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Copyright: Stephan Duchesne (iglootrek) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 10 N: 460] (1623)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, CMOS ISO 400
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-06-16 0:22
Viewed: 3752
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)

Thanks to Ken (ken25) for helping with the proper ID

Life Cycle:
Eggs are pale yellow, laid on various host plants including ruellia and water hyssop. Caterpillars are black and spiny, with silver spots. Chrysalis green, darkening with age. The White Peacock flies year-round except in very cold weather.

Swamps, watersides, shorelines, disturbed places.

South Texas and South Florida. Strays north to Kansas and Massachusetts, also much of the tropics.
Butterflies have been revered by mankind since before the dawn of recorded history. They are among the most fascinating and beautiful animals; even people who care not for insects in general usually have an affection for these winged wonders. They live nearly everywhere -- from gardens and forests and mountains to acid bogs and frozen arctic tundra. Almost 700 of the world's 10 - 20,000 species live in North America north of Mexico.

Live butterfly exhibits have become very popular in the United States, for obvious reasons. Children love butterflies, adults love butterflies and museums find them easy to raise and maintain - everybody wins. This happy circumstance is also good for the wild butterflies - people who used to go into the rain forest and capture live butterflies, or plunder their eggs and chrysalises now can be set to work on butterfly farms, thereby sparing our wild populations, and providing much needed jobs for many impoverished regions.

Source: www.cirrusimage.com/butterfly_white_peacock.htm

Picture taken last year at the Brookfield Zoo in a butterfly house

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To Bufo: Noise reduction, not sharpeningiglootrek 2 06-16 03:19
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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-16 0:34]
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Hello Stephan,
Your butterfly is a White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae).This is an outstanding photo with beautiful colors. The composition is excellent. The leaves provide a great complimentary color. The DOF is exceptional. I do think there is a little noise and it could be sharpened a bit. I will add a workshop tomorrow. Outstanding choice of frame.

this is a nice shot but it needs sharpening and incrased contrast in my opinion to reach its full potential

Hi Stephan,
Nice photo and good colours. Your shot seems a little soft and I agree with trinko, however it is a good photo,

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-16 2:17]
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Hello Stephan,
a splendid soft focus image of this butterfly, but sharp enough to show all of the beautiful details. The background could use some noise reduction, but that's just a minor thing. Overall, a beautiful picture.
REgards, Jacob

Very nice colors!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-16 5:40]

What a marvellous capture, Stephan!
I love the colors of both the butterfly and the leaves. It's a great close-up and a fantastic composition.
My compliments and TFS

Hi Stephan,
Brookfield Illinois! Your getting closer to my neck of the woods. Although that is much further north than where I am from in Illinois. A beautiful shot on this White Peacock! I really like the soft light here. Nice composition and framing.

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