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Heath Fritillary

Heath Fritillary
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Copyright: Marx Who (Marx44) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-16 6:54
Viewed: 2268
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Heath Fritillary (Melitaea athalia) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family.
It is found throughout the Palaearctic from Western Europe to Japan, in heathland, grassland, and in coppiced woodland. Its association with coppiced woodland earned it the name "Woodman's Follower" in parts of the UK. It is considered a threatened species in the UK and Germany, but not globally.

Heath Fritillaries have a wing-span of 39–47 mm.
The upperside is predominantly dark brown and orange-brown, with the orange-brown spots delineated by dark brown (along and across the wing-veins); there is a white fringe to the wings through which the dark brown extends. The upperside of the body is a similar dark brown to the colour on the wing, and the base of both wings is dark brown. The underside shows bands of red and (off-)white, again with each vein dark brown and each colour delineated by dark brown. The pattern of white spots at the base of the hindwing (visible at rest) is diagnostic for identification.

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Hi Marx
Nice capture.
Great details and great clarity.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-06-16 7:06]

Motyle w obfitosci. Twoj tez jest pieknie pokazany, ostrosc detali b. dobra i kolorystycznie wszystko pasuje.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

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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 8:26]

Hi Marx.
Both ear and butterfly are fine. I like crisp sharpness and details of the insect, superb exposure and colour reproduction, wonderful composition of the image and impressive deep and smooth BG. Well done and kind regards.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2009-06-16 8:44]

Hi Marx

great photo with a also great sharpness and colors.
good moment and composition.
i really like the colors of the plant where the butterfly was.



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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 8:46]

Hello Marx,
Wonderful photo in very beautiful natural light. Excellent contrast against the dark BG. Very sharp with good details. Pleasant composition and POV.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-06-16 9:47]

Hello Marx,
Very good presentation of this Heath Fritillary. Excellent macro work with good POV, lighting and composition, sharp details and nice natural colours.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Marx,
Perfect shot, very sharp, with beautiful colours and background. Best regards,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-16 11:33]

Hello marx
You capture this butterfly with great details, perfect focus and wonderful colors. Well done.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-16 12:40]

Hi Marx. This is a very clear well detailed close up of the Heath Fritillary Butterfly. Which you have taken with fine detail and bright colours. Your sidePOV lets us see all of the closed wing markings. well done TFS.

Hi Marx,

beautiful picture with beautiful colors and higher definition, very good result with that ISO 400, a large domain of the camera.

beautifully composed, good frame!

Regards & TFS!


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-06-16 16:16]

Hola Marx,
magnífica macro,
con estupendo foco y encuadre...
atractivos colores y detalles.

Hello Marx
another very great shot from you, i like all your photos , they are so beautiful
this one is simply superb,
crisp clear details on the whole butterfly, excellent colors and composition
Have a good night

Ciao Marx. Great clarity and perfect sharp. Good light too. Well done.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-06-20 4:34]

Hello Marx,
Excellent capture of the Heath Fritillary showing the underside very clearly. Natural colours that stand out against the fine soft background. Well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-20 5:04]

Hi Marx,
excellent capture of the butterfly. very beautiful one and you have shown it with great details. the pose you chose also is very stylish. the blurry branch gives a nice graphic effect.
pleasant piece of shot.


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