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The Importance of Sallow 2

The Importance of Sallow 2
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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: 2012-03-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-27 23:05
Viewed: 3752
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Large Tortoiseshell, Nymphalis polychloros

Swedish name: Körsbärsfuks.

After taking a picture of Small Tortoiseshell butterflies (Aglais urticae) feasting on Sallow Catkins last year, I was determined to do the same of the much rarer polychloros. We found a Sallow Tree (Salix caprea) in flower in the area on Öland where it is known to occur. There were 4 polychloros feeding but only one urticae.

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.

It is rare in N. Europe and now extinct in the UK, 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 2.5 meters (8 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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elegant composition with great performance, an attractive photo!
regards Ivan

excellent angle. good lighting and framing. tfs.

Ciao Ivan. Good POV and lovely lightning compo with the butterfly like diagonal. Excellent contrast details and sharp.



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-28 0:45]

Hello Ivan,
A photo in great clarity with a gorgous blue sky in the background. Very beautiful natural colours. Excellent sharpness, details and a pleasing half diagonal composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-03-28 1:28]

Hi Ivan,i made a same pic whit the same specie and on the same plant (not posted),this gems are very attractive for the Vanessa's family! I like the pov to create the contrast whit the blue sky,great quality as usual!Have a nice day and thanks,LUCIANO

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-03-28 2:10]

Hello Ivan,
such a lovely composition on the blue sky as its amazing canvas. The head down perching position is also very exciting.
excellent work defining the details and features.


Hello Ivan,
Wonderful capture.Great composition,wonderful colors and lighting.Great sharp details... a beauty!
Thank You
Kind regards

Hi Ivan,
A lovely capture of this beautiful butterfly.
The colours are well saturated.
Nicely composed

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-03-28 4:53]

Hello Ivan,
beautiful composition and excellent sharpness in this image! Great POV and splendid colours; nice contrast with a blue sky. Very well done!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-03-28 4:55]

Bonjour Ivan,
Another N. polychloros, this time on willow catkins and against the blue sky. Makes a very charming Spring-picture. Well composed diagonal presentation too. Lovely!
Bon après-midi

hello Ivan
beautiful composition with great details and super colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Ivan

The pose of the butterfly, the POV of the photo
and the way it is framed on the image are giving
dynamism to the image, beautiful light,
excellent contrast of the color tones, TFS


Hello Ivan
Beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Ciao Ivan, great macro of lovely butterfly on a beautiful blue sky, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan,
Splendid photo presentation of this rare Butterfly,Nymphalis polychloros, excellent photo and useful description, TFS!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-28 12:10]

Hello Ivan,
Superb capture of this Large Tortoiseshel. Excellent composition and sharpness. Beautiful reproduction of the patterns on the wings. Great colours.Best regards Siggi

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-03-28 23:17]

Beauty, I liked the diagonal placement of the lovely butterfly and the flowers, against the sky this looks more colorful. tfs.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-03-29 2:16]

Hej Ivan,

Thanks for this lovely photograph of the Large Tortoiseshell on its host tree. Pix against a blue sky are often lovely, as here, but could be overdone at times.

Your notes are also interesting and informative. Thanks for taking the time!

Lovely spring-time atmosphere added by the flowering of the Salix.

All the best,


Hello Ivan.

Nicely captured rare specimen during the colder season against the contrasting blue sky. The downward perch in full spreading wings allowed the whole butterfly focused on the same plane. Beautiful work and thanks for sharing.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-03-29 9:20]

Hi Ivan,
Very nice spring image. Nice colours good composition and details.
Regards Jiri.

Hello friend Ivan,
Excellent photography, excellent sharpness and colors. Great POV.
very very beautiful, congratulations and thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

Precioso ejemplar y bien dispuesto en el plano.

He de volver a mis insectos :0( !!

Saludos Ivan: J. Ignasi.

Hi Ivan,
Nice,colourfull ,great clarity picture,lovely colours,good details.

Hallo Ivan
This is a super sharp macro with striking colours and wonderful details, not only of the butterfly but also the plant the Large Tortoiseshell is resting on. I agree with Nasos that this is indeed an attractive photo. The natural sunlight is great and catchy to the eye. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Ivan,
A Impressive diagonal composition with excellent sharpness and detail combined with beautiful colours. Good contrast, POV and blue BG.
Best regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-02 4:31]

Hi Ivan.
Simply amazing spring subject. Blossoming buds on the tree branches and charming butterfly create a touching composition. Colours are also wonderful and very pleasant for eye. I am glad that spring already come to your places. TFS and best wishes.

Hi, Ivan
Once again, I envy your opportunity to take this photograph. Unfortunately, polychloros has joined the list of butterflies that have become extinct in the UK, and even its little sister urticae has become much scarcer in recent years. This specimen has come through hibernation in good condition, and the whole photograph is a delight. Thanks for sharing this.

Hallo Ivan,
a very beautiful capture, excellent point of view showing perfectly the markings of this marvellous species, splendid natural colours, very pleasant composition, very well done
Best regards

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