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Jewel in the grass

Jewel in the grass
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Copyright: Eduard Baak (snowfalken) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 419 W: 27 N: 497] (1788)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L USM
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects around the world, European Butterflies and Moths., Butterflies, Swallowtails, papillon en europe, European butterflies 4, Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-10 16:55
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Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon)

Family Description:
Alternate Common Name: Artemisia Swallowtail.

Caterpillar: The caterpillars vary in appearance both according to age and location. Young caterpillars are mottled with black, brown and white, looking much like a bird dropping (a good camouflage strategy). Older caterpillars are generally green and ringed with black, often heavily; the rings are dotted with orange, yellow, or red spots.
Adult: Butterflies vary in appearance as well, particularly in the amount of yellow and black present both above and below. They are fairly large, with a wingspan of 2 ½ to 2 ¾ inches, and have a tail extending from the hindwing. Generally, the upperside is brownish black marked with yellow. A band of yellow, elongated spots spans across the wings; along the wings’ edges is a row of yellow bars. The part of each wing close to the body is black and is often hairy on the hindwing. The hindwing has a wide, curved band of blue; also present is an orange spot, outlined in black, possibly with the black curving into the center of the spot. The underside of the wings is marked similarly but more faintly; there may be more orange bordering the blue on the hindwing.

It occurs in arctic and alpine areas, along forests, and on open hilltops.

Caterpillar: Caterpillars feed on certain members of the parsley family (Apiaceae), and on arctic sagebrush (Artemisia arctica). Young caterpillars eat leaves while older ones prefer flowers and associated structures.
Adult: Butterflies drink flower nectar.


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Superb Swallowtail image, showing excellent detail in a nice composition. Well done!


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  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2006-07-10 17:04]

Wowowowow, che foto superba!
Dettagli molto nitidi, ottimi colori e bella composizione, bravo!


Hi Eduard,

Superb shot of a beautiful butterfly. Technically and artistically excellent. Thanks for the note.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-10 17:36]

Hello Eddie,
Another beautiful shot. This is excellent, quite stunning. Perfect detail and exposure, colours, I couldn't find a nit here if I tried. DOF is superb to retain the detail in the flower and stem, nicely isolated against a distant background with just the one flower defocused and perfectly placed. This really is a stunning shot. Interesting and informative note too, a great example of a good post.

Actually I did find one nit :-) No exif information. A very minor one of course :-)

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  • ys2 (155)
  • [2006-07-10 18:30]

What a sharpness.. What a beatiful composition.. Congratulations.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-07-10 18:51]

Bonjour Eduard!

Bravo pour cette belle photo. Le papillon est superbe et la netteté parfaite.

Merci et félicitations.

it is so excelent photo!!! Imagination;-))

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2006-07-10 23:18]

Hi (again) Eduard,
Another masterly Swallowtail-shot from you! It is magnificent, just perfect! Thank you very much for this contribution and for the note,

sal Eduard,

imagine frumoasa dar informatiile pe care le dai sunt cam eronate, si cele de acum si cele de data trecuta.
dar cum spuneam imagine frumoasa cu un BG foarte curat.


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-07-11 1:40]

Fantastic shot,excllent sharp deteails.Nice POV&compo..TFS!!

Wonderful photo, brilliant composition and POV! TFS - Xplorator Radu

Truly a beautiful picture. Sharpness is perfect on the entire butterfly as far as i can see, and light is great.

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  • ciccio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 50 N: 338] (2751)
  • [2006-07-11 13:09]

Gran definición y buen POV. Lástima que la luz sea un pòco dura. TFS. Enhorabuena y un saludo. José Luis.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-07-12 11:43]

Wonderfull photo Eduard!
Excellent on colours and stunning on details!
Perfect DOF!
Excellent BG and POV!
5* photo!
Keep on going and TFS!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-16 9:59]

You offer us a great festival of Papilio machaon. I like very much this lovely species. The composition, exposure, colors, DOF, BG and sharpness are excellent.
Well seen and very well done Eduard !!!

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-07-30 18:05]

Hi Eduard.
All is perfect, wonderful, composition colors details sharpness tones presentation,good note.


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-07-31 15:48]

Una excelente imagen Eduard con una nitidez y profundidad de campo adecuadas.
Muy buen aprovechamiento de la luz sobre esta mariposa difícil de retratar.
Gracias por compartirla.
Saludos... Ricardo

An excellent image Eduard with a clearness and depth of field suitable.
Very good use of the light on this butterfly difficult to portray.
Thanks for sharing.
Greetings... Ricardo

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: *****
POV: ****
Note: ****

hi eddie
j'aime vraiment beaucoup ce specimen,il est vraiment tres coloré et j'aime la forme de ses ailes.j'en ai aperçu un hier mais il etait trop haut.mreci pour ce superbe cliché.

Hi Eduard, this is a splendid shot of a swallowtail. The colours are great, the details on the wing are so good I almost think I can feel the texture. Lovely DOF and composition. Fantastic :)

Hello Eduard,
excellent details, nicely shaping light in this wonderful, well composed macro.
With thanks, and best regards,

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