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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, Raynox DCR 150 macro lens
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-14 0:38
Viewed: 4544
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

A butterfly is an insect of the order Lepidoptera. The scope of the term butterflies depends on how far the concept is extended. Currently, most experts include the superfamilies Hedyloidea (the American moth-butterflies), Hesperioidea (the skippers) and Papilionoidea (the so-called 'true' butterflies). This concept of butterflies including the Hedyloidea is an only recently expanded one[1]. Like many Lepidoptera, butterflies are notable for their unusual life cycle with a larval caterpillar stage, an inactive pupal stage and a spectacular metamorphosis into a familiar and colourful winged adult form, and most species being day-flying, they regularly attract attention. The diverse patterns formed by their brightly coloured wings and their erratic-yet graceful-flight have made butterfly watching a popular hobby.

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Map (butterfly)

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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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-11-14 0:43]

Hello Heinz,
this is an excellent pont of view to show the recognisable features of the Map. Also very good colours.
Very good work.
Regards, Jacob

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-14 0:51]

Hola Heinz,
bello pov, colores y excelente foco...

Hi Heinz.
Great composition with impact. Sharpness, colour and detail all spot on. The blue is sort of like a halo around it up there, wonderful. Interesting in your notes that the brood are different colour in summer than spring. Maybe like the eggs, different environment and colours of the seasons need different colour broods to mimic the foliage of that season.

Hello Heinz
Welcome after a long break. Great POV, fantastic colors and nice light. Good OOF background. Sharpness is pretty good. Very nice composition with wing on the left side. Also very informative note
I am waiting for more
Best wishes

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-14 1:30]

Guten Morgen Heinz,
habe gerade einige Augenblicke Pause und erblicke dieses wunderschöne beleuchtete und abgelichtete Landkärtchen. Perspektive und durchscheinendes Licht wirken sehr attraktiv. Der Fokus sitzt perfekt!
Schöne Grüße, Peter

Excellent pose and sharpness.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-14 4:15]

Hi Heinz,
Great shot! Good colors and POV!

A nice composition Heinz.
The POV allows us to see the light coming through the patterns on the wings.
A very interesting note too.
Nice work.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-14 6:02]

Hi Heinz,
Splendid shot with such bright colours and sharp details. The back-lighting really does create a fantastic effect on the wings and the BG looks special and makes the shot look exquisite. Superb POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-14 7:56]

Hello Heinz,
Most remarkable for me in this photo is the POV. And it seems that the butterfly looks at you. Though this pose you can make fantastic composition. And you did. The light from behind and sharpness are amazing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-14 8:04]

hallo Heinz,
Sehr schön wie die Flügel transparent leuchten, eine gute Komposition und ein schöner neutraler Hintergrund, machen das gute Bild aus. Ich hab noch nie ein Landkärtchen gesehen, es scheint in den alpinen Gegenden nicht so heimisch zu sein.
Herzlichen Dank für das schöne Bild

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-14 8:20]

Hello Heinz,
This is a lovely capture from a low point of view showing the light coming through the wings. Great details and beautiful colours. A very nice composition!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-14 9:45]

Hi Heinz.
I like to see your amazing butterfly pictures (as well as the other different by subject shots). POV is amazing and very impressive. Colour of the butterfly, leaf and sky are fantastic and pleasant at high range. DOF and details/sharpness are perfect too. In a word next masterpiece from Heinz. Thanks.

Hallo Heinz,
der schaut ja richtig auf Dich herunter - das ist eine klasse Perspektive, er wirkt gigantisch groß. Tolle Farben, klasse Bild, vielen Dank und liebe Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-14 13:20]

Hello Heinz
What a marvellous POV to capture this beautiful butterfly with the sun through his wings! Excellent sharpness and a great composition.
Congratulations and TFS

hello heinz,
what a lovely capture of this beautiful insect, the pov is just lovely, liked the colours and the composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

Magnifique! Les couleurs sont superbes (papillon et arrière plan) et la lumière splendide. Beau travail, Heinz!

bonjour heinz
j'aime beaucoup le POV que vous avez choisit,je n'ai plus la possibilité de propose de WS aujourd-hui sans quoi j'aurais supprimé le bruit sur le BG.
belles couleurs.

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-11-15 18:08]

Hello Heinz!
Excellent details on this close-up. Fantastic colours of the butterfly and pieces of sky between leaves!
GREAT SHOT and best regards,


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-16 1:18]

Hi Heinz,
oustanding POV to catch this beauty at it's best. The colours and lighting are excellent, and the pin sharp focus is very impressive. Well done, great work.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-16 17:52]

Hi Heinz, Excellent pov and spectacular shot of this Butterfly. Great pov, colours are vibrant and detail and sharpnss superb. Perfect focus and dof.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-17 11:01]

Hi Heinz

What can I say, I love this shot. The POV is perfect allowing the wonderful light through the wings. Wonderful colours, sharp details and wonderful DOF



Hallo Heinz,
eine ganz hervorragende Aufnahme des Frühlingslandkärtchens aus sehr ungewöhnlich gewähltem, außerordentlich lohnendem Blickwinkel. Wunderbar lichtdurchflutet und transparent sind Hintergrund, Falter und sogar das Blatt im Vordergrund. Die Komposition ist elegant und dynamisch. Ausgezeichnet.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-22 4:57]

Perfect sharpness and details Heinz ! Great contrasting colors against the nice background ! Thanks,


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