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Male Clouded Apollo.

Male Clouded Apollo.
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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: 2007-05-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-06 16:15
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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Clouded Apollo.

A conspicuously semitransparent butterfly, and a rare sight - this time reported from a mountain meadow right on top of a limestone peak at an elevation of 1247m above sealevel in the Austrian Alps - a single fresh-looking male, seeking shelter in the grass while a dense cloud was covering the sun, allowing me to make a very close approach from maybe 15cm distance.

The Clouded Apollo's colours usually are limited to black and white, but some individuals, usually females, may show some yellow pigments at the base of wings and the body. To decorate its sober appearance, this strictly black and white male individual seems to have put on some purple colour on its furry parts - intensely coloured pollen carried away from some mountain flowers.

Parnassius mnemosyne (Linnaeus, 1758)
Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Parnassiinae

Wingspan 50 - 60 mm

Clouded Apollo, Schwarzer Apollo, Zwarte apollovlinder, Mnemosynefjäril, Pikkuapollo, Juodasis apolonas, Niepylak mnemozyna, Jasoň chochlačkový, Jasoň dymnivkový, Semi-Apollon, Blanca de Asso.

> More details on the species.


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

C.Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe: www.lepidoptera.pl

The camera:
SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 18mm macro-zoom setting (equiv. 110mm at conventional 35mm SLR), F/4, 1/125 sec., ISO-125; no tripod, no flash; 26.05.2007, 11:40.

Photoshop Elements, slightly cropped, downsized to the web, selectively resharpened, levels slightly adjusted.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

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Hello Peter,
A close close up:-). Well done. Nicely in the frame.
And a great weekend

Hello my friend Peter,
Always delighted to see your posting of butterfly!
super macro with best size posting to enjoy every single details on the butterfly!
so sharp especially the pollen can be clearly seen!
best exposure and focus
my compliment for a fine job well done
take care and regards

No wonder I saw a visit from you!!!! you wanted to show off this wonderful image. wow! What a nice capture Peter. The lighter coloured ones are so terribly hard to get in such a nice way as this...I am impressed much. And such a nice natural perch!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-06 22:08]

Hello Peter,
You came closer to this Clouded Apollo than I did to mine to show fine details with superb sharpness and a fine DOF, considering the low aperture. Apollos have the habit of burying themselves in a flower as their proboscis is relatively short, which explains the pollen decoration!
Nice composition too.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,
Best regards,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-06 23:15]

Hola Peter,
magnífica macro, color y perfecto foco
finos detalles...
hermoso trabajo,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-07 0:11]

Hi Peter,
Magnificent close up.Exposure is spot on,focus couldn't be better.POV,details,sharpness and composition are also excellent.Have a very good day too!
Thanks for posting.

Hallo Peter
The details of this photo are nice, clear, sunny and sharp. The colours are lovely and pleasant. Great capture and the wings look like stained glass. Very well presented and really eye-catching details. The details are stunning. It was a pleasure to look at. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-07 0:34]

Hello Peter,
Wonderful close-up. Perfect sharpness and details. Excellent POV, DOF and clear colours. Great composition.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-06-07 1:01]

Hello Peter,
Your close up is great, precise settings and good result.
Regards, Pawel

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-07 1:39]

Peter - it looks so real. I'm sure I can touch it. Amazing capture - so sharp and crisp, and it is so clear to see.
Well done

Primero gracias por tu ayuda Peter.
Una toma de mucho realismo la que publicas con énfasis en los colores.
Buen trabajo.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi

Hello Peter,

Excellent close-up of this butterfly. Good composition. Excellent sharpness. Great detail. Perfect light. Very good colours too.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-07 5:01]

Lieber Peter,
Das ist, was man ein Close-up nennt. Du musst ja gar sachte an dieses Exemplar angeschlichen sein, um es aus engster Nähe zu fotografieren. Somit können auch wir den schönen Schwarzen Apoll bestens betrachten. Hübsch die feine rosarote Dekoration auf seinem Abdomen.
Herzlichen Dank auch für Deine netten Zeilen zu meinen Bildern.
Wünsche ein schönes Wochenende oder mindestens ein halb-schönes!

Amazing close-up!
Such detail! WOW~! I love the way we can see the bits of pollen stuck to the body.

Splendida macro di questa bellissima apollo, stupenda composizione con un POV che permette di apprezzare al massimo la bellezza delle ali, straordinarie nitidezza e definizione dei dettagli, molto belli i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi Peter
Great shot of these beautiful butterfly. Nice natural green surrounding. Quite good sharpness and interesting unusual POV
I like it very much

Hi Peter, an other great capture of this splendid butterfly with fantastic details and great sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Lieber Peter,
ich kann mich an dem Bild nicht sattsehen. Jedes einelne Schüppchen, die vornehme Zurückhaltung bei den Farben, den beklecksten Latz, die transparenten Flügelspitzen, toll. Ich habe den Eindruck, Du warst von Deinem Fund auch begeistert. Gratuliere!
Beste Grüsse

hello Peter,
excellent capture
excellent details
wonderful species of butterfly
thanks and... take a care


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-08 7:55]

Hello Peter,
Another lovely close view of the Clouded Apollo! All very nicely in focus and very impressive sharp details. Lovely colours too and very well composed.
Many thanks and kind regards, Ulla

Dear Peter
Very nice shot of this Clouded Apollo,
Perfect details,composition and POV.Superb shot my friend.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-08 21:27]
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Hi Peter,
When nature and its elements aid you to capture one of its rare creations you do it with great elan and style.What a beautiful presentation of this clouded apollo....it is as if its wings are creamy soft a colour yet crisp like a materila of nice raw silk.I see some evidence of its recent hunts on a pink flower.The details in this composition are simply marvellous. And i have never come across a butterfly having such a "furry body"...very well done, Peter..into my favourites...

TFS & Cheers

Hi Peter,
Very sharp close-up. TFS.
- Nirmal

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-06-09 11:59]

WOW!! The other side!! What a magnificent document about this curious species, Peter!!
A very good close up and magnificent shot.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-06-09 13:02]

Salut Peter
Très belle macro, excellente couleurs et netteté, belle lumière naturelle, très beau sujet, bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-17 10:23]

Hi, dear Peter.
I am amazed with this masterpiece at highest range. POV and framing, sharpness and details of the butterfly are outstanding. BG cannot be better. Level of details and blurriness is optimal. Soft light is so impressive. My congratulations. Well done.

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-12-08 13:43]

Excellent details on this guy, well is the mail part? I can't tell the difference :) Anyhow, Great shot, good clarity and details so great you can see all the tiny littel hair or whatever you would call it here. Simply beautiful.

hallo Peter
Dieser Schmetterling ist wirklich sehr schön und sehr scharf, man kann gut seinen haarigen körper sehen und so viel anderen details
wundervolle Farben für den schmetterling und der Hintergrund
I wûnsche ihnen eine gute Nacht

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