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Melitaea phoebe - once again

Melitaea phoebe - once again
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: 2008-07-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Switzerland, Schmetterlinge Schweiz [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-12 5:48
Viewed: 2966
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The picture shows one of the larger species of the genus Melitaea with a beautifully wing underside pattern. The species is:
- Melitaea phoebe
- family: Nymphalidae

German: Flockenblumen-Scheckenfalter
English: Knapweed Fritillary
French: Le Grand Damier / la Mélitée de Centaurées
Dutch: Knoopkruidparelmoervlinder

Species information
The species occurs in Europe (excluding North Europe), throughout palaearctic Asia and in North Africa (Maghreb). In Switzerland, the species is restricted to the southern parts prefering dry, warm and sunny places.
Usually, the species produces two generations per year.
Larval fooplants: Centaurea species.

Swiss Alps, Valais, near Gasenried.
Flower-rich slopes of the Seetalhorn, about 1800m.

- bright natural light (ISO 400)
- no wind
- handheld

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

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Hi Peter, my today neighbour, an othel superb macro of this splendid butterfly, fantastic colors, perfect focus, fine details and excellent sharpness, lovely composition with beautiful flower, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-12 7:09]

Hi Peter.
Pictured subject is so wonderful as quality of the image. Soft and delicate lighting is perfect for demonstration of all beauties of the flower and butterfly. DOF and details are excellent as usual. I like sharp shapes and very pleasant well blurred green BG. Perfect combination. Composition of the shot as well as the POV are blameless. My best regards and TFS. First-class work.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-12-12 10:13]

Hola Peter,
fina macro.
delicioso pov y foco,
exquisito encuadre y colores,

  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2008-12-12 10:22]


Lovely butterfly. Sitting on a very colorful flower. Excellent colors. Is there a common name?

- Murali

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-12 10:31]

Hello Peter,
The sharpness and the details of this butterfly are wonderful. Excellent POV, colors and light, a beautiful composition.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Peter. Very beatiful sharp. Amazing good macro. Thanks, well done.

Hi Peter,
schärfer geht nicht mehr - wow - man sieht jede kleine Nuance, fast könnte man sagen, jeden kleinen Pixel auf diesen wundervollen Flügeln. Wunderschön, herzlichen Dank, schönes Wochenende
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hola Peter, una soberbia toma por la "contundencia" del enfoque y del color. Angulo poco habitual y un encuadre algo cerrado a mi entender, aunque de todas formas una fotografía de mucha calidad sin nunguna duda.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-13 4:02]

Hi Peter

Another beautiful macro from you of this lovely Knapweed Fritillary here!
I really like the big DOF that you managed to use here that incorporates teh entire body, head and wings of this lovely butterfly and keeps them all in a very good and sharp focus.
The magnification is also great, but the element i think i love the most here are the vibrant colors (including the flower here) and the beautiful pattern they create.
Wonderful job overall!

Bravo and TFS

PS: would you like to join us on our TN meeting next year? :)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-13 7:03]

Hallo Peter,
Eine schöne Aufnahme des Flockenblume-Scheckenfalters. Er scheint doch gerade auf einer solchen zu sitzen. Perfekte Wiedergabe der Flügel mit diesen aparten Motiven. Die Komposition überzeugt mich hier nicht ein 100%.
Ein Schönes Wochende und herzliche Grüsse an alle

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-13 9:43]

Hello Peter, WoW what a beautifl shot. Great design and lovely sharp picture. Ganesh

Hi Peter
Great close up. Perfect sharpness, nice POV, great OOF background. I also like natural colors here
Very good job

A right-in-the-eye macro image of this beautiful and highly ornate butterfly, Peter.
The image is unbelievably sharp and I like the colour of the flower on which the subject is resting.
Thanks for sharing this masterpiece.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-14 9:31]

Hello Peter,
Lovely close view of the Knapweed Fritillary showing details very clearly. Beautiful light and colours and a perfect smooth contrasting background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-14 13:55]

Hi Peter,
an exceptional macro shot.
Very, very detailed.
Great, soft light.
Excellent DOF.

Very well done,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-14 23:42]

Hello Peter

A very good close-up - excellent detail and pose.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-12-23 2:44]

Hi Peter,
indeed a very sharp and clear shot of this butterfly. Excellent composition in making the muted background, looking soft and interesting. i like the flower it perched on also..attractive and beautiful.
Brilliant shot.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-01-16 20:08]

Hi Peter,
Outstanding shot of this so pretty Knapweed Fritillary with immaculate sharpness, colours and details on its wings. Looks magnificent this pose on those magenta flowers and the green surrounding. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

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