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Parnassius apollo


Parnassius apollo
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-05 5:54
Viewed: 5462
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
PARNASSIUS APOLLO

Apollo
Apollon
Roter Apollo, Apollofalter

Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Parnassius
Wingspan: 60-88mm

The Latin name PARNASSIUS APOLLO originates from Mount Parnassus sacred to Apollo and home of the Muses in Greek mythology.

I never had the chance to catch this butterfly until this sommer, where I had just a few seconds to take a picture and away it was again. But I was already happy about it. The picture isn't the best, but I never have shown this species until now.
The red eyes "ocelli" are use as warning from the toxicity of the butterfly.
There are two species closely related, P. apollo and P. phoebus. The main difference between them are the antennae. They are uniformely grey for P. apollo, whereas P. phoebus have b/wh ringed patterns.
The size of P. apollo depends of the altitude and the foodplants. The higher, the smaller they are.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-05 6:10]

Hello Anne,
Fantastic photo of this Apollo butterfly. Fantastic sharpness and details. Very beautiful clear and contrasting colours in the butterfly. Nice darker BG. Good POV, composition and DOF.
Regards,
Peter

Hi Anna,
so einen möchte ich auch gerne mal sehen - so schön wie eine Braut.
Ich durfte schon mal einen schwarzen Apollo sehen und er gab mir Audienz für 1 Bild ... aber dieser hier ist durch den roten Punkt viel interessanter.
Danke schön, ich wünsch' Dir ein wunderschönes Wochenende
Sabine

Hallo Anne!

Gratuliere dir zu deinem "first"! Und obwohl du sagst, das Bild sei nicht das beste, finde ich es gut. Der Schmetterling erscheint gestochen scharf und sowohl die Farbgebung als auch die Belichtung stimmen. Vielleicht wäre ein diskreterer Hintergrund angenehm, aber da dein Apollon offenbar nicht mitspielen wollen...

Grüessli

Markus

Hello Anne
super sharpness composition with great details and beautiful colours
this is a BEAUTY
greeting lou

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-12-05 8:07]

Bonjour Anne,
Next year, I want to see this the butterfly: "Parnassius apollo" ...
Large butterfly, great macro photograph.
Color and detail are very good.
have a nice weekend,
Seyfi

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-05 8:09]

Hello Anne,
I'm really jealous!! I've only once managed to capture the Apollo. Hopefully we'll make a trip up the Baltic coast next summer to try and find it again! This is a lovely capture showing it with wide open wings. Excellent sharpness and lovely colours too and I like the surrounding meadow!
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

hello Anne
very beautiful species of butterfly and photo, in a very good and different composition with the environment through your POV, very fine attribution of natural colours and details!
keep photographing! TFS
Nasos

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-12-05 8:35]

Hallo Anne,
hast du ihn endlich erwischt und vor Freude so schöne rot-leuchtende Augen bekommen wie Apoll'?
Die Perspektive ist genau richtig. Ich wünsche dir für das nächste Zusammentreffen zusätzlich die von dir
gewünschte Schärfe.
Schöne Grüße, Peter

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-05 8:40]

Bonjour Anne,
A fine capture of one of my favourite butterflies!
You did well to take this female when she landed to show her open wings. The sharpness and contrast with the natural grassy BG is great and the wild flowers add a little extra to the composition.
Thanks and have a good weekend,
Amitiés,
Ivan

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-05 9:25]

Hi Anne.
What a beautiful scene and delicate reproduction of the colours and pictured subject. Amazing and precise exposure. Clothes and their colouration/texture of the butterfly are reflected fantastically. Scenery is very natural and reproduced perfectly too. Excellent, refined art work. Bravo.
Alexei.

Ciao Anne, fantastic butterfly, I never see in nature and I try a lot for it, splendid colors, excellent sharpness and superb details, wonderful macro, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Ciao Anne. Real a pity I never seen this magnifcent buttergly. Very good macro shot in ecellente clarity and beautiful bright colours.

Roberto

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-05 10:20]

Hallo Anne,
Super Bild mit diesem Schmetterling. Ich hab`so was nicht gesehen in meine kurze Ausflug durch die Schweiz. Normal einglich, nicht war ?

Gruß,
Adrian

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-05 10:24]

Hi Anne. I have not seen one in the wild so thanks for posting this little beauty . I like the wing markings, the two orange spots stand out well. Taken with fine detail and natural lookng colours. well taken TFs.
Nick..

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2009-12-05 13:56]

Hi Anne,

Despite what you say, it is a very good picture indeed. Grat color and details.

TFS,

Ishi

Salut Anne,
Superbe cette Apollon! Les couleurs, la netteté et la texture sont très bien rendues. Tu as pu saisir ce précieux instant. J'espère que tu auras l'occasion de le revoir l'été prochain! Amicalement,
Catherine

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-12-05 14:28]

Hi Anne ,
Very nice macro with great details. Nice sharpness.

TFS
Marx

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-05 14:49]

Salut Anne,j'attende encore le jour de la voir,une des especes les plus elegantes de notre continent...et quelle magnifique capture,une qualite' et une prise de vue super! Mes compliments et bonne Dimanche,Luciano

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  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2009-12-05 17:25]

Delicada captura de una riqueza cromática espectacular, a pesar los tonos poco estridentes y cuidados. Buen ángulo empleado.
Yo aún no he fotografiado a esta bella especie.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-05 23:30]

Anne
Wonderful capture of this rare Apollofalter!
Great note too!
Red ocelli is toxic?
Horia

Anne
Wonderful capture this lovely apollo!
Great details and colors.
Mariana

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-06 0:40]

Hi Anne,
Beautiful capture of this Apollo.Well caught and composed.Colors,POV and details are excellent.
Have a great sunday!
Thanks for posting..

Anne, je suis très heureux pour toi.
Car rencontrer l' Apollon n'est pas facile, et c'est une grande joie.
Contrairement à ce que tu dis, je trouve que ta photo est une grande réussite, car elle est très bien dosée en lumière, et très naturelle, avec cette brindille à droite qui ne gâche rien.
N'oublions pas que nos photos sont prises en direct dans le milieu naturel, sans pose et sans casting...
Grand bravo
amitiés
Laurent

Ciao Anne,
splendida immagine di una bellissima ed ambita farfalla, eccellenti la definzione e i colori luminosi con perfette tonalità dei bianchi, si apprezza molto bene anche la trasparenza delle ali, una gradevole ed armoniosa composizione.
Grazie e complimenti
Buona Domenica
Con amicizia
Maurizio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-12-06 3:44]

Hi,
Very fine natural history image, beautiful species too. tfs.
nagraj.v

Bonjour Anne,
Superbe le design des ailes de ce beau papillon,un bel apollon joliment rendu par ta photo très bien composée
TFS et bon dimanche
Albert

Hello Anne,

Fantastic photo of this beautiful butterfly.
Colours,light and DOF are splendid.
Good composition.

Hallo Anne,

Marvelous macro capture from lovely soft colored butterfly with perfect textures and impressive details! The yellow flowers add great charm to this work.

The colors of the butterfly are very well shown and perfectly natural. The sharpness and POV are great and the contrast between the blurry BG and this cute small butterfly, is amazingly well.

best regards,
Paras

bonjour Anne
excellente composition, avec ce beau papillon les ailes déployées nous montrant ses beaux couleurs et dessins, et avec le fonds d'herbe et de fleurs
le tout est bien detaillé et un régal pour les yeux
Passe une bonne nuit
Jacqueline

Hi Anne,
They stay long on every flowers and are not shy. Bad luck this one was not cooperative.
I like the transparency of the wings showing some yellow of the flower through it.
TFS
JM

Liebe Anne,
gratuliere zum seltenen Fang! Wir Alpenbewohner dürfen uns glücklich schätzen, noch so viel intakte Natur um uns zu haben, dass dieser in Fragen des Biotops äußerst anspruchsvolle und wegen seiner Standorttreue höchst verwundbare Schmetterling uns doch noch immer wieder begegnet.
Gelingt nicht oft, den Apollofalter in so entspannter Pose einzufangen. Selbst angebrühteste Falterpaparazzi pflegen angesichts eines Apollo zittrige Finger zu bekommen.
Dir und Deiner Familie frohe Weihnachtsfeiertage!
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,
Peter

hi
this is a really wonderful specie, not so easy to see !
great capture and shoot

greetings

Matteo

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