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Copyright: Leon Trippaers (letr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-27
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-07-29 5:13
Viewed: 6012
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Butterflies are in the order of insects called Lepidoptera.
With Lepidoptera is derived from the Latin word "lepido" which means scale + "ptera" which means wing. Butterflies have a head, thorax, abdomen, two antennae, six legs and a coiled proboscis for drinking liquids such as flower nectar. Butterflies have four wings that are usually covered by colored scales.

Butterflies are very important in our world.
There are more than 20,000 different kinds of butterflies in the world.
With the majority being found in tropical environments. Butterflies are important as plant pollinators and as food for other animals (birds, mammals, spiders, and other insects). Butterflies are also very sensitive to changes in the environment, and help warn us about unhealthy changes that are taking place.

Butterflies are gaining attention as wildlife worthy of conservation efforts. Attempts to conserve and manage butterfly populations have been initiated by the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973, as well as many state and local jurisdictions. Many conservation groups have also taken action to promote the protection of butterflies whose populations are declining.

This picture is taken on the terril in waterschei, it was a very bright day and upon the hill aprox. 200 meters above the ground there were these colourfull creatures....didn't know we had these in Belgium...If anyone knows the specific name off this one ..I would be glad to put it in the note as well !!

Thanks to PDP we now have the name!!

Swallowtail or Papilio machaon

This kind off butterflies the males gather together on the top off hills to wait for the females...and then make sure they are reproduced..This specie is also considered very selden..

carper, japie, TAZ, AndyB, Robbrown, Eagle78, jhm, nwoehnl, mogens-j, RAP, danbachmann, gerhardt, orme, Jean-Luc has marked this note useful
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To kooreman: sharpnesletr 1 08-10 14:13
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Hallo Leon,
Welcome to TN, and you statst with A nice composition, with good colours too. Very good job you did

Hi Leon
Nice butterfly with good colors.
Good note
Welcome to TN

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-07-29 7:26]

Hi Leon

I would also like to welkom you to TN. This a very good first post with an excellent note supporting it. Good work

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-07-29 8:38]
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Hi Leon, welcome to TN. Good 1st picture. Nice specimen and colours.

I'm pretty sure this is a swallowtail, maybe Papilio machaon?

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-07-29 11:37]

Nice macro for a beautifull butterfly, well done.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-07-29 12:16]

Hello Leon,
A very good shot,excellent colour and detail.
Nice to see you here,welcome to TN!

Wonderful guy Leon! Love this kind of butterflies and yours is in a beautiful standing showing all those lovely paterns. Maybe the light is a bit harsh but is not too much, so no problem :) good job!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-07-29 14:18]

Hallo Leon, hier zien wij elkaar weer, zeer mooie vlinder, zeer goede coppositie, mooi werk en een schitterende tekst.
Hi Leon, here we seen each other, very beautiful butterfly, very good composition, beautiful work and a superb text.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-07-29 14:43]

Hi Leon
First post here? I decided to stick to English on this forum as most can read it. It appears as if this one is really built for speed, look at the front wings! This sis na nice picture of one who has been throgh the world, and lost some dignaty, but tatterd, he is surviving

Hi Leon, welcome to TN and great first posting. Fine closeup of this swallowtail, with a nice semi-diagonal positioning and a good rendition of the anatomical details. The colors are quite spectacular, too. Very good start.

Welcome on TN Leo. Very nice forst post of this beautiful butterfly. Very sharp and nice colours - well done

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-01 10:08]

Bienvenido a TN Leon.
Excelente captura, bello encuadre y composicion.
Colores suaves y nitidez conforma una hermosa imagen.
Importante aporte de tus notas tambien.

Welcome to TN Leon.
Excellent capture, artistic frame and composition. Smooth colors and clearness conform a beautiful image.
Important contribution of your notes also.

Pleasing yellow tones bring this butterfly out and the head is nice and clear. I'm not sure if the wings are naturally appearing as they do here or if they have been sharpened. Good note

Leon, Wlecome to TN. This is a very nice compo. Soothing colours and crisp detail. Informative note too. Tanx for sharing.

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  • orme Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 56] (188)
  • [2004-08-10 8:10]

Great composition, Leon. The colours and pattern of the butterfly are excellent. Good detail. Thank you for the informative note.

Leon, nice one of this Lepidoptera. I have the feeling of some 3D effect; the butterfly appears to stand before the background. I have the impression that sharpness is not optimal.
Greetings, Jan

You have done a very nice macro Leon!
The composition and the colors are great.
Thank you for the well documented note.

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