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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: 2007-06-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Happy New Year 2008 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-31 3:02
Viewed: 4073
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Inachis io (Linnaeus, 1758)

Peacock –Tagpfauenauge – Dagpauwoog – Dagpåfugleoje – Påfågelöga – Dågpåfugloye - Neitoperhonen - Rusałka pawik - Babôčka pávooká - Babočka paví oko - Paon de Jour - Pavo Real

Family: Nymphalidae

Wingspan: 60 – 64mm

Europe, temperate Asia. Japan.

As a general principle of aesthetics, to be considered a beauty, something - or someone - has to be scarce. The European Peacock is one of Europe's most common butterflies. So it cannot be a beauty? Well, for its exquisitely brilliant eyespots to many of us the European Peacock butterfly (Inachis io) certainly is one of the most beautiful butterflies on Earth.

Most predators think different. They are not amused by the Peacock butterfly’s shockingly well developed eye mimicry making it look like a ferocious raptor’s face when disturbed, and so they avoid to eat it for dinner - obviously one of the main reasons of the Peacock butterfly’s story of success of getting widespread and common.

As long as its feeding plant, the Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) is given the right to exist along our perfectly tidy highways and railroads, airports and backyards, parking lots, gardens and parks.

May to April, one generation. Warm and sunny days may cause hibernating butterflies to leave their hides and flutter around in midwinter.

Perfect dry leaf or tree bark camouflage underside.

Hope you enjoy.


Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998.

Christopher Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe: http://www.lepidoptera.pl/

Walter Schön: Schmetterling - Raupe: http://www.schmetterling-raupe.de

Adrian Vallin, Sven Jakobsson, Christer Wiklund, Department of Zoology, Stockholm University, Sweden: An eye for an eye?”— on the generality of the intimidating quality of eyespots in a butterfly and a hawkmoth. In: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, Volume 61, No. 9 / July 2007


SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 72mm tele macro (= 456mm at 35mm SLR), F/4, 1/1000sec., ISO-125; exposure bias: -0.3, hand held, no flash; 24.06.2007, 11:59.


Photoshop Elements, cropped, downsized to web, resharpened, brightness, contrast and saturation adjusted.

Happy New Year to All of You!

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Hello Peter! Nice lightness, very nice sharpness. Good picture. Cheers!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-31 3:05]

Hola Peter,
precioso trabajo y delicados detalles y pov,
hermosos colores,
saludos amigo...
Happy new Year,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-31 3:20]

Dear Peter
With this lovely shot as a gift for my eyes I want to thank you for all the great moments enjoying your marvellous pictures and your comments during this year and I hope to keep enjoying with your presence during the next.
Have a great Night and may 2008 will bring you good health and lots of Happiness!!
With my best wishes

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-31 3:34]

Hello Peter,
A beautiful image of a Peacock Butterfly enjoying the nectar offered by Valeriana(?) flowers. The POV showing upper and under surfaces of the wings is excellent and the composition emphasing the flowers and the butterfly superb.
A nice memento of 2007!
I wish you a Happy, Serene and Healthy 2008!

It is a grand example of almost perfection in nature. Flora and butterfly both in chorus of harmony and clarity. Well noted and so may you as well live a prosperous next year..Happy New Year to you sir!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-12-31 4:15]
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Hi Peter

Thanks for your good wishes and for this lovely image. With appreciation for all the other wonderful postings you shared with us throughout the year and may there still be loads and loads of the same for the coming year.

As the New Year dawns...
may it open up more opportunities for you,
lead you unto the path of continued success,
happiness & good health.

Take time to enjoy God's creation and live life to the full.

A wonderful 2008 for YOU and your loved ones.

Best regards

Hello Peter
Very intersting spieces to shoot,
Great focusing,colors and composition,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Best wishes for 2008

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-31 4:44]

Hello Peter,
Io-ho what a beautiful capture! You've captured this one in a fine pose on very pretty flowers (Buddleia species of some kind??). Thanks for all the wonderful posts you've presented to us during the past year and I sincerely hope we'll see many more!
TFS and all the best wishes to you and your family for 2008!

A gorgeous picture, I would love to see this butterfly in person.
A great shot to end the year!

Hola Peter, llevaba días ya sin visitar tu galería. Gracias por tus deseos y espero que tengas hoy una buena "nochevieja" como la denominamos en España y un próspero año 2008.
Gracias por tu amistad y por tus críticas en este mi primer año en Tk.
Tu fotografía bonita, como siempre, con una gran profundidad, fondo y esas alas tan bien captadas por ambos costados.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi Tejedor

Ciao Peter,
un'immagine eccelente, come tutte le tue immagini, per festeggiare insieme l'arrivo del nuovo anno.
In questa occasione desidero ringraziarti per il grande calore umano col quale mi hai accolto, insieme ad altri amici, qui su TN.
Ti auguro un sereno inizio del 2008.


Hi Peter,
Beautiful capture of this colorful butterfly!
I like the pose got and the way you managed to compose the picture with the trio of flowers alog the diagonal.
I've learn a lot from you through your wonderful pictures, each time I see a butterfly -that for some reason for me here that's no so frequent- it comes to my mind immediately your unique work, that stunning POV's, lighting, colours, and overall artistic sense. And endless source of inspiration.
Thanks so much for all that, and wish you all the best in the upcoming new year.
Warm regards and take care,

Bonjour Peter
Très belle prise de ce paon du jour, couleurs, netteté et cadrage.
Meilleurs Voeux pour 2008
Amicalement Robi

Hello Peter,
Very pro image.
Excellent sharpness.
Great compo. Nice BG. POV is very good.
Well done
A very happy 2008 to you and family and I hope to see a lot of new work in 2008. Thanks for the images in 2007!


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-12-31 8:50]

Guten Abend Peter,
heute, am letzten Tag des Jahres, der gleichzeitig auch noch mein Geburtstag ist, finde ich so zwischendrin Gelegenheit bei TN hineinzuschauen. Diese nutze ich jetzt, um dir ein angenehm spannendes und gutes NEUES JAHR zu wünschen. Du kannst dir - und ich tue das mit dir - zu deinen Bildern aus 2007 gratulieren. Ich bin gespannt auf jeden neuen Tag im neuen Jahr.
Alles Gute, Peter

Hello Peter,
Excellent composition of this Peacock butterfly with a good pov!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details on both butterfly and flowers
very well done
wishing you HAPPY NEW YEAR
wishing you well

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-31 9:21]

Hi Peter,have a happy 2008 and thanks for the beautifull 2007's pics,Luciano

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-31 10:10]

Dear-dear Peter.
I am very happy that we have lived this year hear side by side. You have given me forces, pleasure and have shared your experience. I am very grateful you for this.

I am very glad to see this simply amazing work of art, beautiful subject, great skill of reproduction. Colours, DOF, sharpness of the flowers and butterfly are wonderful as well as the absolutely smooth nicely coloured BG. Bravo and TFS. Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2007-12-31 12:09]

Hello Peter,

Happy new year!

Very nice composition Peter with the peacock right where it should be..On the other side of that great eye for nature's beauty..
You translate that digital information exceedingly well :)
Thank you for a year of fine postings mf,
Happy New Year!

Beautiful colours, lighting and composition. A very fine image indeed...
Wishing you and your love ones the joyous Happy New Year...


What a marvellous capture of and composition with one of the world's most beautiful butterflies, Peter!
I also love the colour of those lively flowers.



Hello Peter,
Very nice POV. Perfect exposure. TFS.
- Nirmal

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-01-01 12:56]
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Hi Peter,
A perfect composition, pov and pose. I wish you a happy new year!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-01-02 8:41]
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Hello Peter!

All the best for you in 2008!

Io is always beautifull - like on your todays picture. I like colours with colorfull insect and green BG. Not much to say more - maybe common, but always looks great!

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-02 13:42]

Hello Peter,
great pic of this wonderful butterfly, lovely colors
beautiflly green background
great work
all the best Peter
regards, Dejan

Fabulosa captura Peter.
Excelente bg y magníficos colores.
Buena nota amigo.
Saludos, JL.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-04 3:19]

Hi Peter,
a very well seen composition with perfect detail and a lovely green background that really makes your subject stand out. Very well done,

Hi Peter, splendid butterfly and lovely flowers with wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

What a beauty! Perfect DOF...wonderful colors, great sharpness. Another beauty in your collection of beauties! :)

bonjour peter
vivement la fin de l'hiver que nous puissions revoir ces magnifiques insectes virevolter au vent.
c'est une tres bonne photo,comme toujours.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-03-13 3:01]
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Hallo Peter,
Da Deine Bilder nur noch selten auf TN auftauchen, habe ich mir Deine Bilder wieder mit Freude angeschaut..und festgestellt, dass ich auch einige verpasst habe. Dieses farbenfrohe und erzählerische Bild vom schönen Pfauenauge zum Beispiel. Die Schmetterlingssaison ist bald da, die ersten Falter haben sich schon gezeigt. Ich hoffe nur, dass Dir die Zeit vergönnt wird für Exkursionen in der Natur, die Du so liebst und natürlich auch wieder mal ein Bild von Dir auf TN.
Einen herzlichen Gruss aus der Schweiz nach Wien

This butterfly is a real beauty! I like this composition very much with strong and well saturated colors and beautiful exposure. The plain green background makes your subject stands out very nicely. Greetings from the never ending winter country :)

Hello Peter,
Your Io is similar to a butterfly that I captured some time ago, and I suppose it would be the same. The quality of the shot is not very well, because it was moving, but I post in the workshop, and I hope you will be so kind to give me a confermation. Many thanks and wishes.

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