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Araschnia levana

Araschnia levana
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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: 2011-07
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-20 10:19
Viewed: 1555
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Map (Araschnia levana) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is common throughout the lowlands of central and eastern Europe, and is expanding its range in western Europe.
Second (summer) generation individual Mounted
In the UK this species is a very rare vagrant, but there have also been several unsuccessful – and now illegal – attempts at introducing this species over the past 100 years or so: in the Wye Valley in 1912, the Wyre Forest in the 1920s, South Devon 1942, Worcester 1960s, Cheshire 1970s, South Midlands 1990s. All these introductions failed and eggs or larvae have never been recorded in the wild in the UK. (Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is now illegal to release a non-native species into the wild.)
The Map is unusual in that its two annual broods look very different. The summer brood are black with white markings, looking like a miniature version of the White Admiral and lacking most of the orange of the pictured spring brood.
The eggs are laid in long strings, one on top of the other, on the underside of stinging nettles, the larval foodplant. It is thought that these strings of eggs mimic the flowers of the nettles, thereby evading predators. The larvae feed gregariously and hibernate as pupae.(wikipedia)

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-09-20 10:26]

Splendid composition, Siegfried!
excellent detail and light, great POV, very nice colors and background.
Thanks for sharing

hello Siegfried
great sharpness and good details
the colours and pose are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Czesc Siggi,
bardzo dobre zdjecie tego motyla. Ladne kolory. Super ostrosc. Bardzo ladne zielone tlo.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-09-20 11:05]

Hi Siegfried,
Perfect shot.Nice colours and composition with excellent detail.
Good background.
Regards Jiri.

Witaj Siggi
ladnie sie prezetuje na tym zielonym tle,super kolory i kontrast,pozdrawiam

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  • ricx Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 43] (241)
  • [2011-09-20 11:57]

Hi Siggi, an another excellent image of this beautiful butterfly- I guess its getting a bit too late in the season to get any decent ones. but TN has opened my eyes to insects. so who knows Rich

Hello Siggi,
fine capture of this lovely butterfly with beautiful colours and nicely opened wings. Good sharpness and well chosen POV.
Best wishes,

Hallo Siegfried,
a very beautiful capture of the Map, very good sharpness and beautiful natural colours, excellent point of view and very pleasant composition
Best regards

Bonita especie que no tengo aún en mis archivos. Bien aprovechada esa ténue luz.
Un abrazo Siegfried: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Siggi, Very nice capture of this little beauty my friend, good exposure/white balance control with lovely natural colours, nice and sharp, great effort Siggi and well done,
Best Regards,


Hello Siggi,
A beautiful shot of this butterfly, excellent details sharpness against the background, great point of view and lovely colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a goodnight,
Best Regards,

Ciao Siegfried. Good colours and details for the rare specie.


Hello Siegfried,
Another beatiful, with perfect POV and nice color levels. I like a lot the bokeh background.

Lovely detail in an obviously beautiful butterfly. You are continuing to do so well in your work/hobby Siggi. There are no aesthetic issues nor technical, just good photos!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-09-20 20:01]

Hello Siegfried,
such a lively butterfly seen with its magnificent colors and stripes and patterns. I like the soft blurry green background, that makes the subject stood out well.
Excellent details and sharpness.


Beautiful butterfly Siggi! Excellent photo too. Good composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

Excellent photo, good detail, wonderful colours. Nice to see this butterfly. regards yiannis

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-20 22:23]

Bonjour Siegfried,
Macro avec une netteté et de jolies couleurs. Très belle composition.
Une grande clarté.

brilliantly taken with good sharpness and angle. good lighting. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-21 5:07]

Hello Siggi,
Excellent photo of this butterfly in great sharpness and beautiful colours. Nice blurred BG and composition.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-09-21 6:58]

Good image of this interestingly designed butterfly, fine composition. tfs.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 821 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-09-21 7:43]

Hallo Siggi,
It's cute and dark-colored second-generation ..
Very good sharpnes and beautiful naturel colors.
Best wishes,

I prefer this version Siggi, I love the green background, lovley picture and butterfly,

congratualtions !

have a good time,

ciao, tino

Ciao Siggi, great macro of fantastic butterfly, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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