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Melitaea cinxia

Melitaea cinxia
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Copyright: Pawel Chmur (cloud) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EF 70-200L + ext. tubeKenko 36mm, Hoya HMC Super UV(0)
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-16 3:04
Viewed: 2225
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Melitaea cinxia or Melitaea athalia
I don't know which is species it exactly. Both are similar vey much for me.
(from Wikipedia)
The Glanville Fritillary (Melitaea cinxia) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family.

The animal spends most of its life as a black, spiny caterpillar. The orange patterned butterfly lives only a few weeks.
The Glanville Fritillary inhabits open grassland throughout Europe (except much of Great Britain, Scandinavia, and southern Spain) and temperate Asia. A subspecies inhabits North Africa. Severe population declines are reported in many European countries.The Glanville Fritillary (Melitaea cinxia) is a medium sized orange, black and white "checkerspot" butterfly inhabiting open meadows. The males patrol along roads and habitat edges, on the lookout for the less conspicuous females which remain in dense tussocks for long periods. Mating occurs around mid-day, and as the female often continues to fly from flower to flower, mating pairs are conspicuous.

Throughout most of their range they have one generation per year, overwintering as larvae. In warm regions they have two generations per year. In her lifetime, a female lays several clusters of up to 200 eggs on the underside of the larval food plant. She feeds on nectar (with her proboscis) from surrounding flowering plants. The larvae feed on several species of plants in the genera Plantago and Veronica. They live in gregarious family groups in characteristic silken webs ("nests") throughout most of their larval stage. When alarmed, a feeding group of Glanville Fritillary larvae will jerk their heads in unison, probably to distract their enemies.

Through the winter (or summer where it is very dry), the caterpillars stop feeding and lie dormant until spring (or fall, where the summer is dry) when they resume eating, and eventually pupate. The inconspicuous pupa hangs from a plant stem or lies in the leaf litter for 2 to 3 weeks, until the next generation of adults emerges, living for only up to three weeks.

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Hi Pawel

Excellent shot of this fritillary.
Excellent sharpness and pattern detail
Good composition and DOF


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-16 3:28]

Hello Pawel,
Great photo of this butterfly in excellent sharp details and beautiful colours. Very good composition, DOF and contrasting OOF BG.

Good butterfly shot and the details on the center is amazing but the wing tips are OOF, but this can happen with butterflies when there wings are completely open.

Hello Pawel,
i think about a sure ID the essential thing is to see well the underside wings, but i think about this one that it is a Melitaea cinxia, very beautiful picture taken with good sharpness and splendid colours.
Best regards

Ciao Pawel, great macro with lovely butterfly, beautiful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Pawel
Nice capture of Melitaea cinxia.
I like the nice colors and great clarity.

  • Alutka Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 43 N: 400] (1682)
  • [2009-06-16 7:37]

bardzo dobrze uchwyciłeś tę przeplatkę. Melitaea cinxia występuje też u mnie, fotografowałam ją nad zalewem na obrzeżu miasta. Ładnie wyeksponowałeś kolory ( duuużo słońca:-). Ładnie też skomponowałeś całość. Gratuluję.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-06-16 8:37]

Hello Pawel,
A lovely capture of this Fritillary in beautiful light. It stands out sharply against the fine green background and details and colours are wonderful!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-16 9:55]

Hi Pawel.
Outstanding picture of a very nice butterfly. Wingspread as well as your POV are the best. In addition scenery is amazing too. I like elegant ears on a BG, nice smoothness, illumination and colouration of the scenery. Bravo. Wonderful job.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-16 11:39]

Hello Pawel
Nice capture with beautiful colors. Well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-16 11:54]

Hello Pawel,
This looks like it is a Melitaea cinxia, taken from a fine POV to show the open wings with excellent sharpness, colours and lighting against a contrasting OOF natural BG in a fine composition.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-06-16 14:49]

Hi Pawel,this is a absolute perfection.No better way to show us this beautiful butterfly! Sharpness,colors,light and point of view are fantastics! Top quality work,my best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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