Meadow Brown male
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Species: M. jurtina
Binomial name: Maniola jurtina
The Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina, is a butterfly found in European meadows, where its larvae feed on grasses, such as Sheep's Fescue.
Similar species are Gatekeeper (which prefers to rest with its wings open) and Small Heath (which is smaller).
There is marked sexual dimorphism in this species. Males are less colorful, with smaller eyespots and much reduced orange areas on the upper forewings. They are also much more active and range far about, while females fly less and often may not away from the area where they grew up.
A variable number of smaller eyespots are usually found on the hindwing undersides. These may number up to 12 per individual butterfly, with up to 6 on each wing. The factors that govern polymorphism in this trait are not resolved, although a number of theories have been proposed (Stevens 2005). On the other hand, the evolutionary significance of the upperwing eyespots is more obvious: The more active males have a markedly more cryptic upperside pattern, whereas the females have more often opportunity to present their eyespots in a sudden display of colors and patterns that presumably make neophobic predators hesitate so that the butterfly has better chances of escaping.
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pleasant capture of jurtina
good detail and colors
- [2011-07-23 1:04]
excellent photography of this unique species of butterfly. good colors. tfs.
Ciao Thijs, great high POV on beatiful Maniola jurtina, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
- [2011-07-24 5:22]
Lovely natural colours.Nice composition and sharpness details.
Good blurred background.
well composed portrait of a male Meadow Brown on invitingly coloured Senecio flowers, shown in pleasantly soft light and warm colours. Focus well set on the unrolling proboscis. Nice picture. Thank you! With best regards,