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Speckled wood

Speckled wood
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 200 mm / f:4 macro APO G, Digital RAW 100, UV Filter
Exposure: f/32, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-27 5:09
Viewed: 2770
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Speckled Wood
Pararge aegeria

The aptly named Speckled Wood flies in partially shaded woodland with dappled sunlight. The male usually perches in a small pool of sunlight, from where it rises rapidly to intercept any intruder. Both sexes feed on honeydew in the tree tops and are rarely seen feeding on flowers, except early and late in the year when aphid activity is low.

The range of this butterfly contracted during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but has spread back since the 1920s. It has continued to spread over the past two decades, recolonizing many areas in eastern and northern England and Scotland.

European/world range
Widespread throughout Europe; also in North Africa and eastwards to the Urals. It has expanded in several European countries, and its range has extended northwards.

Various grasses are used, including False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum), Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata), Yorkshire-fog (Holcus lanatus), and Common Couch (Elytrigia repens).

Towards the northern and eastern margins of its range, the Speckled Wood breeds only in woodland habitats, but elsewhere it also uses lanes and tracks between tall hedgerows, parks, gardens, and scrub. It seems to prefer slightly damp areas where there is tall grass and some shade.

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Hello Paul

Wow.... congrats on a super shot. Very good exposure. Great POV, crisp, clear sharp details. Well done.

Hi Paul, nice macro in the mid-tones.
Good compo, too.

nice shot there, they are not always the easiest of subjects to capture.... especially given their woodland habitat....

Great DOF, composition and shaprness.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-27 6:25]

Hello Paul,
Beautiful close up.Lighting,POV,dark BG,framing and composition are excellent.

Hello paul, excllent details, Bg, POV, DOF Perfect colors, I like the composure and framing alot, TFS Kyle

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-06-27 10:12]

Hi Paul,
Beautiful shot with excellent composition and brilliant colours. Detail is crisp and subject well exposed, with excellent use of the flash

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2006-06-27 11:41]


Great Lighting of the subject against a dark BG. The detail, composition and POV are all great. TFS,

Truly magnificent capture of this interesting species, Paul.
Thanks for your visit and kind words.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-06-27 16:09]

Very nice photo of the common but lovely butterfly Paul. Very good POV, details and colors.

This a beautiful butterfly Paul.
Great colors and superb details with incredible POV and BG.
Great Picture.

Nice work Paul,
Clear sharp detail, with very good DOF, light, color. Looks great against the solid dark BG as well.
Very well done.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-06-27 20:19]

Bonjour Paul!

Ce papillon est superbe et les couleurs sont parfaitement exposées. Bravo pour le contraste et la netteté.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-28 15:55]

Hello Paul,
Lovely shot, the sharpness,colors, clear details are wonderful. Excellent POV and great composition.
TFS ..Sky

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-06-30 3:33]

Very good photo of this common Satyrinae!
Very good on colours!
Very good dark BG!
Good DOF and details too!
5* and TFS!

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-07-02 10:43]

Hi Paul,
Lovely shot of this butterfly.
Great POV and beautiful BG


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