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Ilia and Lucanus.

Ilia and Lucanus.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic LUMIX DMC FX07
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-06-27 16:18
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 40
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Ilia and Lucanus.

Apatura ilia (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
Lesser Purple Emperor, Kleiner Schillerfalter, Petit Mars changeant, Ilia

Lucanus cervus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Stag beetle, Hirschkäfer, Lucane cerf-volant, Cervo volante

The humid deciduous forests of Rohrwald near Vienna are buzzing with life in these days. End of June is the time you should not miss there if you enjoy watching iridescent Emperor butterflies gathering in good numbers at wet spots. Giant stag beetles would also swarm there at sunset, creeping clumsily along the forest borders at daytime - particularly at weather conditions of sunshine, thunder and rain, as we are recently enjoying.

Finding both of them as closely together as here relaxing on an oak tree’s branch might be a rare coincidence, however, so I dare to show that quickly done aim & shoot documentary photo to you:

A male of Apatura ilia in its ochre variaton f. clythie (wing span approx. 65mm), and a well grown male stag beetle (its body length measuring about 75mm – antlers included). The ferocious looking beetle is totally harmless, using its giant antlers in rivalry fights only.

More details on the butterfly: Apatura ilia.

More details on the beetle: Lucanus cervus.

Camera: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FX07, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 5mm wideangle (equiv 28mm at dSLR), F/2.8, 1/500 sec., ISO-100; no tripod, no flash; 27.06.2007, 15:12.

Postwork: Photoshop Elements, 50% cropped, levels adjusted.

Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas, Stuttgart 1998.
C.Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe: http://www.lepidoptera.pl/
K.W.Harde, F.Severa: Der Kosmos Käferführer. Die Käfer Mitteleuropas, Stuttgart 2006.

Face to face.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2009-06-27 16:33]

Hello Peter,
Beautiful duo!
Unreal photo! Fantastic moment captured!
great DOF and colors!

That is one great camera you use Peter and not or rather besides that...this opportunity does not come along very often.....most never see it...I may have but have forgotten. Well captured...Actually well seen by you in the first place!

Guten Morgen und Namaste, Peter!
It is a great pleasure to see your fresh picture after a fairly long gap of time.
The butterfly and the beetle lounging together on the shiny Oak leaves are beautifully captured as usual.
Though the antlers of the Stag Beetle look threatening by virtue of their size, your note sets all the fears at rest. The butterfly is quite safe in its company.
Your notes are always a great experience to go through. They are first hand and original and give a clear impression that it is a scholar at work here.
Here in Delhi, we are getting roasted in the heat almost literally. No monsoons so far and the prospects seem bleak.
Warm regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-27 22:24]

Hello Peter,
What an amazing capture!
To be able to photograph either ilia or the Stag beetle seperately are achievements but to have them both on the same picture would for me be a once-in-lifetime experience.
The good use of your compact camera show both species with excellent sharpness and great POV as they stand out so well against the oak leaves. WOW!!!
This has to be a favourite.
I see you have a lot of unsettled weather but there is sun too. We are having a drought here in Sweden.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-27 22:33]

Hi Peter, dear friend.
What a fantastic subject and quality of the shot. All pictured objects are reflected with ultimate exactness and beautifulness: charming butterfly, amazing beetle and so wonderful leaves. Colours are awesome and solar patches of light on the leaf surface are sweet. Bravo. You simply must share your unique pictures here.
Yours Alexei.

Hi Peter
Nice capture.
Great details and good clarity.

hello Peter
wonterful scene and excellent capture

Hi Peter,
A nice and rare capture of the stag beetle and the beautiful butterfly in one frame. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-28 0:57]

Hello Peter,
What a fantastic combination of insects. And a good quality photo. Both are sharp and in clear colours. Excellent POV and beautiful contrasts on the leaves of the oak.

Hi Peter
Great shot, fantastic moment. Sharppness and POV is great. I must say that for me it is also funny - butterfly and beetle on one photo - please take a look on my last photo. It is also a couple but the size is completely different ;-)
Best wishes

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-06-28 2:51]

Hello Peter,
The original meeting. This species of the butterflies have splendid pattern i colours. Good sharpness and light.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Peter,
what a wonderful picture, indeed surprising that you have captured Apatura ilia and Lucanus with superb sharpness and bright colours in a splendid composition.
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-06-28 4:41]

Lieber Peter,
Sehr glücklich wieder mal ein Bild von Dir zu sehen! Du hattest viel Glück und gute Augen um diese Szene zu sehen. Welch eine Begegnung mit diesen zwei Kreaturen, die die wenigsten von uns zu Auge bekommen. Beide Bilder gefallen mir sehr gut, das "face to face" ist auch sehr eindrücklich. Wie immer beste Qualität und ein seltenes Sujet dazu. Gratuliere!
In der Hoffnung wieder mehr Bilder von Dir zu sehen...herzliche Grüsse und einen schönen Sonntag

ciao Peter!
your return on Tn, with this unique post .. simultaneous capture this is certainly surprising and i never seen!
excellent focus and definition ...
among my favorites

ciao sERGIO

Hello Peter
wundervolles Photo von diesem ungleichen Paar, und beide Insekten are so sharf,
die Komposition und die Farben sind auch sehr schön
das WS bild ist auch wunderbar
Grüsse aus Frankreich

Lieber Peter

Ich bin von Deiner Aufnahme fasziniert. Zum einen ist das Sujet wunderbar. Die beiden Insekten zusammen auf einem Bild ist herrlich, und zudem sind sie so scharf und mit ausgezeichneter Tiefenschärfe abgebildet. Zum anderen besticht Dein Bild durch das hervorragende Farbmanagement und die Klarheit.

Ein wunderbares Bild!

Liebe Grüsse


Hello Peter,

Fantastic capture.
Light,focus and colours are excellent.
Good note.

I was wondering what made Peter choose this composition :-) when i saw the tumbnail, but i was wrong when i looked at the bigger picture, you have a Stag beetle there. Good picture Peter and its nice to see you around here

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-07-04 3:36]

Hello Peter,
I'm sorry I'm late for this terrific masterpiece!! How fantastic to get both of these wonderful species in one shot! Both are sharply in focus and details are most impressive. Lovely colours too and a very fine composition. Definitely a favourite of mine!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

this is a great composition 2 insects in 1 shot
super sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

This is a verry nice immage with two interesting species.Well done.Regards.Alin.

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