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Queen of Spain Fritillary


Queen of Spain Fritillary
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Copyright: Maite SRivero (Maite) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-07
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-21 16:41
Viewed: 6518
Favorites: 4 [view]
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Sofía (Issoria lathonia)

En un día nublado y con bastante aire esta linda mariposilla se hallaba agazapada en el suelo entre las hierbas lo que hacía dificultoso poder fotografiarla, pero accedió rápida y gustosamente a subirse a mi dedo en cuanto se lo puse delante. ¿Será que quería ser fotografiada para mostrar su hermosura? Fue un detallazo de su parte, aunque pido disculpas a aquellos a quienes no gusta ver dedos por medio :).

Las alas anteriores de esta mariposa son ligeramente cóncavas, de color pardo naranja con filas de manchas negras. La cara inferior es más pálida, y en las alas posteriores presenta grandes manchas nacaradas distintivas de la especie, que contrastan con la franja submarginal de un naranja más oscuro que contiene pequeños puntos plateados rodeados de oscuro.
Viven en herbazales abiertos, landas y praderas, desde el nivel del mar hasta los dos mil metros de altitud. Es sedentaria en el sur de Europa, mientras que las poblaciones más septentrionales emigran hacia el sur en invierno.
En la Península Ibérica suelen presentar dos generaciones anuales, la primera entre abril y mayo, y la segunda entre junio y julio.
La oruga es negra con manchas blancas y fuertes pelos espinosos. Se alimenta preferentemente de violetas (Viola).
Puede invernar tanto como larva, como pupa o como imago.

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Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia)

On a cloudy and windy day this beautiful butterfly was crouching on the ground among herb-leaves which made difficult to take a good shot, but it kindly and quickly climbed onto my finger as soon as I put it in front of it. I beg pardon to those who doesn't like fingers in it :)

Wing-span : 19-23 mm
Distribution: North Africa and Europe, absent from the UK and central and northern Scandinavia.
Identification: The large dominating silvery spots on the underside hindwing are distinctive. Similar spots also appear on the forewing apex, a unique feature. Spring brood butterflies are said to have greenish dusting around the wing edges and basally. They are also smaller than the summer brood. The butterfly can often be differentiated on the wing by the distinctive wing shape - there is a bulge at the apex which gives a kink in the outer margin unlike any of the other fritillaries which are smoothly curving.
Flight time: Mid-March to late October, in 2, 3 or even more generations. Effectively all year in the right places and with the right temperatures. The 2007 season has started very early with sightings in early February in warmish (8°C) but sunny conditions.
Habitat: Occurring everywhere, but open dry landscapes seem preferable.
Behaviour: A migrant, more northerly populations being reinforced annually by migration from the south.
Host plants: Viola tricolor, V. arvensis. In Europe (Eckstein, 1913 and others), Anchusa, Riibus, Onobrychis have also been noted as host plants. These butterflies lay eggs also on seedlings of Persicaria lapathifolia and Stellaria media.
All stages hibernating. Butterflies can migrate over large distances.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-04-21 16:50]

Uma belissima borboleta e uma belissima foto muito bem focada e de qualidade exelente muito bela e nobre meus parabéns.
Nilson

Hola Maite.
Una preciosa toma de esa bella mariposa.
Los colores son preciosos y tiene mucha nitidez.Un saludo .
Antonio.

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-04-21 17:13]

nice colors good focus interesting pose with the insect and the finger.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-04-21 17:35]

Hola Maite,
this is a nice, well-focused and sharp picture of I. lathonia. Eyes, antennae and the wing markings are presented in an impressive way.
Best wishes, Peter

Buenooooooo....vaya pedazo de foton Maite,como te has pasado.que maravilla

Que suerte tienes con las mariposas, al tenerla en el dedo se puede uno figurar perfectamente su tamaño.

Saludos.
Jose Luis.

Hola Maite,
Beautiful Queen of Spain Fritillary. Wonderfully close up picture with great sharpness and color contrast. Very well done and tfs.
JC

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  • lee Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 23] (84)
  • [2007-04-21 22:12]

Hi Maite, nice capture of the butterfly. Nice colors and good detail. Interesting composition for sure. Thanks.

Lee

Hi Maite,
Excellent colors and very sharp detail in this little beauty. Nice frame filling composition. Well done!
Scott

bonjour maité
excellent netteté et beaucoup de details sur ce papillon qui est tres joli par ses motifs et couleurs.il ne semble pas peureux;
laurent

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-22 2:18]

Hello Maite,
Very successful close shot of the Queen of Spain Frit. in a nice pose showing great details and nice colours. I like the perfect position of the antennae which contributes to an excellent composition!
TFS and all the best, Ulla

Hi Maite

This is an excellent shot showing clear, sharp details. :-)

Hello Maite,
Good macro work has been done!
The point of view is perfect, and the details in the butterfly are captured with skill...
Well composed image, and the colours are natural and a pleasant match with the background!
Greetings,
Pablo -

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-22 3:18]

Hello Maite,
Such an excellent shot of the underside of a Queen of Spain Fritillary, well composed with fine detail and lighting conteracts the negative aspect of showing the tip of the finger that it is sitting on.
I have often found that if the butterfly is docile enough to sit on the finger then it is possible to carefully persuade it to step on to a plant by gently pushing the finger on to a suitable perch.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hola Maite, splendid queen, fascinating composition, great details, wonderful light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-22 3:48]

Hola Maite,
Esta vez no hubo que correr para capturar la mariposa:-) Magníficos detalles y una composición muy agradable. Además, queda muy claro el tamaño de la mariposa.
Saludos, José M.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-22 3:54]

hi Maite,
très beau cliché qui plus est sur un doigt. C'est excellent car on perçoit rapidement la taille du spécimen. Les détails sont fins, la couleur bien dosée.

tfs

Hi Maite,
it's great - to see this beauty on the finger, that's wonderful. Excellent sharpness - a lovely shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hola Maite

magnífica composición de la mariposa sobre el dedo, algo bastante inusual
en cuanto a los aspectos técnicos, la calidad de tu foto es muy buena, la nitidez perfecta, los colores muy naturales y pecfectamente saturados, el fondo borroso, el punto de vista totalmente perpendicular al sujeto

en fin una foto muy conseguida

saludos

jjo

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-22 5:08]

Hi, dear Maite.
I see two nice object again : ). Terrific reproduction of this amazing butterfly. Cropping and composition are great. Sharpness, details and colours of the butterfly are perfect too. BG is very interesting and allows to show all butterfly beauties very well. Bravo and TFS.
Alexei.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-22 6:54]

Maite,
Lovely shot is it standing on your fingers. Amazing color and such a lovely sight to see standing on a human body.
Ganesh

What a friendly little butterfly, Maite!
You mean it obliged you readily by skipping over to your finger? I am amazed.
Well, this one-handed shot has turned out to be a beauty, to say the least. At that close proximity not exceeding three feet at the most, the image is as sharp and beautiful as it can be at that distance. The details and colours are just perfect and your fingertip provides a veritable scale to assess the size of this Issoria lathonia.
Regards.
Ram

Hola Maite,
La calidad es buena.
La nitidez, los colores, la composición,...belissima.
So far my second lesson in Spanish:-)
Saludos
Annick

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-04-22 14:03]

A very pretty Butterfly Maite, great close up and lovely detail and colours. I like the pose on the finger!
tfs
debz

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-22 17:56]

Hola Maite,
un amor de foto,
detalles y bello trabajo, colores y excelente compo... saludos

Hola Maite,
Extraordinaria la nitidez y detalle conseguida de esta pequeña mariposa, ehorabuena por la toma y gracias por compartirla. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-23 6:09]

Hi Maite

A very beautiful macro from you, again!
I really have no problem with the finger in the photo. Actually it's welcomed for it gives a good impression on the size of this little beauty. Also, it allows a great viewing angle and a clear, blurred BG.
The details and textures on the butterfly are terrific and very sharp and the natural colors are lovely.
Well done!

Bravo and TFS
Horia

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-23 10:37]

Hola Maite.- Una bella y docil Mariposa. Hermosos colores muy naturales. Siempre he pensado que todos los animales tienen un sentido especial que les indica cuando nosotros los humanos solamente queremos admirarlos o en ocacciones prestarles ayuda.
Saludos y gracias.
Luis52.

Hola Maite,
Nice to see that it is on your finger.

Nice shot.

Biswarup

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-23 11:42]

Hi Maite,
lovely little flyer. Including the finger into your composition is a nice way to show off it's size. Very nice details and sharpness that you captured.
Sky

Bonjour Maite
Félicitation pour cette superbe composition. La nettetée du papillon est parfaite. les couleurs et les détails sont très bons.C'est formidable de voir ce que la nature peut faire de merveilleux.
Merci et au revoir...JP
Ps ..La police porrait se servir de ce cliché pour les empreintes digitales Ah Ah Ah

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-23 13:59]

Hola Maite,

Superb shot, the detail is excellent with great colours against a really nice BG, superbly composed with a excellent POV and pose.

TFS Hilary :o)

hi maite!
great photo of this beautiful butterfly, excellent catch.
tfs
zoran

Hola Maite,
Pero que suerte tuviste!
A mi me salen volando apenas me las acerco!
El enfoque sobre la mariposa es sencillamente inmejorable, los detalles, las texturas y colores son muy buenos.
Me gusta mucho como quedó el fondo, bastante difuminado y como con direcciones encontradas, muy bueno.
Enhorabuena y gracias por compartir la foto.
Un gran saludo,
JM

Superbes détails, magnifique.
Bravo
Marie

Hi, Maite.
Nice butterfly. Very good exposure, sharpness and details.

Una verdadera belleza Maite, para que después digas...
perfectos detalles y un colorido aunque no escandaloso (ésos rojos, verdes, azules...de otras mariposas)es precioso.
Saludos y gracias por compartir esta preciosidad ... y tu dedo, JL.

oi maite, muito precioso este momento.
Gosto muito de ver fotos com este assunto, o contato direto com o animal, isto mostra muita harmonia com a natureza.
É claro que em alguns momentos não podemos ter este contato.
Parabens ótima foto, composição e nitidez prefeitas. Como sempre você nos momentos maravilhosos.

HenriqueººBrazil

Hi maite, very precious this moment. Taste very to see photos with this subject, the direct contact with the animal, this sample much harmony with the nature. It is clearly that at some moments we cannot have this contact. Excellent Parabens photo, composition and clearness mayors. As always you at the wonderful moments.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-04-25 8:40]

Hello Maite,
Wonderful butterfly close up.I liked POV,sharpness,simple BG,clear details and framing a lot.TFS

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-25 9:41]

Hi Maite.
Very nice capture of this beautiful little butterfly.I like pretty sharp details and nice pose.Amazing colors on drawing on wings and good blurry BG too.Well done!
Thanks,with greeting Milos.

Hi Maite ,
great details with beautiful colours.
nice backgroud and great sharpness.
very well done.
thanks for sharing
Regards
Saeed

Buenas Maite
Que maestria las dices hale hop y a tu dedo, dentro de poco te vemos con un circo de mariposas.
Buena captura y todo lujo de detalles, pero ten cuídado que como te descuides alguno te falsifica la huella dactilar. ;-)

Te respondí con un correo a tu ofrecimiento, donde te indicaba que si que me interesa el tema de la expo. En ese correo te indicaba mi email y el tlfno.

Un saludo y muchas gracias por todo,

Hi Maite,

I like this picture. Composition, focus, exposure, everything spot-on. Well done.

Jan-Hendrik

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-26 13:36]

hi maite; amazing close up shot and nice comp with nice colours.interesting POV ,good BG and eye contact of this lovely b.fly. TFS
well done
regards
ridvan

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  • Necipp Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1110 W: 15 N: 21] (100)
  • [2007-04-26 18:11]

Wow this is amazing the detail! nice focus and sharpness great dof and back ground blur tfs rgds Necip ;-)

Hi,
Dont bother about the finger, the details and the colors and the pattern on this butterfly is worth a look
TFS
Goutham

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-27 2:22]

Hi Maite

Excellent shot of this butterfly. Really good detail and colour.

James

Hello Maite!
Very nice composition! I like the way you presented this beauty butterfly. It looks that it was very friendly specimen ;>
TFS and have a nice weekend!
Greetings,
Radomir

Hi Maite,

What a very beautiful Queen!
The colours are very lovely, great sharpness and details.
And I like it's pose, very nice that it would sit still long enough for you to take this pretty picture :-)
Good job, thanks for sharing.

Greetings, Nel

She is a beauty and has such a Regal appearance, well taken and presented.

Greg

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-04-28 12:55]

Hi Maite,
You are very lucky to capture it on a finger,
Details and colors are very nice,
I like sharpness alot,
TFS

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  • jorg (635)
  • [2007-04-28 14:19]

hola Maite,
Por lo que veo,ya pusiste en practica el hablarles a los bichos y con unos resultados excelentes,jeje.
Saludos,
Joan

Maite, una buena foto con un excelente enfoque. Has captado a la perfección sus texturas y colores; además la explicación que haces es amena. Saludos desde Lleida y a disfrutar de la foto.

José Ignacio Tejedor - Y conmigo 102 puntos esta foto: Enhorabuena "!!!

Hola Maite, vaya preciosidad de foto y conseguir que esa maravilla se quede en tus dedos y puedas fotografiarla es todo un lujo. Perdona por mi poca participación en la página pero he andado muy liado con el trabajo. Un saludo

José Luis

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-04-30 14:35]

selam maite
i see very artistic composition and wonderful close-up working...congratulations...
composition, point of view, background, colours, lighting, focus, sharpness, details and note are great
thanks for sharing
regards
izler

Hi Maite,
lovely little butterfly that you have uploaded here.I can only say that which all the others have already,so instead keep those wonderful butterflies coming as your little ones are well liked by me and everyone here on TN.Tfs. Bob

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-05-03 16:35]

Hola Maite,
I join the ranks of the experts that have already said: well done. Thank you for showing the beautiful Queen to the TN audience.
My best wishes to you,
Dietrich

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-05-07 13:51]

Hi Maite!
Great close up of this beautiful elegant butterfly great details POV and composition and lovely BG, well done!

Hola Maite.
Very beautiful close shot.
Wonderful colours and details
Well done

bonjour maité
encore un joli papillon que je n' avais pas vu, tres belles couleurs parfaitement nettes
bravo, amitiès et merci
edith

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-14 2:39]

Hello Maite,
Excellent capture of this beautiful butterfly.POV,details,sharpness and composition are wonderful.
TFS..:-)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-17 23:12]

Hello Maite

A beautiful little butterfly.The details and markings show really well.Your finger gives a good reference to how small this little butterfly actually is.Very good natural colours.Well illuminated as well.Nicely done.TFS

Rob

Hi Maite,
This is really very good. Extraordinary sharpness and details. It is very cute on your finger. Great macro. Excellent BG. TFS. Greetings. Mustafa

Hi Maite...Don't usually like the human touch but the finger helps give scale. Good detail and composition. Best, Brat.

Fantastic butterfly but would have liked to have seen it in a more natural setting!

Hello Maite,

my congratulations for your cheerful interpretation of "digital" photography!

And my congratulations for this brilliant, powerful close-up! Sorry I'm a bit late to join in, but due to excessive work these months I've been on TN not that regularly as I wished to be. Very pleased to see the Queen of Spain so refreshingly and proudly well presented by the Queen of Spanish Butterflies.

With thanks, and best regards,
Peter

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-06-14 11:42]

Hi Maite,

Great picture of this butterfly.
Great color, sharpness, background and lighting.
( A nice finger too)

Oz

Hi Maite,
The great thing in this is it looks like a pet of yours. Nice capture. and a beautiful butterfly. Nice note. Thanks a lot for sharing. out of :) tomorrow.

Hello Maite,
excellent macro with sharpness, clarity and much details!
you have a beauty and quality nature gallery!
thanks for sharing
muchas gracias
Tony

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-06-26 22:52]

Hello Maite,
Excellent macro of this beautiful butterfly, the details, colors and wing patterns are amazing, thanks for sharing.
Rick

Hi Maite.
Otimo flagrante.
Parabens.
Ralf.

hello Maite, I was to see your photographs, they are splendid and of a very beautiful quality. Thank you to share,
Frienly,
Pat

Absolutely magical!!!
I love the fact that it perched on your finger. Great job with the one handed photo. :)

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-10-07 14:00]

Hi Maite,
A masterpiece picture! A precious contact between photograph and his subject!
GREAT SHOT (and wonderful technique)!
Regards,

Claude

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-24 22:58]

Hi Maite,
Wonderful close-up with immaculate sharpness and lovely colours. Superb lighting and exposure. I love the perch too and the BG. Excellent POV and DOF. Very nicely composed. Kudos.
TFS.
Sumon

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  • Helio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 0 N: 16] (533)
  • [2007-10-29 15:34]

Hell Maite,
Very nice picture. Wonderful Macro ..!!

Hola Maite,

what a perfect close up. very sharp and natural colors.

greetings jörg

Hello Maite,
You present here very unique and wonderful butterfly, with excellent details and very nice POV.
Also, lovely natural colours here!
Well presented and TFS,
Best wishes,
Kevin

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-27 11:50]

Hello Maite ! Incredible shot my friend ! Great focus and sharpness, good exposure and very nice BG. And the finger is a plus ! Thanks !

Mario

hola Maite
superb capture!!!!
is a really Queen of Spain for your beauty wings
nice details and sharpness

saludos sERGIO

Hallo Maite
What a brilliant shot. A beautiful butterfly, with excellent sharpness. I just love to look at butterfly images because their patterns and markings are delightful, and each one is different from the other. Each pattern and marking tells a different and beautiful story. The most of the times the colours are vibrant and attractive. This photo has both of those things going for it and that is just great. Well seen and captured. Thanks for sharing, and have an enjoyable day.
Best regards
Anna

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