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Heath fritillary - Mellicta athalia

Heath fritillary - Mellicta athalia
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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: 2011-06-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-01 0:20
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Heath fritillary - Mellicta athalia

Family: Nymphalidae.

Flight Time: May - August.

Size: 34-46mm

Altitude: 0-2200m

This butterfly is very variable in terms of both the colour and the pattern of the wings. The male is the more conspicuous of the two sexes as it patrols clearings in search of a mate. They can be seen flying close to the ground alternating a few flicks of their wings with a short glide. The female has a much more laboured flight, weighed down by her load of eggs. Having found a suitable area, she will crawl around the vegetation before laying an untidy batch of up to 150 eggs. These are typically laid close to the foodplant on the underside of a Bramble leaf, or on a dead leaf. Both sexes can often be found in the company of others as they bask on shrubs.

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Absolutely breathtaking shot Marx !!! Well done!
George Veltchev

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-01 1:47]

Hi Marx,
Gorgeous macro work. Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.
And background are nice too.
Regards Jiri.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-01 3:01]

Hello Marx,
Fantastic photo of this butterfly in great sharpness, details and very beautiful contrasting colours. Taken from an excellent POV in a very nice composition.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-01 6:24]

Hello Marx,
splendid image of this butterfly.
Great sharpness, detail and depth. Splendid natural colours and composition. Well done!
Thanks for sharing

A very eye-pleasing composition with delightful colours, Marx.
Thanks for sharing this beauty.

hello Marx
great sharpness picture with good details
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

OK THIS IS MY FAVORITE TODAY..simply breathtaking and absolutely PERFECT in every way for me

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