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Lord of Rings

Lord of Rings
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-13 10:47
Viewed: 4145
Points: 20
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Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)

This is a relatively-common butterfly that is unmistakable when seen at rest - the rings on the hindwings giving this butterfly its common name. The uppersides are a uniform chocolate brown that distinguish this butterfly from the closely-related Meadow Brown. Despite this uniformity, a newly-emerged adult is a surprisingly beautiful insect, the velvety wings providing a striking contrast with the delicate white fringes found on the wing edges. The dark colouring also allows this butterfly to quickly warm up - this butterfly being one of the few that flies on overcast days.

Variation in this butterfly is primarily focused on the rings on the hindwings, the lanceolata aberration being particularly striking, where the rings are elongated to form teardrops. Other aberrations occur where the rings are greatly reduced or completely absent.

A variety of habitats is used, although sites characterised as being sheltered and damp are preferred, such as woodland clearings, woodland edges and rides, meadows, hedgerows, road verges and country lanes, where the full heat from the summer sun can be avoided and where the foodplant is lush. The butterfly is not typically found in open areas, such as grassland or heathland.

Male and female are almost identical in appearance, although it is just possible to make out the feintest of sex brands on the forewings of the male, which contains special scent scales used in courtship. Males adopt an exclusive strategy of patrolling for mates and are often seen in ones and twos fluttering among the grasses that typify their habitat.

A mated female lays her eggs in a somewhat-chaotic fashion, typically perched on a grass stem and ejecting a single egg at random, often into the air, causing it to land in the vegetation. Both sexes take nectar from a variety of sources, Bramble and Thistle being particular favourites.

Info taken from UK Butterflies - Copyright Peter Eeles 2002-2010

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-07-13 11:32]

Hello Greg,
A great macro with a great title!
Excellent capture of a Ringlet that shows its rings in their glory that might have inspired Tolkien (who knows?).
The lighting, sharpness and colours are superb.
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Grzegorz
What a coincidence: we have the same specie today!
Fantastic details and colors, prefect POV and BG.

Hi Grzeg,

Long time no see. But it's great to realize You're still a very good and experienced soldier in the army of photographers. :) Fantastic details and textures on the wings + the title was chosen well, too. Excellent macro. Bravo.

Friendly regards, Wladyslaw

Hello grzegorz
very good close-up of this Ringlet, with stunning sharpness and warm colors,
his pose is perfect and shows his rings and the details of his wings very wellvery nice blurred BG too
Have a good night

hello Greg
a beauty!
with great details and sharpness
beautiful colours to
greeting lou

Hello Grzegorz,
Excellent post with great warm colours and sharpness. Impressive close-up. Cheers,

Hi Grzegorz,

a very good macro with much details and blurred bg.
finee colours.
I have been this one also photographed past week.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-07-15 3:37]

Hello Grzegorz ,
indeed a beauty view of the rings. Excellent sharpness with neatness and smoothness. I like the superb hairs around the wings. so lively with the flower well shown.
A splendid composition.


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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2010-07-16 12:59]

Hello Greg,

Excellent title!!! Very fun! I like.

The picture is successful ... with great sharpness!


Ciao Greg, beautiful macro of lovely butterfly, wonderful blurry BG, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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