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Favourite butterfly

Favourite butterfly
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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/315 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-21 5:58
Viewed: 5108
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
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The blue one lives in poor grass countries. There where is a short vegetation and there must be open spots. In this must then some plants occur. It go's me to far to look for the names of those plants.

The blue one can be easily confused with the brown blue one. Of the differences is see in the white edging. At the brown blue one the wing veins run by as a result of which seem the edging crammed. More over the female has icarus no complete file edging dots. On the base being lacking carrot macula of the characteristics brown of blue.

The butterfly can occur in two generations, flying from May to October. The male has two possibilities of demolishing a female: somewhere for a high spot with open wings wait, or go in search. After a short s- flight the pair is looking for a spot to pair in vegetation.

The white eggs are generally turned off on the base of the host plants. At the first stage the caterpillar eat of the fabric of the booklet(are there then eating canals visible), later the caterpillar eat of the complete booklet and sometimes they have a visit by ants. The transformation from caterpillar in till butterfly take place on the ground under the host plant, but the cocoons are sometimes taken by ants.They are unlucky. As soon as the small caterpillar has crawled from the egg, it can start with its most important function start, namely, eat and grow. The length of this increase stage differs by type. The caterpillars of most of the types are herbivores and grow very fast.

Within 2 or 3 weeks they are 20 times so long, and 2000 till 3000 times so heavy as they where before. Even the most elastic skin cannot endure such an enormous increase. The caterpillar peels thus a number of times. The body of the caterpillar exists from 13 segments. To the three first body parts behind the head, sit each time 2 udder legs. With those legs, the caterpillar holds its food fast. More to the back sits 5 couples of course legs. This are exactly small suction cups, with that the caterpillar can hold himself to the plant. The caterpillars of the second generation wintered till they come next spring out of there headstock.

Yes this is my favourite butterfly, the distance was about 15 cm. I hope you like the shot

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Very good macro Jaap.
This small butterfly is very beautiful.
Good details, composition, very good colours and note.
Great work.

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-01-21 6:43]


Prachtig! Mooi die twee kleuren. Werkelijk een indrukwekkende foto.



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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-21 6:44]

Great shot Jaap! I like contrast between shinning blue butterfly and brownish BG. Good details and interesting note. Good work!

A besutiful butterfly capture. The color and texture of the butterfly are great. Nice sharp focus and detail. Very Nice.

Nice composition, good colours. But it's noisy, and I think having the buttefly in the midle isn't really good for readness.

Nice photo Jaap!
I also like this beautiful blue butterfly. The interesting thing is that in my country it is called Modraszek Lazurek what can be translated as Blue Blue - I'm sure it's because of this really special colour :-)
I agree with Philip that it would look better if the butterfly wasn't in the middle of the photo and I would also give him a bit more space - this brown BG looks really good.
I also agree that its a bit to noisy - maybe you shouldn't sharpen it so much. I think that more soft photo would look equaly good if not better.
Despite all this ;-) I like your photo very much.
Thanks for posting.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-01-21 15:17]

Hi Jaap, great to see you back on TN. Very nice shot. I miss all the insects at this time of year, can't wait for spring. Very good work.

Jaap, Very good work here.. Everthing looks tight to me! Love this blue color with the grey edged wings. Excellent write-up - Superb capture!!!

I can see why you like this one Jaap. I think the tight crop with the buttefly in the centre here works. Tack sharp and a nice contrast with the BG. Well done.

Really beautiful capture. Fine details, great colors. And the almost sepia background enhances the blue butterfly.

A beautiful macro with nice deatil on the plain background.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-01-22 2:45]

Een totaal andere positie of we gewend zijn van u Jaap, maar met de vleugels open op deze manier vind ik deze wel zeer mooi, en de kleuren zijn fantastisch, alles voeld zijnde zacht aan. Steeds mooi werk Jaap, jij komt terug uit het diepedal!

Hi Jaap, Yes i agree with you, this is a beaufiful b'fly! The blue and fluffy texture is great, and I love the white border. YOu did well, Mooi gedoen!

Just pretty! I love the details! Wonderful photot of a "Lady Butterfly" :-) Just perfect!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-25 15:43]

I have been so busy at the office that I have not had the chance to look at all the beautiful images posted. I am so far behind with my critiques that I contemplated wether I should just start at the current shots and forget about the older ones. Well, this shot makes it all worthwile to go back to where I last viewed. This is one of the best shots that I have ever seen. Stunning colors and textures combined in a wonderful composition.

Very well done and thanks for posting!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-26 12:39]

Great macro, Jaap. I wish to see and shoot so beautifull butterflies next summer.
A great post: picture and note.

WOW, incredible shots I am missing lately, beautiful subject, good photo. Nice post.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-28 13:11]

Jaap, beautiful contrast and nice POV and composition. I've never seen one with such color, and you show us this very well.


This soft blue against the wood-colours, nice sharp, pretty view in the "vlinder"!

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  • Junim Gold Star Critiquer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 1] (6)
  • [2005-03-12 8:14]

Great colors.
Great sharpness.
Great composition!
Great capture.
Congratulations, excellent!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-05-12 20:25]

Hello Jaap ! you did a great portrait i like the nice colours & details, the small butterfly is beautiful, great composition i like the white & blue border,

Very well done !


I really like this one because of the contrast between the main subject and the surroundings. Bright blue against dull brown. Beauty against dirt and rubbish. Very effective.

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