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Mellicta varia

Mellicta varia
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-09 0:10
Viewed: 2783
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On the Moosalp (2'040 m a.s.l.) again together with Anne (anel) and Peter (batu):

This male Grisons fritillary (Lepidoptera; Nymphalidae; Mellicta varia Meyer-Dür 1851; Graubündner Scheckenfalter) caught my eye.

ID: many thanks to Anne who pointed out the correct species to me and sending a picture of the underwings taken of the same individual! The caveats to ID: There are two similar looking species reported for the region at the "Centre suisse de cartographie" (www.cscf.ch/): Mellicta deione berisalii, whose wing pattern would well match the picture but which occurs only in valleys. The third candidate, Mellicta athalia is darker. Peter had posted a picture on TN of M. varia from another place two years ago.

The interest for this species lies again in its quite restricted range in the central and Southern Alps (and a few pockets in the Appeninnes), quite in contrast to M. athalia whose range extends from all of Europe right to Japan!

Lit.: T. Tolman & R. Lewington, 1997. Collins Butterfly Guide. HarperCollins, London UK.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-09-09 0:38]

Hi Dietrich
Wonderful shot of this little Mellicta deione berisalii.
Details and colors are lovely!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-09 5:08]

Lieber Dieter,
Ja, dieser Schmetterling gibt's auch in meinem Archiv. Wie Du glaub ich auch nicht, dass es M. athalia ist. Ich hab Dir per e-mail ein Bild der Unterseite geschickt, kann Dir vielleicht weiterhelfen. Warum nicht eventuell M. deione, ich hatte aber an M.varia gedacht.
Herzlich grüsst

Hallo Dieter!

Alle drei TN treuen Schweizer sind heute prominent vertreten und zeichnen sich durch schöne Bilder wie Deines aus. Ich mag die Schlichtheit und Einfachheit sowohl des Sujets als auch des Bildaufbaus sehr. Du und ich haben heute etwas gemeinsam: die freude an der Farbe Orange.

As liebs Grüessli


Hello Dietrich
a fine macro capture of this beautiful Mellicta athalia with excellent details, wonderful colors and focusing! Everything optimally balanced.

Hi Dietrich, Wonderful capture with nice details, POV and composition..This is new for me too.
thanks for sharing
Best regards

Hi my dear friend Dietrich,

You really nailed this one. Excellent sharpness on the butterfly, with good use of shallow DOF. Great work MF!
Have a nice night!


Hello Dietrich,

a good sharp and detailed image from this beautiful butterfly.
Fine colours.


A stunning macro, with such amazing details,that I'm at a loss for once...
This is so beautiful, my friend Dietrich!

Ciao Dietricht, beautiful M. varia with wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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