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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5411] (29584)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mariposas perfectas! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-03-03 8:16
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The European Peacock (Inachis io), more commonly known simply as the Peacock butterfly, is a colourful butterfly, found in Europe, temperate Asia as far east as Japan. It is the only member of the genus Inachis (the name is derived from Greek mythology, meaning Io, [the daughter] of Inachus). It should not be confused or classified with the "American peacocks" in the genus Anartia; these are not close relatives of the present species. The Peacock butterfly is resident in much of its range, often wintering in buildings or trees. It therefore often appears quite early in spring.

The butterfly has a wingspan of 50 to 55 mm. The base-colour of the wings is a rusty red, and at each wingtip it bears a distinctive, black, blue and yellow eye-spot.

The caterpillars grow up to 42 mm in length.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, willows, 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 (2,500 m) elevation. It is a relatively common butterfly seen in many European parks and gardens.

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WOW Marius ..this one looks like a winner ...Big time to me! Absolutely breathtaking in every way! Bravo! 10 out of 10 from me!
George Veltchev

Hi Marius,
This is a beautiful picture. The butterfly is looking gorgeous. The colors are beautiful. The background is excellent,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-03 8:32]

Hello Marius,
Fantastic sharp detailed photo in very beautiful colours. Great DOF, composition and POV. A real beauty!
Good weekend,

hello Marius
YES this is SUPER!!
great sharpness and beautiful colours
very nice BG and great details
thanks greeting lou

Hi Marius,
beautiful photo of this butterfly. Amazing colours. Great sharpness and details.
Have a nice Sunday,

Buna Marius,
Interesant si frumoasa foto aceasta fluturas bine colorata.Compozitie si culorile sint perfecta si un contrast foarte buna fata de fundal.
Numai bine-Tibi

Hi Marius,
Fantastic macro of this wonderful butterfly.Wonderful colors and impressive sharp details.Perfect composition.Congrats!
Have a nice weekend!
Kind regards

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-03-03 10:07]

Hi Marius!
What a wonderful image of Inachis io! The butterflu is captured very well: perfect focus and splendid brightiness.
Wonderful blurred BG!.
Have a nice Sunday.
Ciao! Vanda

Hi Marius,
This picture can only be described as: "absolutely magical" Bravo!!!
Regards, TFS

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-03 11:04]

Hello Laurens,
What a beautiful butterfly! The patterns and detail are wonderful. I like the composition with the butterfly and flower. Lovely colours too! Well done!
Best regards siggi

Ciao Matius.
Gran bella foto ha mio modesto pare e una delle piů belle foto viste su T.N.
Eccellenza su tutto complimenti.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione

Ciao Marius. Excellent indeed MF! Magnifcient colours superb light. Great compo.


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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-03-03 13:18]

This image is fantastic, Marius!!
All is perfect! A beauty!
Thanks for sharing

Ciao Marius, great macro of fantastic peacock, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6479 W: 89 N: 15611] (65309)
  • [2012-03-03 15:21]

HI Marius,maybe she sleep again and wait warm days to exit...in my country they fly from 10 days and it's nice to see these beauties after the winter.Beautiful pic at the top of quality!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

A beautiful presentation of this amazing butterfly butterfly.
Nice setting, good background, excellent detail.
regards yiannis

WOW! Fantastic photo Marius! simply FANTASTIC!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-03-05 1:35]

Hello Marius,
very pretty and very lively view from the top that display the excitement of the big eyes on the wings. The colors are lively in the special green bokeh.
Excellent job done here.


Buna Marius,
I always love this colorful species, it's one of my favorites - but you made a better photo of it I might ever be able to! Fascinating image with crystal clear sharpness, unbeatable colors and great background blur to isolate the main subject. Excellent job, an image to be truly proud of. Bravo!
Friendly regards, László

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2012-04-11 11:22]

Hi Marius,

It's been awhile since I last visit.

this is a very good iamge. Love all the details and beautiful colors. I particularly like the bottom part of the wing, looks like eyes with tear drops.



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