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Copyright: Tanja Almazan (sily) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot A710 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Sily's photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-06 11:33
Viewed: 6129
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another gift for you Love is in the air

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Nymphalidae

Small pearl bordered fritillary (correct me if I'm wrong)
It is widespread throughout Europe, ranging from Scandinavia and northern Spain and from Britain eastwards towards Russia and Asia.

Pearl-bordered fritillaries live in woodland clearings where trees have recently been cut down or coppiced, and where there are areas of grass, bracken and open scrub. They live in small populations, but these populations are linked and butterflies often fly between different colonies that are sharing a suitable habitat. The pearl-bordered fritillary depends on a mosaic of open areas for movement between colonies and for food.
Like other species of fritillary, the males have special scent glands on their wings so that they can be recognised by females of their own species and therefore find a suitable partner. After mating the female will lay her eggs on the leaves of violet plants which then hatch after 10-14 days.
The emmerging caterpillars begin feeding immediately and will moult three times within the first 5-6 weeks. Each caterpillar will then hibbernate in a shrivelled laef at the base of the plant, usually at the end of July. When they awaken the following March, they are half their previous size having shrunk during hibbernation. After a period of feeding and growth, during which it has moulted one last time, the caterpillar is full size and ready to pupate. The chrysalis stage last just 10-14 days. The adult butterfly flies between late April and June.
Both caterpillars and adult butterflies feed on common dog-violet and sometimes heath dog violet and marsh violet.
Changes in woodland management over recent years have led to the decline of the species.
In some countries like in England this is endangered species.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-06 11:37]

What a marvellous shot, Tanja!!
I like a lot the point of view and the composition!
Excellent sharpness, light and colors, and good note too.
Great job!
Congratulations and TFS.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-06 11:50]

selam tanja; excellent close up shot of this lovely b.fly,good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with beautiful colours TFS

Hi Tanja,
A great in action shot,beautiful composition,details and colours.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-06 12:13]

Hello Tanja,
Excellent capture of these two together in a beautiful environment. Very nice light bringing out the colours and details are very sharp. Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-05-06 12:28]
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Hello Tanja,
you captured the scene / the moment very well. Excellent focus, wings of both male and female are shown with high sharpness. Colours of the butterflies, the plants and the environment look very natural. I think it is a couple of
- Melitaea phoebe
- family: Nymphalidae
Best wishes, Peter

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-06 12:33]

Hi Tanjs

What a splendid macro shot from you!
Great and very sharp details here with an excellent DOF to go along with them. The result is that both of the 2 beauties are in terrific focus and they look gorgeous.
The composition is unique and very interesting with you tilting the image or camera to such an angle...very interesting and refreshing :)

Bravo and TFS

Hi Tanja, splendid couple of butterflies with great details, excellent sharpness and worderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-06 12:44]

Hello Tanja,
Fine sharp capture of a pair of Knapweed Fritillaries, a variable species, in and interesting and unusual composition. Interesting to see the female lifting her abdomen to give her scent to the male. This is a fine contribution to TN!
Well done and TFS!
regards, Ivan

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-06 13:03]
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Hi Tanja.
You have shared a fantastic of quality and beautifulness picture. Amazing captured scene: rich vegetation, terrific mirror reflections at the water (if I am not mistaken), tremendous DOF and outstanding in their beauty butterflies. Shot I composed perfectly, note is excellent too. Bravo. My congratulations and TFS.

Hi Tanja

I agree with Argus.

Not small pearl bordered fritillary. .. Knapweed Fritillaries .. Nice pic however.


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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-05-06 13:33]

deat Tanja,
a fine contribution to TN indeed. Wonderful, you caught the right spit second!
My best regards,

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-05-06 13:46]

Hi Tanja.
Great capture this two beautiful butterflies.Very nice composition,POV and good focus.Very good DOF with both whole butterflies in focus.Perfectly you caught this moment with amazing colors and sharp details.Well done,TFS.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • Sneza Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 94 W: 27 N: 16] (672)
  • [2007-05-06 14:23]

odlican makro. Svidjaju mi se boje i dubinska ostrina i boje. Odlicna kompozicija.


Hello Tanja love certainly looks like its in the air with this fine shot not see anything to complain about it's simply beautifull rgds Necip

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-05-06 14:33]

Hello Tanja,
That's such an excellent action-shot. Nicely composed, with amazing timing , I just wonder how you did. Bravo Tanja for this wonderful picture. I like also a lot the point of view you have chosen.

Bonjour Tanja
C'est une excellent prise de vue en macro! Composition trčs belle avec de belles couleurs, et trčs beaux détails. Merci pour le partage .
Au revoir et Bravo....JP

Hi Tanja,
Not one but two, wow, I have trouble capturing an image of one. The sharpness and colouring is great in this image and this give us an opportunity to examine the detail well. Good one.

Beautiful photo, I love the bright color and sharp focus, great POV. TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-06 19:41]

Bella macro Tanja,
detalles y agradables colores...
buen pov,

Hello Tanja!
Very nice colourful picture with very interesting POV. As for me these butterflies look like a pair during mating dance ;>
Very nice DOF and note.
TFS and have a nice evening!

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  • Glint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 51] (315)
  • [2007-05-07 6:23]

hello tanja,
eautifully composed, beautiful colours. A shot taken by someone whos has mastered her camera!
Well done

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-05-08 19:08]

Hello Tanja,
Love is in the air and the whole world is twisted when you're chasing your belovew one :-)
Extremely dynamic shot, technically fine.
Lovely presentation!
Best greetings ad TFS,

Hello Tanja,
this is a marvellously recorded encounter of a couple of Melitaea phoebe in more than just flirting approach. Perfectly visible by its shadow: the lady`s abdomen invitingly presented to the male, both butterflies perfectly clear and sharp, and a good glimpse of the environment of meadow on a dam including the surface of water in the distance.
Have seen the same species under very similar conditions near Vienna a few days ago, but have not been tht lucky to record such a successful flirting.
With thanks, and best regards,

Witaj Tanja!
To jest rewelacyjne zdjecie! Ostre, kolory doskonale, ciekawe tlo ,no i dynamiczna akcja.
Gratulacje i pozdrowienia - Roma

Hi Tanja,
Wonderful, color-rich shot, a real "love torrent"! Beautifully composed shot, congratulations!
Best regards, László

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