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Melitaea didyma

Melitaea didyma
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Switzerland, Schmetterlinge Schweiz [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-07 4:14
Viewed: 3170
Points: 44
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Spotted Fritillary
Roter Scheckenfalter
Mélitée orangée

Family: Nymphalidae
Subamily: Heliconiinae
Distribution: Europe (without the North, N'Africa, warm regions of Asia
Habitat: warm and sunny places and slopes
Wingspan: 30-40mm
Flighttime: April to September, generally two generations

I didn't have the opportunity to take pictures of this species and finally can add it to my butterfly collection. I have seen this species in different locations in the Val d'Hérens, mostly over 1700m altitude. This male specimen is posed on a Centaurea-flower.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-07 4:20]

Hello Anne,
Very beautiful photo of this Spotted Fritillary in great clarity. Very sharp, bright colours and a beautiful OOF BG. Good POV, DOF and choice of composition.

Hellow Anne,
Today we are neighbours with this spectacular image of this sharply focused butterfly and vividly coloured flower.It really is a beautiful array of colours.Great presentation and well composed.

Bonjour mon amie Anne (your name mean mother in Turkish):)

Very sharp and well-composed macro of this pretty fritillary. The colors are gorgeous and the background bokeh provides excellent separation. The colors and textures are well seen and the exposure is great. Perhaps a slightly smaller aperture to get pin-sharpness on the flower too, but that's not a big problem here.
TFS and have a great WE MF!


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-07 5:29]

Very striking image of lovely firtillary with good colors, the perch of flowers very colorful. Fine composition. Tfs.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2010-08-07 5:30]

Liebe Anne,
perfekt belichtet und mit passendem gut kontrastierendem und sanftem Hintergund.
Der farbig attraktive didyma-Falter zwingt eine Fotografin oder auch einen Fotografen geradezu zum 'abdrücken'.
Schöne Grüße, Peter

Bonjour Anne,
Superbe photo de cette Mélitée orangée (une des plus belles!) avec de splendides couleurs et une excellente netteté. Bon week-end,

Hi Anne
What a great shot of this lovely M.didyma!
Details are cristal clear and colors are perfect!
Great POV and good blurred BG.

Hello Anne,
beautiful image with details at the top. Just the background and colors. Compliments, Paolo

hello Anne
super composition with great sharpness and good light
the colours are beautiful
very nice post to see
greeting lou

Hi Anne,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Spotted Fritillary. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Anne,
Lovely capture with outstanding colours and razor sharp details.
Excellent focus and clarity. Have a nice weekend.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-07 12:30]

Hello Anne,
A brilliant capture of this lovely Fritillary showing the beautiful markings on the underside very clearly. I like its pose on the Centaurea and it stands out so well against the green background.
Many thanks and have a nic weekend, Ulla

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-08-07 13:08]

Hello Anne,
What a beautiful macro of this lovely butterfly on flower,excellent clarity and great colors.TFS.

Well done, Anne. Technically in terms of focus, sharpness, background, etc.
and of course beautiful content.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-08-07 19:25]

Hello Anne,
superb view in excellent presentation of sharpness. A very well manifestation of a pretty butterfly. I like the pose with blurry background enhancing the view.
How soft the background, neat and smooth.


Hallo Anne
The Spotted Fritillary is a pretty butterfly with lovely colours and markings and your image shows all these features well. I like the way on can see detail of both the inner and outer wing and how the two sides differ in appearance. The flower with its disorganised petals is also lovely to look at and it compliments the butterfly's features well. The sunlight in the image is beautiful too. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-08-08 2:37]

Hello Anne,
This species is very common on TN. Yours is very beautiful, saturated colours, good sharpness. On nice blurred BG the butterfly look very attractive.
Regards, Pawel

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-08 8:30]

Bonjour Anne,
An excellent well-composed capture of M. didyma on a Centaurea flower. The colours and clarity against a clean natural BG make this image a joy to view.
Merci et bonne soirée,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-08-08 22:58]

Hallo Anne!

Ich stelle fest, dass Du auch an anderen Orten im Wallis wunderschöne Bilder mit herrlichen Sujets machst. Dieser Scheckenfalter, den ich vom Namen her nicht kannte (wie die meisten!), ist ganz einfach wunderbar, und Du hast ihn perfekt dargestellt.

As liebs Grüessli


Bonsoir Anne
C'est un papillon que l'on croise souvent mais il est toujours ravissant, avec ces couleurs vives.
Merci pour cette pose sur un écrin de centaurée

Liebe Anne,
ein richtiger Anne- Treffer, im ganz positiven Sinn. Du scheust nicht vor knalligen Farben und schwierigen Farbkombinationen Falter- Blüte zurück. Bei diesem Bild hast Du mit der Schärfe überhaupt kein Problem, bei der Val d'Hérens Gebirgslandschaft eher. Gut gemacht!
herzlich grüsst

Hi Anne,
A splendid shot of this Spotted Fritillary with its beautiful markings. Beautiful contrast against the colour of the flower!

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