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Speckled Wood

Speckled Wood
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-19 1:17
Viewed: 2372
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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 (Weingarter, Wahlberg & Nylin, 2006) 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.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-19 1:58]

Hello Siggi,
A very nice macro of a Speckled Wood, form tircis, taken froma great POV to show it resting on the contrasting leafy BG. The sharpness, colours and composition are very good.
Thanks and best wishes,

Hello Siegfried, wonderful close up of this speckled wood with great details and nice composition.
TFS and regards,

Ciao Siggi, nice macro of beautiful Pararge aegeria, fine details and splendid sharpness, great light and colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-12-19 2:24]

Slav Sgg,
Very nice close up of this Speckled wood with perfect details and great POV.Nice colors and composition.TFS.
Best regards,

Hi Siegfried, beautiful capture of spotted butterfly.
Great pov and composition with nice details.
thank you for sharing.
Kind regards,

Hi siegfried, great macro capture of a speckled wood butterfly.
Pov, dof and composition are fine..
TFS. Kind regards,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-19 5:23]

Wonderful Pararge aegeria!
Great details and colors!

Hello Siegfried,

Very nice shot. Sharpness adjustment and point of view, a beautiful composition of the details revealed were markedly.
Liveliness of the colors too is remarkable. Thanks for sharing.

Best Regards,

Hello Siggi,

A great macro with beautiful patterns/colors, sharpness & fine details. Lovely POV, pose & BG. Very nicely taken & presented. TFS & regards.


hello Siegfried
great picture with good sharpness and good details
beatiful colours
greting lou

Hi MF Siggi,

An astonishingly great macro capture of a speckled wood on green leafs.
The POV/DOF, clarity, details and composition are all flawles!
TFS and have a nice night MF!


Buena luz y encuadre para esta bella mariposa.
Saludos y buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-19 14:14]

Hi Siegfried

Too little time and too much to do before the holidays so just a quickie for now.

A fine macro shot of this Speckled Wood butterfly. The predominant green BG made
the insect stand out well from its surroundings. The details are nice and sharp and one
can clearly see all the patterns and markings of butterflies opened wings. The colour
rendition is very natural and pleasing.

Well done and TFS.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-19 14:49]

Hello Siegfried,
Wonderful close-up shot of this butterfly.
Colours, details and composition are excellent.
TFS ang G's,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-19 15:25]

Hi Siggi,

The Speckled Wood is one of my favorites. This one is especially beautiful captured so nicely on the lovely leaf. I love the open-winged position showing off the marvelous wing patterns. As always, perfect colors, details, textures and composition.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-19 15:37]

Hi Siegfried.A very nice and interesting pic whit an excellent choice of point of view and great sharpness and colors.Very good composition too.My best compliments,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-19 19:46]

Hello Siegfried,
A beautiful little butterfly shown with exceptional detail, color and exposure!! Love the contrasting lush greenery and the great DOF achieved in this fine shot!!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-20 0:51]

Hallo Siegfried,
Lovely capture.I liked clarity,natural colors,details and composition a lot.Have a great sunday!
Thanks for posting..

Ciao Siegfired. Nice lightining compo with good details and beuatiful colours.


Hello Siegfried,
Wonderful brown colours and great sharpness. It is a excellent composition.

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-20 12:53]

Congrats dear Siegfried,
Amazing capture of this beauty butterfly. It shapes and colours are very well presented in front of the green BG.
Very good job MF.
Best wishes,

Hello Siegfried
great capture of this Speckled Wood with nice open wing pose on this green leaves, superb composition, very natural colors
vedry well done and have a good night

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