Archive for the Comana Category

Spring butterflies and moths

Posted in Canaraua Fetii, Comana on March 20, 2017 by maxpho

Spring is definitely here…these shots present some of the early butterfly and moth species that start to emerge in March-April.

Zerynthia polyxena:

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Eudia pavoniella:





The Moon and a plane – March 4, 2017

Posted in Comana on March 4, 2017 by maxpho

Some shots from my first trip this year to Comana Woods, where together with my wife we’ve watched a lot of planes passing by the Moon. I’ve only had the 100mm macro lens on the 550D, so no “fie” details were captured.

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Some insect macrophotography – May 2016

Posted in Canaraua Fetii, Comana, Plimbari, Specii rare on May 21, 2016 by maxpho

During a few expeditions at the beginning of May, I’ve managed to get a few pictures of some beautiful butterflies and other insects, some of which are threatened with extinction in a few locations due to the “great human intervention”. I will not get in depth with the reasons why this happens more and more often in our country. I will, perhaps one day, write a more comprehensive article about this, but I already believe it will not have any impact…

And now the shots:

Parnassius mnemosine distincta:

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Melitaea phoebe phoebe:

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Glaucopsyche alexis alexis:

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Carcharodus orientalis orientalis:

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Saturnia pavonia pavonia (only eggs and larva):



Zerynthia polyxena polyxena (adult female and eggs):


And other insects:




Spring is here !!!

Posted in Comana, Plimbari on March 5, 2016 by maxpho

The spring butterflies and flowers have emerged! A bit too soon perhaps, but I must confess that I like this early Spring 🙂

The following images were shot in the Comana Woods, near Bucharest, at the end of February and the beginning of March. The butterfly (of the species Nymphalis polychloros) was just one of the many species found. For this species (and not only) the flight period started a bit too soon.




First six and eight-legged creatures in 2016

Posted in Comana on February 21, 2016 by maxpho

As I’ve mentioned in the previous post, some unusual high temperature values were recorded in the first part of February this year (up to +22 degrees Celsius). This allowed for some of the invertebrates that hibernated (either as adults or as larvae) during December and January, to get outside for a quick warm-up. I’ve encountered some of these creatures during brief drives in the Comana Woods, south of Bucharest, in the first half of February. Some small snow patches were still present, and they did make great backgrounds.

“Ice spider”:



And another species, this time on a more “normal” terrain:



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Some flies were also present:




And the first flowers of 2016 in the woods, a few days from opening:


A superb debut of the Spring, but a bit too early…



Looking in the eyes of a…

Posted in Comana, Supermacrofotografie on April 9, 2015 by maxpho

…jumping spider.

This female jumping spider of the genus Aelurillus was found in the Comana Woods in early April.

The following shots were acquired in the same manner as the ones from the previous post, in which the male of this species was photographed.

First, a “wide” shot:

salticid 2And a more detailed view:

salticid 1Also, a higher magnification view, using more optics in the setup. Only a grayscale view this time, since the chromatic aberrations of the 2x teleconverter used were quite annoying.



Some details from the insect world – March 22, 2015

Posted in Comana, Supermacrofotografie on April 2, 2015 by maxpho

Almost two weeks ago, on a short trip to the Comana Woods to see how Nature is waking up after the long winter, I’ve found some of the first invertebrates of the year.

Among them, a small jumping spider and a bee-fly.

I’ve spent a lot of time photographing this two small beings. The first one, the spider, was a little less cooperative due to the fact that it was very much alive at the time of the shot, and moving all-around.

I’ve used for both subjects the old super-macrophotography setup, the Canon 550D and the SMC Pentax-M inverted objective. The light used was from a macro-ring flash, not the best choice for artistic shots, but very efficient for high-resolution images showing small details on insect bodies.

First, the spider. Notice the reflection of the macro-ring light in the frontal eyes.


And the bee-fly (a fly that mimics bees) of the species Bombylius major, found already dead on the ground. First shot presents the head and most of it’s proboscis:

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A detailed view of it’s right eye (large image!):

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And another of it’s wing:

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Spring is here now, so I’m very sure that many more shots like these (or better) will appear on this blog, since a lot of possible subjects are now emerging from their winter cocoons/shelters.