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False Apollo

False Apollo
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Copyright: David White (dkaved) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Nikon 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 AF-S VR
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-14 14:46
Viewed: 4313
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The False Apollo, Archon apollinus is a species of butterfly belonging to the Parnassinae Subfamily.

The species is found in Central and Eastern Europe and West Asia. They are found in Greece, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Israel and Lebanon, and like others of the family show considerable variation with four or five subspecies. A morphologically similar species Archon apollinaris has been recently separated and has been found to by sympatric and reproductively isolated.

Older individuals often loose their scales especially on the forewings and appear very transparent.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Papilionidae

Subfamily: Parnassiinae

Genus: Archon

Species: A. apollinus

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-03-14 15:03]

Hi David, this is an attractive little butterfly. I haven't heard of it before. The colours look good. Thank you for sharing

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-14 15:30]

Hello David
Excellent capture!! It is not very usual to see this butterfly round here and it is always a pleasure to had the choice to do it.
Excellent sharpness and very beautiful colors.
My compliments and TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-14 16:32]

Hello David,
I have been wanting to digitally photograph this species for some time, but haven'had the chance yet. So it's nice to see this shot, capturing a fresh specimen pretty sharply in a good composition and the details can clearly be seen despite the disturbing BG.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi David,
This butterfly is really beautiful!
I like so much the patterns and colors got on the wings.
Despite the strong light you got great details on the insect.
A lot of contrast between the green grasses and the dry ones at the back.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hello David,
Wow! I have never seen this very unusual specie before! It is so nice and you caught good details and texture on its wings. This BG is a little distractive but we don't decide where those beauties will land, do we? POV and composition are good. This is an interesting post. Thanks!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-15 11:49]

The delicate colours of this are wonderful and the details in the wings are truly amazing
Great PoV

false not false, but superbly


Hi David, beautiful butterfly with lovely colors, splendid focus, very well done, ciao Silvio

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