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Maniola jurtina

Maniola jurtina
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mariposas perfectas! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-11-29 12:33
Viewed: 1722
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina, is a butterfly found in European meadows, where its larvae feed on grasses, such as Sheep's Fescue.
FemaleSimilar species are Gatekeeper (which prefers to rest with its wings open) and Small Heath (which is smaller).
There is marked sexual dimorphism in this species. Males are less colorful, with smaller eyespots and much reduced orange areas on the upper forewings. They are also much more active and range far about, while females fly less and often may not away from the area where they grew up.
A variable number of smaller eyespots are usually found on the hindwing undersides. These may number up to 12 per individual butterfly, with up to 6 on each wing. The factors that govern polymorphism in this trait are not resolved, although a number of theories have been proposed (Stevens 2005). On the other hand, the evolutionary significance of the upperwing eyespots is more obvious: The more active males have a markedly more cryptic upperside pattern, whereas the females have more often opportunity to present their eyespots in a sudden display of colors and patterns that presumably make neophobic predators hesitate so that the butterfly has better chances of escaping.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-29 12:38]

Hello Siggi,
Great photo of this Meadow Brown in excellent sharpness and details. Very beautiful light and natural colours. Nice contrasting blurred background. Fine composition.

Ciao Siegfried. Good colours and light with very good details for the
old M. Jurtina against the blurred BG.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-29 13:57]

Hi Siggi,very nice memory of the last summer,this old Maniola is very nice in this composition,great sharpness and colors,i like the grass shadow on the wing.Have a good night and thanks,Luciano

Hello Siegfried,
Awesome POV, perfect DOF, the background is wonderful, a great photo for this butterfly! ... Among your bests!

Hi Siggi,
Very good sharpness, great, colorful details on this photo of this Maniola jurtina, TFS!
Regards, Joska

Very nice composition with the grass seeds. Perfect background and good detail. Lovely shades of brown colours.
regards yiannis

wonderful composition, performance with great natural colors and details, nice use of light!
regards, Nasos

Hello Siggi,
Perfect pov and well seen against soft background. Sharp focus and exact light control. TFS,

Ciao Siggi, great macro of lovely Maniola, wonderful natural colors, beautiful blurry BG, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Siegfried
very good sharpness picture
great details and beautiful colour s
thanks greeting lou

Hello Siggi
Beautiful photo with wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

Czesc Siggi,
super zdjecie tego motyla. Ladne kolory, ostrosc i detale. Super kompozycja.

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