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Parnassius mnemosyne


Parnassius mnemosyne
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Copyright: Maurizio Dalla Via (maurydv) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3099 W: 115 N: 9490] (36428)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 300mm AF-S f/4, Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-14 6:58
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Parnassius mnemosyne (Linnaeus 1758)
Clouded Apollo (inglese)
Semi-apollon (francese)

Ordine Lepidoptera
Famiglia Papilonidae
Sottofamiglia Parnassiinae
Genere Parnassius

La Parnassius mnemosyne è una farfalla diurna della famiglia dei Papilionidi.
È una delle tre specie del genere Parnassius presenti in Italia
La Parnassius mnemosyne è rara e localizzata in radure umide di collina o di media montagna, sia a ridosso delle Alpi che degli Appennini. Caratterizzata da un colore di fondo bianco con venature nere e da alcune macchie nere, ha estremità delle ali quasi trasparenti. Le ali stesse sono ampie, arrotondate e spesso presentano un aspetto ceroso, soprattutto negli esemplari vecchi. La livrea del dorso delle ali posteriori è simile a quella del rovescio

Il Parnassius mnemosyne è il Parnassius europeo con l'areale di diffusione più vasto: è presente in Europa del sud e in Europa centrale, spingendosi fino alla Turchia, solitamente in aree collinari o montane.
E' anche l'unico papilionide europeo privo di macchie rosse, ma può essere difficilmente confuso con la pieride Aporia crataegi, anch'essa bianca con venature nere e ali trasparenti ai bordi, ma priva di macchie nere. Le due specie, infatti, differiscono sia a livello morfologico che per il tipo di volo, nel Parnassius piuttosto fiacco e ondivago.

Il Parnassius mnemosyne, se il cielo è anche leggermente velato, rimane posato sugli steli di piante erbacee, e si rianima, riprendendo il volo, solo all'apparire dei primi raggi solari.

L'adulto compare in maggio-luglio a seconda dell'altitudine e delle condizioni climatiche.
Negli ultimi decenni la specie appare in declino in tutto il suo areale, principalmente a causa dei rimboschimenti e dell'espansione edilizia.

La larva si ciba di piante del genere Corydalis.

Come tutte le specie del suo genere, è un superstite dell'era glaciale.

La fotografia
E’ stata scattata con teleobiettivo 300 mm. a mano libera, con criteri quindi più da caccia fotografica che da macrofotografia, a circa 1200 metri d’altitudine sulle Prealpi vicentine. Questa farfalla con il sole era molto vivave e avvicinabile con difficoltà (vedi sopra), ma con il cielo nuvoloso restava praticamente ferma anche se si toccavano gli steli d’erba su cui era posata. Dato che il sole era velato, ho scelto di fare la ripresa a luce mista, utilizzando l’esposizione spot, con tempi e diaframmi in manuale, sottoesponendo rispetto al le indicazioni dell’esposimetro per l’aggiunta della luce flash. Tale luce evidenzia maggiormente l’aspetto ceroso delle ali. (vedi WORKSHOP senza flash)
Nella zona in cui è stata scattata la fotografia erano presenti più esemplari di Parnassius mnemosyne, poiché pur essendo abbastanza rara localmente può essere comune.

Per maggiori informazioni su tale specie vedi recenti immagini di
Argus
peter stoeckl

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Hello Maurizio,

Excellent capture of this butterfly. Technically perfect. Great natural colours. Beautiful composition too. Splendid detail. The WS is very good also. I think the butterfly is better without flash, but the surrounding (the colour of the grass) is better with the flash.
Cheers,
Mariki

ciao Maurizio,
uno scatto molto bello che mette in risalto la struttura delle ali dell'Apollo,ricche di
sfumature argentee.
Hai saputo gestire in modo perfetto la scarsita' di luce e la posizione posizione
non certo agevole.

buona serata sERGIO

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1078 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-06-14 7:51]

Ciao Maurizio,
a very clear and sharp picture of the clouded apollo, so that you can feel the parchmenty wing structure.
Optimal point of view and light.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-14 8:15]

Hello Maurizio,
How beautiful! Perfection in contrasting colours and sharpness. Great composition and POV.
Regards,
Peter

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-14 8:43]

Hi Maurizio,

A wonderful macro of this lovely Clouded Apollo. You captured it perfectly with fine details and beautiful greys and whites. The face and eye, the furry body, the wing markings and the antennae are all superb.

Jane

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-14 9:00]

Hello Maurizio, perfect shot in all aspects. TFS. Greetings,
Mehmet

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-14 9:01]

Hi Maurizio,
Wonderful shot of this very beautiful Clouded Apollo with immaculate sharpness and lovely colours. Among the green habitat it stands out nicely and looks majestic. Great use of flash lighting and vert deft exposure handling here. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.
TFS.
Sumon

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-06-14 9:46]

Hello maurizio, Excelent sharpness and well presented. Superb shot and great focus. Ganesh

Ciao Maurizio,
Excellent composition on this beautiful Apollo!
nice pose with the good use of flash to achieve the perfect sharpness, nice colour and superb details in the shot
well done
ciao
Tony

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-14 10:19]

Hi Mauizio. This is a first class close up of the Butterfly. which you have captured with fine detail and sharp focusing. natural looking colours with a fine POV. well done TFS. good notes too.
Nick..

Hi Maurizio,
Perfect exposure and good sharpness. A very representative picture of this beautiful butterfly.
TFS.
- Nirmal

Hi my beloved friend Maurizio,

Excellent macro capture of this beauty with superb details, nice DOF and POV. TFS. Cheers,

Bayram

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-14 11:32]

Hi Maurizio,
Perfect close up.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear,focus couldn't be better.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-14 11:33]

Hello Maurizio,
A marvellous sharp capture of P. mnemosyne with its wings closed. great sharpness, POV, composition with the contrasting vegetation and light management, though there might have been less light reflection without flash.
TFS this rare beauty,
Ciao,
Ivan

Very beautiful capture, Maurizio..
Cheers!
Goldy

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-06-14 13:31]

Hello Maurizio, that's a stunning shot! The subject is beautiful and the way you captured it is great. Very good use of the fillflash too, thanks!

Mario

Wonderful shot Maurizio!
So nice colours and sharpness. A real 3D effect. Congratulations,
Catherine

Excelente captura Maurizio, con unas texturas y colores muy bien captados.
Abrazo.

Ciao Maurizio,
Good use of flash with very good DOF/detail, and color.
WS looks good too :)
Well done,
Howard

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-06-15 1:56]

hello Maurizio
congratulations i see beautiful species and wonderful capture
POV, DOF, light, sharpness and details are great
TFS
greetings
izler

Hello Maurizio, splendid macro shot. TFS. Greetings,
Bahadır

hello Maurizio

Great close-up shot of this butterfly, with fine POV and DOF,
wonderful luminosity of the image, excellent sharpness
and details of the foreground of the image, TFS

Asbed

Ciao Maurizio, gran bella farfalla che non ho mai visto dal vivo, ottimi i dettagli e buon uso del flash, magnifica nitidezza, bella anche la versione a luce naturale anche se condivido la tua scelta di postare questa, grazie per la splendida immagine, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-06-15 12:48]

Hi Maurizio

Fabulous shot of the Clouded Apollo.
I like your composition with the butterfly filling most from frame.
Lovely pose resting on the blade of Grass.
Excellent details and lovely colours.

Hil

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-06-15 18:59]

What an outstanding butterfly shot! The exposure of the difficult white is perfect, allowing us to see incredible details! I love the colors and the composition.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-06-15 23:16]

Bonjour,
Belle prise de vue bien documentée.
Bonne journée.
clnaef

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-16 1:18]

Bonjour Maurizio,
Très contente de voir ce magnfique papillon voler aussi du côté de Vicenza. (Mon mari y sera dans quelques jours pour voir la Rotonda).
Excellente netteté et bon cadrage serré. J'aime aussi l'image prise sans flash.Bravo pour ce posting très intéressant.
Bonne journée
Anne

Hi Maurizio

Excellent shot . Great use of fill flash, teh exposure is great.
Excellent sharpness and pattern details.

Chris

Absolutely perfect Maurizio.
Fantastic exposure with tack sharp intricate detail throughout.
Wonderful composition.
Very nice work indeed.
Cheers
Steve

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-06-16 12:12]

Bonjour Maurizio
Très belle capture, excellentes couleurs et détails, très beau sujet.
Amicalement Robi

Hallo Maurizio
The details of this butterfly is unbelieveably beautiful. The wings look like they have been created out of glass. A perfect close-up with super sharp focus. I think the framing on this is excellent and the exposure is just great. I am really stunt by its beauty. Congratulations, this is a MAGIC image.Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards.
Anna

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-17 6:54]

Hello Maurizio

Wonderful sharp focus and details.
The colours are excellent.
Lovely pose and composition.
The pov and dof are well done.
TFS

Rob

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-18 0:43]

Hi Maurizio,
I just love this European butterfly...:)I been seeing them in galleries of Ivan and Peter.And i again remember Ivan men tioning they 'rent easy to capture.The one you present here has intimate details with great colours.I just love the texture of this butterfly's wings and its picked up very well.The light has filled in the shot very well and has created a sharp and clear presentation.
TFS & Cheers
:)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-18 7:31]

Hi Maurizio.
Splendid close-up picture of an amazing specimen of butterfly. All is great. I am impressed with texture, detail and colour reproduction of all parts of the insect and surrounding leaves. Lights and BG are superb too as well as the framing of the image. Great work in every aspect. My congratulations and TFS.
Alexei.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-26 0:43]

Ciao Maurizio,
POV, focus, sharpness and composition are very nice. Grazie e complimenti,
Selen

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-06-29 14:34]

Hola Maurizio, esta me la perdi, un excelente macro de esta bonita mariposa, con un buen detalle y mejores texturas, nitida y con buena luz. Un saludo

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