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Parnassius mnemosyne on Lamium purpureum

Parnassius mnemosyne on Lamium purpureum
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Copyright: Helmut Roos (buscape) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 355 W: 20 N: 1518] (7615)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D40X, AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G VR, Nikon TC14EII
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-04 2:33
Viewed: 2000
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Class: Insecta; Order: Lepidoptera; Family: Papilionidae; Genus: Parnassius; Species: Parnassius mnemosyne

This is a picture where you can see three things that I have already written in my notes of this butterfly.
1. You can nicely see the yellow spots on the abdomen of the females.
2. You can see the large Sphragis of chitin from the 3rd Abdominal segment to the end of the body of the mated females.
3. You can see their preference of red and purple blossoms.

Red Deadnettle, Purple Deadnettle, or Purple Archangel (Lamium purpureum) is a herbaceous flowering plant native to Europe and Asia.

Order: Lamiales; Family: Lamiaceae; Genus: Lamium; Species: L. purpureum

I remember that we loved to suck the sweet taste of the blossoms when we were childs, so I can understand why the butterfly has chosen this flower. ;-)



Klasse: Insekten; Ordnung: Schmetterlinge; Familie: Ritterfalter; Gattung: Parnassius; Art: Schwarzer Apollo

Auf diesem Bild sieht man drei Ding, die ich schon in meinen Informationen von dem Schmetterling beschrieben habe.
1. Man sieht schön die gelben Flecken am Hinterleib der weiblichen Schmetterlinge.
2. Man sieht die eine große Sphragis aus Chitin ab dem dritten Abdominalsegment bis zum Körperende, die die begatteten weiblichen Schmetterlinge am Hinterleib tragen.
3. Man sieht die Vorliebe der Schmetterlinge, die sie für rote und violette Blüten haben.

Die Purpurrote Taubnessel (Lamium purpureum) ist eine Taubnesselart aus der Familie der Lippenblütler (Lamiaceae).

Ordnung: Lippenblütlerartige; Familie: Lippenblütler;
Gattung: Taubnesseln; Art: Purpurrote Taubnessel

Ich erinnere mich noch genau wie gerne ich den süßen Geschmack aus diesen Blüten gezuzelt (ausgesaugt) habe, als ich noch ein Kind war. Darum kann ich den Schmetterling auch gut verstehen, wenn er gerade diese Blume aussucht. ;-)

marius-secan, josediogo1958, maaciejka, Marco2010, CeltickRanger, PeakXV, bungbing, Pitoncle has marked this note useful
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Hello Helmut,
Remarkable photo with exceptional clarity and details. This interesting butterfly has wonderful colors. The contrast against the background is superb. Very nice composition taken from a excellent POV with lovely light and best clarity.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-06-04 5:27]

Beautiful image of this lovely species perched on cute flowers, lovely colors. tfs.

Hello Helmut,
Lovely combination of the butterfly and the flower.Excellent detail and nice green background.Superb photo!

Hello Helmut
Perfect composition and excellent capture from a fine POV,wonderful colours and remarquable sharpness.Thank You
Have a good week!
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-04 8:06]

Hello Helmut,
Fantastic presentation of this butterfly in very beautiful colours and superb sharpness and details. Great choice of composition. Splendid contrasting background.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-06-04 11:03]

Hello Helmut,
details and shaprness are very good in this well composed picture.Lovely colours and very good DOF.Well done, my friend.Best regards Siggi

Hi Helmut,
beautiful colours. Perfect composition. Great sharpness and details. Perfect point of view.
Have a nice week,

Ciao Helmut.
Che spettacolo di composizione questa sera,complimenti sia per la eccellente nitidezza che per i magnifici colori,proprio un bel lavoro.
Ciao Marco.

Hello Helmut

Once again excellent butterfly photo with fine POV,
very beautiful light and color tones,
great focus, sharpness, details, contrast, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-04 15:43]

Hi Helmut,another top quality pic of this rare and spectacular butterfly,magnificent details everywhere and perfect colors and light...2 points are not enough today..eheheh..have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2012-06-04 20:47]

Hello Helmut,

Wonderful, colorful eye candy within this superb composition. The colors are really magical, the focus tack sharp & the well engineered pov gives us full disclosure of this insects' beautiful & finer features.

Very well taken!



Ciao Helmut, an other great macro of this fantastic butterfly, beautiful flowers, excellent sharpness, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Helmut,
A very beautiful image, impressive details sharpness, good lighting and great composition, a superb work!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

Bonjour Helmut,
Splendide macro finement détaillée et délicatement colorée valorisant magnifiquement les deux sujets dans une belle lumičre et sous une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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