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European Peacock

European Peacock
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-17
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-11 1:06
Viewed: 2575
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The European Peacock butterfly (Inachis io), more commonly known simply as the Peacock butterfly, is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe and Asia. It is the only member of the genus Inachis which is sometimes included in Nymphalis. It should not be confused or classified with the "American peacocks" in the genus Anartia; these are not close relatives of the present species. The peacock butterfly is resident in much of its range, often wintering in buildings or trees. It therefore often appears quite early in spring
The butterfly hibernates over winter before laying its eggs in early spring, in batches of up to 500 at a time. The caterpillars, which are shiny black with six rows of barbed spikes and a series of white dots on each segment, hatch after about a week and feed on nettles and hops.
The adult butterflies drink nectar from a wide variety of flowering plants, including buddleia, sallows, dandelions, wild marjoram, danewort, hemp agrimony, and clover; they also utilize tree sap and rotten fruit

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Hi siegfried,

you are my neighbour today.
Good and unusual pov, great dof and beautiful colours of this butterfly.
ne of European most colourful butterflies.
Beautiful colours.


Lieber Siggi, ohhh what a wonderful POV here. Details, colours and sharpness are great as well as nice composition and framing. The exposing also perfect that we can see a soft and splendid BG.
TFS and cheers,

Das ist einfach genial, Siggi,
die Frontansicht, die wundervollen Flügel - und was mir besonders gut gefällt ist der Hintergrund, wie ein Aquarell-Kunstwerk,
Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

My favorite butterfly and I coulndt see it yet.
good shot with good composition.

Hello Siegfried
a very particular pose for this beautiful Inachis Io. Great details, colors and focusing on an interesting soft background adding value to composition.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-11 2:45]

Hallo Siegfried,
Beautiful close up from you again.I liked clarity,colors,details,blurred BG and composition a lot.
Have a great sunday!
Thanks for posting.

Hi Siegfried,
Excellent capture of this butterfly, always spectacular Inachis io.
Very good composition.
TFS. Ferran

wow , what a beautiful capture !
amazing colours and light , perfect exposure,
great composition Siegfried,

Siggi Merhaba,her zamanki gibi yine nefis bir makro olmuş.Kelebeğin renkleri ve desenleri çok güzel.Açık kanatlarda simetrik desenleri izlemek çok güzel oluyor,ellerine sağlık:)

Hi Siggi,

Nice shot of this beautiful butterfly shot from the front. Colorful markings on the wings and nicely perched on the flower. Well done and best regards.


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-01-11 5:08]

Hello Siggi,
a nice and extraordinary point of view and composition. Butterfly and flower stand out clearly
and are shown with excellent sharpness. A precisely focused picture with well selected depth of field.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-11 5:43]

Hello Siggi,
An excellent capture with fine sharpness and DOF that shows this Peacock Butterfly with almost complete sharpness from this frontal POV, not easy to achieve.
It looks good on the white flower and is well shown against the OOF natural BG.
Well done and TFS!
Best wishes,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-01-11 6:24]

Hello Siegfried, perfect close-up shot of this beutiful butterfly. Details and colours are great.
TFS and G's,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-11 7:09]

Hello Siegfried,
Beautiful photo of this butterfly in great sharpness and splendid colours, also in the BG. Fantastic composition, POV and DOF.

hello Siegfried
beautiful colours
good sharpness
greeting lou

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2009-01-11 8:13]

Hi Siegried

I think the peacock butterfly is the most beautiful of all the butterflies. The POV here works well as we have a front facing perspective but we can still see the wonderful details and markings in the outstretched wings. Nicely composed and good DOF too



Hi Siggi,
Pleasing colors & the b-fly stands out very nicely.
Well focused where it must be with great exposure, BG, & comp also :)
Well done!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-11 8:31]

Hi Siegfried. Once again a first class close up from of this beautiful Butterfly. which you have taken with fine detail and rich colours. A good pov showing the wing markings . well done TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-11 9:01]

Hello Siegfried,
Most beautiful species displayed with great detail and colors in a pleasant composition. The depth of field is splendid as is the setting. Great work Siegfried.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-11 9:26]

Hi Siggi,

Amazing to capture a Peacock in this position. Great timing to get it before it moved! Very beautiful colors and details - the markings are gorgeous. Lovely setting and composition.


Ciao Siggi, an other fantstic peacock from you, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-11 12:06]

Hello Siegfried,
A beautiful capture of the Peacock from a nice POV. Great sharpness and lovely colours.
The sharp focus makes it stand out very nicely from the soft background. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-01-11 13:10]

Merhaba Siegfried,
Yine o harika karelerinizden birini daha paylaşmışsınız. Kelebeğin renklerini ve bu karedeki kompozisyonu çok beğendim. Emeğine sağlık.


Hi Siggi,
Excellent capture of this beautiful Peacock butterfly; great POV and composition, sharp details and beautiful bright colours.

Bonita pose de la mariposa y unos colores en todo el conjunto muy espectaculares. Un bello trabajo Sigfried: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Siegfried, superb macro of this beautiful butterfly.
TFS and greetings,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-12 20:19]

Hello Siggi, This is beautiful and perfect position. Well framed and good focus. Ganesh

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-13 8:05]

Lieber Siggi,
Dieses Bild der schönen Inachis Io gefällt mir sehr, speziell was Aufbau und Feinheit der Farben betrifft. Du hast es auch sehr dezent gerahmt, was das Ganze noch aufwertet. Es scheint einer Deiner Lieblingsschmetterlinge zu sein!
Herzlichen Dank

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-13 8:11]

Hello Siegfried, that´s a very nice capture. Excellent colours and very good sharp details. TFS

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-01-13 20:05]

Hi Siegfried,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly with such lovely colours and markings on its wings. Very impressive sharpness and I like this natural setting. Very creative POV and the composition is marvellous.


A well coomposed pic that shows good detail of the subject. The POV, DOF and OOF BG in your image make a quality posting and a detailed subject that is sharp.

Hallo Siggi,
It seems You always look for unusual POV when capturing butterflies - and You're quite succesful in finding it. This is a beautiful photo, very colorful, well composed, and DOF is even fantastic (at least I like it). Bravo - and I hope once I'll be able to shoot such a fantastic b/fly photo. Tfs, best wishes aus Ungarn, László

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