|Copyright: Rimantas Kisielius (rimas)
|Date Taken: 2009-07-05|
|Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 28-105|
|Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-03-05 8:25|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) is a butterfly found in European meadows, where its larvae feed on grasses.|
Similar species are Gatekeeper (which prefers to rest with its wings open) and Small Heath (which is smaller).
There is marked sexual dimorphism in this species. Males are less colorful, with smaller eyespots and much reduced orange areas on the upper forewings. They are also much more active and range far about, while females fly less and often may not away from the area where they grew up.
A variable number of smaller eyespots are usually found on the hindwing undersides. These may number up to 12 per individual butterfly, with up to 6 on each wing. The factors that govern polymorphism in this trait are not resolved, although a number of theories have been proposed (Stevens 2005). On the other hand, the evolutionary significance of the upperwing eyespots is more obvious: The more active males have a markedly more cryptic upperside pattern, whereas the females have more often opportunity to present their eyespots in a sudden display of colors and patterns that presumably make neophobic predators hesitate so that the butterfly has better chances of escaping.
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- [2010-03-05 8:42]
Soft and perfect taken.
Sharpness and clarity are superbe.
Splendid drawings on the wings.
Light and colors are nice.
This care for attractive picture. TFS.
- [2010-03-05 9:31]
Excellent macro capture taken with natural colors, sharp details and perfect focus
Is dominated by the green color behind the background, this beautiful butterfly composition enriched with fake eyes the great square.
Sharpness, light balance and vitality of the colors is excellent. TFS.
Awesome focus work! congratulations, over points!