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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/74099368.0
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies, Insects around the world, European butterflies 5, Butterflies of Europe, Insects (Insecta) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-21 6:13
Viewed: 6779
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The trip to Albania was for us like discovering America by Christopher Columbus. We were in some other Balkan regions before but this was really an enigmatic country. Really, I only knew that "it exists" but please show me anyone who was there and survived!!! ;)

A trip was not easy. At first we had to go beyond the fields of mines in Croatia which were left after the war in 90s., than to survive a meeting with a really huge bull - just imagine: in the middle of the night on the road in the mountais of Bosnia ;) Later on, in Montenegro, just about 10-20 km from the border with Albania, some problems with our car appeared and there was no certainty that this country will be "conquested"...
Fortunetly, after 2 days everything was ok and finally we crossed the Albanian border!!! :)

And how Albania looks like? Really great! It is a place with very friendly people, great nature, interesting culture, high temperature - even in September, and... small bunkers everywhere!!! :)
Please believe me, they are really everywhere: on the beeches, on the tops of mountains - even in national parks (fortunatelly not all mountains :>), in the village gardens... There is no other coutry like this!!!
And I hope that very soon I would be able to show you some other photos to prove it!

And here on the photo there is (identified thanks to Krzysztof (cataclysta) and Peter (peter_stoeckl)):

Apatura metis (Freyer, 1829) or Freyer's Purple Emperor (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae)

photographed in the morning hours in an amazing mountain spring area - Mesopotam.

Here on TN there was written so many interesting and usefull notes about butterlies that I decided to add only a few words ;)

In Europe there are only 3 species belonging to genus Apatura: the presented one, A. iris (Linnaeus, 1758) and A. ilia (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775). Only two of them - the first and the third, are known as occurring in Albania.

And last but not least, special thanks to Michal (cedryk), who organized this trip :)

Argus, JoseMiguel, ellis49, uleko, anel, phlr, batu, red45, cataclysta, RAP, peter_stoeckl, szatanowska has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To parvulescubio: Greetings from Polandcicindela 1 01-31 15:28
To peter_stoeckl: metis and ilia clytiecataclysta 2 01-27 16:40
To peter_stoeckl: Apaturacicindela 2 01-24 11:16
To Maite: Albanian butterlycicindela 1 01-23 16:56
To RAP: Albanian butterflycicindela 1 01-23 16:36
To cafecrem: motylek :)cicindela 1 01-22 16:03
To SkyF: Albanian butterflycicindela 1 01-21 16:54
To ellis49: Albanian butterflycicindela 1 01-21 16:25
To JoseMiguel: Albanian butterflycicindela 1 01-21 16:17
To Argus: Albanian butterflycicindela 1 01-21 16:09
To red45: dzieki!!cicindela 1 01-21 15:55
To uleko: Albanian butterflycicindela 1 01-21 15:52
To anel: Albanian butterflycicindela 1 01-21 15:40
To Biswarup: Albanian butterflycicindela 1 01-21 15:36
To ramthakur: Albanian butterflycicindela 1 01-21 15:35
To batu: Albanian butterflycicindela 1 01-21 15:32
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-21 6:44]
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Hello Radomir,
This is a fantastically sharp and well lit capture of ilia's U/S, even though the BG is not the most natural.
Perhaps you have s shot of the upper surfaces of the wings: if so, it would be nice to see.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Radomir,
A very good macro of this butterfly!
I like a lot the low POV used, and all the details you got on it.
You managed so good the flash fired.
The eye's color it's amazing.
Very interesting your notes, It shows us the reality of the region, how things are going, and how hard was for you to go there.
I hope to see many other photos from there.
Congratulations and thanks for share,

Hi Radomir,
the details and colours od this beautiful butterfly are very good. I like the low POV too.
As Ivan mention, the BG is not the most naturel.
Well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-21 7:19]
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Hello Radomir,
Very fine capture of this lovely butterfly. Excellent sharp details and the flash light is very successful, not too bright. Nice POV but less interesting background, but there we are, you can't always choose!
TFS, Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-21 7:46]
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Hi Radomir,
Yes, it is its right profile. Excellent shot of this Apatura illia with its very subtle colours. Thank's also for your interesting note.
Best regards

Hi Radomir,
A very good macro of this butterfly!

And thank for the name!


A lovely capture of this beauty from Albania, Radomir! The profile is more than ok :-).
Your note on the trip makes an interesting story on this war-ravaged country.
Warm regards,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-01-21 12:02]
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Hello Radomir,
you perfectly show this specimen of Apatura ilia. Great depth of field with both antennae seen very sharp. Colours appear wonderful and natural. It's a pity that the resting place is not natural. But nevertheless the butterfly presentation is superb.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-21 15:48]
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I kolejne piekne zdjecie okraszone ciekawa historia. Motyl bardzo ladny, takze z profilu. Dokladny rysunek na skrzydlach, swietne kolory i to przy uzyciu lampy, ktora zazwyczaj wszystko psuje! Swietna robota.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-21 16:50]
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Hello Radomir,

the profile is perfect, you captured your little friend very well. Wonderful closeup, excellent sharp details and great colors.

Ależ piękny!!!!
Uwielbiam patrzć na motyle z profilu bo wyglądają jakby miałe zadarte małe noski :-)
Cudowne zdjecie.

Czesc Radziu
To jest bardzo ladne zdjecie. Ladna kompozycja perfekcyjna ostrosc i naturalne kolory. Mieniaki rzadko ladnie potrafia pozowac :-) a jeszcz rzadziej z profilu.
Nic dodac nic ujac

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-23 8:15]
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Muy bonita macro Radomir con poco estético entorno pero gran agudeza y definición sobre la mariposa.
La correcta iluminación incluyendo el uso del flash (sin producir brillos o reflejos indeseables) y el foco exacto permiten apreciar muy buenos detalles del insecto en su totalidad.
Tal vez con el punto de vista captado y el fondo que se percibe, un menor DOF (F4 o 5.6) hubiese sido deseable sin perder la nitidez sobre la mariposa.
De todas maneras es una bella imagen de esta especie.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Very beautiful macro Radomir with not very aesthetic environment but great sharpness and clearness on the butterfly.
The correct illumination including the use of the flash (without producing shines or undesirable reflections) and the exact focus allows to appreciate very good details of the insect in their entirety.
Perhaps with the captured point of view and the bottom that it is perceived, a smaller DOF (F4 or 5.6) has been desirable without losing the clarity on the butterfly.
Anyway it is a beautiful image of this species.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-23 11:22]
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Hello Radomir
What an excellent shot and what an amusing comment! That was a nice trip, sure, and I'm wishing to see more pictures of it. This one shows a really beautiful butterfly perfectly captured. I love sharpness, color, lighting, POV and composition.
Best wishes

Hello Radomir,

this is a pretty, clear and precise documentary shot with excellent details and naturalistic colours that comes with well researched, good to read notes. Thank you!

As for the ID, I would vote for "Apatura metis (Freyer, 1829)" - for two reasons:
1.) the very pale colours that seem to be well reported and not due to any overexposure by use of flash.
2.) the time of the year the butterfly was observed. It is very unlikely to meet A. ilia in September. A. ilia usually is reported to occur in one generation only: from the end of May to the beginning of August. A. metis, however, is reported to occur regularly in two generations: May-June, August-September.

With thanks, and best regards,

Hi Rodomir,
This is a fine butterfly picture. The marking on wings are clearly seen. The color contrast is great. Good use of flash.

just great macro


It's really very nice close-up. Perfect colours and contrast, nice POV. Thanks for sharing.


  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-27 7:36]

I am watching one of a super shot. Excellent colors lovely position great colors and wonderful POV. All in all lovely. (PT::)

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