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marsh fritillary

marsh fritillary
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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: 2007-06-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XTi, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, HOYA 72mm UV
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-11 11:11
Viewed: 4337
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family.
Flight Time: Mid April - Mid July.

Size: 30-46mm

Altitude: 0-2200m

A very attractive species which as the name implies likes damp areas, it is by no means exclusive to these areas though.
A very variable species with many named subspecies and forms.
There is the debilis form which only occurs high in mountains. It is very small, only a quarter of the size of the usual form.
The larvae are notable in their sociable habits. They spin a communal web near to large patches of their foodplant, Devils bit scabious. Their dark colouration and close proximity to one another means they can raise their body temperatures to a sufficiently high level to digest their food (about 35 C), even though they are on the floor of a marsh. When they've finished this digestion process they disperse in ones and twos to eat more then return again to the commune.
The Marsh Fritillary is in decline in Europe and one of 11 butterflies covered by the United Kingdom Biodiversity Action Plan.

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Hi Catalin,
A very beautiful capture of the most probably
Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia) butterfly. Thanks a lot for sharing this beautiful capture.

Hi Catalin
Very nice POV. Good sharpnes. I think that you could crop it without the left side. And maybe a little highlights reduction

It is Euphydryas aurinia Family: Nymphalidae

I am waiting for the note :-)

Best wishes

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-06-11 11:56]

Hi Catalin,
Tres belle macro! J'aime bien sa composition et ses couleurs.
Beau travail!

Hi Catalin,
What a great picture!
I like so much the sharpness of the image and the vibrant colours got.
Love the contrast made by the dark greens at the background and the flower/butterfly.
It's very good the composition made and the DOF used to stand out the subject.
Congratulations and thanks for share it
My best regards,

Hello Catalin
Excellent shot of this Marsh Fritillary,
Great focusing ,lighting and BG,
Perfect sharpness and POV,Superb shot.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-11 13:10]

Hello Catalin,
Beautiful close up.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.I liked vivid colors,lighting and composition a lot.In my opinion it would be better if you've cropped it %40 from left side.Have a great week!

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2007-06-11 14:30]

Superbe definition. Salut

Sal Catalin,
Foarte faina compusa imaginea,culorile sunt super deasemenea,sincer e cam dificil de determinat speciile de fritylaria,si eu am cateva care inca nu le-am determinat..


Hi Catalin,
this is a wonderful arrangement with brilliant colours and good sharpness, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hi catalin,
nice composition, lovely colours, good sharpness, well saturated colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-12 4:21]

Catalin, This is amazing shot. The way the fly is positioned on the top of the flower and focus is very beautiful. TFS Ganesh

Great shot
Well composed and great colour contrast.
Good sharpness and DOF.

Hi Catalin,
thank you for that well taken, clear and precise, refreshingly colourful document of a rare butterfly species from Ireland! Well informing notes, too.
With best regards,

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