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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-07-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-30 9:23
Viewed: 1636
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

he Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) is a European species of butterfly, which was in decline for much of the 1970s and 1980s but seems to be coming back to many of its old territories.

The Silver-washed fritillary butterfly is deep orange with black spots on the upper side of its wings and has a wingspan of 54–70 mm, with the male being smaller and paler than the female. The underside is green and unlike other fritillaries has silver streaks instead of silver spots, hence the name silver-washed. The caterpillar is black-brown with two yellow lines along its back and long reddish-brown spines. Adults feed on the nectar of bramble, thistles and knapweeds and also on aphid honeydew. The silver-washed is a strong flier and more mobile than other fritillaries and as such can be seen gliding above the tree canopy at high speed. It preferred habitat is thin, sunny deciduous woodland especially oaks but has been known to live in coniferous woodland.

The male possesses scent scales on the upper side of the forewing that run along veins one to four. The scent produced from these scales attracts females and helps to distinguish it from other species. Unusually for a butterfly, the female does not lay her eggs on the leaves or stem of the caterpillar's food source (in this case violets) but instead one or two meters above the woodland floor in the crevices of tree bark close to clumps of violets.

When the egg hatches in August, the caterpillar immediately goes into hibernation until spring. Upon awakening it will drop to the ground and feeds on violets close to the base of the tree. The caterpillar usually feeds at night and usually conceals itself during the day away from its food source but during cool weather will bask in the sunny spots on the forest floor on dry, dead leaves . It will make its chrysalis amongst the ground vegetation and the adults will emerge in June.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-30 9:25]

Hi Marius,spectacular capture of the paphia,completely disappear this year in my country,maybe because a lot of rain till the end of June,perfect pose,exposure and details,just a bit undersaturated.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Marius, great macro of lovely butterfly , wonderful colors, superb sharpness, fine details and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Marius,
Nice composition and taken from the best PoV,as usual great sharpness and clarity.

Hello Marius,
Great composition. Excellent sharpness of models, beautiful, soft colors.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-10-30 11:32]

Hello Marius,
Superb shot of this butterfly in fantastic sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Taken from a very good POV in a fine composition with a nice blurry background.

Hello Mr.Marius,
Another excellent photograph.Details and its majestic pose are really eye-catching.
I like its colour and light.BG is outstanding too.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

hallo Marius
super good sharpness picture with good details and beautiful colours
great composition
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-10-30 13:24]

Hello Marius.
A great shot of this fritillary,it shows the beatifull colors on its wings very well,BG is as well neat,well done and TFS.Regards Siggi

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2013-10-30 14:08]

Bela foto com um trabalho de profundidade excelente com cores ótimas meus parabéns.

Hi Marius
照的清晰 很漂亮的蝴蝶
顏色鮮豔華麗 第一次見到這蝴蝶 很新奇
光線亮麗 非常美麗
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hi Marius,
Fantastic macro of this beautiful Fritillary with superb DOF, perfect clarity, outstanding details, wonderful lighting, magnificent composition and beautiful natural colors. I like to see so clear veins on the wing. Great work, my friend. Thanks and have a nice day!

Hi Marius,
beautiful photo of this butterfly. Really nice colours. Perfect sharpness and details.
Have a nice day,

Superb shot Marius!
Perfect exposure, great sharpness and details with a splendid Background. Thank you for sharing,
Best Regards,

Impressive photo with good composition, wonderful lighting and very good sharpness.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-10-31 2:07]

Hello Marius,
nice butterfly and nice photo,regards..

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-10-31 6:57]

Fine lighting, colors and details in this closeup of lovely species...beautiful background too. tfs.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-10-31 7:23]

Hi Marius,
Wonderful photo of this beautiful bird.
Very good composition and nice natural colours.
Excellent sharpness details with perfect blurred background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-10-31 11:19]

Excellent picture of this Arginis with a great composition. Congratulation. Saludos.

Great photo Marius. The butterfly and the flower pops out from the picture. Nice bokeh and lighting.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-11-02 5:33]

Hello Marius,
A striking butterfly shown with this fine composition including the beautiful purple thistle where Argynnis paphia is posed. Beautiful light falls on both and the subtle-colored background is ideal. Well done again!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-11-03 1:19]

Hello Marius
such an exciting capture of this butterfly. The details and sharpness is top class. Very well approached subject and the soft blurry background really add beauty to your composition.
Congrats for such a lively view.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-11-10 18:33]

Hello Marius,
An absolutely gorgeous butterfly and shown in a top quality image. You managed to capture every tiny feature in exceptional detail and beautiful natural colors. The shadows visible in parts of it's lower wing gives the image wonderful depth and creativity. A real beauty Marius!!!
PS. It's encouraging to hear that this pretty little butterfly is slowly making a comeback after it's big decline.

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