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Apatura ilia


Apatura ilia
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6515 W: 89 N: 15622] (65349)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-27
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/1.8
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-27 9:02
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Points: 50
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Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Nymphalidae

Genus: Apatura

Species: A. ilia

The Lesser Purple Emperor, or Apatura ilia, is a species of butterfly native to most of Europe and Asia. It is named for its similarity to the Purple Emperor butterfly.
It is found in woodlands as well as throughout Central Europe and southern Britain. Adults have dark brown wings with white lines and a small orange ring on each of the hindwings. Males have an iridescent purple-blue sheen which the females lack. The caterpillars are green with white and yellow markings and have two large horns.
Females spend most of their lives in the tree canopy coming down only to lay their eggs. Males also spend much of their time in the tree tops, defending their territory from rivals, though they will sometimes descend in order to drink from puddles or feed. Unlike most butterflies, the purple emperor does not feed from flowers but instead on the honeydew secreted by aphids and on dung, urine and animal carcasses.
Eggs are laid in late summer on the upper side of sallow leaves. They prefer the leaves of the broad-leaved sallow. After hatching, the caterpillars will lie on the midrib of the leaf where they are well camouflaged, and feed only at night. During the winter they hibernate in the forks of sallow branches where they change colour from green to brown in order to match their surroundings. The following June they will form a pale green chrysalis that resembles a leaf shoot. The adult will then usually emerge in mid-July.

La farfalla Iride (Apatura ilia Linnaeus, 1758) è una farfalla appartenente alla famiglia Nymphalidae. maschi posseggono brillanti sfumature viola-porpora, che non sono dovute a pigmenti chimici, come avviene nella maggior parte delle farfalle, ma a fenomeni fisici di diffrazione e interferenza della luce; per questo motivo cambiano a seconda dell'angolo di incidenza dei raggi luminosi. Entrambi i sessi sono caratterizzati da una colorazione marrone-scura sulle pagine inferiori, linee bianche e un anello arancione su ogni ala posteriore. Le femmine sono generalmente più grandi e presentano disegni più estesi.
La lunghezza delle ali anteriori oscilla tra i 33 e i 42 mm.
I bruchi sono invece verdi con bande gialle e bianche e con due corni.È una specie sciafila (che vive nell'ombra).
Le femmine trascorrono la maggior parte della loro vita sui rami, scendendo a terra solo per depositare le uova. Anche i maschi trascorrono la maggior parte della propria vita sulle cime degli alberi, difendendo il loro territorio dai rivali, sebbene discendano di tanto in tanto per bere dalle pozze fangose o per nutrirsi.
Il bruco vive invece sull'olivello spinoso in agosto/settembre e nuovamente in maggio/giugno dopo l'ibernazione. Esiste una sola generazione annuale con sfarfallamento nelle vicinanze del mese di luglio.
A differenza della maggior parte delle farfalle, l'Apatura iris si nutre di sostanze zuccherine secrete dagli afidi, di fiori di rovo, di urina e di carogne.
Abita nelle regioni meridionali dell'Inghilterra e in gran parte dell'Europa centro-orientale.
In Italia si ritrova nelle regioni settentrionali, nei boschi e nelle radure del piano basale e montano tra i 500 e 1.900 m slm, specie dove abbonda la quercia.

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Hi Luciano,
Very good lighting. The former generates a lot of detail
in that beautiful wing.
TFS
Annick

Oh Luciano, con tutte le padelle che prendo per conto mio non posso rischiare, anche se un'ideuccia ce l'avrei, non l'ho mai vista dal vivo però, splendida la luce che illumina i giusti particolari, stupenda macro di grande nitidezza, bellissimo lo sfondo colorato, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-27 9:11]

Bonsoir Luciano,
Ce beau papillon que tu nous montres les ailes closes est le magnifique Apatura ilia que Peter Stoeckl a souvent présenté les ailes ouvertes. Félicitations pour cette rare prise
Anne

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-27 9:23]

Hi Luciano.
It is true masterpiece. My congratulations. All is amazing. Breathtaking beauty of the butterfly, terrific BG, unbelievable colours, combination of razor sharpness and pleasant blurriness. Lights are fine as all components of the shot. Bravo.
Alexei.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-27 9:26]

Hi Luciano. Once again a beautiful close up of the Butterfly from you. good detail and colours. I like the down ward pointing pose. well done TFS.
Nick..

Have a nice weekend.

Bonsoir Luciano,
Superbe composition avec un tas de détails, comme les yeux et le bout des antennes jaunes, la texture des ailes avec les veines et le duvet de la feuille. Une photo de première classe! Amitiés,
Catherine

Bonsoir Luciano,

Excellente présentation de ce beau papillon. Très bonne exposition. Excellente netteté. Belles couleurs naturelles.
Bonne soirée,
Mariki

Nitida da paura. Si vede quella che umanamente chimaremo la pupilla. Ottimo DOF e bei colori tenui.

Roberto

With your expertise, this Sony becomes a very good camera Luciano. Well seen butterfly. Again I say you do as well with these as you do with the flowers. Nicely composed.
Bob

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-27 10:49]

Hello Luciano, perfect macro capture of this butterfly in all aspects. TFS. Have a nice weekend! Regards,
Mehmet

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-27 11:48]

Hello Luciano,
Incredible sharp photo in very beautiful and clear colours. Great composition and POV.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Peter

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-27 11:59]

Hola Luciano,
buena captura,
excelente macro,
pov y buen enfoque...
saludos amigo.
Mi web site: www.victorcardoso.es.

Splendida cattura, l'ho fotografata anch'io con il flash (una femmina) in un sottobosco buio, eccellenti POV e composizione, questa è veramente spettacolare con un'ottima nitidezza e con colori e luce fantastici. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-27 12:36]

Wonderful shot, Luciano!
Very, very good clarity and detail.
Superb parallel POV.
Great lighting and colours.

Well done!

Joe

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-06-27 12:54]

Hi Luciano,
I like this picture. Composition, focus, exposure, everything spot-on. A pretty subject. Well done.
Siegfried

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-06-27 14:14]

Hola Luciano, una toma nitida con buen detalle y textura. Particularmente hubiera intentado oscurecer los dos puntos sobreexpuestos. Un saludo

Hello Luciano, perfectly focused and great macro capture of this butterfly. TFS. Regards, Bahadır

Luciano...
ci fai un regalo meraviglioso…
questa farfalla ha colori così bei e la ta fotografia è extra
grazie amicizie
Laurent

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-28 2:09]

Hi Luciano,
Very nice butterfly close up.Natural colors,POV,details and lighting are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-06-28 3:28]

Hello luciano, Just beautiful and lovely point of view. The dof and the lighting is just class. Thanks for sharing such a beauty. Ganesh

Excellent lighting, Luciano, my friend.Excellent shot, overall.
Goldy

hello Lucioano

excellent macro-shot of this butterfly, with very fine POV & DOF,
as always with wonderful luminosity and beautiful colours of the image,
great sharpness and details, and in this image i love the softness of the composition,

TFS

Asbed

Ciao Luciano,
awesome lighting in this image with the beautiful butterfly!
the sharpness is stunning with good colour and details
well done
ciao
Tony

Magnifique, Luciano; Je te nomme champion d'europe des papillons, hé hé !

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-07-12 7:32]

Fantastic shot! It is so alive that it's like coming out of the monitor. Amazing!

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