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Sleeping together

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 2 September 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

At the end of the day, butterflies and day-active moths search a place to sleep. These two species (Polyommatus icarus (right) and Zygaena filipendula (left)) will share the same dried flower - end of summer is coming - to spend the night. Remarkable is the difference in sleeping style: one with the head up, the other one with the head down. Also remarkable: they are both looking in the same direction.... In Belgium, Flemish people and Walloons are still quarreling to form a government (they always seem to quarrel anyway), but I wonder - what is wrong, being different, in sharing the same flower, even if we do have some different habits? As long as we point our heads in the same direction everything will be possible ... Nature provides us always some nice examples ...

Image: Rochefort (BE) - 25/08/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/50 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

© Johan Dierckx

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KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

Do you know the physical principle called "butterfly effect"?
A fate story...(and perhaps a love story...?)

2 Sep 2010 5:46am

@KriKridesign: I had to look up the principle you called the "butterfly effect". As far as I can understand it is a part of the "Chaos theory" ... which is way to difficult for me :-)))) I think I'll stick to the love-story for nature :-)
Thanks for pointing me the blog - some nice images there. Greetz !

carla from Netherlands

Wat een prachtige combinatie. Knap ook dat je zoveel scherp hebt met 5.6

2 Sep 2010 5:50am

@carla: Dank je Carla. Ik denk dat het niet zozeer de scherptediepte is die hier een rol speelt (want die is echt wel heel beperkt), maar vooral het feit dat beide vlinders exact in hetzelfde scherptevlak liggen waardoor beide oogjes scherp zijn (en dan is de totaalindruk van scherpte een stuk groter...).

Lougris from Toulouse, France

je passe chez toi et je découvre un travail remarquable !
un endroit comme je les aime tout de verdure et de petites bêtes si belles !!!
ton porfolio est de toute beauté .

PS : merci à Krikri pour cette belle rencontre :)

have a good day.


2 Sep 2010 6:56am

@Lougris: Thank you very much, Didier. I'm sorry to respond in English. I do understand French, but writing and expressing myself in that language is far mor difficult for me than in English. Nice we did choose the same subject for the image on this day. At this moment i'm a bit short in time but I will look through your portfolio the comming days.

marci from somewhere in..., Morocco

wow, fabulous detail! wonderful!

2 Sep 2010 6:58am

@marci: Thank you very much for your visit and your comment, Marci.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

This is a fantastic find! The two species, almost like dark and light.. the red and black absorbs the light, the paler one is illuminated by it. Antipathies [opposites]. Nicely done Johan!

2 Sep 2010 12:53pm

@Dutçh: Opposites is always nice. I think it is one of the basic principles in most art-forms. Thanks again for your remarkable comment, Kristen. (And sorry for my late respons - having a busy time right now).

Becky from los angeles, United States

wow - a beautiful image! Really great!

2 Sep 2010 5:09pm

@Becky: Thank you very much, Becky.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Super - gratuliere - und beide in der gleichen Ebene !

2 Sep 2010 6:20pm

@Loner: Thanks again, Sonja. And indeed, it is not evident to get both species in the same focal plane, but is is the only way to get a good image out of this scene I think. Sorry for my late answer but I have some realy busy days right now.

Gina from Azores, Portugal

Perfect macro.5*****

2 Sep 2010 8:40pm

@Gina: Thank you very much for your appreciation, Gina. I'm realy glad you are enjoying my images. Greetz !

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Wat een uitzonderlijke fotovangst! Zeer fraai vastgelegd, Johan!

2 Sep 2010 9:56pm

@Marleen: Af en toe (maar heel zelden) kom je dit soort scenes tegen. Je moet op het goede moment op de goede plek zijn en je oog moet er op vallen (gelukkig heb ik dat laatste ook nog terug gevonden :P ) Dank voor je commentaartje alweer, Marleen.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Nice find. As always, the focus and lighting are superb! I like your analogy to people too.

3 Sep 2010 9:48am

@Julie Brown: Thanks again, Julie :-)

Joke from Leuven, Belgium

in één woord: schitterend.

3 Sep 2010 1:52pm

@Joke: Dank je (in twee woorden :p). Maak er een fijn weekend van, Joke.

Je@n-M@rc from Nancy, France

Magnifique aussi cet effet papillon là :)
Bravo !!!!
Je me permet de vous montrer deux ou trois de mes réalisations sur un autre blog

Bonne soirée

5 Sep 2010 7:40pm

@Je@n-M@rc: Thank you very much, Jean-Marc. I visited your spider images on your other blog (and some others). (note - the first link you mentioned did not open well but I copied it so finally I was able to view the right image). Think you are doing a great job in your macros. Some realy nice images there. Congratulations.

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Superb shot, interesting comments!

7 Sep 2010 8:42pm

@Christine: Thanks again, Christine. Glad you like the comment too... it's a bit philosophic.

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

Magical capture !!
5 stars

16 Sep 2010 9:34pm

@Demo: Thank you so much for the appreciation. I'm realy glad you like it.

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

amazing composition, excelent to get a huge shot :-)))

9 Sep 2012 5:51am

Canon EOS 400D
1/50 second
ISO 200
150 mm