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Peacock Inachis io

Peacock  Inachis io
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Copyright: Marx Who (Marx44) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-19 12:34
Viewed: 2469
Points: 12
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Inachis io

The peacock is one of Europe's most striking and familiar butterflies. It is very widespread and particularly common near human habitation because of its use of nettles as a foodplant and also its love of taking nectar from garden flowers. It spends the winter as an adult and so is often one of the first butterflies to be seen in the spring, when other species are not around.

The 'eyes' are deliberate illusions which have saved the lives of many of these butterflies. A resting peacock (not feeding or sunning) will tend to hold the wings closed over its back but on the approach of a potential predator will open them rapidly, giving the sudden and startling impression of an owl or some similar threat (most carnivorous birds and animals have two large eyes on the front of the face, for stereo vision). This is sufficient to frighten off most small birds or lizards. Furthermore, a particularly bold predator will tend to attack the eyes first, to blind its prey. This, of course, fails - the butterfly may be damaged but will not be incapacitated and will live to frighten more potential enemies in the future.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-07-19 12:49]

Absolutely gorgeous colors, Marx.
The colors and markings are beautifully displayed in this perfect presentation of all four wings from the top.
Lovely composition with sharp details and excellent exposure.
TFS. : )

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-07-19 12:55]

Hi Marx. You have taken a first class top view of the colourful {eacock butterfly. Which you have taken with fine detail and sharp focusing. I like the POV looking down from the top. WEll taken TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-19 13:24]

Hello Marx,
Excellent sharp detailed photo in very beautiful natural colours and a fantastic diagonal composition. Great DOF.

  • Great 
  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-07-20 1:41]

Ten pawik wyglada swiezo i ustawienia sa precyzyjne. Kompozycja sprawia bardzo mile wrazenie.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-20 4:31]

Hi Marx,what a perfect Inachis,maybe the best of this year!What a impressive perfection this pic,the colors,the sharpness and the composition are truely fantastics.My greats greats compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

Ciao Marx. Perfect sharp and detaisl with best chromatic results. Impressive DOF. very well done.


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