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Speckled Wood

Speckled Wood
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Copyright: Slawek Chudy (chudy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: SONY DSC-H10, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3,5-4,4/6,3-63, Memory Stick PRO Duo
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-06 12:25
Viewed: 2708
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Polish]
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[1] 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.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Rhopalocera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Satyrinae
Tribe: Elymniini
Subtribe: Parargina
Genus: Pararge
Species: P. aegeria
Binomial name
Pararge aegeria
(Linnaeus, 1758)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-06 12:30]

Hi Slawek.You have taken a fine close up with rich colours. The detail in this Speckled Wood is very good indeed. From your top POV we can see the wing markings. well taken TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-06 13:26]

Hallo Slawek,
Ja je najczesciej spotykam w Holandi,nie maja za atrakcyjne kolory ale je bardzo lubie.Najczesciej mozna je spotkac na lisciach.Bardzo dobraprezentacja.Ostrosc,
kolory,kontrastbez zastrzezen.Pozdrawiam Siggi

a beautiful butterfly with perfect photographic talent.

Czesc Slawek! Nie ma co gadac, fotografia przedniej jakosci, swietne makro, doskonala ekspozycja. Klaniam sie!

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-11 15:17]

Witaj Slawek,
Ciekawe zdjęcie z piękne kolory. Doskonała kompozycja.
Piękne makro.
Many Greetings from Germany,

Ciao Slawk, beautiful Pararge with wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, lovely composition, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Witaj Slawek,
Wonderful shot, great composition, lights and colors. I think the b-fly could have been a bit sharper (even with using "smart sharpen" effect of Photoshop), but otherwise a photo to be proud of. Tfs.
Friendly regards, happy 2010, Wladyslaw

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-02-17 22:45]

Dear Slawek!

Congratulations for this delicate and beautiful picture. The butterfly is a beauty, and you have put it well on stage. I particularly like the lighting and the simple, yet so pleasant composition.

Kind regards


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