<< Previous Next >>

Summer Archive

Summer Archive
Photo Information
Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Minolta AF 200 mm / f:4 macro APO G, Digital RAW 100, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-09 8:30
Viewed: 3547
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today a rainy day and had a chance to look in the archives again,I found this speckled wood which I took early in the morning after some slight rain during a walk on the stora vika butterflytrail.

Speckled Wood
The Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) is a butterfly found in and on the borders of woodland throughout much of Europe. In Northern and Eastern Europe where subspecies P. a. tircis occurs it is brown with pale yellow or cream spots and darker upperwing eyespots. In southwestern Europe the subspecies P. a. aegeria has a colour which is more orange in the background; the hindwing underside eyespots are reddish brown rather than black or dark gray. The two forms gradually intergrade into each other. The speckled wood also occurs in North Africa and on the Atlantic island of Madeira. Molecular studies[citation needed] suggest that the African and Madeiran populations are closely related and distinct from European populations of both subspecies, suggesting that Madeira was colonized from Africa and that the African population has a long history of isolation from European populations.

Females have brighter and more distinct markings than males. The wingspan of both males and females is 4 - 4.5 cm, although males tend to be slightly smaller than females. Males are highly territorial and will defend their territory against intruding males. For finding females, there exist 2 basic strategies: Some males will vigorously defend a perch and the immediate surroundings, waiting for females to pass by. Others will patrol a lerger territory.

Males have either 3 or 4 upper hindwing eyespots. The fourth spot shows only in flight. It appears that the 4-spotted morph tends towards patrolling behaviour to finds mates. This agrees with the probable function of the eyespots to entice predators like birds to aim for the wing margin (which may be damaged without much affecting the butterfly) father than the body. On the other hand, habitat is apparently a major factor influencing mate-finding strategy: perching behavior is more common in males of conifer woodland, whereas males of meadows tend towards patrolling behavior.(Stevens 2005)

The caterpillar is green with a short, forked tail and feeds on various species of grass including Yorkshire Fog. The chrysalis (pupa) is green or dark brown. The species is unique in its ability to overwinter in two totally separated developmental stages, as pupae or as half-grown larvae. This leads to a complicated pattern of several adult flights per year.

jusninasirun, Pentaxfriend, MMM, Adanac, sandpiper2, pvb has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

nice photojob, fine flash light management, fine quality

Hello Paul,
Beautiful details of this b-fly captured against those droplets of water. Now I know this is a Speckled Wood. Thanks for the useful notes.

Ha Paul,

Prachtig shot van dit Bont zandoogje
Perfecte scherpte/diepte
uitstekende compo met natuurlijke kleuren
goede POV
de waterdruppels geven iets extra in dit shot

TFS Thijs

Hi Paul,
very artistic, with all the water droplets. Very pretty picture with good colours. Thanks.

  • Great 
  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-09 9:49]

Hello Paul, good capture of that nice butterfly, the details are very good and the exposure is fine ! I love all those little water drops on the plant. Well done, thanks !


  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-09 11:38]

Hi . Going to be late home from the office tonight so just a note for now to say great shot .well done TFS.

  • Great 
  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-09 15:06]

Hi Paul
Very nice presentation.Good POV and sharp image.Details and colors are excellent.I like that nice soft light.
TFS Michel

  • Great 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-09 16:14]

Hello Paul,
Great composition with the butterfly and rain drops. Your camera work shows the scene superbly, thanks very much.

Hi Paul

The northern hemisphere seems to be having a bad winter, everyone is running for their archives. What did we all do before the internet and digital photography :)

Great shot of this attractive butterfly. Good sharpness and DOF. I like the water droplets, creates a good composition.


  • Great 
  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2008-01-10 10:35]

Hi Paul,
Prachtig shot met fantastische details. Niet alleen op de vlinder maar ook in de waterdruppels op de bladeren.
Mooie compo en goede scherpte en focus.
gr Paula

Calibration Check