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zerynthia cerisy cretica

By CarolG  
Zerynthia cerisy cretica is a Cretan subspecies of the eastern festoon, and is an Old World papilionid butterfly, in the same family as the swallowtails. The Cretan sobspecies is smaller and less well marked than the eastern festoon, but nonetheless just as beautiful in my eyes. Versions 1-4 are images of one that I found in the meadow next to my house yesterday, unfortunately she had a damaged wing, but |I felt she was still worth photographing V.5 shows one that I spotted today, with its wings spread. Although endemic to Crete, these are the only two eastern festoons that I have ever spotted here.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Butterfly Close-up Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Eastern festoon

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
14 Apr 2014 6:08AM
Expertly captured, Carol: a very pretty butterfly and I can see the resemblance to the swallowtail in your V 5 shot.
Very interesting and detailed narrative too.

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Your to-day's model is attractive in all the P.O.V. I could imagine the efforts taken by you, Carol, to capture it from varying angles. As always well co-operated model. - Raja.
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
14 Apr 2014 6:25AM
A beautiful butterfly and beautifully captured.

dven Plus
12 25 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2014 7:00AM
A lovely set

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2014 7:01AM
SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile Wink
ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
14 Apr 2014 7:10AM
Amazing images Carol...I am not sure How you always get these to sit still while you get a multitude of varying shots.....wonderful detail and great photography
14 Apr 2014 7:21AM
Super set Carol, great detail in all,
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2014 7:22AM
One of my favourite butterflies and beautifully captured by you.Smile
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2014 7:42AM
She really is a beauty
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2014 7:49AM
Five exceptional captures of this rare beauty.
ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
14 Apr 2014 7:51AM
Great pictures, Carol.
(I didn't manage to get a shot of one butterfly in Crete!).
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1927 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2014 8:10AM
Great set, V2 & V3 the best for me - composition plus atmosphere.
14 Apr 2014 8:24AM
all first class with V3 by a nose Carol fine work

Happy new week
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2014 8:28AM
Great work Carol, V5 is superb GrinGrin

Ali GrinGrin
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2014 8:34AM
What a beautiful butterfly Carol and great images of it.

14 Apr 2014 8:58AM
Simply superb, Carol!Smile

14 Apr 2014 8:58AM
Those "creticas" are very beautiful and an astonishing amount of details you got to those images ! - Super excellent images , Carol ! --- Jukka.
14 Apr 2014 9:07AM
Lovely images Carol, even the plants they are perched on look good
14 Apr 2014 10:14AM
absolutely gorgeous you 'd of got my UA again if only i had seen it before i gave it to another worthy candidate
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2014 10:16AM
Five excellent pictures Carol. V4 for me please.
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2014 10:47AM
i especially like v1, but they are all superb.
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 152 16 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2014 11:10AM
Excellent set Carol, a great looking butterfly, a great write upSmile

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2014 11:26AM
A stunning butterfly beautifully photographed - lovely against the dark backgrounds.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
Lovely set, beautifully detailed shots. SmileSmile
JohnoP 12 2
14 Apr 2014 11:58AM
What stands out for me on these images is the beautiful colour combination Carol! V1 my favourite! Smile John
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2014 12:01PM
What a pretty butterfly - again you have achieved very good detail and I especially like V4.
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
14 Apr 2014 12:25PM
What a wonderful find. V1 and 5 are especially pleasing. I can see the similarity to the swallowtails we have here.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
14 Apr 2014 1:01PM
She is lovely. You've captured 5 beautiful images of her and her wing has barely noticeable damage.
ukgubbi 6 5 India
14 Apr 2014 1:06PM
Brilliant set. Fine details.
14 Apr 2014 1:30PM
100% marks for both Pic & information
14 Apr 2014 1:32PM
A fabulous set and interesting write up Carol. A
9 10 10 England
14 Apr 2014 1:41PM
Superb set Carol; especially like V3 & V5.
6 3 8 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2014 1:55PM
Stunning detail all round, each one worthy of its own uploadGrin
mex 10 27 3 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2014 2:00PM
V3-V4, for me carol.
cheers phil.
LexEquine 12 19 United States
14 Apr 2014 3:40PM
This is a "Superlative" macro Image Set, "Worth of many Accolades & Awards."~

Ciao ~ Peter Smile
14 Apr 2014 3:48PM
Lovely light and detail, Carol.

nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
14 Apr 2014 3:58PM
Wonderful shot Carol, such fine detail x
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
14 Apr 2014 4:22PM
A wonderful set, Carol, lovely light, and go for V3 as my fave Wink
Trev Smile
Mike_Smith Plus
10 482 1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2014 4:36PM
Cracking set Carol, i agree its a beautiful Butterfly taken to perfection as you always do
14 Apr 2014 5:21PM
An absolutely stunning set Carol, really beautiful Smile
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
14 Apr 2014 5:36PM
What a pretty thing. It reminds me of a frothy ballgown.
14 Apr 2014 6:48PM
A stunning set Carol..Lin
14 Apr 2014 7:21PM
An awesome set of close ups, Carol, but V1 is really exceptional!!!
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2014 9:01PM
Five quite exceptional images each one a real gem and so very well presented Carol

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
14 Apr 2014 9:09PM
So wonderful images, Carol! Excellent work!
14 Apr 2014 10:41PM
Fantastic set. Cathy
15 Apr 2014 5:21AM
A superb set of this rare species, Carol.
As always, your attention to detail is a delight...
... making the images a pleasure to view.
No favourite - they are all top-drawer...Smile

saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
15 Apr 2014 4:50PM
Wonderful and beautiful set of images.Carol,very well done,
akhtarkhan 15 4 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2014 8:59AM
Checked all 5 versions and looked very good, but for me V1, V3 & V5 stand out. Superb detail and wonderful patterns........brilliant capture, CarolWink

evelen 13 5 England
16 Apr 2014 6:31PM
wonderful set of shots Carol.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2014 2:55AM
So very pretty Carol... Great images!
Crete is a great place to find such a diversity of species...
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
18 Apr 2014 6:09AM
A real beauty

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
19 Apr 2014 12:25PM
A stunning set of images of this beautiful and rare butterfly Carol, you must have been chuffed to bits to see this one and for it to stick around long enough to get a good number of shots of it.

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