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Nymphalis antiopa

Nymphalis antiopa
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-08-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-09-29 2:24
Viewed: 1069
Points: 11
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I know, this is the worst picture I've ever posted on TN. I'm still crying for the missed opportunity to make a nice photo of this very rare species, which also on TN is present with very few photos. I decided to post it anyway, I think the post is still useful to signal the presence of this butterfly in the mountains of the Caucasus.

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Nymphalis
Species:N. antiopa

Nymphalis antiopa, known as the mourning cloak in North America and the Camberwell beauty in Britain, is a large butterfly native to Eurasia and North America.
The immature form of this species is sometimes known as the spiny elm caterpillar.Other older names for this species include grand surprise and white petticoat. A powerful flier, this species is sometimes found in areas far from its usual range during migration.
These butterflies have a lifespan of 11 to 12 months, one of the most extensive lifespans for any butterfly. More info on Wikipedia.


Lo so, questa è la foto piu' brutta che io abbia mai postato su TN. Sto ancora piangendo per l'occasione persa di fare una bella foto a questa specie molto rara, che anche su TN è presente con pochissime foto. Ho deciso di postarla comunque, penso che il post sia comunque utile per segnalare la presenza di questa farfalla nei monti del Caucaso.Info sulla specie su Wikipedia.

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ciao Luciano eh la stavo aspettando sta ciofeca per rifarmi un po', quello che è l'hai già detto tu, ma sta farfalla è uno spettacolo, l'ho incontrata solo tre volte e fotografata due, sempre malamente , che non collabora mica, ci riproverò l'anno prossimo, a Borgo Cerreto ci vola, faccina verde al merito della carriera, buon week end, ciao Silvio

Cyber-shot is not the right camera for a subject in flight, Luciano. You needed a DSLR with correct settings. Nevertheless, it is valiant effort to capture a rare species.
I would, therefore, give you half the credit for trying!

Hello Luciano,
Not your best image but I understand why you post it......If I am not wrong I remember this specie which I meet once in a forest far away from my home town.
Indeed no details, but the colors are natural.

Hello Luciano,
Very very old Wood! Perfect focus and excellent details, but bit distracting due to this OOF butterfly, suddenly appeared in front of your lens ;-)

Jokes apart :-) Luciano. Beautiful species which I checked in Google. Almost same species is also available in our Himalayan Mountain area.

You were lucky to find this beautiful butterfly. But :-( not good picture to post, in my view. For example, I captured Juvenile Martial Eagle in 2011, but only I satisfied in 2017 when I captured in Kruger and then I posted here on TN.

Yes, waited 6 years :-)
Although my personal view.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Luciano,
10 points on the Richter scale for daring shots! I know how you feel, I also tried with this Mourning Cloak, in vain. But I had never the courage of presenting the picture on TN.
Thanks for this! Dietrich

Ciao Luciano,
a picture that is definitely standing out from the crowd of techically well made close-ups. It is telling the lovely story of an exciting encounter with a rare beauty, and our loss of control because of excitement. Unforgettable. I like it.
Thank you! With best regards,

P.S.: Thank you very much for your visit and kind words to my posting from Georgia some days ago. I am very excited about that country's rich and dramatic nature, same as you. Will contribute some more impressions from that remarkable country soon.

Bonsoir Luciano,

Tu as capturé le mouvement des ailes de l'insecte. La prise de vue permet de voir certains détails du papillon Nymphalis antiopa. Il y a un bon contraste entre les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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