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Map Butterfly

Map Butterfly
Photo Information
Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-13 8:14
Viewed: 3415
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Map Butterfly (Araschnia-levana)
This is a very interesting species. It shows very extreme seasonal dimorphism, by far the most pronounced in Europe. The spring form has an orange ground colour on the upperside with black markings increasing towards the basal area. The summer form brings the White Admirals to mind (Limenitis sp.) with a black ground colour and a white (cream) discal band across both wings. Differences in the undersides are not so pronounced.
It flies across central Europe in open places in woodland and along woodland margins.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-13 8:27]

Hello Mircea,
this is the first image I see of the summer form of the Map. Fantastic darkgreen background. I only would reduce the highlights of the flowers since the bright white is a little distracting.
Regards, Jacob

hello mircea,
very nice butterfly shot, nice composition, well saturated colours, sharp image with good details, liked the green bg quite a lot and the placement of the subject in the compo,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Mircea,
it's a nice picture but I thing you have twisted the picture
and done a lot of PP-work on the BG.
The details are pretty sharp and the colours are nice.


nice pose good background good focus nice colors

Hi Mircea,
Fabulously composed shot of this beautiful butterfly. The bg colour is lovely. The flowers add to the loveliness. Nice details. TFS.
Cheers, Uma

Hi Mircea,
I also had a map here some weeks ago - but one of the first generation in orange.
Now I love to see yours from the second genereation - it's fantastic with the dark wings. Wonderful work, thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi costina,
Beautiful picture, with very nice BG. composition is very nice and you have added flowers, which makes it more interesting. Good one.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-06-13 13:30]

Hi mircea,

A very nice composed picture,the beatifull butterfly is well positioned above the green BG,well done and tfs


Imi place foarte mult fotografia ta.
Lumina e buna, focusul excelent, culorile reale...
Numai bine,

mai ales ca vine dupa poza mea in care e forma de primavara, parca ne-am fi vorbit, hihi


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-13 16:39]

Hi Mircea. You have a fine colection of butterflies. this one as well. good detail with sharp focus. showing it of to its best. good rich colours and a nice POV + DOF.very well done TFS good notes to.

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