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Queen of Spain Fritillary

Queen of Spain Fritillary
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-09-27 13:51
Viewed: 2743
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Today, on another beautiful day of our Indian Summer, I had the chance to see many Queen of Spain Fritillaries on a field. They were laying eggs in the soil, on the foot of their hostplant. And I’m happy to see that because it is a threatened species in Belgium. This one is resting on the sun.

See also the workshop with the upperside.
Issoria lathonia (Linné, 1758)
Family: Nymphalidae

The Queen of Spain Fritillary is a common butterfly in southern Europe, migrating as far north as south Scandinavia every summer. It is also found in North Africa, India, Central Asia, Himalayas and China.
Heat-dependent, this species is found breeding on the hottest places of the foodplants of the larvae (prefers Viola tricolor and Viola arvensis). The adult is a strong flyer, and may be found anywhere but forests.
The eggs of this species are laid on the Wild Pansy.
Flight time is between March and October, size is between 38 mm and 46 mm, and is usually found at altitudes between sea level and 2700 m. (Wikipedia)
It is a threatened species in Belgium. In Flanders only one population in the extreme south-west of the province of West-Vlaanderen, regularly enforced with vagrants (Lepidoptera of Belgium). It is still more widespread in Wallonia, the southern part of Belgium where it is on the Red List (VU).

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Ciao Catherine,
splendide photo de ce papillon unique pris avec une superbe nettetè, les couleurs sont très belles et naturelles, jolie composition.
Merci et félicitations

Hi MF Catherine,

Conratulations! that you reached your 300th posting on TN. A great milestone! Thanks for all contributions to us! This shot, like previous ones is excellent, the clarity and focus are impeccable.
Thanks a lot once more MF! Have a great week!


Hello Catherine,

A very nice pic from this Red list specie.
good pov and dof, diagonally framing.
Good work, fine natural colours.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-27 22:13]

Hello Catherine,
It's not easy to achieve total sharpness when taking a shot of a butterfly with open wings from this POV, but you managed to take this I. lathonia with almost total sharpness by focusing on just the right spot!
Nice composition against a pleasing neutral BG and the WS shows a fine view of the underside.
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-09-28 5:24]

Bonjour Catherine,
Un papillon qui semble réapparaître en automne, aussi chez nous. Il est si spécial, une classe à part! J'aime beaucoup ton image du WS, très puissante et qui montre à merveille la beauté de ses ailes inférieures. J'aurais éventuellement interchangé les deux images,bien que ton image principale ne manque pas de qualité non plus.
Et félicitations pour ta 300ème image! Amitiés

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-09-28 5:42]

Wonderful capture, great colors, sharp details.

Ciao Catherine congratulations for your splendid 300th post on TN, beautiful butterfly with fantastic colors great macro with fine details, wonderful blurry BG and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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