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Gatekeeper


Gatekeeper
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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 55-200mm f/4-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom N
Exposure: f/11, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-08-01 3:42
Viewed: 3840
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello all,

i have taken this shot on a Meadow, when i walked to the lake, first, i thinked it was a Meadow Brown but at home, on my monitor i saw that the markings on his wings are different, he has not open his wings, so i have not seen his orange upperside

it is a bit noise in the BG but I hope you like it

Gatekeeper Butterfly

Scientific Name :  Pyronia tithonus


Wingspan (mm):  40mm

Also Known As:  Hedge brown
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Description : 
The upperwings are predominantly orange in colour with a wide border of brown along the side of the wing that becomes narrower, but still very noticeable along the leading edge. There is also a single large black eye-spot with two small white dots on the forewing.

Distribution : 

The Gatekeeper is typically found throughout much of England and Wales, especially within the southern counties. It is widespread in southern Britain and its range has extended northwards in recent years. Its range is far more localized in southern Ireland.

Habitat: 

Known to favour shrubs as their main habitat, the Gatekeeper can also typically be seen in scrub, woods and glades.

Diet: 

Various grasses are used, with a preference for fine grasses such as bents, fescues, and meadow-grasses. Common Couch is also used. The full range of other species used is not known.

Status: 

UK Biodiversity Action Plan: not listed Butterfly Conservation priority: low European threat status: not threatened

Did You Know?: 

The Gatekeeper tends to show preference for yellow flowers, Ragwort being one of its favourites. Its flight is more hopping than smooth.

from : wildaboutbritain.co.uk


The caterpillars feed on various grasses including Couch and Red Fescue. These grasses are discouraged by intensive grassland farming.   This and the loss of hedgerows has resulted in this butterfly going into decline. The caterpillars are nocturnal and hibernate in winter.

En français : Amaryllis


L'apparition de ce papillon familier au bord des chemins est perçue par beaucoup de naturalistes comme le signe que l'été est à son apogée. L'amaryllis vole quand les fleurs de ronces sont épanouies, et il peut former des groupes nombreux qui butinent. Le recto est orange vif, avec une marge brune et un ocelle double sur l'aile antérieure. Le verso est d'une couleur similaire, mais les ailes postérieures ont un aspect plus marbré. Le mâle est plus petit que la femelle, plus vivement coloré et doté d'une bande d'écailles androconiale foncée sur chaque aile antérieure. Fréquente les haies et les lisières, de la plaine à la basse montagne.

Vol : Juillet-Août. (Nature en poche - Larousse

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-01 3:47]

Hello Jacqueline,
Very beautiful photo in splendid clear colours and very good sharpness and details. Great POV and DOF. But most of all I like the superb composition.
Regards,
Peter

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-08-01 4:12]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Is very similar to the Meadow brown ...
Flowers and butterflies A very good composition.
Color and detail are great.
have a nice weekend,
Seyfi

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-08-01 4:15]

Bonjour Jacqueline,

Un autre macro exceptionnelles.
Excellente réalisation, félicitations.
Nice week-end,
Adrian

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-08-01 4:25]

Jacqueline,
Wonderful capture...great colors, best job. Congratulation!
Horia

Bonita composición Jacqueline y buen enfoque al motivo principal.
Un abrazo y buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2009-08-01 5:33]

salut Jacqueline,
belle réalisation haute en couleurs, c'est frais et lumineux. J'aime aussi la netteté et la composition fournie. Je trouve juste le point de vue un peu haut, ce qui écrase le beau papillon.
gaetan

Ciao Jacqueline, beautiful Pyronia thitonus on lovely flowers, splendid sharpness and fine details, wonderful natural colors and nice blurry BG, very well done, have a good week end my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Jaqueline,
I noted your comment about noise, so I have made a workshop that might be of interest. Your focus ont e butterfly is ecellent and the colours too. Thanks.
Alan

Hello Jacqueline,

This is a great capture of butterfly with vivid colors, sharpness & details. Well done & TFS.

Regards

Umar

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-08-01 8:31]

Hola Jacqueline.
Beautiful Macro. Excellent colors of the butterfly and Flowers. the both match very well.
Saludos
Luis52.

ciao Jacqueline!
without doubt an excellent composition, with pyronia tithonus shown with excellent details on a "carpet" of daisies
compliments and good w.end sERGIO

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2009-08-01 9:55]

Hello Jacqueline,
nice picture, great colors and light, beautiful details!
TFS
Dejan

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-08-01 11:22]

Slav Jacqûelîne,
This is a wonderful close up with splendid light,colours and excellent sharpness and details.I like very much.Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening.
Dûrzan

Salut Jacqueline,
Très belle photographie avec les tons
de couleur verte attendrissant de l'arrière-plan
qui mettent en valeur le papillon
avec ses belles couleurs netteté et détails
Jolie compostion avec le beau papillon sur la fleur. C'est agréable à regarder.
Merci,
Goldy

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-08-01 11:58]

Hi Jacqueline . Tanks for the interesting notes. You have taken this Gatekeeper Butterfly with fine detail and such natural colours. I like the pose on the daisy flowers. Well done TFS.
Nick..

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-08-01 14:11]

Hello Jacqueline

Wonderful shot with excellent details, colors, sharpness and lighting. The composition is amazing.
Well done
Nilson

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-08-02 2:20]
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Bonjour Jacqueline,
Un ensemble évoquant l'été, ses senteurs et sa lumière. Image très plaisante et aux couleurs ravissantes. Le WS diminue un peu le bruit. Comme Alan dit, cela vaut la peine d'avoir un programme pour travailler les photos. Cela ne doit pas être le très cher Photoshop (que je n'ai pas non plus).
Je te souhaite un beau dimanche. Ici, il pleut :-(
Amicalement
Anne

Hello Jacqueline,
a very beautiful macro shot of Pyronia tithonus taken with good sharpness and fantastic colours in a great composition.
TFS
Best regards
Maurizio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-02 21:36]

Hello Jacqueline,
A very nice macro of a Gatekeepr, delightfully composed on the daisies. The closed wings are show´n from a fine POV with excellent sharpness and colours against a pleasing contrasting BG.
I wish we had this species in Sweden!
Thanks and have a good week!
Ivan

Hi Jacqueline,

superb capture of this wonderful BF. Nice sharp focus, Superb OOF BG. Very well composed.

TFS,
Kedar

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-08-03 3:10]

Bonjour Jacqueline!

Rather common butterfly, but taken in nice moment. I like composition with lots of daisy-like flowers and dark, green BG. Very delicate picture.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-08-03 3:20]

Hi Jacqueline,
another lovely and beautiful butterfly shot. The colours are very exciting when combined - the brown and the whites. The sharpness is so brilliant with that of the petals and wings well seen in great details.
Pleasant composition.

regards,
Foozi

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2009-08-03 13:50]

Bonjour Jaqueline
Excellente prise, magnifique !
Quel équilibre, couleurs, netteté Bravo !
Amicalement Robi

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-08-03 14:17]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
A brilliant composition with fabulous colors and details throughout. Thank you for sharing this fine image.
Rick

Hi MF Jacqueline,
A superb macro capture of this beauty from nice POV with delightful composition.
TFS and cheers,
Bayram

Hi Jaqueline,

an very nice picture from this gatekeeper.
Good pov and fine colours.
Yes there are butterflies that are difficult to identify.

Gert

Hello!
A good summer feeling here, with this beautiful butterfly!
A fine composition with outstanding 3D feeling,
excellent details & colours in the subject...
Greetings
Tadeusz

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-08-04 6:40]

Salut Jacqueline,pas seulement une magnifique amaryllis,mais une composition vraiment de grande classe,une qualite' des details et couleurs fantastique! Mes compliments et bonne journee',Luciano

hello Jacueline
super composition with beautiful colours and good details
super shot
with good light
greeting lou

Hello Jacqueline
ta photo encadre au mieux la beauté de cette petite Pyronia tithonus en mettant en relief tous details et nuances des ailes avec un eccelente mise à feu. Intéressants même les détails des beaux fleurs blanches sur lesquelles notre ami s'est posée pas toujours faciles de composer. La gestion de la lumière est excellente.
Livio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-06 9:31]

Hello Jacqueline,
This is a lovely composition showing the little Gatekeeper nicely in focus on the daisies. I like its pose and the sharp focus on the eye and antenna. Beautiful colours too and a lovely green plain background.
Thank you so much for adding my 'latest' to your favourites. Much appreciated!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-08-06 19:16]

Hello Jacqueline,
You can't get any finer detail with gorgeous coloration then this shot already has!! Outstanding DOF and exposure!! Well done!!!
Ron

Hallo Jacqueline
Although your main subject here is the lovely brown Gatekeeper butterfly, I find the flowers in the image very special. It is just so basic but ever so beautiful, and display with no pretence. The combination of whites, greens and yellows is a lovely match and fit one another like a hand fits a glove. The detail of the fine hairs on the flower’s stem is captured with great clarity, and the unopened flower buds are a favourite feature of mine in any image that contains flowers. It was a great pleasure stopping by this Gatekeeper and the pretty flowers it is resting on. Thanks for sharing. My best regards.
Anna

Bonsoir Jacqueline,
schön komponiertes, klar durchgezeichnetes Portrait von M. tithonus.
Angenehm verhaltene Farben in weichem Licht, die feinen weissen Blütenblatter strahlen darin wie kleine Sonnen.
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüssen,
Peter

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2009-08-07 14:19]

bonsoir Jacqueline,
Une jolie macro , un vrai bouquet de fraicheur.
Je trouve aussi que c'est une belle Réalisation.
Un bon week end a toi.
john

Hello Jacqueline,

It is a lovely butterfly and a beautiful photograph!
I notice the sought after silky-crisp texture in the wings, and the fine pattern is well reproduced...
A balanced composition, DoF spot on isolates the insect nicely!
Lovely flowers too...

Greetings,
Pablo -

Jacqueline, bonsoir.

Merci de nous offir la photographie depapillon estival.

Belle composition d'une image bien dense (peut-être un peu trop : au premier regard, l'œil ne perçoit pas tout à fait immédiatement le sujet principal).

La netteté n'est pas parfaite (mais, cela peut facilement être réparé par un post-traitement - il existe de nombreux logiciel freeware pour faire de travail, dont, par exemple, GIMP, très complet).

Les couleurs et le contraste sont réalistes et bien rendus.

Au final, une belle photo, peut-être un peu trop dense, et qui demanderait à être améliorée par post-traitement logiciel.

A bientôt pour d'autres photographies

Philippe

Jacquline,
You live in the lovely part of France & surrounded by BEAUTY every where.
You have also been granted a "talent", most unique, to portray & share your beautiful world with all of us.
You should be apponted: "AMBASSADOR" of France.
Greetings from Mario.

Great close-up shot of thi beautiful butterfly with excellent details and nice composition.
TFS and regards,
Bahadır

Salut Jacqueline,
Great shot, nice color harmony, wonderful composition. About the background noise: I've seen much, much more noisy pics here on TN, compared to those pics Your noise is nothing, and not disturbing at all overall. Nice work Madame.
Tfs, regards, László

Bonjour Jaaqueline,

Il est bon de revenir à TN et de voir vos photos à nouveau. J'adore cette série, absolument emballés avec des dispositifs, les fleurs sont un naturel très approprié. Dans l'insecte, il ya de bonnes couleurs et de détails très sobre et bien fait, le produit d'un bon équilibre de la lumière. Vous dites qu'il ya un peu de bruit dans le fond, je ne suis pas comme ça ...

TFS!

Jesús

Exciting compo in good colours and light. Interesting POV and DOF.

Roberto

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-08-26 13:28]

Hello Jacqueline, perfect macro shot from nice POV with nice details and composition
TFS and G's,
Mehmet

Hello Jacqueline
what a nice shot for beautiful Pyronia tithonus with daisies. great composition with white flowers. sharpness of focus, lighting and exposure great.
By the time, I have seen once this beautiful species in nature.
thanks for sharing this beauty
I'd like to see your posts more often.
have a nice week
Ahmet

Bonjour Jacqueline

Jolie photo de ce papillon avec ses fleurs, excellent POV et DOF,
très belle lumière diffuse, excellent focus, netteté, détails, et contraste, TFS

Asbed

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