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Thanks very much for the response to the male Bullfinch, and especially to Ed and Keith for the UA's, all are very much appreciated.

Back to the butterflies for today and an Apollo photographed in Spain earlier this year. I saw 4 or 5 individuals but this one was of particular interest as it's a pregnant female with the sphragis in position. The sphragis is a form of chastity belt and is secreted by the male during copulation. After copulation the secretion hardens to form a horny structure which prevents any other males from copulating with the female.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Canon 100mm f2.8 L IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:100mm
Aperture:f/13.0
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:+0.375
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:Apollo
Username:NigelKiteley NigelKiteley
Uploaded:29 Oct 2012 - 3:21 PM
Tags:Apollo, Butterflies, Close-up / macro, Wildlife / nature
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digital_boi
29 Oct 2012 - 3:23 PM

very fine capture excellent detail a pleasure to view

Graham

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tezquirk
tezquirk  227 forum posts United Kingdom
29 Oct 2012 - 3:26 PM

Superb capture .. Smile

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christinecilia
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29 Oct 2012 - 3:33 PM

lovely photo nice detail. christine.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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29 Oct 2012 - 3:59 PM

Excellent one.

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
29 Oct 2012 - 4:06 PM

Excellent !! Soft on the eyes SmileGrin

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TonyDy
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29 Oct 2012 - 4:26 PM

The crafty little devil!
Brilliant shot, Nigel.
Tony

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FeatherFriend
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29 Oct 2012 - 4:42 PM

Excellent detail , pose and colour Nigel,
Geoff.
Would love to know which part of Spain Nigel, I always go to the wrong places Wink

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29 Oct 2012 - 4:59 PM

A stunning close up of this beautiful butterfly Nigel, you've captured her wing markings in such intricate detail and provided us with some fascinating information on this species

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29 Oct 2012 - 6:23 PM

Very envious of this one Nigel, well up there with your best mate.

Ade

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Snapitt
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29 Oct 2012 - 7:45 PM

Superb image Nigel. Lovely colours and great background.

Jane

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29 Oct 2012 - 8:00 PM

Interesting narrative to this superb image Nigel.
Brian.

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29 Oct 2012 - 8:00 PM

Stunning Nigel
Steve

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Irishkate
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29 Oct 2012 - 9:15 PM

A truly beautiful butterfly and it was interesting to learn about their mating habits
and recognise it when you see a sphragis.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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Karrol
Karrol  529 forum posts England
29 Oct 2012 - 10:56 PM

Such a beautiful subject and superb capture.

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Ayoob
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30 Oct 2012 - 3:04 AM

Gorgeous shot of beutiful butterfly-well done.....Grin

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