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First in the 2011 for me

First in the 2011 for me
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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: 2011-03-22
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-24 1:09
Viewed: 2152
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The European Peacock (Inachis io), more commonly known simply as the Peacock butterfly, is a colourful butterfly, found in Europe, temperate Asia as far east as Japan. It is the only member of the genus Inachis (the name is derived from Greek mythology, meaning Io, [the daughter] of Inachus). 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 Peacock butterfly has figured in research where the role of eye-spots as anti-predator mechanism has been investigated.

In the British Isles, the butterfly is found in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Shetland islands and the Orkneys. The Peacock is expanding its range.The butterfly is not known to be threatened.

CharacteristicsThe butterfly has a wingspan of 50 to 55 mm. The base-colour of the wings is a rusty red, and at each wingtip it bears a distinctive, black, blue and yellow eye-spot. The underside is a cryptically coloured dark-brown or black.

PaulLees, cirano, cobra112, maaciejka, maurydv, paolo49, Dis. Ac., brech, Argus, Noisette has marked this note useful
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Hi Siggi,

Lovely colour tones you have captured in this European Peacock Butterfly taken in its natural habitat,
Good use of depth of field and nice and sharp,


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-03-24 1:21]

Hello Siggi,
A very good macro with excellent sharpness and splendid colors.Good use of light.TFS.

Hello Siggi,

Not many butterflies around my place this time of year..!
Today it is windy and snowing hahaha...
But this fine image gives hope, hope that things will change, soon!

Pablo -

Ciao Siegfried. Very good colours, spledid light. Well done your first butterfly of 2011.


hello Siegfried
very nice picture with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Siggi - an excellent capture of the european peacock. the colors are really looking fantastic. Sharpness is awesome too. tfs

Czesc Siggi,
perfekyjne ujecie. Podziwiam jak ktos potrafi uchwycic taka sytucaje. Oczywiscie swietne naturalne kolory i bardzo dobra ostrosc.

Hello Siggi,
Beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Hallo Siegfried,
congratulations on this first seasonal capture, splendid colours and very good sharpness, excellent point of view.
Best regards

Hello Siegfried, spring has arrived in Germany, the capture of this beautiful Inachis io, one of the first butterflies to appear, let's hope it bodes well for other great catches. Hello Paul

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-24 12:04]

Hello Siggi,
Although the BG is a bit busy, this is a very nice photo with a very good sharp detailed butterfly in beautiful natural colours.

Hello Siegfried,

an nice image from this common but beautiful butterfly, i have only seen an yellow one.
Good of sharpness and fine colors.

Ciao Siggi, congratulations for your first butterfly in 2011, lovely Inachis io in a beautiful natural ambientation, fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-03-24 13:16]

Hello Siggi,
This I. io is surprisingly fresh after hibernation!
Excellent capture with fine sharpness and colours that contrast well against the grassy BG in a pleasing composition.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Siegfried
congratulations for your first butterfly shot in 2011, you have captured it in a intersting natural environment, fine composition, sharp details and very good light and colors
Have a good night

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-24 16:33]

Hi Siggi,finally an Inachis for you too! It's a beautiful pic and it's always a great satisfaction the first of season....maybe your birds will be on strike tomorrow..ehehe..Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hello Siggi,
Congratulations with your first of its kind for 2011. Beautiful colours and excellent definition. Very natural surroundings. Just a pleasure to view.

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