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Araschnia levana

Araschnia levana
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Copyright: Rose von Selasinsky (sela) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K20 d, SigmaAPO 100-300mmF4 EX DG
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-14 10:57
Viewed: 3086
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my first butterfly image with my new lens.
I think I can be happy about the result.
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.

Second (summer) generation individualIn 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.
Thank you for looking at and for your comments. Have a nice and sunny weekend.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-08-14 11:01]

Hello Rose
a beautiful shot of this Araschnia levana, very great details and good use of natural lighting, the colors are superb, nice pose and POV.Best regards Siggi

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-08-14 11:02]

Wonderful capture .Sharp, great colors, lovely flower.

Hello Rose,

Good work with your new lens, me pleases the detail level, the approach is supreme. I have my reserves with respect to the composition, would like me fewer central position. But that is matter of taste. The shot angle is very good, is gone out quite of the common, and gives a tone very particular to the set.

Good work, congratulations!

Happy WE!


Hallo Sela!

Wonderful result and I believe that your new camera lens will be a 'hit' in the days to come! I am looking forward to see more of such great shots from your side :)

The sharpness and POV are just ideal, and the DOF is very fine. I admire your decision on positioning the subject in this picture, it looks so beautiful. The green blurred BG is beyond explanation.
Very well seen!

Schönes Wochenende!

Viele Grüße,
Paras Bhalla

Wonderful capture, lovely colors, great BG.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-17 9:21]

Hello Rose,
Your lens certainly seems to work very well!! This is a fine view of the Map butterfly showing it nicely in focus against the soft background. A pleasing composition too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hallo Rose,
freue mich, nach längerer Pause bei TN wieder ein Foto von Dir zu sehen! Das Sommerlandkärtchen steht hier in präzisen Details und kräftigen Farbkontrasten sehr gut freigestellt vor duftig grüner Vegetation. Erstaunlich, wie genau der Bereich der Tiefenschärfe die Blüte und den Falter in seiner schwierig abzulichtenden Schräglage umfasst, während der Hintergrund sich in weichen Farbschleiern auflöst. Gratuliere zur vorzüglichen neuen Optik!
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

hello Rose
exceptional photo, bravo in your new lens and in your brain, the composition the use of light the colours the background, all splendid
TFS and regards

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