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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-21
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-21 10:56
Viewed: 2534
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Large Tortoiseshell, Nymphalis polychloros

Swedish name: Körsbärsfuks.

This species of butterfly that over winters as an adult is very rare on the Swedish mainland but more easily found on the island of Öland.

Our recent move to the town of Kalmar, just across the sound from Öland has made this butterfly more accessible and at last I have been able to photograph it, to join our Italian friends, Luciano and Silvio in being able to post an image of it.

It is rare in N. Europe, but more common in the C. and S..

In flight it looks much paler and larger than the commoner Small Tortoiseshell butterfly and the upper surface of the wings lack the central large dark area.

It over winters in sheltered places to emerge in the warmth of spring. After pairing the female lays her eggs on various species of tree, especially Elm and fruit trees. The caterpillars are often parasitized, which can drastically reduce numbers.

Adults emerge in July and soon go into aestivation to spend the winter.
This was taken with my long lens hand-held at a distance of about 2 meters (6.5 ft).

After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened using the unsharp mask mode and converted from RAW to JPEG.

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HI Ivan, my neighbour today :)
This is a really nice photo of this butterfly. Amazing colours. Great composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-21 11:00]

Hello Ivan,
Very nice photo of this Large Tortoiseshell. Amazing sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Fantastic DOF and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-21 11:00]

Hello Ivan.
What a wonderful macro of this beautiful Large Tortoiseshell.You did it perfectly well with excellent sharpness, POV, DOF, lighting, colors and composition.
A really beautiful presentation.Best regards Siggi

hallo Ivan
Super good picture with many details
the colours and sharpness are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hello Ivan

Beautiful photo of this butterfly with fine POV
to show its patterns and beautiful warm color tones,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Ivan,
Congratulations on the achievement of finally photographing this beautiful butterfly. And what a splendid image it is! Thank you and best wishes.

Hi Ivan,
Great capture of this beautiful butterfly ,excellent sharpness and nice natural colours.

Ciao Ivan, great macro of lovely Nympalis polychloros, commun in my country and one of the first fly of season, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Ivan. Very good DOF from the difficult POV. Very good detaisl indeed. Exciting natural colours.


Hello Ivan,
Excellent photo presentation of this Butterfly, Nymphalis polychloros, very nice colors and fine details, TFS!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-03-21 13:03]

Hello Ivan,
beautiful image of this N. polychloros with excellent sharpness and great depth; splendid vivid colours and good light. Well done!
Thanks for sharing

Ciao Ivan.
Eccellente macro di questo esemplare di Nympalis polychloros con dei colori stupendi,ottima la nitidezza come la composizione,molto bella complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-03-21 18:00]

Beautiful species, very colorful and happy for you spotting this one and capturing well. tfs.

Hello Ivan.
I have seen many shots from Silvio and Luciano of this bright orange species. Congratulations on getting one near your place. Nice dorsal pov exposing vivid markings on the wings. Beautiful control of shallow focus keeping the background silenced.
Kind regards.

Hello Ivan
Beautiful photo with good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness! The last record of Nymphalis polychloros
in Cyprus was in 1931.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-03-21 22:50]

Hi Ivan.
It is a pleasure to see first butterfly pictured after long cold winter. Low and a bit back POV is very impressive as well as wingspread of the butterfly. I like excellent DOF, details of the main subject and nice blurriness of the BG. Scene is looked very naturally and nicely. My compliments and TFS.

Hello Ivan,
Wonderful image with a interesting and beautiful species of butterfly. It is a perfect photo taken from a good POV.
The details and colors of this tiny butterfly are great.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-03-22 16:20]

Hi Ivan,finally it's springtime in your country too as i can see! The first butterfly is always a great emotion,and it's nice to see this specie,very common this year in my fileds too,unusual that,maybe beacuse the terrible cold February? Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-03-23 5:39]

Bonjour Ivan,
You have caught it too! As usual it is sitting on the ground sunbathing..
You didn't have the easiest point of view, but you succeeded having both wings in focus. I had seen this species too, I had posted a side-view of it, because my specimen just opened quickly its wings and remained mainly wings closed.
But I know important is for us to be able to catch it!
Kind regards

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