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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies on Lantana Flowers, My Photos for my website [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-20 0:57
Viewed: 2710
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was playing with the composition and tried to make a different butterfly shot to normal. This is the product. Hope you like it :)

The European peacock - or simply Peacock - (Inachis io) 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.

Left hindwing ocellusThe 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 dark underwings make it look like a dead leaf. The eyespots are reminiscent of those on the feathers of a peacock, hence the name. The eyespots are exposed when the butterfly is disturbed by a potential predator (such as birds) in an antipredator display in which the butterflies flick their wings open and make a hissing noise. The open wings create a startling display (note how a glance at the image can give the impression of a cat staring) and the effect is strong enough to deter the predator from eating it, at least for some time which the butterfly would use to escape.(Stevens 2005)

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 a relatively common butterfly seen in many European parks and gardens.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-20 1:03]

Hi Joe,
definately works IMO, the colours of the BG are beautiful and the pose you've caught this Butterfly in shows off it's markings to their fullest. Great shot.

hi joe,

we should keep on experimenting so that we can learn form each new click of the camera, some times experiments yields unexpected results and here your experiment came as delight to us,

i really liked the point of view and the different composition. the colours are well saturated, sharpness is very good, nice focus, liked the dof which resulted in non distracting background,

this butterfly is resting on the lantana flowers and I have made a theme of butterflies resting on lantana.

well done,
tfs & regards

Hola Joe,
Bonita la composición que montaste, aunque para mi gusto le sobre un poco de aire por la izda, de todas formas es muy hermosa con su luz y bellos colores, además de una gran definición, Saludos
José Ramón

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-20 1:26]

Joe, Nice to test the POV when I saw your picture in the gallery I was wondering what you are upto. I totally agree with Pankaj Dada. I also try and post different view and different birds. May be someone has not seen. Not a bad shot. May be little more brightness and contrast needed (My opinion) Ganesh

THis works well Joe. It does make a change from the usual butterfly shot.
I like the overalll effect.
Nice work,

ps ... sorry if I've missed a few shots ... I had a wee low patch and had to get some pot so I've been away with the faeiries a bit ... tee hee :)

I like what you've done too!
I read somewhere that as an photography exercise, particularly since most of us are using digital it would be cheap - find one subject and photograph it 50 different ways. You're doing great with your photography anyway!
This is very interesting - I like the colors, composition, and depth of field.

Hello Joe
Very nice shot of this Peacock,
Great compo,lighting and BG,
Very welldone,

Good Luck

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-20 8:03]

Hi Joe,

I like it! Besides just being a pretty butterfly it is a pretty picture. Beautiful colors, nice details on the Peacock on the pretty flowers.


Almost the bobshannon look:-) I love it...the way the background is colorful and adds to the picture even though out of focus as it should be. Your teaching me now guy! Good job.


Hi Joe,
A lovely composition of this peacock butterfly. Very nice POV, colors and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

WOW joe again!i like it very much!!!still a great sharpness.and a very artistic and very nice composition.like the colors and the BG superbe!

Hi Joe, splendid butterfly with wonderful colors, lovely composition, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-20 12:51]

Hi Joe. Got one myself last night. yours shows good detail and colour. They have very nice markings which you have captured well. as you say you were playing with the compostion. but it has worked for me. well done TFS. good notes too.
: have a good weekend too:

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-07-20 15:56]

Fine capture of colors along with an excellent POV...TFS

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-21 4:09]

Hi Joe,
Wonderful shot of the European Peacock butterfly and the unusual POV works great here. The light and shadow play looks beautiful and the subjects stands out well against the BG. Superb composition and a different perspective well presented. Kudos.

selam my friend joe, excellent macro shot and very good composition of this b.fly nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

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