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Melanargia galathea


Melanargia galathea
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Copyright: Dario Maric (DarioM) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 25] (174)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC W15
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-30 5:01
Viewed: 4199
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. Found across most of Europe (not Scandinavia), north Africa, and as far east as Iran, the late twentieth century has seen an expansion of its range in the UK.

Despite its common name, this butterfly is one of the "browns", of the subfamily Satyrinae. They are a common sight in unimproved grasslands across southern Britain, particularly on the South Downs.

Like other members of its subfamily, the larvae feed on various grasses. The full range is unknown, but it is thought that Red Fescue Festuca rubra is essential in their diet. Eggs are laid on the wing, or from brief perches on grass stems, and are just sprinkled among the grass stems. Upon hatching, the larvae immediately enter hibernation, and only feed the following spring when the fresh growth occurs. They are a lime green colour, with a dark green line running down the middle of their back. Pupation takes place at ground level in a loose cocoon. Adults emerge in July, and, on a good site, in warm, sunny weather, thousands can be seen gently fluttering amongst the grass heads.

Another nickname for the Marbled White butterfly is the "Marmoress."

Thank you NICHOLAS GLEN!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-30 11:46]

Hi Dario. I think i am right in saying this is a Marbled White Butterfly. Which you have taken with good detail and natural colours. A nice pose on the pink flower. You have lost the focu just at the top of the wings maybe movement. All the same a good picture. well done TFS.
Nick..

Hello Dario,

A lovely shot with good colours and fine pattern details.
The focus is mainly sharp except for a little loss on the upper wing. As nick say, maybe due to movement.
Good dof on the butterfly and the thistle head.
What is hiding in the thistle?

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2009-07-02 0:41]
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une tres belle prise!
les couleurs sont magnifiques!
une composition reussie!

merci.

Hi Dario,
Nice pinks and darks,with good detail and POV.Well done.
erwin...

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