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Explored at #376 Thank you all

 

This shot has won a competition for Butterflies, in the Nice Animals group April 2009

 

A different edit of the same shot, posted previously

I like to crop square!

I wanted to write more, (about the colour co-ordination between the eye-spots and the flower), but I can't spell Buddleia :-)

I can spell bokeh! But I'm bored with that word.

I can spell noise!

I can spell soft focus!

But I don't want to say anything about that :-)

 

This shot has made it to the number 1 spot in:

Top 20 Bugs and Blossoms

Top 20 Butterfly Photos

 

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Here's some artwork inspired by this image. I'm flattered :-)

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2012-08-22 Styria, district Leibnitz - Sausal

Synonym: Nymphalis io

Buddleja is very popular with pollinators (and especially butterflies) as it provides food late in the year, when relatively few plants are flowering; the plant is invasive in Austria (especially in warmer regions of Eastern and Southern Austria), the butterfly of course is native to Austria.

German name: Tagpfauenauge (auf Gewöhnlich-Sommerflieder)

Der Sommerflieder ist eine bekannte und beliebte "Schmetterlingspflanze" (allerdings gerade in den wärmeren Gegenden Österreichs auch ein invasiver Neophyt).

Feeding on Urtica dioica. Kaluga region of Russia

While these are often pecked by birds or with worn wing-edges, this freshly-emerged summer individual was absolutely pristine.