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Brintesia circe

Brintesia circe
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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: 2018-09-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-09-21 8:55
Viewed: 476
Points: 19
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Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Brintesia
Species:B. circe

Brintesia is a monotypic butterfly genus in the family Nymphalidae and subfamily Satyrinae. Its one species is Brintesia circe, the great banded grayling.Brintesia circe reaches on average wingspan of 65–80 millimetres (2.6–3.1 in). Its wings are mainly black or dark brown. They have a broad white band at the edge of the basal area of all wings and usually a second white streak on the lower wings. The black eyespots on the underside of the upper wings have a white contour. Brintesia circe is quite similar to Hipparchia fagi, but in the latter the second white streak on the lower wings is always missing and the eyespots havea yellow contour. These butterflies usually rest on the branches of a tree, protected by their cryptic markings, but ready to take off and fly away when disturbed.These butterflies fly in one generation from June to September feeding on nectar of flowers. Larvae feed on various herbaceous plants (mainly on Anthoxanthum, Bromus, Festuca and Sesleria species). The young larvae overwinter.The species can be found in central and southern Europe (Spain, France, Italy, Greece, southern Germany and Poland), in Anatolia and the Caucasus up to Iran.These butterflies prefer light woodland, grasslands bordering forest edges and generally dry and bushy environments, at an altitude of 0–1,600 metres (0–5,249 ft) above sea level.

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Hello Luciano,
Nice and interesting specie. I never meet it in my region. It has very nice colors. Perfect camouflage for woodland....

Hi Luciano,
Well exposed macro with good sharpness, but probably due to the dull colors, it lacks - for me - the "wow effect". I mean, it's a good photo, but compared to your very high standard a little bit flat. On the other side, I know this species is very difficult to photograph, and you did everything you could in order to make this photo spectacular. It's just... not spectacular. Again: for me. Just a personal opinion. I hope you don't mind that I told it.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

Ciao Luciano,
yes, this is the big butterfly I am chasing since 19.. with little success. But you present it as if it was the easiest thing to shoot. Well done. The camouflage is striking: it disassembles the body and melts into the environment.
Have a good weekend, cheers, Dietrich

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2018-09-22 0:48]

Hi Luciano
A nice picture and presentation of this beautyfull one.
We have them here but not very easy to find them and very difficult to get near of them for a picture.
You gave us an excellent information about them. Thank you.
Have a good weekend.

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful picture this Brintesia butterfly. Sharp picture with good details. In such situation, none can achieve a OOF background, due to the distance of those straws and butterfly. Bit flat and distracting. Here in such situation, I play with exposure to make background darker than subject and in such way picture stands out.

Example: African Purple Swamphen (in my photo gallery)

Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice weekend,

Bonjour Luciano,

La végétation cadre bien le papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Silène. L'image est claire et précise. La lumière met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2018-09-22 8:07]

It is nature that it mixes with its background, well exposed and composed beautiful click.

I think cluttered background takes the attention away from the butterfly. All the same, details on the subject are quite good.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2018-09-24 0:21]

Bonjour Luciano,
Excellente photo. Ces papillons sont souvent au sol et pas sur une jolie fleur :-)

Ciao Luciano, questa sono un po' d'anni che non si fa vedere dalle mie parti, altra gran macro, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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