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Small Heath

Small Heath
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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: 2010-06-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EF 70-200L + ext. tubeKenko 36mm, Hoya HMC Super UV(0)
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterfly, I love [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-03 0:11
Viewed: 2507
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus is a butterfly species belonging to the family Nymphalidae, (subfamily Satyrinae, commonly known as "the Browns"). It is widespread in Eurasia and northwestern Africa, preferring drier habitats than other Coenonymphae. The larval host plants are grasses, notably Sheep's Fescue, Rough meadow grass Poa trivialis.The butterfly loosely resembles a small Meadow Brown, but the brown colour of the wings appears noticeably paler in flight. Unlike the Meadow Brown and other common members of Satyrinae, the Small Heath is a lateral basker, only ever resting with its wings closed and angled at 90° to the sun.

The larvae have lifespans of varying length, even within the same climate, thus the imagines of one generation may be seen over a long period. The butterfly usually has two, occasionally three, broods and is on the wing from mid May until early October (late June to mid August in colder climates). The insect overwinters in its larval stage.

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Nice one,

good sharpness and composition


  • Great 
  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-06-03 1:01]

Hello Pawel,
Great macro shot with excellent sharpness and very nice colors.TFS.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-03 2:36]

Hi Pawel,
Very good sharpness and colors with nice details!BG and composition there are great.

Ciao Pawel. Exciting light and superb bright colours for the panphilus. Magnmificent blurred BG.


Ciao Pawel, lovely little butterfly on a beautiful flower, fantastic colors, wonderful blurry BG and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-03 6:43]

Hi Pawel
What a great shot today! One of the best shot of this butterfly! Details, colors,BG all are perfect!

hello pawel
super pose in the sunshine with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-06-03 12:42]

Hi Pawel. This is a first class close up of the Small Heath. It stands out so well from the plain BG. Taken with sharp focusing and warm colours. TFS .

Well focused, Sharp, great details.
Nice DoF creates a very smooth BG.
Outstanding shot.


great composition and pleasant colours, TFS Ori

Hello Pawel,
Exceptional capture with superb focus and colours.
Nice composition. Great POV and amazing clarity.

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