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Hipparchia semele

Hipparchia semele
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Copyright: Szabo Jozsef (joska) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 300s, 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-21 8:31
Viewed: 3552
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thaks for Maurizio the right ID!

The Grayling (Hipparchia semele) is a species in the brush-footed butterfly family Nymphalidae. It sometimes occurs in coastal areas of northeast Scotland such as the Fowlsheugh Nature Reserve. It can also be found near the coast around England, such as Fire Beacon Hill. This species is often associated with bare ground and rocky hills.

They rest with closed wings, forewings lowered between the hindwings as do many Satyrinae. When disturbed, they raise the forewing so that the large eyespots near its apex become visible. A predator attacking the butterfly could either be startled by the sudden appearance of the pattern, or be enticed into attacking the conspicuous spot rather than the butterfly's body (Stevens, 2005). A very similar species has recently been in discovered at Faraulep, Stripe-backed Grayling.


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Hallo Jozsef,
a superb capture of this Hipparchia (i think about the species "semele"), very good sharpness and fantastic bright colours, excellent POV and composition
Best nregards

Hello Szabo,

an good picture from this difficult and shy butterfly.
Good low pov with much details.
Good bluured bg with fine colours.


hello Jozsef
great sharpness and good pose with great details
beautiful naturel colours
greeting lou

Hello Szabo. Great photo of this gbutterly with nice background. very well done..
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-21 9:37]

Hi Szabo,impressive sharpness and colors in a very difficult pic,this specie like the ground and is always difficult to take whit this top quality...very well done!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-09-21 11:08]

Hello Szabo,
A wonderful shot of this Hipparchia in a very lovely pose. The colors, textures and details are outstanding.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Szabo. As similar to an Hipparchia volgensis. Only my idea. Anyway a great shot in not easy condition with good DOF and details.


Buna Joska,
Un fluture superb prin culori si detalii. Greu se mai gasesc ocazii de acuma la fluturi si insecte. Vine iarna incet dar sigur....
Numai bine!

Very sharp. well framed and saturated shot, Szabo!
Very well done!

Hi Szabo,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Grayling butterfly. Good sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Joszef,
details, sharpness, light incredible for this image. A very good picture. Regards, Paolo

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