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The Map (Araschnia levana)

The Map (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: 2015-07-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-11-30 1:25
Viewed: 2014
Points: 16
[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.
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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hallo Siegfried
very nice picture with beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-11-30 7:36]

Hello Sigi,
Excellent sharp photo of this butterfly with a good DOF. Nice natural colours and composition.

Hello Siegfried,

Bed Of Flower......well captured. Nice details and very attractive BG. Details and marks on wing are well visible too. Good work....
Thanks for sharing with informative NOTE,

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2015-11-30 12:03]

Hi Sigi

Very nice image of Araschnia in a diagonal align, very nice composition, great sharpness and clarity, nice POV.



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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2015-11-30 18:04]

Hi Siegfried
Interesting pattern and color.
The composition is quite good with the blurred background.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-11-30 20:08]

Hello Siggi,
A beautifully marked butterfly with eye catching colors. Not often seen here on TN and captured very nicely by your lens. Focus is sharp displaying wonderful detail and the white balance is perfect. Well done!!

Ciao Siggi, great macro of fantastic buyterfly, wonderful colors, fine details abd splendid sharpness, veey well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-12-02 11:51]

Hi Siggi,beautiful capture of this butterfly that i never seen live in my life,not common in my country and taken in a nice decentralized composition and fine details too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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