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Issoria lathonia

Issoria lathonia
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-09 13:56
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Nymphalidae

Genus: Issoria

Species: I. lathonia

The Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is common in southern Europe, migrating as far north as south Scandinavia every summer. It is a very rare visitor to the British Isles. Heat-dependent, this species is found breeding on the hottest places of the foodplants of the larvae (prefers Viola tricolor and Viola arvensis). The adult is a strong flyer, and may be found anywhere but forests.
The eggs of this species are laid on the Wild Pansy ( Viola tricolor).

La latonia è un piccolo ninfalide dalla colorazione marrone chiaro a sisegni neri simile a molte altre specie della stessa famiglia. Più caratteristiche sono invece le grandi macchie argentate presenti nella pagina inferiore. E' una ottima volatrice e la si può osservare dal livello del mare fino ad oltre 2000 metri di quota.

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Looks superb with the second one flying into the frame! All very well composed and taken!

Kind regards

Hola Luciano

Que bbella imagen de estas dos mariposas, que pena que una de ellas no se vea perfectamente. Que original que sus alas sean transparentes, por donde se aprecia el fondo verde de las plantas, una imagen soberbia. Felicidades.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2010-07-09 14:26]

Hi Luciano,

Amazing action shot with the two butterfly, I like very much.
Great détails and sharpness, texture of the wings are splendid.
Marvelous composition, congratulations.
Have a nice week end to, my friend.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-07-09 14:35]

Hi Luciano,
What a great capture with splendid compisition and excellent sharp details.Have a nice night!

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  • Aleks Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 14] (14)
  • [2010-07-09 14:46]

Ciao Luciano

Fantastic shot. The flying butterfly looks like it is looking at you! Wonderful colours and light.


Vaya momento capturaste... enhorabuena!

Ciao Luciano. Di a queste bellezze di attendermi.... Hai coniugato dinamismo e trasparenze mantenendo una qualità eccezionale. A presto!


Ciao Luciano,
Un quadro che si muove! bravo, ottimo lavoro, ben tagliati e ben composta. Ci si sente felice quando questi tipi di foto accadere!. Grazie per la condivisione, saluti, Buon fine settimana. Jesús

Wow! Fantastic sharpness and excellent composition! My compliments, Luciano!
Superb shot!

Hallo Luciano
Looking at the blurred field as your backdrop, this surely must be a photographers paradise. Not only for butterflies but also for the flowers and other insects. I like the way the one butterfly is perfectly in focus and the other out of focus but showing the movement of the wings so beautifully and the way it faces the camera directly. One can even see the big eyes with great clarity. A great image with lots of "Spring is in the air" feeling that surrounds it. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-07-09 22:37]

Hi Luciano
What a great shot!
Two beauty, one in fly!!!
Details and colors are beautiful!

Ciao Lousat,

Very interesting and a great attraction.
move one over the other two beautiful butterfly flowers created a very beautiful composition.
Vibrant color texture, perspective, depth of field and light settings, very successful
Thanks for sharing.

Best Regards,

Hello Luciano,

a nice composition with great light in the wings from the sitting butterfly.
good of sharpness and fine colours.


Ciao Luciano,
un'immagine spettacolare, piena di vita, in cui l'impatto visivo non è solo estetico, ma anche emozionale, bellissimi i colori e le trasparenze, anche se in alcune zone in controluce è ovviamente sovraesposta, eccellente nitidezza, magnifica e dinamica composizione, con un pizzico di fortuna potevi beccare la farfalla in volo leggermente più alta, ma è straordinaria anche così, visto il forte contatto visivo diritto sugli occhi della farfalla in volo, bellissima.
Grazie e complimenti
Buona giornata

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-07-10 2:11]
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Bonjour Luciano,
Une image vraiment intéressante et j'aurais aimé savoir en quelles circonstances tu as pu réaliser ton image. Est-ce que le deuxième papillon est arrivé juste au moment où tu as appuyé..la netteté est vraiment très bonne pour cette sorte d'image prise sur le vif! Mes compliments.
Bonne fin de semaine

Ciao Luciano, bella botta di .... fortuna beccare la seconda che arrive in volo, bella macro con fantastica luce e magnifici colori, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hi Luciano,
Excellent action capture of these two butterflies in motion.Beautiful colours and designs well portrayed.

hello my friend,, just wonderful...thanks a lot

Hi Luciano,
Fantastic composed capture with excellent sharpness and wonderful natural colors. Another perfect picture from you! I like very mutch the style and the fantastic quality of your pictures!


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-07-10 5:47]

Amazing composition of the two of a kind!

Congratulations on a superb capture, Luciano!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-07-10 9:50]

Hello Luciano,
A finely-composed macro action shot of one lathonia resting and one in flight. The sharpness, colours and lighting are great and the OOF natural BG gives a fine impression of the habitat while allowing the butterflies to stand out.
Nice shot!
Thanks and thanks for your kind critique on my 700th posting,

Ciao Luciano,
A great story about this moth - we have one here in South Africa (in black) - called Window winged Moth.

The view from underneath (you obviously were flat on your back) is stunning, offering the view THROUGH the windows - which I have never seen photographed before - always from above or the side.

The great speed is really paying off.

I read in your response to a critique to another photo - that you do not use photoshop - and it truly shows in your photos!! The natural colours are a pleasure to view.!!

I enjoy to see the time you take to present your work! The colour-matched border is very attractive!

I checked Cuggione on Google and see, that is is not far from Monza. I hope that Ferrari is doing better tomorrow, otherwise - when F1 comes to Monza they will be whistled at...

I wish you a nice evening
Buona notte,
Ciao Ingrid

Hello Luciano,
Wonderful capture with amazing clarity and wonderful colours.
Very nice details and composition. Perfect focus.

Ciao amico Luciano,
complimenti , molto bella questa foto! ha un effetto tridimensionale.
Tu speravi di beccarle a fuoco entrambe vero ?
grazie per la condivisione.
Buona domenica
ciao Vanni

bonjour Luciano
j'adore cette photo avec ces deux adorables papillons, celui qui est à l'avant est capturé avec des details très précis et dans une superbe pose sur une joli fleur, celui qui arrive en volant semble nous regarder,
les couleurs et la luminosité sont magnifiques
Passe une bonne nuit

Good Morning My dear friend Luciano,

Sorry i've missed this one! This is realy splendid/dreamy capture of these two pretty frit, one in-flight, nicely positioned in the frame. In-flight one well blurred. Great work MF!
TFS and have nice day!


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