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Small Tortoiseshell with its wings folded. I was struck by the difference in colour. Folded like this makes them a far less attraction to predators - isn't nature wonderful as to how creatures have evolved in the art of self-protection and survival. I know you see these everyday but its the thought and understanding of evolution behind them that is so amazing. Darwin's evolutionary process at work-living proof. Thanks to everyone for comments and votes on yesterdays image. Very much appreciated.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D7000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:29 Jul 2013 - 2:09 PM
Focal Length:105mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.2
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:now wings folded
Username:PaulLiley PaulLiley
Uploaded:31 Jul 2013 - 6:50 PM
Tags:Butterfly, Camouflage, Insects, Macro, Nature, Small, Tortoiseshell, Wildlife / nature
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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 6:52 PM

belting detail paul wonderful colour and light love the comp a beauty nice one Wink
andy

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 6:53 PM

Yes....I agree with you
Fascinating!!

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8141 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 6:53 PM

Beautiful detail in this fine image, Paul. Carol

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 6:55 PM

I went back to your previous upload Paul,
and indeed there is a difference in the colour !!
Good shot.
And I am not sure about that Darwin guys theories.
I am living proof that we are indeed descended from Aliens from space !!
Mick.

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DonMc
DonMc e2 Member 6DonMc vcard United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 - 7:10 PM

Brilliant macro Paul
Don

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2209 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 7:38 PM

Bright and beautiful with lovely detailSmile
NettaSmile

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 8:09 PM

An excellent side view of this butterfly, colour and detail immaculately captured, Paul.
Ronnie.

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 8:31 PM

Superb detail and colour Paul.
Ann

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2481 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 9:08 PM

Excellent detail,

Ali

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 9:14 PM

Perfect detailed shot Paul
Lillian

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 9:27 PM

Stunning!

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 9:30 PM


Quote: I went back to your previous upload Paul,
and indeed there is a difference in the colour !!
Good shot.
And I am not sure about that Darwin guys theories.
I am living proof that we are indeed descended from Aliens from space !!
Mick.

I just knew there was a flaw in Darwins theory and your living proof. Thanks for clearing that up!!!! Cheers for your comments. paul

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom74 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2013 - 12:23 AM

I see you've used Program AE mode and I'm taking notes of the settings your camera has chosen.
Stunning detail - I expected the focal length to be even less with the markings so clear.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
1 Aug 2013 - 4:12 AM

Incredible detail, excellent shot.
M

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
1 Aug 2013 - 5:04 AM

Superb photography this Paul !! very well captured Smile

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Michaela_Solway

Wow. Stunning close up detailing with vibrant flower colour..excellent

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8806 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1636 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2013 - 8:31 PM

A lot of butterflies have outstandingly beautiful underwings. I love to see them. Lovely close and detailed shot, Paul.
I have pondered on what you have to say for many years. Nature is certainly wonderful, especially when it comes to camouflage and warnings. Someone once tried to answer my questions, and said that those who don't adapt just don't survive, but I'm still not sure that's the whole story.

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1 Aug 2013 - 10:30 PM

Wow!An amazing macro.Fantastic colour and detail
-source

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ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
4 Aug 2013 - 8:41 AM

Faultless macro! Very, very nice, Paul!Smile
Regards Valery

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2013 - 10:29 PM

An exceedingly fine close up, you've captured its wing patterns and markings in such intricate detail

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