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Head Down Ringlet

Head Down Ringlet
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax Optio 550
Exposure: f/7.7, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-03 11:30
Viewed: 3943
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Aphantopus hyperantus Ringlet

Range: Europe, except Mediterranean and arctic regions, and across N. Asia to Ussuri.

Description: Male forewing 20/24mm., upperside ground colour almost black; upperside forewing with inconspicuous sex-brand along median vein, and with or without obscure ocelli in spaces 3 and 5; upperside hindwing obscure ocelli in spaces 2 and 3; fringes very pale; underside ground colour pale brown with a golden reflection, conspicuous buff-ringed ocelli with white pupils in spaces 3 and 5 on the forewing and spaces 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 in uneven series on hind wing. Female upperside ground colour paler brown with ocelli, constantly present, usually white-pupilled on hind wing.

Flight: June/July
Habitat: Damp grassy places, often in light woodland, from lowlands to 5,000 feet. Larval food plants grasses, e.g. Millium, Poa, Carex and more rarely sedges.

Variation: Individual variation occurs in the development of the ocelli on the under side.

This individual is head-down in a flower profuse with nectar and is clearly oblivious to the presence of a photographer nearby. The picture has been de-noised with Neat Image, then cropped, resized and selectively sharpened for TN using Photoshop Elements.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-03 11:41]

Hi Alan. This Ringlet has its head well in the flower. You have taken this with a good POV so we can see all the wing markings so well. against a good DOF. fine detail and natural colours. all with interesting notes . well done TFS.

Have a good weekend.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-03 11:47]

Hello Alan.
Very good shot. Great POV and very good details. Excellent colours.
Regards Siggi

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-10-03 12:05]
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Hello Alan,
a nice picture of this hyperantus closely connected to the nectar source!
Details of the flower and of the butterfly are well reproduced.
Some extra small eye-spots are seen on the hindwing.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-03 20:40]

Hello Alan,

This is a good close-up of the butterfly showing so sharply the texture and pattern of the wings. You have chosen a good POV showing the whole insect amd flower beneath.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Alan, beautiful composition with elegant butterfly on a lovely flower, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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