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Inachis io

Inachis io
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-06
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/2.8
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-02 11:23
Viewed: 2401
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

(unranked) Rhopalocera

Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Nymphalidae

Subfamily: Nymphalinae

Tribe: Nymphalini

Genus: Inachis

Species: I. io

The European peacock caterpillar (Inachis io), more commonly known simply as the peacock caterpillar, 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.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.

Inachis io
Distribuita in gran parte dell'Europa, da 0 a 2500m d'altitudine.
Descrizione: ali anteriore e posteriore superiori con grandi "occhi" bianchi e blu, colore dominante è il rosso o marrone rossiccio per l'ala posteriore.
Vola generalmente tra giugno e agosto frequentando posti aperti e soleggiati in un gran numero di habitat.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-02 11:26]

Hi Luciano. This is first class it look like 3D on my screan. The focusing and detail is spot on. rich colours and good use of the light. A nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-11-02 11:28]

Hi Luciano

Great shot of the beautiful Peacock.
nicely composed with a lovely pose, I agree with Nick abouit it looking 3D.
Very nice details, especially on the head and antenna.
nice contrasting colours too.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-02 11:31]

Hello Luciano,
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.

Best regards Siggi

Wowww! wonderful colours and nice composition with sharp details! well done my dear friend Luciano.
TFS this perfect shot and have a nice new week!


Ciao Luciano, vedo che anche tu peschi dal passato, oggi nonostante il sole non volava niente:)
Bella questa coloratissima Inachis, ottimo POV e bei dettagli delle splendide ali, gran qualità, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-11-02 12:30]

Ciao Luciano,
beautiful point of view and colours. Considering the perspective, you achieved excellent sharpness
covering a great depth of field. The left wings are partcularly well reproduced with respect to
surface structures, details and colours.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Louciano,
Excellent capture with great exposure and details. very nice POV. Also a very informative note.



Very beautiful image of this colourful butterfly Luciano. Great details and composition. TFS.

Ciao Luciano,
bellissima macro per una bellissima farfalla (prima o poi apparirà anche questa sui miei fiorellini?!?), scherzi a parte la definizione è straordinaria e i contrasti di luce che creano un'apparente disomogeneità nei colori contribuiscono ad una splendida composizione, che con il POV laterale dà profondità all'immagine, bella la luce.
Grazie e complimenti.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-02 21:17]

Hi Luciano.
Splendid picture of a splendid butterfly. I like wonderful and unusual POV and composition of the shot. They are so impressive. Details and sharpness as well as DOF are simply great. Plant and its beautiful leaves create an amazing scene for this beauty. Bravo. Superb art work. My compliments.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-02 21:18]

Hello Luciano,

You have made a good photo of this butterfly in the strong sun light. The colors of the beautiful insect are well rendered being strong and vivid. There is also a good contrast with the background.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Luciano
It is beautiful. First of all great light. I also like the unusual POV and great saturated colors
Very good job

Excellent capture of the family. Good details, colours, and sharpness.
Best wishes,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-11-03 0:34]

Hello Luciano
Amazing superb macro of this lovely Inachis! It stands out so perfectly against the green surrounding! A beautiful green by the way. Details are so sharp and pleasant to see.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-03 1:29]

Hello Luciano, nice shot and good view. Good clarity and TFS Ganesh

Hi Luciano,
A nice capture of this beautiful peacock butterfly. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-03 9:21]

Bonjour Luciano, fantastique macro mon ami! Image très nette, bon sujet et excellent background, bravo!


ciao Luciano,
com'e' che ti lamenti con Silvio perche'
"resuscita" foto datate,e tu nel bel mezzo dell'autunno,quando frotte di farfalle e libellule ti stanno aspettando nei prati cuggionesi,mi posti una foto di 2 anni fa!!
alza il c... e datti da fare

buona serata sERGIO

Hi Luciano ,
So nice shot.
Amazing colours and great BG.
Very well done

Kind regards

Credimi Luciano. L'ho vista solo dopo ora aver postato la mia del 04 novembre. D'altronde siamo in penuria di farfalle e ti avviso di Inachis ne' ho qualcuna altra. Ci vado d'accordo. Scusami ancora.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-11-04 18:58]

Hello Luciano,
a very unique moth. Lovely colours with nice clarity and sharpness.
Nice composition.


Bonjour Luciano,

Excellente photo de cet Inachis. Très bonne composition avec un angle de vue pas facile. Le papillon est net partout malgrè une profondeur de champ très courte. Excellent focus et splendides couleurs.
Bonne journée,

hello Luciano

i was absent from TN and i missed alot of your great shots,
i am choosing this one to critique, because i love the excellent density
of the colours, the contrast between the colours, the fine POV and framing,



Ciao again,
I don't leave You alone until You have peacocks... :) Another great shot, very nice POV and compo, great sharpness and warm color tones. Technically is a masterpiece, too - I didn't think flash fired before reading the exif infos. Beautiful pic.
Ciao e grazie, László

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