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Marsh fritillary

Marsh fritillary
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Sony VCL-M3358 Close, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/400 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-04 17:17
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Marsh fritillary - Euphydryas aurinia

A very attractive species which as the name implies likes damp areas, it is by no means exclusive to these areas though.
It is a very variable species with many named subspecies and forms.
The larvae are notable in their sociable habits. They spin a communal web near to large patches of their foodplant, Devils bit scabious. Their dark colouration and close proximity to one another means they can raise their body temperatures to a sufficiently high level to digest their food (about 35 °C), even though they are on the floor of a marsh. When they've finished this digestion process they disperse in ones and twos to eat more then return again to the commune.

I found this info HERE

Hope you like!

F:4.5 - 1/400 - Auto mode - Flash - Handheld

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-03-04 17:20]
  • [2]

Hi Felipe,
What a beautiful shot!
Excellent details and great colours,
good lighting and DOF, very nice framing.
Thanks for sharing MF!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-04 17:35]
  • [2]

Beautiful fritillary, Felipe and Cristina. Super sharp details and vibrant colors. Interesting markings and great POV. TFS. : )

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-04 18:04]

WOW Felipe and Cristina!
You are improving!
Perfect photo of this Nymphalidae!
Wonderful colours, details and BG!
Excellent POV and DOF!
5* photo!
Keep on going and TFS!

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  • jchemas Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 553 W: 30 N: 749] (3396)
  • [2006-03-04 19:07]
  • [2]

Hola Felipe y Cristina
Hermosa mariposa.
Colores perfector y composicion perfecta.
Felicitaciones y Saludos.

Wow Felipe the details are incredibly crisp in this awesome closeup shot of a beautiful butterfly. :)

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-05 2:13]
  • [4] [+]

Hi Felipe and Cristina
Shucks, this is sooo clear with excellent details and colours and to think that it was handheld. The exposure & lighting was handled perfectly and the DOF & BG are just great.
I just can not figure out if it is in flight (which is probably not the case), if it is just sitting on something that extends directly beneath it, or whether some other skill was applied?
Anyway, it is a fabulously captured photo. Very well done and TFS.

Perfect, Felipe.

A quintessential picture.
nothing to take away,
nothing to add.
Soft dots in the background are lovely.
The pose of the insect is telling and charming.
Colours in harmony.
Details superb.

Thank you,
and best regards,

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-03-05 4:30]
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Hello Felipe,
Outstanding capture!
Nice sharp detail,great colours and an excellent BG.
Great shot.

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-03-05 5:58]

Privet Felipe.
Photo for the encyclopedia of butterflies. Very legible component parts and true colours

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-03-05 11:01]

Hello Felipe ,A Beautiful photo ,
good details colour dof and pov ,very good ,
Greeting Teunie .

Hello Felipe,
this is a very fine macro shot. Excellent details and good tones of colours. A great capture, very well done. Thank you for posting.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-05 12:43]

Hello Felipe!
Very nice close up.Colors,simlple BG,POV,framing
and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-03-05 12:57]

Hi Felipe, beautiful composition with great detail and colour. TFS.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-03-05 14:01]

Very good macro, good POV, good colors, nice background. Good note too. Thanks,


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-03-06 2:38]

Quelle photo inspirante! Quel point de vue unique! Quelle richesse de détails! Quel arrière-plan discret!
Quelle excellente photo!
Merci Felipe et Cristina.
Une bonne semaine à vous en Espagne.

Hi Felipe, great shot macro.
Well done

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