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Before hibernation


Before hibernation
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-10-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-11-06 15:19
Viewed: 368
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The old and damaged Inachis io would seem at the end of its existence, but this species will soon hibernate to reappear in the first warm days of late winter, to give life to a new generation.

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked) Rhopalocera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Tribe: Nymphalini
Genus: Inachis
Species: I. io

The European peacock caterpillar (Inachis io), more commonly known simply as the peacock caterpillar, is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe and Asia. It is the only member of the genus Inachis which is sometimes included in Nymphalis. It should not be confused or classified with the "American peacocks" in the genus Anartia; these are not close relatives of the present species. The peacock butterfly is resident in much of its range, often wintering in buildings or trees. It therefore often appears quite early in spring.The butterfly hibernates over winter before laying its eggs in early spring, in batches of up to 500 at a time. The caterpillars, which are shiny black with six rows of barbed spikes and a series of white dots on each segment, hatch after about a week and feed on nettles and hops.
The adult butterflies drink nectar from a wide variety of flowering plants, including buddleia, sallows, dandelions, wild marjoram, danewort, hemp agrimony, and clover; they also utilize tree sap and rotten fruit.The Peacock can be found in woods, fields, meadows, pastures, parks, and gardens, and from lowlands up to 8,200 feet elevation. It is a relatively common butterfly seen in many European parks and gardens.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2018-11-06 20:56]

True colors, excellent shot and perfect exposure.

Now that's a spectacular one Luciano.
Vibrant colours and nice and sharp.
cheers
Ian

Hello Luciano,
Indeed before hibernation the colors of the wings are degraded...
Hope to meet this lovely specie next summer...
Marius.

Ciao Luciano, già malridota adesso, figuriamoci alla fine dell'inverno, sempre bella la Inachis anche a fine stagione, ancora magnifici colori, macro al solito di qualità super, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2018-11-07 22:55]

beautiful..

hallo Luciano
a old one but nice to see this also
thanks gr lou

Hello Luciano I
Well captured this old butterfly. I don't mind whether it's old or young.To me it's natural. Good details and perfect exposure.
Thanks and regards,
Srikumar

Bonsoir Luciano,

Le papillon est bien placé dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Paon-du-jour. La lumière fait ressortir la beauté des couleurs. Bonne soirée.

Pierre

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