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Meadow Brown


Meadow Brown
Photo Information
Copyright: Arunas Eismantas (Aukstaitis) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 161] (846)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-19
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-06-22 7:26
Viewed: 3457
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) is a butterfly found in British 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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To Proframe: :)Aukstaitis 1 06-22 11:16
To Matt-Bird: :)Aukstaitis 1 06-22 07:50
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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-22 7:30]
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Hi Arunas,
a sharp and well composed shot.
Great DOF.
Well done,
Joey

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-22 7:35]
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Hello Arunas,
nice summer feel on this image. Fine colour combination of the greens, yellows, browns and orange.
Compliments, Jacob

Hello Arunas
Very nice buttrfly image you're showing us here.
Colors are beautiful and composition very good.
I only would like to have seen a little more sharpness in the image.
With that details in the wings will be a little better visible than they are right now.
I did rework the image a little in Photoshop.
Hope you like it.
Have a great weekend, Harry

Hello Arunas,
The composition is spot on, very sharp image with good DOF but you fill the frame up well,
regards
Matt.

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