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Purple Emperor

Purple Emperor
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-10-19 3:43
Viewed: 2815
Points: 38
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Purple Emperor - Apatura iris

Just a brief visit to say Hello to all friends on TN! As Ivan has already explained we’re on the move and rather busy. The cameras are having a good rest but we hope to be back a little more frequently soon! The above is a picture from my archives!

The Purple Emperor is only found in the southernmost part of Sweden and is not common at all. We were very lucky to find it on a visit to a local nature reserve last summer. It is a woodland butterfly that only visits the ground in search of moisture and minerals. This one was very obliging as it settled in a few places on the gravel on a small country lane. We were able to get very close and got quite a few pictures before it flew off into the treetops.
In the WORKSHOP I’ve posted a view of the male showing the blue iridescence on the upper wings.

The Purple Emperor occurs in northern and central Europe but is quite elusive. The larval food plant is Sallow.

buscape, pegos, marius-secan, cloud, maaciejka, eqshannon, Marco2010, maurydv, Ishi, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-19 3:53]

Hi Ulla,welcome back to you too like to Ivan.A magnificent pic of my prefered butterfly,maybe the most spectacualar living in Europe,and a fantastic workshop whit the blue reflections on the wings very well taken in a nice perspective too.A great gift to me and to the fans of TN.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ulla,
fine capture of the Purple Emperor with good sharpness and nice pose. I especially like the beautiful patterns and the natural colours. Well done. The blue iridescence on the upper wings in the workshop is also great.
Best wishes,

beautiful capture with fine white balance and simplicity dear Ulla Kruys. Glad to see you back! How interesting to observe the butterfly getting nourishment from the ground. Sodium as well as many other minerals is vital for the butterflies reproduction. Good clarity and interesting notes Ulla! Thanks! In my workshop I have increased the sharpness and decreased selectively the brightness of the background slightly. Have a great day Ulla!
George Veltchev

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-19 6:11]

Hello Hulla,
splendid image with excellent POV and nice natural colours; very good sharpness and light. Well done!
Thanks for sharing

hello Ulla,nice to see a picture from you

very good picture with good sharpness and beautiful naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Ulla, nice see yu again on TN, great macro of fantastic butterfly, fine details, splendid sharpness, wonderful light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ulla,
What a wonderful butterfly. Splendid colors, very good details and excellent focus.
The composition is amazing!

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-10-19 8:38]

Hello Ulla,
Although Bg isn't blurred enough and disturb a little but beautiful species look well.
This view remind me past summer but winter is almost.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Ulla,
very nice photo of this butterfly. Many details. Perfect point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

Impressive photo Ulla! Interesting butterfly, excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness!

Archivals work...held me for along time Ulla...Hope you get settled soon as we miss your wonderful shots with that special naturalist touch such as this one!

Hello Ulla,
Even the image is a little bit too soft, it presents this nice butterfly with good details and natural colours.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-19 11:51]

Hello Ulla.
Beautiful shot. What I like here the most are great saturated colors. Sharpnes composition and lovely markings on the wings.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Ulla
Ottima macro con una grande nitidezza che mette in risalto i particolari della farfalla,bene la composizione,altrettanto i colori complimenti.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione

Hallo Ulla,
a very beautiful capture of the Purple Emperor, a fantastic butterfly well presented in workshop too, very good sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent point of view
Best regards

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-10-20 4:31]

Nice to see your pix again, Ulla.

Lovely captures of this butterfly in various "poses"

Hope the move is rather easy and smooth.

All the best,


Esa pequeña Canon reproduce los colores muy bien.
Buena luz y pose del insecto.
Un abrazo Ulla:
Josep Ignasi.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-21 11:24]

Hello Ulla,
Also very pleased to see a new photo from you. Beautiful photo in natural colours. Good sharpness and an excellent composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Ulla

Excellent macro of this butterfly over the earth,
i love this kind of butterfly photo where it
change from the butterfly with flower photos,
fine POV & framing, excellent focus sharpness details,



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