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European Peacock

European Peacock
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Copyright: Hilary Wilkinson (Hil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-01
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-04 5:58
Viewed: 4609
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm not the best at capturing Butterflies, first of all they just seen to fly past me, then when they do stop I can't get the focus right, after splashing out a whole £1 last year I'm now the proud owner of a Buddliea which managed to attract a couple this year, this is the best I could manage. I also captured a few on a Buddliea outside my place of work last week but its was on a little point and click so I didn't get much detail. Maybe with a bit more patience and better weather I will get more next year.

The European Peacock

The European Peacock butterfly (Inachis io), more commonly known simply as the Peacock butterfly, is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe and Asia. It is the only member of the genus Inachis which is sometimes included in Nymphalis. 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.

Reproduction and Food

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, sallows, 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.

Notes from Wilkipedia.com


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-04 6:09]

Hi Hilary. This is a fine capture of the Butterfly . which you have taken with fine detail and rich colours. I like the top POV so we can see all the wing markings. The Buddliea was a good buy for £1 . Well done TFS.

Gosh Hil you're image is so full of colour and life...I almost feel badly having the "morbidity" image as your neighbor. I don't mind though as to me...your image is quite delightful and certainly not without most wonderful and complex patterns...Among butterflies it i a standout image!

Hello Hilary,
Bright image. Good depth of field.
The top point of view is very effective.

  • Vinster Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
  • [2008-10-04 6:55]

Hello Hil
Certainly nothing wrong with this butterfly shot! Great colours, focus, detail and exposure and a good background.
Kind Regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-04 7:00]

Hello Hil,
A nice feast of colour!
This Peacock butterfly looks great on the buddleia flower, caught from a fine POV with excellent sharpness throughout against a pleasing OOF natural BG.
TFS this beauty,
Enjoy your weekend,

hello Hilary

excellent shot of this very beautiful butterfly,
with fine POV and framing, beautiful luminosity
and colour tones, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-04 8:01]

Hi Hil.
I cannot imagine more beautiful scene. Flowers, butterfly and leaves of the BG are wonderful and POV and composition of the image are great too. Brilliant reproduction of all tiny details and all colour tones, impressive sharpness of the flower and butterfly image, pleasant delicate lighting and smoothness of the BG. Well done and my compliments.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-04 11:53]

Hello Hilary,

Your butterfly has such beautifull colors and makes a fine contrast with the background. Flower beneath lok fine too helping to see well the main subject.

Thank you for sharing,

Hello Hil,
Delighted to see your beautiful posting of butterfly after a while!
nice captured of it in perfect sharpness, wonderful colour and superb details
well done

Hola Hilary, excelente macro, agradable contraste de colores, buena definición, luz y fondo limpio y bien desenfocado. Un saludo

Hello Hil

A very beautiful image of this European Peacock.
The colours are fantastic.
Excellent sharpness and focus.
Nicely placed in the frame,with the flowers it makes an attractive shot.


Ciao Hilary,
meravigliosa cattura di questa splendida Inachis io, eccellenti POV e composizione per la bella posa e lo stupendo OOF BG, ottime nitidezza e definizione dei dettagli delle ali, magnifici e luminosi i colori. Splendido lavoro per una splendida farfalla.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-07 2:05]

Hello Hilary,
You certainly don't need to worry about this butterfly capture - it is superb! I love the way you've captured the Peacock at the edge of the flower and against the green background. Great focus and very sharp details. The colours are lovely and natural too. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-07 13:42]

Hello Hil,
brilliant macro of this beautiful Peacock butterfly.
The colours are really vibrent.
Superb composition.
Excellent DOF.
Very sharp.

Very well done,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-10-13 22:05]

Hello Hilary,
thanks for visiting my post and thanks for words of encouragement.
This shot is really nice, the colour is so special and further more the flower it perches upon add strength to the existing beauty.
Well composed against the blurred background of greenish.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-02 13:53]

Hi Hilary,your peacock is very fantastic too! The point of view is perfect to show at the beat the beautifuls colors of this wonder of nature,surely one of the most spectaculars butterflies living in Europe.My best compliments,have a nice week,Luciano

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