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Peacock Butterfly

Peacock Butterfly
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Copyright: hilmi yildirim (tozahill) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 147 W: 0 N: 33] (801)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-15
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-08-15 16:19
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A guest in our garden..
The peacock butterfly has brownish-red wings, each with a single, large peacock-feather-like eyespot – used to scare predators. It rests with its wings closed, showing the almost black, well-camouflaged underside.

It is one of the commonest garden butterflies, found throughout lowland England and Wales. It is rarer in Scotland.

In May, after mating, females lay their eggs in batches of up to 500. After a week or two the caterpillars hatch and spin a communal web in which they live and feed. As they grow the caterpillars increasingly live in the open.

They pupate alone, and adults emerge from July. The main priority is to feed-up before the winter hibernation in dark crevices, sheds and tree holes. Adults emerge again in spring to mate and breed.

Peacock caterpillars are black, covered with short spines and speckled with white spots. They are usually found on stinging nettles.

What does it eat?
Adults drink nectar from flowers: favourites include buddleia and lavender. Caterpillars eat stinging nettles.

When will I see it?
Adults: on any sunny day, sometimes even in winter, but most likely between March and May, and from July to September. Caterpillars: between mid-May and July.

Where will I see it?
Feeding on a variety of flowers, basking in the sunshine. Also in woodlands, parks and hedgerows.

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  • IdoTT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 19 N: 86] (482)
  • [2005-08-15 16:35]

Excellent shot Hilmi!
The colors are great and the DOF and BG are excellent as well!
I like the comp in the picture, but this butterfly is a bit boring, because there are many pictures of him...


Excellent capture of this butterfly, they are not easy to photograph, good sharpness. I like the intense colours of its wings and the clear structures...
Maybe a tighter crop from the left to move the butterfly a bit towards one of the edges would improve the picture...
Anyway, very well done!
P.S. I have added a workshop to your picture, I hope you don't mind...

Very nice closeup, Hilmi-
The colour re very nice, good POV and details.
Well seen from the BG-
You did a good work.

Efter att varit en dåligt sommar för fjärilar, i allafall i Gävle så vimlar det av påfågelögon just nu.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-02-26 16:12]

Beautiful indeed!
One of the most beautiful butterflies!
Wonderful colors!
Peaty no notes about it.
Rare in Portugal.

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