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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/4.5
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-27 3:58
Viewed: 2179
Points: 36
[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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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-03-27 4:12]

Hi Jurek,i never seen this butterfly in my fields and it's a great gift to me.Excellent pic in a difficult light,a little out of focus only in the high part of wings,impressives eye details.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Jurek. Good DOF excellent details and managment of light/colours. TFS the handsome specie MF!


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-03-27 6:17]

Beautiful flowers and on top of it lovely butterfly, good capture. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-27 7:33]

Hello Georg,
Beautiful photo of this butterfly and these flowers. Very good choice of comopsition. Nice sharp focus on the head. Beautiful contrasting colours.

Hi Jurek,

A very charming image with fine details & natural settings. Informative note too.


Hello Jurek,
A very nice photo with amazing details and sharpness. Lovely natural colors and exceptional dept of field.
Outstanding composition and splendid capture.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Jurek,
Great macro shot! Perfect composition,wonderful colors and contrast.Fine sharp details and light.
Thank You
Kind regards

Czesc Jurek,
piekne letnie ujecie. Super kolory. Ostrosc swietna.
Coz, czekam na takie cieple dni :)

Hello Jurek,
Lovely combination of the butterfly and the flower.Excellent detail and nice green background.
Best regards

hello Jurek
very nice composition with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-27 11:47]

Hallo Jurek,
Piekna kompozycja tego motyla i kwiatkow.Bardzo dobra ostrosc i kontrast z piekna kolorystyka.
Pozdrawiam Siggi

Ciao Jurek, great macro of fantastic butterfly on a lovely flower, wonderful natural colorsbeautiful blurry BG, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Jurek.
Complimenti per la composizione come per la nitidezza,che ci mostra notevoli dettagli sia dei fiori che della farfalla,complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Hello Georg

Beautiful photo of the butterfly over his flower,
fine POV & DOF, beautiful light, excellent focus
sharpness and details, beautiful bokeh of the background,



Interesting species and impressive photo Jurek! Very good composition, fantastic colours and good sharpness.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-03-28 1:43]

Hello Jurek,
very pretty butterfly perching on a nice sharp flower view.
Exciting patterns of the wings and the overall composition is very well presented.
Really nice to note the smooth blurry background.


Czesc Jurek,
Swietne ujecie w dobrym swietle,ladne kolory i doskonala ostrosc.

Hello Jurek.
The butterfly and the beautiful flowers are so good in the frame. Perfect lighting and sharpness with vivid markings on the wings. A pro result and thanks for sharing.

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