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White Peacock

White Peacock
Photo Information
Copyright: Lawhill Russo (lawhill) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 2 N: 565] (2054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D-200, Nikkor 70-200mm f:2.8 D VR
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/220 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-05 8:12
Viewed: 2818
Points: 29
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White Peacock
Anartia jatrophae (Linnaeus, 1763)
Attributes of Anartia jatrophae

Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

Subfamily: True Brushfoots (Nymphalinae)

Identification: Upperside is white with light brown markings and a double row of light crescents at the margins. Forewing has one round, black spot; hindwing has two. Dry season (winter) form is larger and paler; wet season (summer form) is smaller and darker.

Life history: Males patrol and occasionally perch to find females. Eggs are laid singly near the host plant or under its leaves.

Flight: Throughout the year in South Texas and the Deep South.

Wing span: 2 - 2 3/4 inches (5.1 - 7 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Water hyssop (Bacopa), Ruellia, and Lippia.

Adult food: Shepherd\'s needle (Bidens pilosa) in Florida; Cordia, Casearia, and composites in Central America.

Habitat: Open, moist areas such as edges of ponds and streams, along shallow ditches, weedy fields, parks.

Range: Resident from Argentina north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to South Texas and southern Florida. Migrates and temporarily colonizes to central Texas and coastal South Carolina. A rare wanderer to North Carolina, Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas.

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Great photo...The contrasting BG really puts the White Peacock in the foreground of the photo...Fantastic POV...Well done...TFS

wow,What a nice butter fly today i see..
It's nice from all today macro's..

great pose wonderful colors nice focus good DOF great stuff

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-05 9:31]

Hi Lawhill,
Outstanding shot of this butterfly. Sharp, neat and spot-on focus. Lovely colours.Perfect lighting, POV, DOF and smooth BG. I like its elegant but attentive pose. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

I was going to say the same as iamfedaee. this is a butterfly day. A wonder how the world somehow seems so geosynchronous as seen in TN some days.

You have adopted Angelina's style in a way..of presentation in the eyes of a painter.

Bob Pacific NW US

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-05 10:52]

Hi Lawhill,

This is absolutely beautiful! I love the position of the wings. The colors and details are wonderful. Beautiful bg and composition.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-05 11:45]

Hello Lawhill,
The POV and BG are excellent in this shot. The composition is perhaps too central and the use of Neat Image or the like has 'smoothed over' the texture of the White Peacock, which is a pity.
Otherwise this is a good shot.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Wonderfully well focused - great detail - good dof. NICE :)

Hi Lawhill
a nice close-up with fine DOF, the subject standout well from the BG.
Pretty good details and very nice colours.
Agree with Ivan about the composition.
Well done.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-05 20:01]

Great POV on this one and very nice composition with space above butterfly. Outstanding sharp focus and excellent exposure. Nice work.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-05 23:04]

Hello lawhill

A beautiful butterfly,the details are excellent.The lighting is well handled.Nicely composed in the frame.TFS


This compo is so good. The leaf makes the perfect landing, but yet a better photo opportunity. Very nice detail and focus.

Nice pose. Did you have the vr on at the time. On my measly screen it appears a little blurred but I am not complaining, just pointing out.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-06-06 11:39]

Hello Lawhill,
This is an amzing beautful shot, with a great PoV and BG.The lighting and the contrasts are just perfect.
Superb composition.
TFS & Cheers

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-07 13:06]

Hello Lawhill, wonderful macro! What a beautiful butterfly you got here, wonderful collors and patterns, great POV and composition.. well done!

That's amazing detail on the butterfly. Great contrast in between the butterfly's colour and the green behind.. :) Take care, Claudia

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