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Orange and black

Orange and black
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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 55-200mm 4.5-5.6 II USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-19 15:20
Viewed: 3040
Points: 50
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I caught this beautiful butterfly in the forest, on a bright spot of sunlight that was falling through the foliage of the trees. He was flying from flower to flower, but he was not very nervous - he often sat on the same flower for some long seconds, with the wigns wide open, as if he was sunbathing ! :-) I had time to take numerous pictures, this is the best one of the series. It was the first time I saw this species, I was so happy ! Hope you enjoy it !

Melitaea athalia / Heath fritillary
I am not sure about the species, so if I am wrong please correct me...

The heath fritillary is a small orange, brown and black butterfly which can be seen in the woods on warm sunny days between the end of May and July.

Adult butterflies emerge from their pupae at the end of May and June. When flying both males and females usually keep close to the ground and only occasionally fly over tall trees and shribs. The butterflies feed on nectar from a variety of plants especially brambles and buttercups.

The female will only lay their eggs on common cow-wheat (Mealampyrum pratense). The eggs are pale yellow and turn dark grey two days before hatching. They are laid in batches of between 60 and 100 eggs. The eggs are laid close to the ground and hatch after 15 to 23 days.

The caterpillars are pale cream with a dark head at first but become dark brown. In August or September the caterpillars stop feeding and form protective hibernaculae where they spend the winter. In spring the larvae will bask in sunlight. The larvae pupate in May and June and pupae for 2 to 3 weeks before emerging.

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Bonjour Valerie,
Magnificent capture of this butterfly!
It's very good your POV and the clear details got on the wings, the colours and patterns are amazing.
I like very much your DOF choice and the nicely blurred background got.
You made a very good wide composition.
Felicitacions et merci du partager.
Mes amities,

Hello Valerie,
Great view of those magnificent wings! Beautiful color. TFs

Bonjour Valerie
Une merveilleuse photo que ce Joli papillon. .Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.Très beau BG
Bravo et merci...JP

Hello Valerie,
Nice butterfly photo. Wonderful markings on wings and colors are vivid. Very well done.

Hello Valerie,
This is an attractive butterfly macro!
Good point of view and I like the framing...
Good details, pattern is well captured with fine natural colours!
Pablo -

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-06-20 2:54]

Hi Valerie,

A nice capture of this butterfly,,good colors and details,you might be right with your ID,although I have posted a darker subspecie last year,anyway well done and tfs


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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-06-20 4:33]

beautiful insect! great color scheme. tfs

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-20 6:12]

Hello Valerie,
Beutiful capture of this butterfly.I liked colors,blurred BG,sharpness adnd framing a lot.Excellent work!

selam valerie; nice macro ,excellent shot of this lovely butterfly,good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-20 9:57]

Bonjour Valerie,
lovely POV of this little butterfly, its wonderful how those wings stretch diagonal across the canvas and fills it out so well.
Very nice colors and wonderful sharp detail.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-20 12:27]

Hi Valerie.
You managed to caught this beauty very well. Sunlight, fresh rich colours are amazing as well as the sharpness of the butterfly image, smooth well coloured and illuminated BG and perfect composition of the shot. Bravo and best regards.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-21 9:48]
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Hi Valerie,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful fritillary. Such rich colour tones and fabulous patterns on its wings. Perfect lighting and a fine focus highlights the subject well and the diagonal composition looks fantastic. I like your POV to portray it too and the precise DOF. Kudos.

I went through your amazing gallery - such beautiful shots and wonderful portrayals which I hold in very high esteem. I am adding you in my favourites list to keep a regular eye on your posts.

This is a very well composed image of an attractive butterfly, Valerie.
To get one with its wings fully open is always a good stroke of luck for a nature photographer and you have done full justice to it in this lovely shot.
Very crisp and colourful image.
Well done and thanks for sharing it.

Hi Valene,
Very nice close up.I liked POV,colors,clear details,blurred BG and composition are wonderful.


Hi Valerie, splendid butterfly with wonderful colors and good details, 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)
  • [2007-06-22 6:45]

Bonjour Valerie,
Fine capture of what looks like a female Heath Fritillary. Fine sharpness, good composition and BG and even though the left side is a little overexposed, the colouring is good.
Merci et au revoir,

Hi valerie,
very beautiful butterfly!

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-22 15:11]

Hi Valerie.
I like this very nice butterflies,which I see on meadow near ours garden,but other the species,I think.
Beautiful composition with nice classical pose with full opened wings.Great upper POV pretty shows beautiful drawing on his wings.Wonderful colors and nicely blurred BG too.Very well done!
TFS,with greeting Milos.

bonjour valerie
veritablement bien mis en valeur devant ce BG flou et clair,ce papillon et net et joliement coloré.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-06-23 13:43]

Hola Valérie,
Excelente punto de vista y composición, bellos colores y fondo. ¡Una foto muy agradable!
Saludos, José M.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-06-26 13:20]

Bonjour Valérie,
Vous avez joliment photographié ce petit bagarreur, il lui manque des bouts d'ailes :-))

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-06-28 7:01]

Hi Valerie,
This is a very nice looking butterfly.
This is a very good pov with gives a great look at the nice pattern and colours on the wings.
I see there is one little part missing in it's left wing.
Well done and Tfs Paula

Hi Valerie, excellent lighting on this butterfly, and with it you've provided us with great colour and detail. The composition with him angled in the frame works well.

Thanks, John

Ciao Valerie,
une très belle photo de ce très beau papillon à les magnifiques couleurs, tu l'as prise avec de très bons détails, la composition est bien cadrée, cette image est très belle pour toutes les points de vue.
Merci et mes compliments.

Hi Val,

This is an incredible and brillant macro of a frit with great DOF, impressive top POV, wonderful clarity and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice day!


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