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Uncommon Common

Uncommon Common
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-22 14:25
Viewed: 3370
Points: 44
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Small Tortoiseshell today, very common butterfly in my neighbourhood. But I almost don't take photos of them. Why? I don't know :-) Strange. Probably it is just too common :-)

Again no post processing with this photo - colours are natural. It was taken late, just before sunset with very soft light.

The Small Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis urticae) is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe. There are a few records from New York City which, however, are believed to have arrived human-assisted.

This is a species often found in gardens. The caterpillars feed on nettles, as do those of several Nymphalidae butterflies.

The adult is striking, with its dark body and red and yellow wings, which have a row of blue dots around the rear edge. However, the underwings are dull, which helps to conceal stationary or hibernating individuals. When threatened, resting individuals rapidly open theior wings, presenting the dramatic display of colors. This can frighten away young or inexperienced birds (Stevens 2005).

The butterfly is abundant in most areas of the United Kingdom and Ireland. However, its availability often varies yearly. Its commonness may often depend on the status of the common wasp in that particular season, as the wasp is known to feed on the Tortoiseshell's pupae.

The Corsican Small Tortoiseshell Nymphalis (urticae) ichnusa looks very similar; whether it is a subspecies or a distinct species is yet to be determined.

From Wiki.

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Hi Grzegorz,
Excellent shot!
Splendid colors and definition.
Perfect composition and POV.
Well done!
José Roberto

Witaj Grzegorz,
Fantastycznie ujecie. Miekkie tlo pieknie pozwala na dostrzezenie szczegolow ostrego motyla. Podoba mi sie jak pokazany jest srodek kwiatka. Piekne kolory. Gratuluje cudnego zdjecia.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

Hi Grzegorz,

Very good detail on the butterfly, Great DOF, correct exposure, technically good. Well done.


hi grzegorz,
yes, a very pleasant soft late-light, fits very well with the lovely colour combination.great DOF and exposure.
a beautiful composition,with excellent sharpness and the very uncommon common butterfly is posing perfectly for you.
well seen !
tfs - carole

Another good shot of the tortoise shell on your favourite flower

Great sharpness and composition. The S2 is really good for these sort of macro shots.


Beautiful colours and detail in this shot Greg.
Like you I often ignore the 'common' species.
Actually,theres not mnuch insect life around at all at the moment here ... mind you,spring is nearly here. Yay!
Super shot!
Jolly good job!
Potty ;)

You been reading my notes eh? Ha! Good work. Nice photo and your title made my day. Now were even!

Cheerful Regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-22 22:29]

Hello Grzegorz,
What a fabulous splash of colours with the butterfly all in focus showing sharp detals and fine natural colours! Well done! You're right, we certainly take the common species for granted and often ignore them.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Grzegorz,

Very good photo. Great details, natural colours, amazing support for butterfly and perfect composition. Good work.

Best regards, Cezar T.

Witaj Grzegorz,
I wish they were common butterflies down under. Just beautiful Greg, it and the Echanacea... Super colours and sharp details,

PS The Amber arrived in NZ today - took a while to get here - most welcome, THX

Czesc Grzesiu
No i mamy pieknego motylka na kwiatach. To lubie, lato, cieplo, motyle lataja. Wszystko ladnie ostrosc, kompozycja kolory. Zdjecie bardzo dobre coz moge wiecej napisac :-)

bonjour grzegorz
cette petite tortue est tres belle et nous offre toutes ses couleurs en laissant ses ailes bien depliées.
la profondeur de champs est tres bonne et c'est net.laurent

Hola Grzegorz,
Precioa imagen, parece una sinfonia de luz y color, excelente definición. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-23 4:31]

Wow! Truly amazing sharpness to show all the little hairs on the body of this furry creature!
Outstanding colours, and composition

Hi Red,
A nice capture of this beautiful butterfly. Very nice composition with nice details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-23 22:24]

Lovely shot of this butterfly with spread wings and also excellent focus and lighting. Ganesh

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-08-24 3:17]

Bonjour Grzegorz,
Bravo pour les superbes belles couleurs de cette parfaite composition. Félicitation pour les détails et l'exposition.

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  • jlynx Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 7 N: 46] (455)
  • [2007-08-24 6:30]

Spodobał mi sie kadr w miniaturce, ale dopiero teraz widzę, że jest on Twojego autorstwa. bardzo ładna ostrość na grzbiecie motylka i jego czulkach, ładnie rozmyte tło. Bardzo ładny kadr, piękna jakość.
Pozdrawiam weekendowo,

Lovely MF.
You are lucky to have this beauty in the most common list, it is wonderful, and in this perch even better :)
I love the lighting and elegant atmosphere.
Have a nice WE.
Best regards, Felipe.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-08-25 0:35]

That is one gorgeous butterfly, Grzegorz.
It is certainly not common to me,
and I am glad you decided to show it to us. : )
The colors are so vibrant, and such a striking combination.
Fantastic details and POV.
TFS. : )

jakosc najwyzsza, jak zawsze zreszta, pozdrawiam marcin

Uncommonly beautiful & rich colors Greg..
Very pleasing to the eye this one :)

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