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Melanargia galathea

Melanargia galathea
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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma AF 50-500mm F4-6,3 APO EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of Mesopotamia II, Butterflies of Kurdistan [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-10 1:04
Viewed: 2873
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. Found across most of Europe (not Scandinavia), north Africa, and as far east as Iran, the late twentieth century has seen an expansion of its range in the UK.

Despite its common name, this butterfly is one of the "browns", of the subfamily Satyrinae. They are a common sight in unimproved grasslands across southern Britain, particularly on the South Downs.

Like other members of its subfamily, the larvae feed on various grasses. The full range is unknown, but it is thought that Red Fescue Festuca rubra is essential in their diet. Eggs are laid on the wing, or from brief perches on grass stems, and are just sprinkled among the grass stems. Upon hatching, the larvae immediately enter hibernation, and only feed the following spring when the fresh growth occurs. They are a lime green colour, with a dark green line running down the middle of their back. Pupation takes place at ground level in a loose cocoon. Adults emerge in July, and, on a good site, in warm, sunny weather, thousands can be seen gently fluttering amongst the grass heads.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Nymphalidae

Subfamily: Satyrinae

Genus: Melanargia

Species: M. galathea

Binomial name
Melanargia galathea
(Linnaeus, 1758

From wikipedia

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-10 1:25]
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Hello Durzan
a great macro on these little Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) with fine details, splendid contrast and excellent sharpness. Optimal light management.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Durzan,
Nicely balanced photo with striking clarity on the butterfly and flower.Good choice of frame.

Dostum pek güzel olmuş. Eline sağlık. Siggi vermiş id'yi.
Bi slaven germ...


Slav Durzan
molto particolare questa composizione in cui le tonalità di colore sono molto tenui, quasi che assorbissero i colori senza rifletterli. Per l'ID posso affermare che si tratta di Melanargia Galathea, ottimamente a fuoco e con ottimi dettagli.

Ciao Durzan. Yes. Great capture for the a fascinating "Marmoress" cause the bit UE. Perfect DOf and details. Very well done!


Ciao Durzan, lovely Melanargia galathea on a beautiful flower, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Durzan
super sharpness pose with good details and beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

Hello Durzan,
Lovely macro with superb details and excellent colours.
The composition is fine.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-10 15:05]

Hi Durzan,beautiful specie and very great quality of sharpness and details,not easy in a difficult position like that! Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-05-10 20:55]

Hi Durzan,
Splendid photo, great colors and details, congratulations!

Selamlar durzan bey,
çok şirin bir kare olmuş.
elinize sağlık.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-11 2:05]

Hello Durzan,
The colors and tint-nuances in this shot are fabulous..The composition too, even if the Melanargia butterfly hides its head somehow in the beautiful purple Centaurea. I also like your choice of vertical framing.
Très beau!
Kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-11 3:00]

Slav Durzan,
really a lovely capture here. the colours really look lieceke marble.
Such a beautiful picture with the purple flower so pretty. ecerything is in fine sharpness and clarity.
the details are wonderful.


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