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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Blue Things, CeltickRanger's favorite photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-01 8:54
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
APATURA ILIA MALE

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.

APATURA ILIA MASCHIO.
La farfalla Iride (Apatura ilia Linnaeus, 1758) è una farfalla appartenente alla famiglia Nymphalidae.I 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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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-09-01 8:58]

Ciao Lucinao!

What a spectacular butterfly to presetned to us today! Great colors, details and lighting.

Well done!

Ishi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-01 9:02]
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Wow Luciano!
I am envious of you being able to take such a photo!
Not only because A. ilia does not exist in Sweden, but also that you were able to take this from a perfect POV that shows the blue iridescence of the wings of this male at its best.
Nice and sharp and well composed too!
This is a favourite!
Thanks and kind regards,
Ciao,
Ivan

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-01 9:18]

Hello Luciano,
What a special butterfly. Never seen before. It's a photo in well saturated colours and clear light. Fantastic sharp details and POV. Nice composition.
Regards,
Peter

Hi Luciano

what a stunning butterfly!!, great macro of this amazing species,

Regards

Simon

Love the clarity/detail/and color. Spectacular view!
Thanks,

Paul

I think mot know how I favor blue and one is exceptional so I have added it to my blue theme. As Bayram, the Professor says, THIS is using photography to teach us about nature. Fine job of doing so.
Bob

Un soggetto ripreso in tutta la sua fulgente bellezza, complimenti! Ottima e utile anche la descrizione, grazie.
Ciao, Melania.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-09-01 10:20]

Hi Luciano,
Fantastic lights and colors, congratulations, TFS!

Bonsoir Luciano,
Quelle merveille! Ce bleu est vraiment fantastique... Tu l'a capturé parfaitement, avec des détails impressionnants, une exellente composition. Je n'ai pas encore eu la chance de voir ce superbe papillon. Bravo et bonne soirée,
Catherine

Grande Luciano! Questa mi manca. Deve essere emozionante trovarsela davanti. Colori eccezionali e dettaglio al top. Sharp alquanto duro ma la cosa non mi fa altro che piacere. Sottolineo l'eccellente profondità di campo.

Roberto

Lucianone..ottima cattura ma risparmia un po' sulla corrente e sul contrasto..
provo a mediare con un WS
ciao sERGIO

Ciao Luciano, applausi a scena aperta a Madre Natura che ha creato tanta bellezza e a te che l'hai ripresa in maniera fantastica, una delle più belle macro che abbia mai vista in vita mia, tecnica perfetta per mostrarci in tutto il suo splendore questa magnifica meraviglia della natura, questa vale 1000 punti, bravissimo, grazie, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano,
Fantastic colours and excellent details. Outstanding sharpness and focus.
Wonderful composition. Congratulation!
Marius.

hello Luciano
this is a butterfly i have never seen before
SUPER colours and good sharpness with great details
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-09-01 12:39]

Hallo Luciano,
Beautiful macro capture of the lovely butterfly with superb details. I like the great contrast between the butterfly's colors and the blurry BG. The sharpness and POV are perfect. Best regards Siggi!

Hola Luciano

Unos colores azules estupendos para esta mariposa. Una muy buena composición y nitidez. Buen POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hello Luciano,
An unusual butterfly for me (the colours are amazing) taken with great sharpness and excellent POV. Well done!
Regards,
Mircea

salut Luciano

WOW ! superbe photo de ce papillon, j'aime l'angle par lequel la photo
a était prise, également excellent DOF, superbe focus nette et détail,
très belles et naturelles tonalités des couleurs, TFS

Asbed

This is one of the most beautiful butterflies, Luciano!
I've never seen it...
WOW!
I wish I could say something more!
Bravo!
Goldy

Hi Luciano
Wonderful composition and focus. Exceptional capture with superb colours
Sami

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2010-09-01 23:26]

Ciao Luciano
tutto al posto giusto ed impeccabilmente ritratto: quei riflessi azzurri sulle ali non sono altro che la ciliegina sulla torta. Bravo.
Livio

Hi Luciano,
A fantastic capture of this beautiful Lesser Purple Emperor butterfly. Very good composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Luciano,
stavolta la fortuna è arrivata da te.
Questa farfalla è davvero interessante per la sua caratteristica di interferenza della luce sulle ali mostrandoci colori fantastici, sembra una farafalla arrivata da un altro pianeta.
Sei stato davvero fortunato e bravo a fotografarla, i dettagli sono eccellenti merito delle ISO basse con un f/4 buono il POV e la composizione.
Complimenti e bravo!

Ciao Luciano,
incredibili colori per questa farfalla che non ho mai visto. La ripresa oltretutto è perfetta per cui l'esemplare esplode in tutta la sua bellezza. Una grande immagine. Ciao Paolo

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-09-02 8:07]

Hi Luciano.
You have found and pictured a true brilliant individual of Lesser Purple Emperor. Its colouration, details are exceptional. I also am impressed with nice reflection of the leaves which create a fine surroundings for the beauty. Well done and TFS.
Alexei.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-09-02 11:00]

Hi Luciano,

A wonderful tribute to this butterfly with the outstanding regal colors. The blue and gold are magnificent. The perfect pose to show off the exquisite wing markings and the body (in fine detail, of course.) The composition against the leaves is beautiful.

Jane

bonjour Luciano
Quelle jolie papillon, sa couleur bleue est magnifique ! mais aussi les details sont excellents, superbe composition et lumi!ère
la profondeur de champs est étonnante
passe une bonne nuit
Jacqueline

ciao Luciano
wonderful capture of this very very beautiful butterfly, one of my dream species. it was recorded European border of Turkiye. I have visited this corner in several times. But I cant find it. you are lucky to see it and captured with such a great shot. splendid sharp details and coloration. your POV also perfect to take all details and color tones, especially blue colors. greatly composed and preseted. thanks for sharing.
best regards
Ahmet

Hello Luciano, a good tribute it's indeed a beaty from an buttefly.

Good pov and details with fine colours.
I have been seen never in real life.

Gert

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-09-02 23:21]

Cher Luciano!

Je te félicite pour cette belle photo. Je ne connaissais pas ce papillon et je suis enchanté par sa belle couleur bleue. Ton image met la beauté du papillon bien en évidence et le dessin des détails est superbe.

Amitiés

Markus

Ciao Luciano!
Wow!!! What a beauty! Great presentation of this beauty which I have never seen!!! Excellent POV, superb colors, very sharp, full of details. Very well composed photo.
Csabi

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-09-03 18:36]

Hola Luciana.
Exelente y muy bella foto de esta colorida Mariposa. Nunca la he visto antes, y si que luce sus atributos gracias a la calidad de la fotografia.
Saludos Luciano
Luis52.

Ciao Luciano
C'eun farfalla straordinari che ho incontrato per la prima volta lo scorso fine settimana, ma è stato danneggiato
Grazie per questo bel risultato
amicizie
Laurent

Hi Luciano
Photo is fantastic. Perfect POV, perfect sharpness, perfect exposure. Great DOF. Nothing to critique here. I like it very much
TFS
Krzysztof

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-05 2:42]

Bonjour Luciano,
Absente pendant une semaine, je découvre avec plaisir cette beauté. Tu as reçu déjà tant de compliments pour cette image, je me joins à ce qui a été dit avant moi. Magnifique tout simplement!
Meilleures pensées et bon dimanche
Anne

Ciao Licinao,
I agree with you regarding my blue frame, not a good choice.
This image of your is rather spectacular and the colours are amazing.I have never seen such amazing wing colours, good timing and a well presented image.
erwin...

No veo natural la pose de esta Apatura

Amazing picture..!!!

Just cant believe my own eyes....!!! Superb colors... :-)

Bonsoir Luciano,

Les feuilles aident au cadrage du papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du papillon Petit mars changeant. la lumière de la fin de l'après-midi rehausse les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.

Pierre

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