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first for 2011
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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 55-200mm f/4-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom N
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-18 9:40
Viewed: 4505
Points: 50
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hello All

this is my first butterfly of this year, and it is also the 3th that i have seen, the two others was yellows one, i think Brimstones, they was flying far over my head and impossible to capture them, this one was a quite docile modele, it was landing just before my feet, i have taken a few photos

the first butterfly photo of the year is always a great moment

Inachis io
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The European Peacock (Inachis io), more commonly known simply as the Peacock butterfly, is a colourful butterfly, found in Europe, temperate Asia as far east as Japan. It is the only member of the genus Inachis (the name is derived from Greek mythology, meaning Io, [the daughter] of Inachus). 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 Peacock butterfly has figured in research where the role of eye-spots as anti-predator mechanism has been investigated.
In the British Isles, the butterfly is found in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Shetland islands and the Orkneys. The Peacock is expanding its range.The butterfly is not known to be threatened.


The butterfly has a wingspan of 50 to 55 mm. The base-colour of the wings is a rusty red, and at each wingtip it bears a distinctive, black, blue and yellow eye-spot. The underside is a cryptically coloured dark-brown or black.

Natural history

The Peacock can be found in woods, fields, meadows, pastures, parks, and gardens, and from lowlands up to 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) elevation. It is a relatively common butterfly seen in many European parks and gardens. The Peacock male exhibits territorial behaviour, in many cases territories being selected en route of the females to oviposition sites.

The butterfly hibernates over winter before laying its eggs in early spring, in batches of up to 400 at a time. The eggs are ribbed and olive-green in colour and laid on the upper parts, and, the undersides of leaves of nettle plants and hops. The caterpillars, which are shiny black with six rows of barbed spikes and a series of white dots on each segment, and which have a shiny black head, hatch after about a week.

The Chrysalis may be either grey, brown or green in colour and may have a blackish tinge. The caterpillars grow up to 42 mm in length.
The recorded foodplants of the European Peacock are Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica), Hop (Humulus lupulus) and the Small Nettle (Urtica urens).

The adult butterflies drink nectar from a wide variety of flowering plants, including buddleia, willows, dandelions, wild marjoram, danewort, hemp agrimony, and clover; they also utilize tree sap and rotten fruit.

The butterfly has cryptic undersides with flashy eye-spots above and can also make an audible sound by rubbing its wings together, presumably as anti-predator measures.

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Hi Jacqueline, my neighbour.
Congratulations for this first your shot of butterfly this year. Great POV, excellent natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-03-18 9:56]

Hello Jacqueline,
A beautiful shot of this early Peacock butterfly.
I like the POV taken with fine sharpness and natural colours against the gravel BG on which it is sunnning itself. The composition is just right.
Well done!
Thanks and have a nice weekend,

Ciao Jacqueline, congratulatiobns for your first butterfly of 2011, lovely Peacock with fantastic color, splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Jacqueline

Très jolie cette photo du papillon avec la belle lumière,
excellent POV et cadrage, superbe focus netteté détails, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-18 10:10]

Hello Jacqueline,
Very beautiful photo in splendid light and excellent sharp details. Taken from a good POV in a pleasing diagonal composition.

Lovely capture Jacqueline Schnepp! Fantastic point of view and efficient depth of field!
George Veltchev

Hallo Jacqueline,
félicitations pour cette première image de l'un des plus beaux papillons, de belles couleurs et belle luminosité, une netteté parfaite, jolie composition avec un excellent point de vue.
Merci et encore félicitations
Bonne soirée

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-18 10:40]

Salut Jacqueline! Bienvenue dans les club des papillonaires 2011 ! Une photo excellente,avec une gestion de la lumiere magnifique et la prise laterale oblige' pour ne couvrir avec ta ombre la belle Inachis.Coulerus naturelles et magnifique contrast avec la terre.Mes compliments et belle soiree',Luciano

hello Jacqueline
great picture with very good sharpness nice details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Impressive photo Jacqueline! The composition, the lighting, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-03-18 11:22]

Bonjuor Jacqueline,
New season, Beautiful Butterfly!
Very good sharpnes and beautiful naturel colors.
Best wishes,

Ciao Jaqueline. Best compliments for your first butterfly of 2011! Good colours and light for the beauty in diagonal pose.


Hello Jacqueline, a beautiful shot of the first butterfly of spring. A good omen for the next new catch. Hello Paul

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-18 13:05]

Hello Jacqueline.
Very good macro shot of this European Peacock butterfly with great colours, sharpness and details of butterfly and BG. You selected a point of view and composed the image perfect.Best regards Siggi

Hi Jacqueline,
Splendid macro. Fantastic the colors and the composition.
Very nice capture.
Thanks for sharing
Ciao, Manuel

Hello Jacqueline,
A fine macro capture taken with vivid colors, perfect focus, excellent details and great composition. Well done!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-03-18 16:20]

Hello Jacqueline,
Congratulations for this first your macro,excellent sharpness and splendid colors.Great POV and nice composition.TFS.

hello Jacqueline, a beautiful scene and photo with this colorful butterfly, fine performance in your lovely composition!
regards Nasos

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-03-21 19:18]

Hello Jacqueline,
I can definitely relate to your excitement at capturing your first butterfly photo of the year. I haven't spotted any yet this year, but I'm sure they will be active fairly soon.
This is a beautiful butterfly with attractive markings and you have done a fine job of capturing it's image for all to enjoy viewing. Well done!!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-03-22 8:46]

Hello Jacqueline,
It's always wonderful to see the first butterflies in spring and you managed to get a lovely capture of this Peacock while warming itself on the stones. I lilke its pose and the fine details and natural colours. Beautiful light too and well composed.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Jacqueline,

an nice picture from this beautiful and common butterfly warming up in the sun.
Good pov,and sharpness.
Fine colors.


Hello Jacqueline,

At least some lucky people have spring!
Concerning myself I don't even dare guessing, since this week brought another snowfall sniff sniff...
And to admire butterflies I have to make use of TN for quite a while yet, but no problem since I can enjoy fine photographs like yours!

Pablo -

Excelente pose y gran fidelidad en los colores del conjunto.
Buen fin de semana Jacqueline: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Jacqueline,it looks like this rather attractive butterfly has eyes for you!I like the colour and eye spots this little creature has and the fact you have it captured with it's wings fully spread.The image has some areas on it that look a little soft on the focus but stopping down a little would be enough to get it in total focus.A fine a very likeable image and thank you very much for sharing it with us.


Hi Jacqueline,
The first butterfly of the year (even if commented much later) is always special for each of us. Your 2011 b-fly debut is wonderful, in both sharpness and colors + also a stunner composition-wise. Except for the small background noise, which may easily be removed with the free software Neat Image, I like the photo as it is. Tfs, and of course congrats.
Have a great weekend, friendly yours, László

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