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Peacock Butterfly Chrysalis

Peacock Butterfly Chrysalis
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro (SOLD), Digital ISO 250
Exposure: f/16, 1/15 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-06-15 18:42
Viewed: 9019
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This golden Chrysallis belongs to one of the iconic butterflies of early spring and late summer the Peacock Butterfly, the one with the painted eyes on each wing which is flashes by opening and closing its wings rapidly which tends to frighten off any bird who thinks they have found a tasty meal.
Seen here hanging from the underside of a leaf of the caterpillars food plant Stinging Nettle Urtica Dioica The catterpillar are jet black and covered in a series of spines which it uses to prevent it's self from being eaten by birds also though this does not seem to deter the parasitic wasps which I have seen attacking them.
Shot late the other evening when we had a spot of sun break though the seemingly endless cloudy dull days in a hedge round the edge of a field at the back of my house, I had been shooting some other bugs on the top surface of the neetle n
leaves when I noticed this hanging under one of the leaves.
Hope you like

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To LordPotty: Bright Stick in bottom of image?Robbrown 1 06-18 08:57
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Hi Robert,
Not very comfortable images to capture an image. However this is great. It would be wonderful to follow its progress. Well seen and captured, great quality and colours.

Well found Rob. The image is nice and clear with good detail. Kudos for including the food plant which is important to keep the wild look and preserve authenticity. Best, Brat.

This is an exceptional macro photo. The exposure and DOF are amazing. Beautiful rich colors against a very pleasing green background. The details are outstanding.
I used NeatImage to filter noise and sharpen a bit. The results show just how amazing this photo is, but I cannot add workshop tonight. (I have reached daily limit).

Hi Rob
Intereting presentation. Common on treknature but as an adult. I have never seen the chrysalis on treknature. Nice sharp image. I think that you could work more on the composition. The object wasnt on the move and it was posible to find better POV and compopsition
Best wishes

This looks great Robb.
Plenty of interesting detail and good colour here.
The composition is fine, but I might have plucked that bright wee stick below it.
Great job.

Hi Robert.
This is something I would not normally search for in my treks, but seeing this macro, and how interesting the details are, I should keep my eyes more open.Light was sure in your favour.
Seems like a good combination with that lens.

fantastic pupa isn't it? Very well saturated and nicely detailed.Imho looks very much more like a Small Tortoiseshell pupa.

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