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Caught in the Web

Caught in the Web
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-03 8:51
Viewed: 3040
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First this butterfly was immobilized in a spider's web
and now it is immobilized in the world wide web.
The species is the well-known Apollo Butterfly
- Parnassius apollo
- family: Papilionidae

German: Apollofalter
French: l'Apollon
Swedish: Apollofjäril

Species Information
The species is often stated as rare. However, it is rather common in many parts of the Alps. Instead, local lowland populations are severely threatened.

Zmutt-Valley, just at the foot of the famous Matterhorn (Wallis, Switzerland). Altitude about 2000 m.

* Pro Natura – Schweizerischer Bund für Naturschutz (1997) Schmetterlinge und ihre Lebensräume. Arten – Gefährdung –Schutz. – Fotorotar AG, Egg.
* Tolman T. & Lewington R. (1998) Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart.

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hello Peter
a super shot with great details and good sharpness
i like this pose because it is differend than al the other picture,s on TN
greeting lou

Hello Peter.
It is a beautiful buterfly, captured in an unusual pose.
Great use od DOF, details and composition.
I would have put a bit more light in the scene, but only a personal taste.
Thanks and regards, Felipe.

Hello Peter,
Great capture of this rare and amazing mountainous butterfly. Fantastic details. Hope you deliver it! (I know, it's nature, but I remember I did it to save a pretty skipper).

Ciao Peter, poor splendid butterfly in the web, beautiful macro with fantastic details, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-03 11:46]
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Hello Peter,
A fine capture of one of the facts of nature!
This male Apollo looks in very good condition and possibly still alive. I suppose you tried to release it from the spider's web?
Technicaly excellent and well composed image.
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-08-03 12:18]

Lieber Peter!

Du hast eine dramatische Szene festgehalten, die die harte Realität in der Natur wiederspiegelt. Da mag ein Appollofalter noch so schön sein, das Netz der Spinne kennt keine Gnade. Dein Bild besticht durch technische Perfektion und dein Text ist lehrreich. Vielen Dank!



Hello Peter,
This is as an Apollo XIII! ... Because has problems similar to those of that ship! And I think this will not solve these problems easily!
Good work, is a macro dramatic, but it shows the things that happen on Mother Nature.
Regards TFS, Jesús

Hi Peter

Awwwww, so sad, but that's life. Good capture with excellent details, he made a great pose for you.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-03 19:02]

Very fine natural history image, beautiful species captured with good colors and details, it looks sad but that's how species survive, lovely image. tfs.

Lovely shot Peter
Great exposure with lots of detail seen.
Nicely composed TFS

Hi Peter,
A very nice capture of this beautiful apollo butterfly. Sorry for it also as it got strangled in a spider web. You have captured it very well with excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Lieber Peter,
wunderschön, der Apollo im Netz-hoch zwei.

»Wann treffen wir drei wieder zusamm'?«
»Um die siebente Stund', am Brückendamm.«
(- Theodor Fontane, Die Brück' am Tay).

Mein (Dein) Vorschlag: wir drei montieren unsere Schwalbenschwanz-Bilder von der Moosalp am Freitag, 6. Aug, 11.00 h.

Herzlich grüsst auch Ina,

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