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Zerynthia polyxena.

Zerynthia polyxena.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1979-05-12
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): European Butterflies 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-04 14:12
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 32
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Zerynthia polyxena (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Osterluzeifalter, Southern Festoon, la Diane, Polissena.

A south eastern European species that shows close relationship to tropical members of the Papilionidae family that have developed their flashy wing colours for reasons of warning - with caterpillars feeding on Aristolochia even the adult butterflies are poisonous.

Not only humans are used to a certain meaning of back and yellow, but also birds and other predators: To possible mischief makers these colours effectfully say: Leave me alone, I am not good to eat or otherwise dangerous!

Zerynthia polyxena has its northernmost distribution in the region of Vienna, where it was first described and given its scientific name by Ignaz Schiffermueller in 1775. In the heat of high noon during the first warm days from April to May these showy little butterflies can be observed near marshy forests and vinyards in southern Moravia and Lower Austria, even within the borders of the city of Vienna. The distribution of the butterfly is confined to the distribution of the plant the caterpillars feed on: Aristolochia clematitis (Osterluzei).

Wingspread: approx. 50mm.

Sorry for the rather poor quality of this scanned picture. Whenever I tried to capture this butterfly in the last years with a Digital Camera, the results were worse than this first picture of the species I took in 1979. The reason for that may be that the locations these butterfly prefer are either pretty windy or full with mosquitoes.

This picture was taken early in May 1979 near the village of Stillfried in Eastern Lower Austria, with rather primitive equipment.

Camera: Minolta SRT 101b, with Tele 150mm and Macro lens +2, manual focus, no flash, no tripod. Ektachrome 100 colour slide film.

For joining this picture with the TN community I have scanned the original colour slide with slide scanner Minolte Dimage Scan Dual II. The scan was then treated on the computer by Adobe Photoshop with some selective sharpening of wings and body, and noise reduction to the background.

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Welcome to the wonderful world of slide scanning! I have the same scanner and, with regret, I've given up on it - the results are too disappointing. It's a beautiful butterfly, and I'm sure the original slide is excellent. I've done a quick WS on this to see if I could undo some more of the scan "damage." I hope you approve.
Regards, Nigel.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-01-04 14:38]

Very nice picture of this butterfly, sufficient sharp and great colors. Thanks, also for your description

I think the quality is pretty good for a scan. The details are very well visible, picture has nice colours too.
This is a real beauty amd your photo shows it well.
I like it very much.

Hi Peter

Great shot. Nice exposure, perfect POV to show the pattern and colour on the wings. Nicely composed. Good work. Thanks.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-01-04 16:37]

Very good photo of this beautiful specie!
Wonderful colours!
Excellent BG!
A bit soft on focus, bute shows the beauty of the butterfly!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-01-04 16:42]

Hi Peter, this is a great shot. Especially for a scan. Lovely details and a beautiful looking butterfly, very well done.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-01-04 17:39]

For an old scanned picture it sure looks good Peter!
Very nice!

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  • marod (26)
  • [2006-01-04 21:08]

Great Photo and a very interesting note about this marvellous animal. It teaches us a lot. Congratulations

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-05 0:17]

An amazing looking butterfly, Peter. The markings and colors are gorgeous. Fantastic POV and focus. Well done and TFS. : )

Wonderful photo, composition and technically wise! Thanks for sharing - Xplorator Radu

Wonderful insect and a good note, not bad for the scan ewither. TFS

Welcome on TN:)))
wish you all the best here..only good critiques:)
about the picture: is it really scanned? :) very good quality!
I like the POV and so soft colours of this butterflies. The contrast is excellent.
TFS :-)

Hi Peter
Beautiful colors, very good exposure, and perfect POV that show the beautiful pattern in the wings
It is an incredible Picture of a beautiful subject.
I'm glad that I have met another lover of butterflies. I love these wonderful insects no only for their beauty but also for the help that they give to nature.
Keep giving us the pleasure of seeing your pictures.

Stunning markings. I had once tried to show off my painting skills and gl.lued one wing to the canvas while painting the other. Not as easy as it may seem. To reproduce the reflectivity and absorbance of the colors is near impossible. This is nicely posed and set off against the neutral background for maximum effect.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-01-14 19:53]

Hello Peter,
I like to dig deep in portfolios to uncover beautiful photos people most often ignore.
This one is a good example of such a picture. One could say there some problems with DOF (upper right wing OOF), but the colours, fantastic BG makes it a really great contribution.
All the best greetings mf!

Hi, dear Peter.
While you are absent I shall make walk on your gallery. This year also promises to be so busy for me. But now I have made a light rest for me.

I like this species so much and I have few reasons for it. First this species is very beautiful. Second I have met and shoot it near my countryside house with pleasure. And main reason, your first comments were to my first butterfly picture here where I had reproduced just this species.

You have reflected it shapes and colouration perfectly. Dark green BG is great canvas for it. Warm regards and TFS.

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