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Copyright: Matt Berry (rodosranger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 347] (2101)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji S 7000, 55mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-25 8:42
Viewed: 3739
Points: 24
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Marbled White Butterfly - Melanargia galathea

The Marbled White is a distinctive and attractive black and white butterfly, unlikely to be mistaken for any other species. In July it flies in areas of unimproved grassland and can occur in large numbers on southern downland. It shows a marked preference for purple flowers such as Wild Marjoram, Field Scabious, thistles, and knapweeds. Adults may be found roosting halfway down tall grass stems.

This species is widespread in southern Britain and has expanded northwards and eastwards over the last twenty years, despite some losses within its range.

Foodplants - Red Fescue (Festuca rubra) is thought to be essential in the diet of larvae but Sheep's-fescue (F. ovina), Yorkshire-fog (Holcus lanatus), and Tor-grass (Brachypodium pinnatum) are also eaten. It is thought that several other grasses may be used, but the full range is not known.

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Hi Matt,
Galathea presented in a very poetical way. Perfect details, well set off from a background with lovely soft colours. Very pleasant, delightful, excellent contribution. Thank you!

Another cracker Matt,excellent detailed shot.
Cant wait for the spring now.Too cold for me at the mo.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-02-25 13:07]

Excellent photo of this Satyridae!
Wonderful colours!
Excellent on details!
Very good BG and POV!
Also a very good DOF!

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  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2006-02-25 13:47]

This is another very attractive composition, and well captured. All the fine detail is nicely shown in the soft lighting. A nice summery image for a bleak winter's day.
Regards, Nigel.

Hi Matt

Great POV. Well composed with good light. Depth of colour is spot on too. Well done. TFS.

Very nice shot Matt, great macro. I like the details, sharpness and POV/DOF. Great work! Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

Hi Matt,
that's a wonderful butterfly, I like the design and the excellent sharpness, very good job, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-02-26 1:26]

Excellent capture, matt. The whites are just perfect, and the details are super sharp. Beautiful work. TFS. : )

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-26 7:24]

Hello Matt!
Very nice close up.POV,details,sharpness,colors,BG,
framing and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Hello Matt!
Excellent POV, DOF and BG! Beautiful colors and details. Well done!

HI Matt,
this is a very nice close-up. The DOF is great, the blurred BG makes the butterfly standout nicely.
Well composed, good POV and details.
Very well done.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-03-27 14:57]

Hi Matt.

Great composition and pretty butterfly, excellent composition colors and details. great shoot.

Thanks and I wait more photos, tips, critique and comment.


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