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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: 2012-10-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-10-31 15:47
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I can't resist to post another pic of my first meeting whit this specie,i hope that you will like it!

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Melitaea
Species: M. phoebe

The Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found in the Palearctic ecozone, except the Northernmost locations. It used to include Melitaea telona, recently revalidated as a distinct cryptic species.
The wingspan is 34–50 mm. The butterfly flies from April to October depending on the location.
The larvae feed on Plantago and Centaurea species (including Centaurea jacea).


Dimensioni: apertura alare 45-50 mm. Descrizione: dorso delle ali di colore arancione-giallo con reticolato di linee e fasce nere molto variabili. Rovescio bianco crema con fascia submarginale, dell'ala posteriore, gialla con macchie arancioni. Molto simile a Melitaea cinxia, si distingue per l'assenza di macchie nere sulla parte superiore dell'ala posteriore. Distribuzione e habitat: diffusa in tutta l'Italia continentale e Sicilia in ambienti fioriti dal limite fino a 1500-2000 metri di quota. Le larve si sviluppano su Centaurea e Plantago. Periodo di attività: gli adulti si possono osservare da aprile a ottobre

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l'hai attesa per diverso tempo...ma ne e' valsa la pena...bella!!!!

Great and unusual POV ... well done. Nice contrasting BG and complementary colors. Just the right amount of sharpening, or perfect take.



GREAT photo Luciano! Excellent POV, interesting composition and impressive sharpness! The lighting and the colours are fantastic!!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-10-31 23:20]

Ciao Luciano,
Splendid lighs and colors, excellent composition with this very late Butterfly, Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Luciano, favolosa sul bel cielo azzurro, magnifici colori e splendida luce, gran macro, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano,
Fantastic composition in wonderful colors.

Hi Luciano,
amazing colours.
Great composition. Perfect point of view. Excellent background. Great sharpness.
Have a nice day,

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-11-01 0:47]

Dramatic and beautiful capture! Well done!


Hello Luciano,
Lovely combination of the butterfly and the flower.Excellent detail and nice blue background.

Ciao Lucaino. Dinamica da paura! Oltre alla solità impareggiabile qualità. Colori super brillanti e grande stacco contro l'azzurro. Preziosa la flashata.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-11-01 7:23]

Hello Lucianno
That was a great idea since that this is a terrific closed up.Once again excellent point of view with the insect since to be looking at you,razor sharp image with fantastic colours.Great work.
TFS Michel ciao

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-11-01 7:35]

Hello Luciano,
This photo is really adorable, what a beauty! Splendid colours, great sharpness and details. The original POV is fantastic and creates a wonderful composition.

perfect pov, beautiful

sharpness and colors perfect

Hello Luciano,
A fantastic capture with such striking colors, details & POV. Well composed & presented. Great work & TFS. Regards & best wishes!


Ciao Luciano.
Complimenti una stupenda macro,grande nitidezza,notevoli dettagli sia del soggetto che del fiore,stupendi i colori come la meravigliosa composizione.
Ciao Marco.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-11-01 12:14]

Hi Luciano,
Excellent point of view in superb colours. Nice pose on the flowers. Fantastic contrast against blue the background.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Luciano
super good sharpness composition
i like this shot from this side of the butterfly
the colours are beautiful and good light
thanks greeting lou

Salut Luciano

Une très belle photo, le POV et la façon dont
le papillon est cadré apportent du dynamisme
à l'image, très belle lumière et couleurs,
excellent focus, netteté, détails, contraste, TFS


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  • mikele (174)
  • [2012-11-01 18:45]

I have never seen a more consistent group of beautiful photos. I can't just comment on this one. You are a wonderful photographer. Seeing your photos is pure joy. Maybe someday i can shoot photos like yours. Thanks for sharing your talent. All the best.

Mike L.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-11-02 5:42]

Bonjour Luciano,
Encore une image de fin de saison(de papillons) lumineuse et frappante. Un angle de vue bas si bien choisi, une fête pour les yeux!
Un bonjour à ce joli papillon :-)

Hi again Luciano
This one is one more for the books.Perfect choice of perspective and composition.Fantastic bright colours and light.Excellent sharpness.Top quality pic.Thank You.
Um abraço

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2012-11-02 10:35]

Hola Luciano,hermosa foto de esta mariposa con un contraste con el fondo azul impresionante, llena de color, luz en un excelente entorno...saludos.

Ciao Luciano, what can i say here..., a master of indulgent perfection hmmm, what intrigues me most here is your point of view angle, laying on your tummy perhaps?, superb image with great quality Luciano and very well done,
Best Regards,


Ciào Luciano.

Je reste presque sans voix devant les qualités tant technique que photographique et artistique de cette photographie pleine de vie : on croirait voir le papillon voler dans l'azur.

Un bon moment de contemplation devant cette image.


Hello Luciano,
Excellent composition with diagonal presentation,beautiful colour harmony and sharpness.
Thanks and my regards,

Hello Luciano.
This is a master at work capturing this butterfly in stunning pov. Perfect colors and details against the gorgeous blue sky.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

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