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Deceptive eyes
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Copyright: Eduard Baak (snowfalken) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 419 W: 27 N: 497] (1788)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies, Peacock Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-23 18:41
Viewed: 6311
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Peacock butterfly - Inachis io (Linnaeus, 1758)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Tribe: Nymphalini
Genus: Inachis
Species: I. io

The European peacock butterfly is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe and Asia. It should not be confused or classified with any of the other butteflies known as "peacock" in the Anartia genus of butterflies. It is the only member of the genus Inachis. The species is resident in much of its range, often wintering in buildings or trees. It therefore often appears quite early in spring.

The butterfly measures about 5 cm (2 in) from wingtip to wingtip and is easily identified by its striking eye pattern on a ruddy background, although with wings closed the cryptically coloured underwings make it look like a dead leaf. The eyespots are reminiscent of those on the feathers of the peacock, hence the name. They are believed to be used to frighten predators (such as birds) by creating a false perception of another predator.

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.

The Peacock can be found in woods, fields, meadows, pastures, parks, and gardens, and from lowlands up to 8,200 feet elevation. It is the commonest butterfly seen in parks and gardens in Europe.


jeanpaul, scottevers7, fyapici, jcoowanitwong, Hil, PDP, nainnain, Slana has marked this note useful
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What a brilliant shot of a peacock butterfly. Sometimes the cat's eyes don't come out so well in photos but you have absolutely captured it

Hi Eduard,
A very nice shot on this Peacock Butterly. Nicely isolated from the backround. Excellent color saturation. DOF is a little shallow, but the detail is sharp in the central area of the butterfly. Nice shot!

Hi Eduard
Very good capture. You have done it very well. Congratulations.

Bonjour Eduard

Une merveilleuse photo que ce Joli papillon,Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.

Bravo et merci...JP

Salut Eduard
A good capture of this colourful butterfy. I like the background, composition and the frame. Perhaps the butterfly could have been a little better focussed in places, but I know how hard it is.

Hi Eduard,
Well composed picture. Great color saturation and contrast. The focus on butterfly may be a bit soft but well seen and appreciable.

  • Great 
  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-25 14:21]

Hi Eduard

What a beautiful shot of the Peacock Butterfly, the detail and colours are great and the background is great too. Peacocks are my favourite so thanks for sharing.

Regards Hilary :)

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-09-01 16:57]

Hello Eduard, this is a very good colourful shot. The composition is excellent. I think the focus is a little misdirected onto the far wing and with a limited DOF as you had here it's best to direct the focal point to the head. Well done.

  • Great 
  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-09-02 19:20]

Hi Eduardo
Not that sharp but beautiful composition. Great colours, BG, light POV and frame.
Well done Eduardo


une réussite parfaite de ce papillon,netteté, bonBG, couleurs super, vraiment tout y est
un vrai pro

Hi Eduard
Grat shot of this common but nice butterfly. Nice colours and the background, the wings edges a little bit out of focus ;-)


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