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Pavone di giorno.

Pavone di giorno.
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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: 2004-08-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Minolta Dimage 7Hi
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-10 4:26
Viewed: 4458
Points: 34
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Pavone di giorno.

Inachis io (Linnaeus, 1758)

Peacock Butterfly
Paon de Jour
Pavone di giorno
Pavo Real

Family: Nymphalidae

Wingspan: 55 - 65mm.

All over Europe to 60° north, temperate Asia to Japan. Not reported from Northern Africa and Creta. One generation from July to September in the northern parts and high up in the mountains, in the southern parts of Europe there are two generations from May to October, the late one hibernating as a butterfly. One of the first butterflies to be seen in spring.

In its area of distribution, the butterfly can be met everywhere from the lowlands up to the mountains, sometimes even at 3000m above sea level.

Both sexes look very much the same: Bright coloured upper side of wings, very well camouflaged dark under sides. Interesting to note the close relationship to Vanessa urticae, the Small Tortoiseshell, both in appearance, feeding habit, and distribution. At Inachis io, evolution has decided to reinforce the strong signal markings at the wing tips into very conspicous eyespots that certainly do a good job in chasing predators away when giving up resting pose camouflage.

Caterpillars feed on Humulus lupulus L., and Urtica dioica L. (Common Nettle).

Strong and quick flyer.

Met that common and beautiful species several times last week during that pleasant days of early spring: flirting two and two together high up in the air, warming up on walls – and last Sunday even enjoying the sunshine between the dishes on our table on the terrace in front of our home where we were about to enjoy the first outdoor lunch of 2006. Again the butterfly took off just a second before I was ready to take its picture. Spring is a hard time for butterfly photographers: That season seems to make our targets very excited and quick, but the human species is getting lazy and slow.

So that picture again comes from my archive, showing the butterfly on an Alpine location in cool air, sucking on Alpine Roses.

Hairy Alpine Roses (Rhododendron hirsutum L.), high up in the crest region of the Carnian Dolomites, Val Suola, near Forni di Sopra, Carnia, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy, at an elevation of approximately 2000m above sea level.

Minolta DiMAge 7Hi, 2560 x 1920 pixels, sRGB, 51mm macro, F/5.6, 1/350 sec., ISO-100, 12.08.2004, 14:56, hand held, no flash.

Photoshop: cropped, selectively sharpened, BG selectively softened, downsized to 800 x 735 pixels.

Hope you enjoy. Have a very good start of the week.

phlr, dew77, samos, scottevers7, wkshelton, marhowie, SkyF, firelord, Luc, zeca has marked this note useful
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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-04-10 4:34]

Wonderful Peter!
I've never saw one yet!
Rare in Portugal.
Wonderful on colours!
Very good POV!
5* and TFS!

An unusual species extremely well captured.
The colours are delightful.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-10 4:38]

Hello Peter!
Excellent close up.I liked POV,clear details,vivid colors and
composition a lot.TFS...:-)

Hi Peter,
Beautiful butterfly very well captured with amazing colours,
very good details in the wings and nice POV.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • samos Gold Star Critiquer [C: 79 W: 4 N: 2] (39)
  • [2006-04-10 4:59]

Hello Peter this is very beautiful photo colours and sharpness are wonterful good work thanks Peter regards Stavros

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-04-10 5:15]
  • [+]

Peter bonjour, superb this macro. Good POV, DOF, sharpness and colors. I find the BG too clear!! Overall good post. Regards, Didier.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-10 5:45]
  • [2]

Hi Peter
I am sure it is not the last straw in his mouth, but he sure seems to know how to use it. Into the sweet stuff and suck - and that’s all you needed for this lovely shot.
Good composition, brilliant colours, DOF is fine, BG is non-distracting, and exposure was well managed.
Good work and TFS.

Hi Peter,
A very good shot on this feeding Peacock Butterfly. Very well saturated and beautiful colors. Detail in the central head and body area is very sharp. The falloff in the DOF is perfect for this shot. Looks great!

Hi Peter, Great photo, Perfect details, Great DOF, BG, POV, TFS Kyle

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-10 8:27]

Hi Peter
Well captured.Great close-up and detaild. Good note, sharpnes and POV.
Well done


Hi Peter,
Very nice framing, colors and POV.
Sharp details and you've shown it feeding nicely. Well done! Thank You.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-04-10 10:50]

Ha Peter,

Very good POV and nice soft focus.
Well done.


Hallo Peter,
dieser ist einer unserer schönsten Schmetterlinge, dieses große glitzerde "Auge" auf den Flügeln ist der Hingucker!
Du hast in wunderbar erwischt, sehr schön, Danke
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-04-10 18:52]
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00:50AM, I'm really tired and my wife are waiting for me in bed, so sorry folks - proper critique next morning, now only well earned big green :-)

Hi Peter,

Nice shot of this butterfly sucking nectar using its probosis. The colors are true and i like the position of the wings ( a very unusal one !!), good sharpness, and very good POV
Goutham R

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-04-12 14:30]

Hallo Peter,
da hast du uns ja wieder einen farbenfrohen Falter praesentiert. Klasse Bildgestaltung und ein prima Schaerfeverlauf.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-05-30 23:53]

So many nice butterflies!! How beautiful is the nature, my friend!
Very nice capture of this different butterfly! Wonderful colours and sharp details! So nice to see it! GREAT!

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