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A November Peacock Butterfly

A November  Peacock Butterfly
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-07 8:28
Viewed: 3236
Points: 50
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Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io )

Swedish name: Pĺfĺgelöga, meaning ‘peacock-eye’.

Normally in November this species is already hibernating, but in this area that we visited, a warm south-facing edge of a pine forest, there was at least one that was still active. This must be because in this area there was a warmer micro climate. The temperature was about 5 Celsius, at which butterflies are not active, but where the sun was shining it must have been warm enough for it to fly (over 10 C).

This is the first time I have seen a Peacock butterfly flying in November. Some years Red Admirals can still be active in orchards.

This one was warming up on a Pine tree trunk. It will probably hibernate in the undergrowth.

This is a common butterfly in Europe. It has become more common due to the spread of its larval host plant, the Common Nettle (Urtica dioica). Nettles have spread owing to the increase of nitrates in the soil due to human activity.

It spends the winter in outhouses, piles of logs or dense under-growth. If it comes into a warm house it will die owing to drying out. So it should be released for it to find a more suitable overwintering place.

It is common and widespread throughout most of Europe.

This shot was taken at a distance of about 2 meters (6.5 ft) with my camera hand-held. It was resting in just just position: I didn't rotate either the image or the camera.
This has not been sharpened and was moderately cropped before size reduction.

siggi, mkurtel, boreocypriensis, red45, bahadir, cirano, anemone, rousettus, jusninasirun, marius-secan, ramthakur, anel, zulfu, Noisette has marked this note useful
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hello Ivan
very nice pose in the sun with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-07 8:38]

Hello Ivan
whats a beautiful butterfly. i like its opened and pattern of the wings. Furthermore i like composition, point of view, colours and details in your photo.Best regards Siggi

Hello Ivan,
A beautiful butterfly in November, the new individual,
a clear and sharp shots, thanks for sharing the beautiful framing,
Thanks and have a good week, Regards ,Murat

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-07 8:56]

Hello Ivan,
Another excellent presentation of this butterfly against a beautiful birch trunk. Fantastic colours, sharpness and diagonal composition.

Hej dostum Ivan,

Awesome macro of a peacock butterfly taken from top POV
The clarity and focus look impeccable, excellent background too.
TFS and have a nice night and weekend MF!


Hello Ivan,
It's the time we are looking for the last butterflies. This one is really late, enjoying the last warm sun. Excellent contrasted capture. Nice colours. Have a nice week,

Ciao Ivan, wonderful peacock with fantastic colors, splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Great photo, I'd have thought these guys would be long gone as far north as you are. Splendid color and detail.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-11-07 11:10]

Hello Ivan!

Real veteran here! Last days we've got very high temperature about +14C, but last butterflies I saw maybe month ago. Good to see this colorfull reminder of hot Summer. I like composition with long, autumnal shadows and grey bark.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-07 11:21]

Hi Ivan,i think that this is a great satisfaction for you to find a swedish butterfly in this month! And what a beautiful pic,impressive quality and very good colors warmed by the sun.Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano.

Hy Ivan
It is a pleasure to see at this time butterflies frying aroung. Beautiful contrast between the strong colors of the wings and the tree trunk.
Kind regards and have a nice week

Hello Ivan, a superb macro of this pretty butterfly in in a fine composition!


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-11-07 12:48]

Hi Ivan,
A very good macro of a butterfly in excellent sharpness,details and splendid colors.A wonderful composition.TFS.

Hi Ivan. Great photo of this pretty colourful butterfly with nice background.
Best regards

Ciao Ivan. The latest light for the inachis colours. Great DOF and stunning details. Best compliments.


merhaba Ivan
what a nice meeting with very beautiful Peacock Butterfly. It is one of my favourite butterflies and one of the most beautiful Lepidoptera. I have seen it only once, in last July. you are lucky to find it even in November. nicely captured with very nice sharp details and exposure. diagonal composition and dorsal POV great. superb coloration.
çok teşekkürler dostum. iyi geceler.

Hi Ivan. excellent capture from the dorsal pov with well defined details of the full spreading wings. Colors and texture are beautiful and the bark that it is perched has some fine texture as well. Best regards. Jusni

Hello Ivan,
Indeed it is a old butterfly who lost a part of his vivid colours.
It is a lovely capture with perfect focus and composition.

Surprised to see this beautiful butterfly still flying in Sweden, Ivan. Climate changes or what?
The specimen is healthy and intact and it looks smashing against the bark of a pine tree.
In the last week of October when I was in Delhi for a conference, I saw a small Moth clinging to the top of a doorframe in my son's apartment. When my wife and I came back to Delhi a few days ago for a ten days vacation, I found the Moth still there but it was dead. I removed it to the dustbin.
Do they just give up one day?
Thanks and regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-11-08 1:35]

Bonjour Ivan,
Une petite beauté de novembre! You seem to have sunny weather! Inachis Io is a most beautiful butterfly, but not easy to make a good picture of it. And on a almost white bark, the difficulty increases even.
Here it isn't unusual to see them fly around beginning of Novemeber, but these days it's obviously too cold. Thanks for this beautiful and luminous shot.
Bonne semaine

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-08 2:10]

Hello Ivan,
both the butterfly and the earth present a lovely texture and patterns.
Very well seen with good lighting and details.
Butterflies are so exciting and attractive and you have presented it wonderfully.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-11-08 12:27]

Hello Ivan,
Superb close-up shot of this beautiful butterfly with nice composition and framing.
TFS and R's,

Hello Ivan,
Wonderful image with fine details, lovely colours, great sharpness, excellent composition and POV. Well done!

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful close up shot of this Inachis butterfly with nice composition, details and colours.
TFS and regards

Hello Ivan
you was very lucky to find a Peacock in November, taking a nsun bath on a tree trunk, excellent sharp details on his wings, great POV and wonderful natral lighting
Have a good night

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