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Speckled Wood

Speckled Wood
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Copyright: marie christine guegan (mariki) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Samsung digimax D103
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lepidoptera [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-11 1:29
Viewed: 3181
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Pararge aegeria, female

Dutch name: Bonte zandoogje
French name: Tircis

Wingspan: about 40 mm

This is a rather dull, brownish butterfly that is often overlooked. It is not very easy to tell males and females apart, except if you know what to look for. Both sexes have eye-shaped spots on the upperside of the hindwings. Males have four of these spots, while females only have three. However all three spots of the females show a white nucleus and look like eyes. In males only two of the spots have a white nucleus, the other two are black blobs.

They fly from March till the end of October. In continental Europe the Speckled Wood is a very common butterfly as well, except for Nothern scandinavia where it is absent. The species however has two colour variations: in Britain, Northern France, the Benelux, Germany, the Balkans and Turkey the light patches in the wing have a creamy colour. This variation is called Pararge aegeria tircis. In the south of France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Northern Africa the light patches are bright orange, even tending to red going southwards. This subspecies is considered to be the standard and thus is called Pararge aegeria aegeria.

The caterpillar is green and covered with numerous short white hairs. It feeds on various grasses. The species is remarkable, for it may not only overwinter in the larval stage, but as pupa as wll, quite unusual in butterflies. This explains the long period it flies about. Females are more frequently seen flying than males because males are territorial and do not allow other males in their own territory. So while the females suck on flowers, the male owner of the territory either keeps watch or is busy chasing away other males!

(Source: www.gardensafari.net)

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-11 1:32]

Hola amiga,
interesante trabajo y buen foco.
color y agradable pov.
buena compo.
saludos Marie

Hola Marie, buen macro, buen detalle, nitida y con buen color y luz, no hay brillos molestos,

Hello Marie, wonderful capture of this butterfly. TFS. Regards,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-11 2:37]

Hi Marie,
Excellent close up of this moth.POV,details on head,exposure and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Marie,
A lovely capture of this beautiful butterfly. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-11 3:29]

Hello Marie, Nice colors and good composition. The sorrounding suggest you had the shot in a real nature environment. Ganesh

Hello Marie,
very nice captured with good composition.
well done.

Bellissima macro, splendida composizione per questa farfalla che ama le foglie, eccellenti nitidezza e definizione dei dettagli, molto belli i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao maurizio

Hi Marie

Good shot of this butterfly
Good sharpness
I like the composition
The DOf could have been 1 more stop I think, but its still OK.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-06-11 6:20]

Hi Marie,

A nice one with fine colors,POV and dof,well portraited and tfs


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-11 6:42]

Hello Mariki,
A beautiful composition showing the Speckled Wood in a fine pose. Nice light and colours too. Good focus on the eye while the wings are a bit out of focus - Easily done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hallo Marie,

Mooie opname van het Bont zandoogje, zal ik ook eens gaan plaatsen binnenkort.
Jammer dat de voorste vleugel onscherp is maar verder prima in orde.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-11 12:42]

Hi Marie. A good close up of the Butterfly. You have captured a good pose on the flower. good detail and bright colours. TFS.

Very sharp and precise shot, Mariki...
Sorry I was away...

Good Morning Marie,

Wonderful macro capture of this beautiful Tircis
with splendid details, nice DOF and POV my friend! Great compo. too. TFS.


Hallo Marie Christine,
Ik vraag me af of je al deze schitterende foto's in de vrije natuur maakt. Aan de onderwerpen te zien wel. Maar bij Eindhoven denk ik steeds aan de stad.
Ook deze is weer grote klasse. Scherpte, details en kleuren zijn weer prachtig. Erg mooie compositie.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-12 8:27]

Hello Marie Christine

A good shot showing the details and markings of both the top side and underside of the wings.
The colours are well saturated.
Very good sharpness and details


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-12 12:28]

Hi marie,
Wonderful shot of this very beautiful butterfly with such lovely colours and details on its wings. Nice pose captured on those young leaves and great handling of light and exposure levels. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hi Marie, beautiful butterfly with good details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-19 0:59]

Hello Mariki,
I like the POV in this fine sharp capture of the Speckled Wood, showing the upper and undersides of the wings set in an excellent composition on the green leaves.
TFS this beauty,

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