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Lesser Spotted Fritillary

Lesser Spotted 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: 2007-08-09
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-11-09 13:16
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Points: 108
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Melitaea trivia

Una mariposa simpática esta doncellita. Me hizo una gran ilusión encontrarla, pues era la primera Melitaea que veía por Sorriba, ese pueblecito entrañable que me ha acogido tan bien estos últimos veranos. No sólo quiso posar para mí un buen rato en diferentes posturas sino que hasta quiso jugar conmigo subiéndose a mi dedo, donde le hice también alguna foto sujetando la cámara con la mano izquierda (ws).
Espero que os guste.
Muchas gracias por vuestra visita.

Melitaea trivia ([Denis et Schiffermuller], 1775)

DISTRIBUTION AND VARIATION. A widespread and strongly variable species with inclinations to forming local isolates. The development of a black pattern and the colour brightness of the wing background frequently depends on generation and particular ecological conditions, especially humidity.
HABITATS AND BIOLOGY. Semi-deserts, open landscapes, xerothermic biotopes with thin vegetation, in the mountains up to 3,000-3,500 m a.s.l.
FLIGHT PERIOD: May to August, usually in two generations.
HOST PLANTS: Scrophularia, Eremostachys.

I was happy to meet this little butterfly basking in the sun upon a Daucus cariota flower. The first Melitaea that I found in Sorriba (and anywere). She was absolutly nice with me, allowing me to take a lot of shots in different poses and even playing with me getting upon my finger. It was great!

Hope you like it.
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Hello Maite
very nice butterfly
from the intense colors and with attractive drawings on the wings
photo well focused and good light

best regards sERGIO

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-09 14:34]

Hola Maite,
a clear and sharp picture of the fritillary butterfly nicely embedded in its natural environment. Pleasant colours and natural framing result in an attractive presentation.
Best wishes, Peter

Hola Maite,
Another excellent posting from you!
perfect pose with superb sharpness, vivid colour and so much details!
the exposure and focus is spot on!
well done and TFS
have a wonderful weekend, Maite!
muchas gracias

Hello Maite
Beautiful composition!
Nice colors and very good contrast.
Excellent details and POV.
Well done!
Best regards,
José Roberto

Hi Maite,
this is a lovely little butterfly and one well captured by you.Very clean focus and nice details and an excellent point of view bring this one to life.I like the flower that it is perched on,delicate like the insect.Thanks for sharing this cheerful photograph. It is nice when a butterfly or even a small bird lands on you,just to say hello. Bob

Bonjour Maite
Ton papillon a un dessin que je n'ai jamais vu
Merci de nous montrer cette espèce

bonjour maité
la netteté est relativement bonne,les couleurs juste.je trouve le pov et j'aime bien aussi le WS.

Hello Maite,
Wow, this one is beautiful. Wings are fully spread and markings are clearly seen. Nice natural colors. I also like the way you composed this picture. TFS.

Hola Maite, great composition with splendid butterfly and lovely flowers, good details, excellent sharpness and beautiful colors, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Maite!
Excellent macro! Beautiful fine details on this little and fragile butterfly! Nice vivid colours. Perfect DOF and BG.
Best regards and have a great weekend,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-10 5:07]

Hello Maite,
Very natural picture of this interesting Melitea species.Good diagonal presentation and pleasant light. We can see the patterns of the wings very well and it will be of great help for identification.
Thanks and best regards

Bonjour Maite
Très belle prise, couleurs et netteté, excellentez gestion de l'exposition et des couleurs.
Amicalement Robi

Hello Maite
Wonderful shot of this tiny Butterfly,
Perfect focusing,lighting and BG,Welldone.

Good Luck

hello maite,
beautiful butterfly shot, the pov offers nice details of the wing pattern, well composed shot, lovely colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Maite,
You are an expert on butterflies and moths. May be, I should also start learning about them. TN members like you are giving me lot of inspiration.
Thanks a lot for sharing this beautiful butterfly picture along with the informative note.
- Nirmal

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-10 8:44]

Hi, dear Maite.
What a cute fluffy butterfly and superb shot of this charming scene. I like wonderful composition, beautiful butterfly and fine surroundings. DOF and details are perfect as well as the impressive light and fine colours. Very cute WS. My best wishes and TFS, Well done.

Hi Maite,

Very beautiful capture of this lovely butterfly.
I like the vivid colours, excellent sharpness, details, light and composition.

Greetings, Nel

Hi Maite,
that's so beautiful, I like the arrangement with the brilliant colours very much, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • martic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 179 W: 1 N: 159] (1327)
  • [2007-11-10 10:54]

Hi Maite,
Very nice shot of this butterfly, good colors and sharpness image well composed

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-11-10 13:54]

selam Maite
good capturing of this beautiful fritillary
i like composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness, details and note
thanks for sharing

Magnifique composition, le papillon sur le fleurs tout en focus, c'est une merveille. Les détails et les couleurs sont superbes.

Hello Maite,
well detailed, well describing capture of Melitaea trivia. This pretty little species was first described in 1775 from the region of Vienna, Austria, but I do not remember to have seen it before. Pretty document of summer on a mountain meadow. Very pleasantly sunny colours.
Thank you! My best regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-11 3:18]

Hi Maite,
Just appreciating this wonderful shot from you. I am on a tour and internet connection comes at a premium here, hence doing a short job. Sorry.

Hi Maie
Great sharp presentation, nice field guide POV. I like not disturbing background and good contrast. I did my private simple WS. I think thet you could do a little unsharp mask for perfect sharpnes
Best wishes

Hello Maite,
You've taken very nice pose of this little butterfly.
Excellent POV and composition with delicate details here.
Well presented and TFS,
Regards, Kevin

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-11-11 13:28]

Hello Maite, exceelent close up; sharpness, colors, light, composition, everything is excellent !

Hello Maite,
A delicate and fragile butterfly hads been recorded!
Well done on the macro work, fine textures and rich ciolours in the wing patterns...
Good point of view and a well balanced composition!
Pablo -

Hola Maite,
Pues que suerte tienes con una mariposa así tan colaboradora!
Aunque probablemente las sabras tratar adecuadamente.
Muy hermosa la luz y pose en que la atrapaste con las alas abiertas de par en par, como para enseñarnos orgullosa el intrincado patrón de sus alas.
Enhorabuena y gracias por compartir la foto.
Un gran abrazo,

Excellent clarity.
Liked your notes too. This butterfly got "personal" with you.
They often come to 'lick' the salt from our skins.
Thanks for sharing.
Mario from Canada.
P.S. Shall return tomorrow to give you the points.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-12 14:19]

Hi Maite,
I liked your POV here, it gives good details of the wings. Nice composition, lighting and details.
Best wishes,

Hello Maite!

Very nice shot, with a very good composition, sharpness, POV and DOF! TFS.

Hola Maite,

que bella mariposa! Beuatiful warm colors and the little white flowers really finish this photo.
Excellent details!


Hello Maite,
Excellent color and a well exposed image..
Nice DOF, detail, and well seen from your BG also :)
Great notes, Well done!

Hi Maite,
Pretty Fritillary on these white flowers.
Great open wing POV,very good focus details, and color.
I wouldn't mind if you cropped a bit more on the left and bottom to bring subject in closer to tweak the composition.

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2007-11-13 12:10]

hola Maite

linda foto de aproximación de esta colorida mariposa
el punto de vista alto , es habitual en este tipo de composiciones, pero queda muy bien , pues nos permite la obsercación con detalle de las alas



A very well composed shot, Maite.
So much synergy is manifest between the subject and the white flowers.
Sorry for my late response to your excellent work.

Hi Maite.
Sorry I did not get to this photo sooner, but I was on holiday. I will tell you that the 5 flowers circling this butterfly are just so beautiful for the composition. You have good details on the wings.
I imagine when you saw this on the computer, it made you happy.
Have a nice Wedensday!

Ola Maite,
very nice macro-shot for a very nice buterfly, I do not know this species, I like so much the drawings on his wings and the splendid lighting,
well done

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-14 13:26]
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Hola Maite,
preciosa mariposa...
y el workshop digna del TL,
buen trabajo...
colores y detalles magníficos.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-11-14 22:48]

Hola Maite,
Que linda captura, muy hermosa image.
La mariposa tiene cores vivas y vibrantes
muy sharp y bien compuesta.. Felicitaciones


Buen encuadre y sobre todo buen color. Iluminación correcta. También bien enfocada aunque por su textura da una sensación de que no es así.

Saludos Maite : José Ignacio.

Hi Maite,
A beautiful fritillary butterfly. Lovely details with excellent composition and POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Sorry :D soon.

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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2007-11-15 11:50]

Hola Maite!
Colors,compo,sharpness and light are excellent.
With best wishes,

Hi Maite,

I really like this shot, with the butterfly and flowerheads perfectly suspended over a soft background. Great level of detail with beautiful colours, nice light and a great composition.

Kind regards,


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-17 10:55]

Hola Maite.- Fina foto. Muy nitida y clara. La iluninacion es perfecta y gracias a ello ( y a tu talento) se aprecian los hermosos detalles de las alas de esta mariposa. Saludos Luis52.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-18 8:05]

Hello Maite,
Beautiful capture of this Fritillary that looks very beautiful on the small white flowers. Great sharpness and natural colours.
A very fine composition too.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Hola Maite,
Excelente toma con buena nitidez donde se muestran tan bien los detalle de esta bella mariposa, preciosos colores y elegante composición; ya me gustaría saber lo que les das para que se te muestren tan confiadas :)). Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

Hi Maite,
Lovely composition of this butterfly with great colors and sharpness picture, Excellent POV. and clear , well presented very done..

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-30 7:10]

Hello Maite, I see that you like taking photographs of Butterflies. You have many interesting and beautiful variaties in Spain. This one is very pretty indeed. You captured it very well with good focus and great detail and sharpness shown on the markings. Light and colour are wonderful. Nicely composed on the wild flower. Good notes.

Hello Maite!
Almost one month when I was on TN last time to comment your photos. Long time...
Now I see that I overlooked some interesting pictures and this is one of them :)
Lovely colours, nice sharpness and details. And the species not seen by me before.
Note as always very informative.
Best greetings from Lodz,

PS. I also see that you changed picture in your intro - I like a new one a lot! ;)

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2008-03-15 14:48]

Hello Maite
Great picture of this butterfly.
You can find this butterfly also in Israel.
Great color, sharpness and background


Hola Maite,
Excellent macro shot of the little butterfly. It's a common specie here in Hungary, too. Great pose of the insect, nice exposure, colors and sharpness + useful note. Wonderful work, Madame.
Muchas gracias, saludos, László

Hello Maite. Well spread wings of this butterfly. Looking like our common leopard and you have captured really well on the contrasting white flower. Excellent shot and thanks for sharing. Best regards. Jusni

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-07-27 21:03]

Hello Maite,
a nice composition of this butterfly. Great colours and the background is blurred to give better imapct to the shot. Your note is very helpful , informative and educational. sometimes I wonder whether i have to study more to get the creatures identified.
Because this is my poor subject in the trekks syllabus.


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