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Rare Aberrant

Rare Aberrant
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 10 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-05 6:14
Viewed: 4345
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture is technically not quite perfect.
Anyway, I present it because it shows a
rare aberrant form of
- Melitaea didyma
- family: Nymphalidae

English: Spotted Fritillary
French: Le Mélitée orangée
German: Roter Scheckenfalter

Usually, the hindwings show the same orange-brown ground colour as the forewings. In this specimen, however, the hindwings are light brown and resemble those of female didyma.
A typical didyma male is shown here!

Species information
General distribution: Middle and South Europe, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mongolia, West China and North-Africa. In Europe the species is missing in Great Britain, Fennoscandia, The Netherlands and the northern parts of Germany and Poland.
Foodplant of the caterpillars: Several species of Linaria, Plantago, Veronica, Digitalis, Stachys, Valeriana, Verbascum.

Swiss Alps, Valais (Wallis), Zmutt-Valley, above Zermatt facing the famous Matterhorn.
Open alpine area at about 1950 m.

- very bright sunlight
- ISO 400
- handheld

* Schweizerischer Bund für Naturschutz (1987) Schmetterlinge und ihre Lebensräume. Arten - Gefährdung - Schutz, Vol. 1. - Egg.
* Higgins L, Hargreaves B (1983) The Butterflies of Britain and Europe. - Collins, London.
* Tolman T. & Lewington R. (1998) Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. - Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2008-10-05 6:35]

Great capture Peter!
I taked some pictures this year of this species too but not one of that!
Never saw the underside wings with this color.

Excelente documento de este raro especimen Petero. Creo que técnicamente, aunque tu digas lo contrario, esta muy bien captado.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-05 7:07]

Hello Peter,
What an interesting aberration you're showing here! It looks very strange indeed. It's always exciting to see these odd specimens. I think your capture is excellent, very sharp and colours look natural. It stands out very nice against the stones too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-05 7:32]

Hallo Peter
in schönem Licht eingefangener und gut fokussierter Melitaea didyma.
Fokus und Schärfe sind perfekt. Einfach natürlich in den Farben
und dem Licht.
Schöne Grüße

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-05 8:35]

Hello Peter,

Your [photo is sharp showing well the pattern of the wings and natural looking colors. Your note is fully suported by the image.

Thank you for sharing,

Witaj Peter,
motyl podoba mi się z dwóch powodów: ma naturalne kolory i dobrze komponuje się na tym kamiennym tle.
Tego gatunku jeszcze nie widziałam na żywo, gratuluję i pozdrawiam.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-05 10:13]

Lieber Peter,
Du findest ja Raritäten! Schon letztes Jahr hattest Du eienen Fall von seitlich verschiedenen Flügeln, jetzt wieder aber anders rum. Das sind wirklich interessante Postings. Auch dies Bild ist mit guter Schärfe trotz des helle Lichtes dargestellt.
Hab herzlichen Dank
Einen schönen Abend

interesting capture Peter,of this
aberrant form of Dydima Melitaea
well seen

best regards sERGIO

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  • drmw Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 98] (1192)
  • [2008-10-05 10:59]

Hi Peter

Yes very interesting variant sps.
Rgds Mike.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-10-05 12:48]

Hallo Peter,

interessant, was Du so auf der Strasse findest. Ich habe schon mit den Arten Mühe, aber Du bringst noch Varianten. Und schhön in der Farbe und im Licht dazu.
Einen schönen Sonntag abend noch,

Hallo Peter
The rare aberrant is different ones I have seen. as you not, sometimes, especially for rare species, photograph quality not important as much as others. but this posts already great macro-shot. You captured it with a nice focus from great POV under good light. Nicely composed and presented with good informative notes. Thanks for sharing, have a nice week.

Hallo Peter,
interessanter Schmetterling.
Die Schärfe ist sehr gut und die Farben sind schön und narürlich. Am besten gefällt mir der Kontrast zum steinigen Boden und der sehr gute DOF.
Viele Grüsse aus dem Donautal

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-10-05 23:55]

Intéressant spécimen dont on peut bien étudier le détail.
Bonne journée.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-06 1:16]

Hi Peter.
I think you are not quite right. I am impressed with quality of the shot and applied technique. Superb DOF, ultimate details and reproduction of all features of the butterfly and ground. Colours and lights are wonderful and composition and POV are the best too. Well done and TFS.

hello peter,
Netlik, çalışma, detaylar, tür ve bilgiler harika.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-06 4:33]

Hello Peter, great capture and a superb view. Well done ganesh

Hi Peter, fantastic capture of rare butterfly, great macro with beautiful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-10-08 15:25]

I usually don't like photos with the butterflies on earth or stones, but this one came out unusually well. Gary

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