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Purple Emperor

Purple Emperor
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Copyright: Pawel Chmur (cloud) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 30D, Tamron SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR DI LD [IF], Hoya HMC Super UV(0)
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-23 3:38
Viewed: 2154
Points: 12
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Yesterday I met this species and first time could take its handheld.
from Wikipedia
The Purple Emperor (Apatura iris) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found in woodlands as well as throughout Central Europe and southern Britain. Adults have dark brown wings with white lines and a small orange ring on each of the hindwings. Males have an iridescent purple-blue sheen which the females lack. The caterpillars are green with white and yellow markings and have two large horns.
HabitsFemales spend most of their lives in the tree canopy coming down only to lay their eggs. Males also spend much of their time in the tree tops, defending their territory from rivals, though they will sometimes descend in order to drink from puddles or feed. Unlike most butterflies, the purple emperor does not feed from flowers but instead on the honeydew secreted by aphids and on dung, urine and animal carcasses.
Life cycleEggs are laid in late summer on the upper side of sallow leaves. They prefer the leaves of the broad-leaved sallow. After hatching, the caterpillars will lie on the midrib of the leaf where they are well camouflaged, and feed only at night. During the winter they hibernate in the forks of sallow branches where they change colour from green to brown in order to match their surroundings. The following June they will form a pale green chrysalis that resembles a leaf shoot. The adult will then usually emerge in mid-July.

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Czesc Pawel.
U mnie faktycznie blizej do gor, ale dzieki m.in. Tobie moge poznac troche szczegolow nizin.
Bardzo ladny motyl, udana kolorystyka, dobra, choc nie perfekcyjna ostrosc.
Super kompozycja.
Zycze udanego dnia,

Ciao Pawel, wing a little OOF but great capture of fantastic butterfly with wonderful colors and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hallo Pawel,
i know what emotion to capture this marvellous butterfly that I photographed on one occasion, splendid natural colours, excellent low point of view in a nice composition
Best regards

good macro but the tip[ of the butterfly is blurred. great species. nice background.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-23 15:14]

Hi Pawel,this is one of the most beautiful butterflies living in our continent,and it's nice to see the first of this season on TN.Magnificent pic whit excellent sharpness and colors,,just the high wings is out of focus but no problem,nobody is perfect..ehehe..Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Great shot with beautiful natural colours and excellent light. Great work.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Vijeesh

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