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Melitaea deione (Geyer, 1832)

Melitaea deione (Geyer, 1832)
Photo Information
Copyright: Paulo Henrique Lopes Rodrigues (phlr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix 6900 Zoom, Fujinon 6x zoom, Digital
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/480 seconds
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-23 15:16
Viewed: 6880
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another Nymphlidae that exists in Portugal.
The Melitaea deione is known as "Provenšal fritillary" in english. It doesn't have a common name in portuguese.

Wingspan: 35mm till 42mm

Flying time: from April till September, till 1400 meters of altitude. It prefers the lower and middle situations of the mountains.

We have two generations over the year in Portugal.

Their caterpillars feeds on (Toad flax) Linaria. (Lion muzzle) Antirrhinum and (Digitalis) Thimble.

Spread over the mountains of Southern France to Spain and Portugal and northwest Italian Alps. It arises also in few places in the north of Morocco and in adjacent Algeria.
We can find it in light, dry forests or bushes-existed areas.

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Hi Paulo, how beautiful! Great PoV, DoF and colour contrasting background to complete and excelent alround composition. I love to see the fluffy textures on the Nymphlidae, coupled with their mozaic multitone pattening. Well done and thanks for a good note. Regards, Tim.

  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-23 16:25]

Hi Paulo,

A very good macro of this colorfull butterfly,very sharp and detailed,well done and TFS,


Hello Paulo
Another excellent capture with high detail and super colors...+++

Wow! amazing looking butterfly and a superb capture of it!
Well done on the bg and colour...
Excellent photography...

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  • limier Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 14 N: 235] (1055)
  • [2006-07-23 20:04]

Hi Paulo
Beautiful POV,great composition and a beautiful Nymphlidae with beautiful colors.
Never seen it before
See you

Hi Paulo,

Working to much, and way behind on critiques.....
This looks great!


Nice shot, Paulo!A pleasant composition and good colours
Best regards

Hi Paulo,
Just time for a very quick visit.
Nice shot. Thanks for posting.
Have a great week.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-24 3:07]

Ola Paulo!

Beautifull butterfly my friend! I love its patterns on wings, excellent composition, war, colours. Good to see such beauty from you!

Hi Paulo,
this look better, the details are good.
As I say earlier, the POV and the DOF is great.
The butterfly standout nicely from the BG. Good composition and nice colours.
Well done, mf.

Hi Paulo,
Very good picture of a species I haven't seen yet! Good POV, BG, Sharpness and colours.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-07-24 6:48]

Hello Paulo.
Great shot of this butterfly. It looks that it has blue eyes. Colors are great. Well done and thanks.
Gr. Hans

Hi Paulo ,
A beautiful butterfly with wonderful colors!! amazing . i just feel like lokking at it for ever, great composition too

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2006-07-24 12:52]

Hi Paulo,
An excellent picture of this species which thus is reserved for the south-west area of Europe! It kind of reminds me of Aztec patterns and colours or something along those lines. A very interesting and valuable contribution, masterly executed, to our gallery of lepidoptera! Thanks a lot Paulo,

Hello Paulo,
excellent clear and sharp capture of this southwestern species of fritillaries. Perfectly composed! Thank you!
Best regards,

Perfeito perfil que conseguiches da tua camara. Parece que o enfoque funciona cando quere, ista ten bos detalles e profundidade de campo.
Boas cores e un fondo "axeitado" coma decimos por aqui.

Great shot Paulo,
Sharp detail with very good color, DOF, exposure, and POV. Interesting wing patterns in this species.
Well done and TFS!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-25 7:58]

Hello Paulo,
what a beauty! Lovely composition with very nice POV and a nice blurred BG which lets the butterfly stand out very well. Colors, sharpness and details are wonderful.

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2006-07-25 13:39]

hello Paulo

nice shot, very sharp , very good DOF and excellent colours



Hi Paulo,
this is marvelous,
so fresh colours and perfect sharpness.
I also like the "flower", perhaps a peppermint?
A wonderful arrangement, thank you so much, I enjoyed looking so much
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-07-25 15:54]

Wow, wonderful butterfly ! The patterns and textures on the wings are incredible, and I love these warm colors ! Composition and POV are outstanding, POV is great and BG is superb. Very well done !

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-07-26 2:19]

Hi Paulo,
Great picture of this butterfly.
Great picture in all aspects.


Hi Paulo,
This is a beautiful butterfly and you have captured very well, great colours, good details and excellent OOF background.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Paulo,
Top quality picture. Excellent pov and composition. Sharpness and exposure are great. Very well done and TFS.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-07-30 2:51]

Hi Paulo,
good shot, nice wings of b-fly, good details and DOF. Well done photo. I like it.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hi Paulo,
Excellent close-up.
Superb sharp, details, colors and composition.
Very well done!!!
TFS Malgosia

Hi Paulo
I've just returned from my holidays - now it's time to see all your new pictures ;-D


Interesting shot on a flower. Don't know the flower though. Have been to Portugal but never seen one of these butterflies. Should have paid more attention.
Well done.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-05 6:34]

Hi Paulo
Good butterfly shot again from you. Good dtails, sharpnes,BG, light and POV.
Well done mf


Hello Paulo
Great shot with great composition, colors and details.
Excellent POV and I love the BG.

Hi Paulo,
Great macro!! Excellent composition. Very good sharpness and very good details. Well done.TFS.Hilmi

Hi Paulo

Excellent capture.
Superb sharpness, details, colors and composition.
Great POV,DOF and BG

TFS Thijs

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-11-04 17:56]

Hello Paulo,
Very interesting butterfly. Nice colours and details however I would discuss on framing. It would be nice to crop out most of the unnecessary backgorund and do it as more close-up :-)
Best greetings,

Hello Paulo!
Very nice profile of this nymphalid butterfly! Great colours and very good DOF. I like also note - short but informative.
Best greetings from Poland,

Hİ Paulo,
This is a great capture you've presnted here.
The pose of the butterfly,blurry background and colors are marvellous
Well done

superb picture.the pov and colors are extraordinary.
best regards from romania,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-16 4:57]

What a magnificent macro of this beautiful Melitaea!!! Great sharpness with marvellous details. Excellent POV, DOF and lovely composition.
Superb job, Paulo. Thank you very much for sharing.
My best regards

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