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Inachis io (wings close)

Inachis io (wings close)
Información de la foto
Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6123 W: 89 N: 15234] (63760)
Género: Animals
Medio: Color
Tomada el: 2008-06-06
Categorías: Insects
Exposición: f/2.8, 1/215 segundos
More Photo Info: [view]
Versión de la foto: Versión original, Workshop
Fecha enviada: 2008-06-07 16:52
Vista: 3632
Puntos: 32
[Normas para las notas] Notas del fotógrafo
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.

Inachis io
Distribuita in gran parte dell'Europa, da 0 a 2500m d'altitudine.
Descrizione: ali anteriore e posteriore superiori con grandi "occhi" bianchi e blu, colore dominante è il rosso o marrone rossiccio per l'ala posteriore.
Vola generalmente tra giugno e agosto frequentando posti aperti e soleggiati in un gran numero di habitat.

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What an incredible shot! The DOF is excellent and you know, I have never heard of a European peacock caterpillar. Given the wings, the way they appear to flair out, I understand the name.

The contrast between the butterfly and its natural surroundings is lovely - dark against the light...

The clarity is awesome, and the butterfly is obviously fragile, yet I still want to softly touch it...

Thank you for posting.

hello Luciano

excellent image of this butterfly wtih fine POV and DOF,
wonderful luminosity of the image, great contrast
between the butterfly's and the backgrounds colours and lights,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Farfalla. Viene a lei facile come affettando un burro sì? ....her...well maybe....anyway a great image and as I meant to say...as easy as slicing warm butter!

This side of the wings of this otherwise beautiful butterfly is a potent weapon for camouflage, Luciano, and you have captured the details on it very well.
Good composition as a whole.
Cheers and bye.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-06-07 21:57]

Hi Luciano , very nice capture of this dark beauty , great detail ,color , contrast , point of view, and composition . thanks for sharing

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1081 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-06-07 23:12]
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Ciao Luciano,
you show the different nuances of the dark underside wing pattern of io very well.
Precisely focused and sharp butterfly which stands out clearly against the background
so that the wing shape is nicely seen.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Luciano, amazing shot with astonishing details my friend. The BG also superb! TFS. Have a nice sunday!


Ciao Luciano, insolita vista laterale della bella Inachis, anche se qualcheduno l'aveva già postata un paio di settimane fa, ottimi deagli e buona nitidezza, dilato non è certo bella come dall'alto ma è un ottimo esempio di mimetismo, sembra avere due pezzi di corteccia al posto delle ali, ciao e buona Domenica

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-06-08 3:26]

Hello Luciano, Nice shot filled with sharpness and focus. The wing pattern is so beautiful and presented very nicely. Ganesh

Bonjour Luciano,

Excellente photo de ce beau papillon. Les détails des ailes sont superbes. Splendides couleurs.
Bon dimanche,

Bellissima Luciano. Questa volta giallo sparato ma bilanciato con maestria dal colore cupo delle ali che si, sembrano proprio la sezione di un tronco.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-06-08 10:15]

Hello Luciano,
Excellent capture of the underside of the Peacock, all very sharply in focus. Great details and fine light making the pattern look like tapestry! A good contrasting background too. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Ciao Luciano,
I see many postings of beautiful butterfly from you and I know it's summer in Italy! carry on with the excellent job which greatly appreciated by us!
this image have the best lighting and colour contrast also with the perfect sharpness
really well done

Exellent photo, Luciano!!!!
What stunning details and excellent clarity.
I love the colours and the light couldn't be better!
A bit too much space on the right but still a great shot... I did a WS, I hope you don't mind!

Superb work my friend!


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-09 6:54]

Hi Luciano,
Wonderful shot of this great looking butterfly with such amazing colour tones and sharp details on its wings. Nice pose captured and you have handled the lighting and exposure very skillfully. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

Bien captadas las texturas y colores a pesar de la dificultad de la toma.
Buen fin de semana Luciano.

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