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Speckled Wood

Speckled Wood
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-12 1:00
Viewed: 1953
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria also Lasiommata megera) is a butterfly found in and on the borders of woodland throughout much of Europe. In Northern and Eastern Europe where subspecies P. a. tircis occurs it is brown with pale yellow or cream spots and darker upperwing eyespots. In southwestern Europe the subspecies P. a. aegeria has a colour which is more orange in the background; the hindwing underside eyespots are reddish brown rather than black or dark gray. The two forms gradually intergrade into each other. The speckled wood also occurs in North Africa and on the Atlantic island of Madeira. Molecular studies suggest that the African and Madeiran populations are closely related and distinct from European populations of both subspecies, suggesting that Madeira was colonized from Africa and that the African population has a long history of isolation from European populations.
Females have brighter and more distinct markings than males. The wingspan of both males and females is 4–4.5 cm, although males tend to be slightly smaller than females. Males are highly territorial and will defend their territory against intruding males. For finding females, there exist 2 basic strategies: Some males will vigorously defend a perch and the immediate surroundings, waiting for females to pass by. Others will patrol a larger territory.
Males have either 3 or 4 upper hindwing eyespots. The fourth spot shows only in flight. It appears that the 4-spotted morph tends towards patrolling behaviour to finds mates. This agrees with the probable function of the eyespots to entice predators like birds to aim for the wing margin (which may be damaged without much affecting the butterfly) rather than the body. On the other hand, habitat is apparently a major factor influencing mate-finding strategy: perching behavior is more common in males of conifer woodland, whereas males of meadows tend towards patrolling behavior.
The caterpillar is green with a short, forked tail and feeds on various species of grass, especially couch grass.The chrysalis (pupa) is green or dark brown. The species is unique in its ability to overwinter in two totally separated developmental stages, as pupae or as half-grown larvae. This leads to a complicated pattern of several adult flights per year.(Wikipedia)

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-12 1:31]

Hi Siggi,
A very nice macro shot of this beauty from great POV.The colors,sharpness and details are perfect.TFS and regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-12 1:37]

Hello Siegfried,
very beautiful butterfly with excellent sharpness. You have used the light very well and the features are so lively in details.
A beautiful composition.


Hi Siegfried,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Speckled wood butterfly. Good sharp details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi MF Siggi, it is not easy to capture this beauty in an oppened-wing position. You are lucky indeed. And you took an impressive macro in a lovely POV. Good choice of vertical framing too.
TFS and have a nice day!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-12 3:43]

Hello Siggi,
A photo of this butterfly in beautiful light and very nice colours. Excellent sharpness, details and DOF. I think the photo needs a bit more space in front of the butterfly.

Hi Siegfried. wonderflul photo of this speckled wood butterfly Details, POV and composition are super.
thanks for sharing
Best regards

Ciao Siegfried. Tender sharp but excellente colours and amazing light. Interesting diagonal posture.


Hello Siegfried,

an nice butterfly picture with good use of light.
Exellent sharpness, pov and dof.
Fine warm colours.


Hello Siegfried,
Wonderful shot of this speckled butterfly with great point of view.
Great composition and details too.
TFS and regards,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-10-12 9:45]

Hi Siggi,
excellent photo of this Pararge aegeria, great natural colors and very nice fine and sharp details, TFS!

Ciao Siggi, wikipedia wrong, beautiful Pararge aegeria, not Lasiommata megera, is a different genus, splendid macro with fine details, wonderful naural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Siegfried,
beautiful image with colors and light excellent, a nice picture, regards, Paolo

hello Siegfried
very nice composition in the sun
great sharpness and beautiful naturel colours
greeting lou

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  • Robb Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 11] (293)
  • [2010-10-12 11:14]

Hello Siegfried!

Gyönyörű lepke. Csodálatos színek, és szuper szerkesztés!

Üdv, Robert

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-12 15:08]

Hi Siggi,very good way to show us this pararge,very common in my fileds,excellents sharpness and colors in a very good light too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-10-12 16:15]

Hello Siggi,
A somewhat drab coloured butterfly with beautiful wing patterns captured with tack sharp detail from your great camera work. Excellent job Siggi, thank you.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-10-12 17:29]

Hello Siggi,
A wonderful image of this pretty Speckled Wood Butterfly. I like the chocolate colored wings along with the light speckles and dark eye spots. Good DOF and nice detail!! Excellent notes!!

Hi Siggi,
Beautiful capture with awesome lights I guess the photo was shot late afternoon. :) Great sharpness, textures, colors, magic lights and more than pleasant composition. Congrats MF and tfs.
Friendly regards, László

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