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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/7.0
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insect Mating, European butterflies 5, Butterflies of Europe, Vanderschelden's favourites, "The Insect Kamasutra", Insects (Insecta) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-15 12:30
Viewed: 4878
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well, the spring is comming very fast in Lodz this year so today something what can be observed in this period every single year ;>

I know that there are "only" butterflies and probably the species - Pontia edusa (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) - is well known to all of you, but there are two main reasons why I decided to show this photo...

1. This is the third, and as for now the last part of the "Insect Kamasutra". Here and
here you can see and compare the other ways how the new insect generations are "producing" :>

2.The second reason is less tendentious... ;>
Usually all what we can say about this insect group is: undangered polinators, colourful and peaceful delicate beauties. But is it always true?? How looks the "second face" of Lepidoptera???

Well, of course species presented on this photo is a "normal" butterfly. It is a vegetarian, drinking mainly flowers' nectar...

But please imagine that you are in SE Asia (Thailand, Laos, Indonesia or Malaysia), it is a night and something is sitting down on your hand. After a few seconds you feel that not everything is ok, you are loosing your blood!!! :>
Yes, this is a monster from the nighmare, a vampire moth belonging to family Noctuidae - Calyptra eustrigata :>

This species is well known from this part of the world so you should be ready for such confrontation... ;> Especially that it is also known as moth who "attacks" much bigger species, even elephants and rhinos!! Its proboscis is really strong and can pierce the skin of these huge mammals. The moth uses it like mosquitos do, but the probosis has many different morphological adaptations which allow to do it "better" (just remember about elephants!).

Interesting is how such behaviour evolved...
Well, the most probably scenario looks as follows: normal butterfly-polinator at the beginning. Than some specimens started to drink fluids from "not very fresh" fruits (such behaviour is known in many species, including some present Calyptra members), and than some of them found sourse of energy on the skin surface of wounded animals. Finally the blood was so "good" for some of these moths that they started to use modified proboscis not only to drink blood from the injuries but also to pierce the skin...

And here we have 2007 and some of vampire species with the two most famous blood-suckers: Calyptra labilis and C. eustrigata :>

Ps. In Europe there is one member of this genus - C. thalictri (Borkhausen 1790), but this one is a peaceful, delicate beauty... ;>

ramthakur, Jamesp, irimi, marhowie, SkyF, GLEM, Argus, anel, Alex99, horia, phlr, jmp, yllen, dew77, delic, cedryk, snowfalken, rodosranger, ArjunaVision, Tamrock, haraprasan, liziafa, boreocypriensis has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Maite: theme page :)cicindela 1 12-08 07:09
To OzBY: thank you!cicindela 1 03-29 19:34
To cedryk: motylkicicindela 1 03-18 06:44
To horia: Pontiacicindela 3 03-17 09:03
To delic: Pontia :)cicindela 1 03-17 07:41
To Argus: pontiacicindela 1 03-15 18:55
To Jamesp: thank you!cicindela 1 03-15 12:53
To vanderschelden: pair of butterfliescicindela 1 03-15 12:51
To ramthakur: vampire Lepidopteracicindela 1 03-15 12:49
To batu: new generation :)cicindela 1 03-15 12:47
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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-03-15 12:41]
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Hello Radomir,
a nice composition also with respect to the colours. Point of view and focus plane are jus rigth to achieve high sharpness of female and male.
Bet wishes, Peter

You reveal startling facts about the vampirish nature of this butterfly, Radomir.
The image of this mating pair is very sharp and crisp.
Great POV, colours and details.

Hi Radomir,
Wonderful image; one of the best butterfly images I saw here.
Well done

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-15 12:50]
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Hi Radomir

Another great shot. Great pose and subject. Good DOF.


exelent shot and sharp image

Very nice Radomir,
Excellent capture & notes.
Very well done.

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  • irimi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 34 W: 2 N: 49] (266)
  • [2007-03-15 13:02]

Hello Radomir,
Excellent sharpness on both butterflies. I liked the composition and the color tones.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-15 13:40]

Hello Radomir,
great shot of this pair. The colors and details are wonderful. Excellent POV with great sharp details. Very nice work on the composition and framing.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-03-15 13:54]

hi Radomir,
excellente image dans un moment de grande intimité. Parfaite netteté et harmonie de teintes.


bonjour radomir
eh bien comme pour les mouches que j'ai publiés hier,un rayon de soleil et HOP un coup dans le pot!
excellent sur tous les points.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-15 14:32]
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Hello Radomir,
Super sharp capture of daplidice in cop. with excellent comp. and Bg.
This would be a very rare sight in Sweden!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-15 15:14]

Hi Radomir,
You seem to feel spring .. Excellent picture of these fine coloured butterflies. Wonderful bright light, very well managed. The composition is great too.
Best regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-15 16:45]
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Hello again, my friend

Indeed a splendid shot from you again and another very interesting and educational note.
The "Insect Kamasutra" series is really terrific...you should make a theme maybe ;)
Anyway, i really love the sharpness and clarity of your shot again, as well as the superb choice of DOF that enabled you to keep both of the butterflies and the flower they are on is full focus and also to blurr the BG just enough to isolate your subjects.
Beautiful composition, lovely colors and spot-on exposure, too.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Ram, fantastic capture with lovely delicate colors, splendid composition, very well done, ciao Silvio
:) tomorrow

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-15 17:23]

Hi again!
Very nice pair of pontias! More than perfect pose, sharpness, lighting, composition and bg!
TFS,José M.

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-03-15 21:08]

Hola Radomir:
Excelente captura !!! Es una bellìsima macro con dos espectaculares mariposas muy raras y bellas. Muy buen punto de vista para presentar esta compo. ¡Genial!
Sinceras felicitaciones y un cordial saludo desder Argentina.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-16 4:43]

Hi Radomir.
You have facilitated my task. I should not be post my photo of a butterfly of this species. Your picture is more better.
Composition of your shot is simply perfect. I like terrific lighting and sharpness of the butterflies and plant so much. I also like amazing BG. It is result of use compact camera and large aperture. Using DSLR to get such result is more difficult. BRAVO. Superb job and great skillfulness. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-16 7:53]

Hello Radomir,
Excellent close up.POV,moment you caught,exposure,clear details,BG,harmonious colors and composition are wonderful.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-16 16:13]
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Hello Radomir,
What a fantastic read! The photo itself is great, too, showing them mating with perfect exposure and sharpness. Very well done. Regards,

Hola Radomir,
Preciosa la composición, la luz y nitidez son excelentes, los detalles son extraordinarios. Saludos

Swietne swiatlo, dobry detal, ladnie plastycznie pokazana powierzchnia skrzydel. Notka tez fajnie, choc nie wiem czy nie za bardzo "odjechana" od tematyki zdjecia :-)

Hello Radomir,

First of all I must say that I really enjoyed the note! Very interesting! Also the picture is very appealing to the eye! Here's my two points worth opinion and my congratulations for this outstanding work of art:


Although the whole foreground is grouped around the center of the frame, I find your composition very good and I'll explain why. If you take the butterflies separately they are positioned slightly left from center. Including the plant in the frame you balanced the butterflies very well and avoided placing them in the center. I appreciate the good POV. Presenting the butterflies from a side view is the best way to show what's going on in your picture. It also offers the advantage of being perpendicular on the optical axis of your lens, thus minimizing the risk that some parts of the subject appear OOF if the DOF was shallow. This is also the reason why I would have opened up the aperture a bit to get a more OOF background. This doesn't mean that the subjects are not properly isolated, it's just my preference for a softer background. However, a consequence of this fact and a very cool thing is, both feelers on both butterflies are in focus. With my lens, this is very difficult to achieve!


The reduced color palette creates a nice visual effect. The rich color tones in the foreground are also found in the background and this leads to a more harmonious result. It is obvious how well these guys camouflage in the grass. The natural looking colors are well saturated and show how well they adapted for living on these plant species.


I love the stronger contrast in the foreground since this helps drawing attention on the butterflies! Having the same color tones in fore- and background requires something to help isolating the subject. You achieved this via a great distribution of contrast within your picture.


I don't think exposure was an issue here since the dynamic range was not extremely wide. However, you achieved a correct exposure with no white areas being OE and with clearly visible details in the shadows. Very well done here!


There is no doubt you have focused with accuracy on the butterflies. The extremely sharp and well rendered details stand proof for that.

Overall an excellent shot with extremely interesting and useful notes. Thank you for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-03-29 17:35]
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Hello Radomir,
Great picture of these couple.
Great sharpness, position, background, lighting and color.


Hi Radomir,

Very well done. Beautifull POV, colours and sharpness.

If I may... 1 photographers note:

DOF is a combination of Diaphragm and Focal-length. Using a low F/number (a big diaphragm) will result in a blurry background. When using a focal-length of about 100mm it will give you a perfect DOF. Trying to keep your F/number below the 6 is a good startingpoint. Your lens will do the rest!

Hope my hint is usefull to you and again: Very nice picture.
Oh... and I learned from your information.

Compliments, Arjuna.

This one is more..."romantic"...!
Excellent capture,i like the composition a lot



hi radomir!
very nice macro with good
sharpness and fine pov
the exposure and the composition
is also well done
good work!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-09 2:06]
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What a great shot!! And great idea to put all those matings together!!
I don't know how to create a Theme-page.
Thank you very much for sharing.


Hi Radek,
A beautiful capture of these two beautiful butterflies matting. Very good composition and excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-19 16:14]

Hi Rado,this is a great beauty! You was lucky to found a situation like that and a great photographer to take that so perfectly,excellent shot under all therms of valutation,my best compliments,Luciano

Choć to mało fachowe stwierdzenie to wyraża moje pierwsze wrażenie. Doskonałe makro!!! Technika na bardzo wysokim poziomie!
Pozdrawiam Małgosia

Hi MF Radek,

A crystal clear image of this mating pair of a beautifully paterned and coloured Pontia species from lateral POV.
A professional shot in all around indeed.
TFS and greetings from rainy Izmir!


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