eine Flügelspannweite von 50 bis 55 Millimetern. Sie haben eine rostrote Flügelgrundfärbung. Das unverkennbare und auffälligste Merkmal sind die, an jeder Vorder- und Hinterflügelspitze gut erkennbaren, schwarz, blau und gelb gefärbten Augenflecken. Die der Vorderflügel sind innen deutlicher mit einem dunklen Fleck gefärbt. Daneben finden sich am oberen Flügelrand größere, schwarze und weiße Flecken und vom Flügelansatz bis etwa zur Mitte sind sie am Rand eng weiß und schwarz gemustert. Der Flügelaußenrand beider Flügelpaare ist breit graubraun, genauso wie es der Körper und die Flügel um den Ansatz sind. Die Flügelunterseiten sind fein dunkelgrau und schwarz marmoriert.
Die Raupen werden ca. 42 Millimeter lang. Sie sind schwarz und weisen am ganzen Körper zahlreiche feine weiße Punkte und schwarze Dornen auf.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1078 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-04-11 16:17]

Hello Paula,
a perfect picture of a non-perfect peacock butterfly. You achieved high sharpness on the entire butterfly.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Paula
Well presented shot with nice details, pose and colours.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-11 16:55]

Hi Paula. very good shot of the butterfly. good detail and colour.good POV. well done.. TFS Good notes as well ..

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-11 18:53]

Hello Paula,
Great closeup of this beautiful but tattered butterfly captured with excellent details and lovely color,thanks for sharing Paula.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-12 9:56]

Hi Paula.
My compliments. You managed to create a very nice shot of this beautiful butterfly. Very impressive POV, excellent lighting, colours and sharpness of the butterfly. BG is very attractive too and suits for this charming creature. Perfect done and TFS.

Hello Paula this is a very pretty butterfly you got some great detail here nice POV tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Paula
Cet insecte est très beau en lui-même, mais j'aime surtout la composition avec ces petites brindilles et le sol ou repose le papillon qui font ressortir les couleurs de l'insecte.
Très réussi et au revoir...JP

Ha Paula,

mooi shot van deze dagpauwoog
compo, scherpte, kleur, POV zijn erg goed net als de note

TFS Thijs

super ce papillon, rien a dire sinon que tout est parfaitement bien réussi
bravo+++ amitiès

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-24 15:15]

Hi Paula

Lovely shot of the peacock. Excellent POV and nice bright colours. I hope to see some of these this year



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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-05-02 12:59]

Hi Paula,
Beautiful colors and sharpness.
Very well composed.

Hello Paula,
It seems that I missed this beautiful picture. This is a beautiful specie that you capture in a great pose with its wings opened like this. Colors and exposure are fine. I might have had a little USM to bring out more details. I have tried it and it worked great but as it created noise in BG, I didn't post it. I could have removed it but as the BG is not plain, this would have been to long ;) This is a very good post and TFS,

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