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The Purple Emperor

The Purple Emperor
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Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro, UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/300 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-10 15:10
Viewed: 2926
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Purple Emperor (Apatura iris) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found in woodlands throughout Central Europe and southern Britain. Adults have dark brown wings with white lines and a small orange ring on each of the hindwings. Males have an iridescent purple-blue sheen which the females lack. The caterpillars are green with white and yellow markings and have two large horns.

Females spend most of their lives in the tree canopy coming down only to lay their eggs. Males also spend much of their time in the tree tops, defending their territory from rivals, though they will sometimes descend in order to drink from puddles or feed. Unlike most butterflies, the purple emperor does not feed from flowers but instead on the honeydew secreted by aphids and on dung, urine and animal carcasses.

Eggs are laid in late summer on the upper side of sallow leaves. After hatching the caterpillars will lie on the midrib of the leaf where they are well camouflaged, and feed only at night. During the winter they hibernate in the forks of sallow branches where they change colour from green to brown in order to match their surroundings. The following June they will form a pale green chrysalis that resembles a leaf shoot. The adult will then usually emerege in mid-July.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-01-10 16:22]
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Hello Mircea,
you show a nice picture of
-- Apatura ilia f. clytie
-- family: Nymphalidae
The form clytie of ilia is very similar to the third European Apatura species, Apatura metis, which also occurs in your country.
Focus and sharpness are pretty good, but in my opinion the asymmetric composition of the picture is not so attractive.
Best wishes, Peter

Belle composition bien équilibrée.
Bonne journée.

Great shot

well composed and good sharpness

well positioned in the frame, I like it.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-11 17:20]

Hello Mircea
Excellent capture of this beautiful butterfly.
very nice composition.
Best wishes

  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-14 20:24]

Hello Mircea

Really well done ,the DOF is perfect.The butterfly is well focused and the OOF BG looks great.Well saturated colours and a lovely matching frame.Great job.TFS


o imagine suprba

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