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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-09 9:43
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 50
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

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 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.

Females have brighter and more distinct markings than males. The wingspan of both males and females is 4–4.5 cm, although males tend to be slightly smaller than females. Males are highly territorial and will defend their territory against intruding males. Two basic strategies exist for finding females: some males will vigorously defend a perch and the immediate surroundings, waiting for females to pass by; others will patrol a larger territory.

Males have either 3 or 4 upper hindwing eyespots; the fourth spot shows only in flight. It appears that the 4-spotted morph tends towards patrolling behaviour to finds mates. This agrees with the probable function of the eyespots to entice predators like birds to aim for the wing margin (which may be damaged without much affecting the butterfly) rather than the body. On the other hand, habitat is apparently a major factor influencing mate-finding strategy as perching behavior is more common in males of conifer woodland, whereas males of meadows tend towards patrolling behavior.

The caterpillar is green with a short, forked tail and feeds on various species of grass, especially couch grass.[3] The chrysalis (pupa) is green or dark brown. The species is unique in its ability to overwinter in two totally separated developmental stages, as pupae or as half-grown larvae. This leads to a complicated pattern of several adult flights per year.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-08-09 9:48]

Hi Marius.
Fantastic shot. Brilliant scene, POV, ultimate sharpness and details of the splendid butterfly and nearest leaves. BG is also amazing. Its colourfulness and blurriness are great addition to main subject. Bravo. Great work.

Hello Marius,

an fantstic photo from this common butterfly with good pov and sharpness.
Fine colors.


hello Marius
looks a Painting!!
great sharpness and very good light with beautiful colours to
Great shot thanks
greeting lou

Hello Marius,
Amazingly beautiful? What a pleasure to be here and to see such contributions making their appearance. Well done my friend!

HI Marius,
great point of view. Many details. Excellent sharpness. Very good composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-08-09 10:40]

Felicitari, minunata fotografie! Nu am mai vazut o fotografie cu detalii asemanatoare despre aceasta specie pe TN!Si aici se vede diferenta dintre marci, Sigma contra Nikon/Nikkor!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-09 10:49]

Hi Marius,spectacular capture of one of the most friendly butterflies living in Europe,and spectacular quality of sharpness,colors and light balance,i think that it's impossible to make better,this is the top.My best compliments,have a nice evening,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-09 11:03]

Hello Marius,
Excellent sharp detailed photo of this butterfly which I've photographed a few days ago. Very beautiful saturated colours. Splendid contrasting BG. Great composition.

Buna Marius,
Frumoasa imagine intr-o lumina calda cu detalii si claritate deosebita. Culorile naturale, perspectiva buna si contrastul dintre subiect si fundal sunt si ele de de remarcat.
Numai bine,

Beautifully detailed photo. Excellent background and colours. regards yiannis

Hi Marius,

Well what can i say here but extraordinary quality picture my friend, Samurai sharpness with excellent clarity, exposure spot-on, fabulous colours with beautiful wing markings, what a great photographic exhibition here Marius and very well done,
Best regards,


Hello Marius,
A perfect shot of this butterfly, outstanding sharpness details, very good point of view and beautiful colours, a superb camera skills!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

Ciao Marius, nice see this lovely butterfly with open wings, great macro, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-09 11:56]

Hello Marius.
Lovely capture of the Speckled Wood.Superb shot and beautiful presentation.This open winged Speckled Wood is beautiful with marvelous earthtone colors.Well reproduced natural colours.Best regards Siggi

Excellant Marius. This classic buttefly pose is a wonderful display. Very sharp and clear image. You shot this with perfect DOF to catch both the antenae in focus and yet have a perfect background. Very nice species indeed, I don't think I have seen this one here before. Well done.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-08-09 12:43]

Hello Marius
As usually every your post is on ultimate level. The butterfly is taken perfectly spread wings, sharp against nicely blurred green BG.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Marius,

A lovely capture of this beautiful speckled wood butterfly. Excellent composition and sharp details. A nice POv.

hello Marius
awesome capture of this pretty butterfly with razor sharp details, wonderful exposure and POV/DOF. coloration superb. thanks for sharing. all the best

Atractivo manejo de la luz y del color...
solamente hay que ver el resultado !
Saludos Marius: J. Ignasi.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-08-09 21:16]

Hi Marius,
What a fantastic macro shot of this beauty,excellent sharpness,colors and perfect POV.
Have a nice day!...

  • mwmod99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
  • [2011-08-09 22:47]

An incredible showcase Marius, both the butterfly and it's picture here! Well done!
George Veltchev

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-08-10 1:59]

Very strait forward and simple image of this beauty, good texture and colors captured. tfs.

Hello Marius
Another great macro with excellent composition and fantastic colours. The sharpness is impressive.

Hello Marius,
fine capture of this lovely butterfly with perfect sharpness and splendid details. I especially like your well chosen POV to shoot it with the wings wide open. Well done.
Best wishes,

Bonjour Marius,
Belle qualité de netteté, de couleurs et de lumière agréable.
Je conserve dans mes photos favorites.
A Bientôt

outstanding macro picture, congratulations Marius !

have a good time,

ciao, tino

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