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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite photos, Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-10-02 9:37
Viewed: 5575
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Melitaea diamina (Lang, 1789)

False Heath Fritillary, Baldrian-Scheckenfalter, Silberscheckenfalter, Mørk pletvinge, Sotnätfjäril, Woudparelmoervlinder, Tummaverkkoperhonen, Mélitée noirâtre, Doncella oscura, Диамина …

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Melitaeinae

Wing span: 36 – 42 mm

Not as wide spread as the Heath Fritillary (Melitaea athalia), the „False Heath Fritillary“ (M. diamina) is living in northern Spain, Southern France, Central and Eastern Europe, also in a few areas of Southern Scandinavia, and rather locally only. The species seems to be entirely absent from the UK, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, the mediterranean islands, the southern Balkan. In the southern lowlands it may be seen flying in two generations from May to July and August to September. In the northern parts of Europe and the mountains where it goes up to approximately 2000m, there is just one generation each year flying in June and July.

Caterpillars are feeding on Valeriana, Plantago, Filipendula, Melampyrum, Veronica, Polygonum.

On the upper sides of wings, Melitaea diamina tends to be significantly darker than similar M. athalia, but considering the variability of M. athalia, that may not always be sufficient for proper identification. Distinctive black spots surrounded by deep orange in the submarginal band of the undersides of hindwings are a reliable indicator for M. diamina.

Melitaea diamina is restricted to uncultivated or extensively used meadows in humid locations, and therefore just as threatened as its habitat.

A picture of M. diamina’s dark upper side together with a perfect description of the species has been well presented here a few years ago by Ivan Kruys (Argus).

The picture was taken at the hour of sunset, the time when even the most agile butterflies would finally settle down for the night to come.

Christopher Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe. http://www.lepidoptera.pl/
Christian Stettmer, Markus Bräu, Patrick Gros, Otmar Wanninger: Die Tagfalter Bayerns und Österreichs, Laufen/Salzach 2007
Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Collins Butterfly Guide, London 2008
Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998

The camera:
SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixels, sRGB, 8 mm wideangle macro zoom (equivalent 40 mm at full size SLR), F/6.3, 1/250sec., ISO-125, bias -0.3, hand held, fill flash. 05.07.2010, 19:31.

Adobe Photoshop CS4, slightly cropped at the left and the right , resized to web, selectively resharpened, levels slighty adjusted.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

maaciejka, maurydv, marius-secan, BREARD, bungbing, PaulLees, stefanovet, joska, anel, KOMSIS, Alex99, Argus, Hormon_Manyer, lovenature has marked this note useful
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Hi Peter,

Nice composition. Taken from a good POV against the blue sky & the sharpness is great.
The details on the wings are awesome. Well done & TFS.

Hi Peter,
thanks for your warm worlds!!
Amazing colours and great composition.
Perfect point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-10-02 10:25]

Hello Peter,
This is a very lovely image of the False Heath Fritillary. I particularly like the way you took a very low POV and incorporated the beautiful blue sky into the scene. This is such a captivating image with the butterfly posed high atop the flowering head and the mountain range and colorful sky in the BG.
Awesome detail, exposure and gorgeous natural color. Composition and framing couldn't be any finer.

Hallo Peter,
another fantastic macro shot from you, superb sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent point of view with a nice pose of an interesting species on this splendid flower against the blue sky.
Best regards

lovely and dramatic point of view Peter. The little Sony seems quite capable machine. Brilliant clarity and perfect white balance. Bravo!
George Veltchev

hello Peter
Great picture with super details and super sharpness the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hello Peter,
A perfect capture of a lovely species of butterflies.
Exceptional clarity, focus and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-02 11:44]

Hello Peter,
Fantastic photo of this butterfly, taken from an original and very beautiful point of view in splendid colours and great sharpness. Gorgeous blue background. A beauty!

Superb photo, excellent point of view and detail. Very good to see this beautiful butterfly. regards yiannis

Ciao Peter, beautiful composition with fantastic Diamina on a lovely blue sky, fine details, splendid light, excellent sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-02 14:11]

Hi Peter,fantastic pov and fantastic result,another great success from our camera and impressive sharpness and colors!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter
Interesting butterfly and great photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-02 22:22]

Bonjour Peter,
Couleur et composition sont très bien faites. La netteté est excellente.
Belle image

Hello Peter,
A beautiful captured of this butterfly, excellent point of view, impressive details sharpness, great composition and beautiful natural colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

Hi Peter, Fabulous capture of this remarkable Butterfly my friend, superb sharpness and good clarity, splendid exposure/white balance control with lovely natural colours, impressive composition and nice low POV, great effort here Peter and very well done,
Best Regards,


I love this kind of shots! Beautiful picture for an interesting species, and very localized here in Umbria. The most useful description of them do, to distinguish it from Melitaea athalia. Are you one of my favorite photographers!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-10-03 2:14]

Hi Peter,
Splendid photo of this beautiful Butterfly, Melitaea diamina, TFS!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-03 4:26]

Lieber Peter,
Sehe, dass Du im Oetztal allerlei Schmetterlingsspezies fotografiert hast, eine interessante Gegend muss das sein. Den Baldrian-Scheckenfalter habe ich leider bei uns noch nie gesichtet. Du hast ihn in Stoecklescher Manier fotografiert, auf einer Blume weit in die Landschaft blickend...irgendwie so lebendig und erfreuend.
Gute Idee uns auch auf die Oberseite aufmerksam zu machen, so könnte man ihn sehr gut erkennen.
Wünsche noch einen angenehmen Tag
Herzlich grüsst

Hi Peter,
Perfect exposure and a very interesting POV! ... Good job ... You and that Sony make a good team! ...

Hallo Peter,
ein schönes, klares Bild des Scheckenfalters, das seine Flügelzeichnungen detailliert hervorbringt. Danke auch für die Informationen zum 'Objekt' und zu den Foto-Parametern
Gruß Georg

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-10-07 19:18]

Helo Peter,
very delight view with the blurry mountain in the background. The colors and pattern of the wings are so lovely wth the soft blue background to emphasise the beauty.
Well presented shot.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-10-10 6:30]

Hallo Peter,
Beautiful photo of this butterfly ..
Nice composition, superb macro. Fine details and splendid sharpness, perfect focus and beautiful blurry BG.
Best wishes,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-10-11 1:23]

Hi, dear Peter.
What a nice surprise to see your new simply outstanding pictures taken at my favorite manner. Subject (cute plant with tiny flowers and beautiful butterfly on it, silhouette of the mountains on a BG, blue sky with small clods in it, low POV) is fantastic as well as fill flash wish underlines sweet details brilliantly. Bravo, dear Peter, and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-10-29 22:30]

Hello Peter,
With excellent clarity and DOF against the blue sky, together with natural colours in fine lighting, this is a superb capture of diamina, one of the species that will be harder for me to find after our move.
The pattern of the hindwing is well shown in this resting position and the composition is perfect.
Thanks and enjoy your Sunday!

Hi Peter,
Nicely composed image with incredible clearness and beautiful exposure control. Professional usage of flash, great colors and details. I also like the mountains in the background very much. Top notch photo. Bravo.
I hope you'll return to the site soon. Have a prosperous 2013, friendly regards, László

Hello Peter
It's nice to see you still check into TN. Your photography is amazing. I love the tac sharp detail of this Melitaea diamina, the blue sky just adds to the great composition. I hope to see you post again soon.
TFS Janice

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