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The undersides of Marsh Fritillary


The undersides of Marsh Fritillary
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D-80, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, @ ISO 400, SIGMA 62MM EX DG MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies from the Middle East & Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-01 1:30
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Euphydryas aurinia (Marsh Fritillary) [in Turk. Nazuğum]

Yes! Today another post of this rare beauty from the slopes of Uludağ Mts above Orhaniye village (approx. 1200 m asl., Kestel, Bursa), but this time from another POV to show its undersides.

TFL and have a nice day!

Cheers,


©Bayram GÖÇMEN, All Rights Reserved.

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The Marsh Fritillary has colourful uppersides, being a highly-variable chequered pattern of orange, brown and yellow markings. The bright colours fade after a few days and leaves the butterfly with a shiny appearance - early Lepidopterists naming this butterfly the "Greasy Fritillary" as a result. This butterfly is primarily a wetland species as its modern name suggests.

Colonies of this butterfly are known to fluctuate wildly in numbers. It may be present in some numbers one year, for the population to crash the following year before recovering as unexpectedly. This species does not do well in adverse weather conditions and also suffers greatly from larval parasitism by an Apanteles species of wasp. Unfortunately, this charming butterfly is one of our most threatened species and has suffered severe declines in recent decades.

It ranged in Morocco, Algeria, Europe (From Pyrenees, through most of Europe, including Britain: absent from S & C Greece, Mediterranean islands and peninsular Italy), Turkey, temperate Asia and Korea. In Turkey, it is found as colonies in the northern parts and widely distributed in North- and South East. Adults emerge in the beginning of May, are on the wing till the beginning of August. There is one generation each year.

The butterfly uses several different types of habitat, including chalk hillsides, heathland, moorland and damp meadows. A factor common to all habitats is that they are in full sun, their higher temperature aiding larval development. The larval food plants are Scabiosa(Scabious) and Succisa (Devil’s bit) species belonging to the Dipsacaceae, or teasel family.

As for most butterfly species, the males emerge a few days before the females and set up small territories centered on a particular plant or flower. They will dart up to investigate any passing butterfly flying nearby. They will also patrol suitable areas, in the hope of finding a newly-emerged female. Once a female is found, the male flutters around her for a short while before mating takes place. Before separating, the male seals the genital opening in the female with a substance that prevents another male from mating with her - essentially providing a "chastity belt". Both adults are avid nectar feeders and will feed from a variety of flowers, favourites including Buttercups and Thistles. The female will search out large food plants when egg-laying, typically choosing one of the larger leaves on which to lay. She is quite conspicuous as she makes her slow flight looking for suitable plants on which to lay, no doubt weighed down by her load of eggs.
Neither sex wanders far from where it emerged, although those emerging later in the flight season are often seen some distance from the main breeding grounds; this dispersal may be a mechanism by which this species colonises new sites.

References:
1. Baytaş, A. (2008). Türkiye’nin Kelebekleri Doğa Rehberi. NTV yayınları, Doğuş Grubu İletişim Yayıncılık ve Ticaret A.Ş., Istanbul, 222 s.
2. Tolman, T.(2008).Collins Butterfly Guide of Britain and Europe. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., London,. 384 pp.
3. UK Butterflies

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  • Great 
  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-01 1:39]

Hi Baratom Bayram,
Another splendid photo of this Butterfly, great colors and very fine details and lights, TFS! Have a nice day!

  • Great 
  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-01 1:54]

Hi Bayram MF
Another great shot from a interesting POV.
Great details are perfect!
Beautiful BG.
Congratulation for this beauty!
Horia

  • Great 
  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-06-01 2:41]

Bu açıdan çok güzel olmuş fotoğraf,açık kanatlar ve alt taraf ayrıntıları çok güzel.Emeklerine sağlık.
Bi slavên germ,
Dûrzan

  • Great 
  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-06-01 3:39]

Hi,
Good to see the underside of the lovely species, excellent patterns. tfs.
nagraj.v

Owww... beklediğim kare de geldi:) tam süper oldu Bayram hocam.
Emeklerinize sağlık. Kolay bir çekim olmamıştır eminim.
Saygılarımla.
Özgür

Bayram hocam alttan görünüm de harika olmuş.
Emeklerinize sağlık.
Naşit

Ciao Bayram, fantastic underside too of this wonderful rarity, great macro with fine details, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Bayram
What a great shot! I like the interesting POV!
Great details and colors!
Mariana

Hello Bayram,
Excellent shot with superb colours and very good details.
Interesting POV. Great capture.
Marius.

Merhaba Bayram.
BU da en az diğeri kadar güzel. Hatta belki daha güzel. Alışılagelmişin dışında bir bakış açısı ile enfes bir şekilde ele geçirmişsin bu fotoğrafı. Çekerken yere yatmak da hoş oluyordu aslında :)

Selam ve sevgiler.
Fevzi

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-01 8:49]

Hello Bayram,
Beautiful photo of this butterfly from a different and original POV. Impressive sharpness and details. Very beautiful contrasting BG.
Regards,
Peter

hello Bayram

i don't rembember have seen a photo of butterfly with that
pose of the butterfly and that POV under the plant trunk,
it gives another dimension to the photo, lovely colour tones
and patterns of the butterfly, TFS

Asbed

Merhaba sevgili Bayram,
Good idea to take the underside! Excellent POV with great colours and subtile light. It's funny to see one of his eyes looking at you... Very harmonious composition, with orange and green tones. Good evening MF!
Catherine

Dayi alltan da cok guzelmis bu kelebek. Her zamanki gibi ustaca cekmissin. eline saglik.
Kib!
Mel

Bayram hocam beklenen hamleyi yaptınız valla:) Bu açıdan da muhteşem bir makro olmuş.
Elinize sağlık hocam. Saygılar,

Bahadır

  • Great 
  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-01 11:53]

Hello MF Bayram,
this is a very fine macro shot of this Euphydryas aurinia. Excellent details and good tones of colours. A great capture, very well done. Thank you for posting.
Best regards Siggi

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-06-01 12:02]

Hi Bayram,as you know i like a lot this kind of point of view,and isn't easy for you take pics like that whit a reflex camera...ehhe..perfect and interesting composition,greats colors and sharpness too.Have a nice time MF,Luciano

  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-01 12:05]

Merhaba Bayram dostum,
A very nice close macro taken from a fine ventral POV to show the underside of the Marsh Fritillary. The sharpness and colours show up the details as it rests with its wings open against a nice contrasting dark green BG.
Tebrikler dostum!
Thanks and best wishes,
Ivan

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

Bayram cok guzelmis alt taraflari da... Yaradan ne guzel yaratmis bu kelebekleri.. hepsi birbirinden guzel.. ellerine saglik canim kardesim.. iyi geceler... Annemi aramayi ihmal etme:) selamlar...
Leyla.

Hocam öncelikle açıklamalar kısmındaki değerli bilgileri paylaştığınız için teşekkürer. Fotoğrafa ve kalitesine diyecek bişey yok. Ellerinize sağlık.

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2010-06-02 1:35]

Bunu görmemiştim, çok güzel açıdan enfes olmuş. Emeğine ellerine sağlık Bayram hocam..
Sevgiler selamlar...

Ciao BBB. Intrigant frontal POV with best colours results. Nice compo MF.

Roberto

hello Bayram.
beautiful photo in its natural environment, excellent sharpness and contrast.
Excellent POV
thanks for sharing and congratulations
hello Vanni

Hello Bayram,

Bien vu , ce butterfly fait une pose sur cette brindille.
Un splendide cliché, les détails sont parfaits.
Cadrage majestique. Bravo mon ami. Agréable soirée. Yolande

Harika renklerle güzel bir kare olmuş,
elinize sağlık hocam.

  • Great 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-06-05 10:26]

Hello Bayram,
The colours and patterns on this butterflys wings are beautiful as is your capture of their beauty. Many thanks for a great note and fine image My Friend.
Rick

Ventral taraftan muhteşem bir makro olmuş Bayram hocam.
Emeklerinize sağlık.
Nazım

  • Great 
  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-18 3:21]

Merhaba MF Prof. Bayram,
such a lively underside of the wings shown in excellent details and sharpness. The pattern is well seen and the artistic composition of the grass is pleasant.

Regards,
Foozi

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