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Araschnia levana

Araschnia levana
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Copyright: jurek jerzy (jurek1951) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 0 N: 628] (3159)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-04
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Masterpieces with Bridge or Compact cameras [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-07-30 4:13
Viewed: 2562
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Map (Araschnia levana) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is common throughout the lowlands of central and eastern Europe, and is expanding its range in western Europe.
In the UK this species is a very rare vagrant, but there have also been several unsuccessful – and now illegal – attempts at introducing this species over the past 100 years or so: in the Wye Valley in 1912, the Wyre Forest in the 1920s, South Devon 1942, Worcester 1960s, Cheshire 1970s, South Midlands 1990s. All these introductions failed and eggs or larvae have never been recorded in the wild in the UK. (Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is now illegal to release a non-native species into the wild.)

The Map is unusual in that its two annual broods look very different. The summer brood are black with white markings, looking like a miniature version of the White Admiral and lacking most of the orange of the pictured spring brood.

The eggs are laid in long strings, one on top of the other, on the underside of stinging nettles, the larval foodplant. It is thought that these strings of eggs mimic the flowers of the nettles, thereby evading predators. The larvae feed gregariously and hibernate as pupae.

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good angle. shown full details on the butterfly with nice clarity. tfs.

Adorable capture of the Map, Jurek. Superb sharpness and colours and a fantastic composition with the flowers.
Thanks and regards.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-30 5:48]

Hallo Jurek,
Bardzo ladna motyl w letnim "ubranku" w idealnej pozycji na tych kwiatkach.Bardzo dobra ostrosc i naturalna kolorystyka.Pozdrawiam Siggi

Buen trabajo Jurek. Esta especie aún falta en mis archivos.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

Ciao Jurek, great macro of fantastic butterfly, wonderful lighting BG, fine details and splendid sharpness, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

A superb composition, excellent point of view.
A magnificent butterfly. regards yiannis

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-30 6:57]

Hello Jurek,
Nice photo in good sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Excellent composition. Nice DOF and blurred BG.

Hi Jurek,
Splendid photo of this Butterfly, Regards, Paolo

Hello Jurek,
fine capture of this lovely butterfly with good sharpness and many details. I especially like the beautiful colours and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

Czesc Jurek,
bardzo ladny motyl. Swietne kolory. Widze, ze Ty tez lubisz eksperymentowac z roznymi rodzajami fotografii. Gratuluje!
Fajnie prezentacja w tej ramce.
Udanej soboty!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-07-30 8:18]

Hello Jurek,
A beautiful view of the Map butterfly in a fine pose. Very fine sharp details and beautiful natural colours of butterfly and flowers that stand out so well against the soft background. Nicely framed too!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-07-30 8:34]

Hi Jurek,
Very good details and nice natural colours.Excellent composition
and details.Background are nice too.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Jurek,
A beautiful photo of the Map, very good sharpness details, excellent composition and perfect background,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-30 9:15]

Hello Jurek,
A very fine capture of a map butterfly, the closed wings showing the reason for its name with fine sharpness and natural colours in a pleasing composition with the daisy flowers against a clean natural BG.
Thanks and best regards,

Hello Jurek,

an nice image from the Map in summer dress.
Good from an little behind pov and sharpness.
Fine colors.


Hello Jurek,
A lovely image captured with amazing colours and good lighting. I also like the details, sharpness, POV and BG. Well done!

hello Jurek
great pose of this beauty
super details and beautiful colours
thanks greetinglou

Hello Jurek,
What a splendid species of butterfly. Amazing clarity, very good focus and outstanding sharpness.
The contrast against the green background is great.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Jurek,
WOW!... Ypur Finepix HS20 have a performance very close to DSLR cameras!... Congratulations!... great camera control! I¿m really impressed! Regards, TFS

Hallo Jurek
Everything in this image is just so pleasing to look at and appreciate. From your excellent photographic manner to the beautiful light it is captured in. It is lovely to look at lovely wings with it bright coloured patterns, the almost plumpish body and the fine zebra striped detail on the antenna. All a sheer pleasure and enjoyment to see such a sharp macro. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Jurek,

Woww what a masterpiece here Jurek, no words but extravagant perfection,
Best regards,


Fantastyczne macro,piekne kolory i ramka.Super kompozycja i ostrosc.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-30 15:50]

Hi Jurek,a great gift to the butterflies fans of TN! This is very rare and i never seen this specie in my country,magnificent sharpness and colors in a difficult position.I like it!Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Hello Jurek
Impressive photo! Excellent composition, beautiful BG, wonderful colours and fantastic lighting. Very good sharpness too.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-07-31 7:30]

Hi Jurek.
Very beautiful picture, mainly soft tones of colors, really beautiful. Composition and POV, as well as perfect sharp details are fantastic (great advantage compact camera - great depth of field). Light, colors and background are super.
TFS and best regards

Hallo Jurek,
a fantastic macro shot of the Map, fine details and marvellous colours, a very pleasant composition
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-08-02 4:47]

Guten Tag Jurek,
Feines und schön präsentiertes Schmetterlingsbild. Auch sieht man das Landkärtchen nicht alle Tage! Gefällig auch das Zusammengehen von Schmetterling und Blumen. Dein Blickwinkel war nicht einfach, aber Du hast ihn gut gemeistert. Der Rahmen ist mir persönlich ein wenig zu breit.
Herzlich grüsst

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