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Lasiommata megera


Lasiommata megera
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Copyright: Nicolas Moulin (nimou) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Kodak DX6490, Raynox DCR250
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-21 9:23
Viewed: 3249
Points: 18
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Lasiommata megera
Familia Satíridos
Lasiommata megera
Saltacercas

Distribuida en toda la Peninsula Iberica
Generaciones Vuela desde mayo, primera generacion y en julio y agosto la segunda
Hábitats: Prefiere zonas de senderos, bordes de setos, cercos, matorrales.
Altitud Hasta los 2.500 metros de altitud.
Observaciones Su oruga se alimenta de Poa, Festuca, Agrostis etc

Camara Kodak DX6490 con Raynox DCR250
Campo de Tarragona - Pueblo de Siurana - Spain

Resident
Declining in some inland areas, slight spread in north of Britain.

The Wall is aptly named after its habit of basking on walls, rocks, and stony places. The delicately patterned light brown undersides provide good camouflage against a stony or sandy surface. In hot weather, males patrol fast and low over the ground, seeking out females. In cooler weather, they will bask in sunny spots and fly up to intercept females, or to drive off other males.

The Wall is widely distributed, but rarely occurs in large numbers. Over the last decade, it has declined substantially in many inland areas of central England and Northern Ireland.

Conservation status
UK BAP status: Proposed Priority Species
Butterfly Conservation priority: high
European threat status: not threatened

European/world range
Extends across most of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, between 33 °N and 55 °N, and into southern Scandinavia. The range appears to be expanding northwards in Europe, although declines have been reported in several countries.

Foodplants
Various grasses are used, including Tor-grass (Brachypodium pinnatum), False Brome (B. sylvaticum), Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata), bents (Agrostis spp.), Wavy Hair-grass (Deschampsia flexuosa), and Yorkshire-fog (Holcus lanatus).

Habitat
The Wall breeds in short, open grassland where the turf is broken or stony. It is found in dunes and other coastal habitats (including vegetated undercliffs and rocky foreshores) as well as disturbed land (including railway embankments and cuttings), disused quarries, derelict land, and gardens.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-21 9:42]

Hi Nicolas. A good shot of the butterfly. you have captured the markings so well. with good colour and detail. a very nice POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes too.
Nick..

Hi Nicolas,
Excellent sharpness, almost perfect DOF!
Perdó, llegint la nota, ara veig que ets d'aquí, feta a Siurana, ... Molt completa, per cert!
Si no es inconvenient, de quina font extreus la informació? Jo tan sols sóc aficionada primerenca... Gràcies! Marta

Hi Nicolas,
that's a real beauty, I love the design of the wings and the warm colours so much, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Nicolas,
Beautiful butterfly!
Very good colors and sharpness.
Excellent details and POV.
Well done!
Best regards!
José Roberto

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-08-21 12:21]

Hello Nicolas,
you show a very sharp picture of this shy species. Suitable depth of field and perfect focus bring up pretty good sharpness of all parts of the butterfly. The colours and the contrast on the wing colour pattern appear a bit too strong. This probably will be attractive to the viewer not knowing the real colours the species, however, it disregards its natural beauty.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Nicolas
Nice photo with a mosaic in buckground and on butterfly wings. Goood sharpnes, natural colors
I like it very much
Best wishes
Krzysztof

Hola Nicolas,
Hermosa fotografia la de esta Lasiommata megera
increiblemente clara mostrando detalles interesantes de su cuerpo belloso, gracias por compartirla Saludos/Lawhill

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-08-22 1:08]

Hello Nicolas,
despite the high contrast you were dealing with, you made a fine image of this butterfly. The fill flash did good work here.
Regards, JAcob

Hi Nicolas!
So fantastic colors! Excellent POV and DOF, perfect composition. Great work!
regards
Dorota

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