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aglais urticae

aglais urticae
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Copyright: Catalin Josan (methos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XTi, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, Hama UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-20 14:17
Viewed: 3533
Points: 20
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Hi everybody,
For today another butterfly. These guys have started to monopolise my gallery. I hope it is just a phase ;)
The aglais urticae is a fairly common species here so no info on the species.
I hope you like it.
I like it because it is sitting on the dandelion flower.

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Lovely photo of this small tortoiseshell in a classic pose.
some info for you.The Small Tortoiseshell is one of our most common butterflies with an easily recognisable pattern of orange, yellow and black markings on the upper surface of the wings. A resident species it can be found across the whole of the British Isles including the more remote Scottish Islands.

The adults emerge from hibernation as soon as the days warm in spring and immediately set about feeding and breeding. The males will secure territories in a suitable sunny nettle patch each day. From here they chase any other butterfly that wanders past - the spiralling flight of rival males is a common sight over large nettle beds. Should a female fly past she is chased incessantly until the pair eventually land to mate within the nettle patch.

The female then concentrates on egg laying. Choosing the tender shoot tips of nettle at the edge of a large sunny bed she will lay a batch of about 80 eggs. These hatch about twelve days later. The army of tiny, black and yellow caterpillars immediately spin a silk tent around the nettle tips in which they can feed in relative safety. This continues with successively bigger, and very noticeable, tents until the caterpillars moult for the last time.

Hi Catalin, wonderful butterfly with splendid colors and great deatails, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Catalin,
it brings me right into good mood, fantastic colours, so sunny and pretty, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-20 17:12]

Hola Catalin,
hermosos colores y pov,
buenos tonos y la iluminación es perfecta...

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-20 23:06]

Hello Catalin

Lovely colour saturation.The composition is very well done.Excellent DOF and POV.The dandelion peeking out is beautiful.Well done.TFS


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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-21 4:12]
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Hello Catalin,
Neat colors and patterns on the butterfly. It's nicely set against the yellow flower. Good composition. Could stop down more, it seems. Regards,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-21 5:19]

OOps great POV and wonderful shot.

hi catalin!
beautiful butterfly shot, great sharpness and lovely colors.

Hello Catalin,
We cannot get tired of such a beautiful specie. Colors, details, exposure and composition are superb. The contrast with the flower makes the butterfly stands out so well. This is very well done with good DOF! Thanks,

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2007-04-23 0:07]

Hi Catalin,
Thank you very much for sharing this fiery and bright picture of the Small Tortoiseshell on that sunny dandelion with us! A very colourful and stimulating composition that does draw one's attention! Have you tested what the effect would be from applying slightly more SmartSharpen to it? Anyway, excellent job!
With best regards,

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