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Argynnis paphia.

Argynnis paphia.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Minolta Dimage 7Hi
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): European Butterflies 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-29 10:26
Viewed: 5159
Points: 52
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Argynnis paphia.

Argynnis paphia (Linneus, 1758)
E – Silver washed Fritillary,
D - Kaisermantel, Silberstrich,
H – Keizersmantel,
Sw- Silverstreckard Pärlemorfjäril,
Sp – Nacarada,
F – Tabac d’Espagne,
I – Pafia

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae

Wingspan: 55 – 70 mm

The Silver washed Fritillary species shows some well visible sexual dimorphism. The males have bright orange coloured scales, and pronounced dark veins on the upper side of the forewings. These veins are covered with scenting scales, obviously to attract females by chemical signals in addition to visual ones.

The females of A. paphia show a clearly different appearance. They do not have the broad dark veins on the forewings, the dark spots however are more extended. The wing colour is not a bright orange, it is shaded and sometimes even tends towards greyish green.

> The female.

Caterpillars feed on the leaves of violets (Viola) and bramble (Rubus). The species inhabits open forests and edges of woodland all over Europe and the UK (with the exception of Scotland, northern Scandinavia, and the southern Iberian peninsula). Butterflies emerge in June or July and can be observed in one extended generation until the end of September. They are very fond of small blossoms rich with nectar, such as the Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) - as shown here - offers.

Buddleia davidii is a fast-growing shrub very attractive to butterflies. The plant was discovered in the 1880s by French missionaries in China, where it is known as the Summer Lilac. The Butterfly Bush is vigorous and prolific, and colonies are likely to establish themselves quickly on any open ground. Buddleia davidii shrubs have become "neophytes" to many places in the warmer parts of Europe, well naturalised since decades, as in the location shown: near the village of Vesta at Lago d’Idro in northern Italy, where the picture was taken August 5, 2004.

Camera: Minolta Dimage 7Hi, with integrated tele-zoom and macro, no flash, 2560 x 1920 pixels, sRGB, 51mm, F/5.6, 1/180 sec., ISO-100, 05.08.2004, 17:41.

Photoshop Elements: cropped to the left, selectively sharpened, colours and contrast adjusted, downsized for the web to 730 x 600.

Thank you for looking. Have a very good day.

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Hello Peter,
Very well shot of this butterfly. I like the flower on the bottom side of the frame especially. It made the composition rich. Great bg also. Thank you,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-04-29 11:05]

Great capture of this butterfly ! Details and composition are wonderful, with these pink flowers at the bottom of the picture. Colors are also very nice, so luminous, so bright. Good BG, too. Very well done !

Hi Peter,

Exellent all :-)


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  • emmari Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 387] (3105)
  • [2006-04-29 12:34]

Hi Peter
As usual a very good job in spite of hard conditions of light.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-29 13:17]
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Hi Peter
This is an excellent shot of this lovely male fritillary and I fancy the POV. The flowers are just as beautiful and your notes are very informative.
Great composition, well saturated colours, very good DOF showing sharp details on most of the insect and especially the body parts. The BG is fabulous and the exposure was well managed with the backlight effect.
Very well done my friend and TFS.

Hi Peter,
Good POV and beautiful colours of this male argynnis paphia.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-04-29 18:24]

Hallo Peter
Na das sind ja wieder tolle Farben da wird man so richtig wach dabei. Eine klasse Bildeinteiling und super Schaerfeverlauf. Mit der herrlichen perspektive bekommt man eine guten Blick auf die untern und oberen Fluegel.
Schoenes Wochenende...Sky

Hello Peter,
Beautiful pic, I love the very nice and intense colours. The composition, details, macro and the traslucent wing are great.
Thank you.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-04-29 21:54]

Hi Peter,
Very nice shot! Great colours, very good details and well composed.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-04-30 4:32]

Very good photo of this Nymphalidae Peter!
Very good on colours!
Very nice POV!
Very good DOF!
5* and TFS!

Hi Peter

A lovely clear shot. Nice POV. Very good depth of colour. Light is excellent. Nice BG to compliment the shot. :-)

Hi Peter,
it's a lovely capture. This is a beauty abd I hope tyey will show up here soon.
Good details, well composed and good POV. Maybe a fill-in flash had helped to bright up the head and the eye.
Very well done.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-04-30 7:14]

Hi Peter,
Lovely colors, light, DOF,color and BG. The perch is fine too. Very good Peter,
José M.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-30 7:54]

Hello Peter!
Wonderful capture.I liked using of backlight,POV,colors,
framing and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

Never been fortuantly enugh to see one of these in the wild, so will have to settle for this excellent photo of one on TN.

The OOF BG and excellent lighting in this picture, show the butterfly off beautfully.


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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-04-30 10:35]

Hi Peter,

Clear and sharp!!!

TFS :-)

Bonjour Peter!

Félicitation pour cette superbe composition. La nettetée du papillon est parfaite. les couleurs et les détails sont très bons.

Merci et au revoir...JP

Hi Peter,
Very beautiful photo with the excellent colored butterfly and flower. Excellent detail and sharpness. Your DOF is perfect and the green b/g is pleasant for the eyes.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-04-30 15:14]

Hi Peter,
You most certainly have some beautiful images in your gallery and this one is no exception.Lovely composition with the flowers also included in the image, lovely colour and great detail.You have blurred the BG just right.Just perfect!
Regards, David

Hi Peter,
This is an excellent shot. Wonderful composition and framing. The light is very good here. Beautiful well saturated colors. Detail is very sharp. DOF looks perfect. Very well done!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-05-01 10:50]

Hi Peter, very nice butterfly again, DOF is perfect, sharpness is also very good and composition is very beautiful. Thanks.


Hi Peter!
As always fantastic picture!


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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-05-02 12:02]

Hello Peter,

What a really nice butterfly you caught here! The colors are superb: pink, orange and green does a wonderful mix! pov, details, dof and bg are at their best! Excellent work!


Hi Peter,
Nice color with the green BG providing great contrast. Again, I would say great use of ambient light, with a nice backlit effect in the wing..The Butterfly bush looks very nice here also..Mine have not yet bloomed, although they are greening up nicely at this point..
Well done and TFS!

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-05-07 12:50]

Hi Peter.
Great capture, very nice colors details and composition, wonderful photo.


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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-05-10 0:43]

Hello Peter! Wonderful lights and sharp details on this colourful composition! Well done!

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