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Spotted fritillary

Spotted fritillary
Photo Information
Copyright: Eduard Baak (snowfalken) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 419 W: 27 N: 497] (1788)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-09 7:02
Viewed: 3881
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Spotted Fritillary (Melitaea didyma)

This butterfly is very widespread and fairly common throughout central and southern Europe, up to about 1,800 m (5,850 ft), but absent from Britain and northern France.

Its wingspan ranges between 35 - 50 mm (1 1/3" - 2"). Males are usually a deeper orange than females, but both sexes are extremely geographically variable. Undersides are pale orange-brown, with cream markings and black spots.

It flies on mountain slopes and in flowery meadows, between mid-spring and late summer. There may be one to three broods, depending on locality and altitude.

Eggs are laid in batches on various foodplants, such as plantain, toadflax and speedwell. Larvae live gregariously until after hibernation.

Caterpillar description
Whitish line with black and with two rows of large reddish-orange spots along back each surrounding a spine. Central and southern Europe.

Larva Food Plants
Plantain, toadflax and speedwell.

Flight Period
May - August.

Flowery meadows.

Central and southern Europe. Absent from Britain and northern France.

Superkingdom: Eukaryota;
Kingdom: Metazoa;
Phylum: Arthropoda;
Superclass: Hexapoda;
Class: Insecta;
Subclass: Neoptera;
Order: Lepidoptera;
Family: Nymphalidae;
Genus: Melitaea;
Species: didyma



Photo Location

I've taken this picture in a nature reservation called "Lempes". It is located in a hilly region close to the place where I live. It's the place where I took the first paragliding lessons back in the '90's. The weather was windy with clear sky but eventually the clouds covered it almost completely. I wanted to photograph birds and noticed this cute fellow while setting up the hide.


ISOSpeedRatings - 100
ShutterSpeedValue - 1/250 seconds
ApertureValue - F 6.30
ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
Flash - Flash fired, compulsory flash mode, red-eye reduction mode
FocalLength - 200 mm
ExposureMode - Manual
White Balance - Auto
SceneCaptureType - Standard

PP in CS2:

- RAW to TIF to JPG;
- selective sharpened with high pass filter;
- saturated;
- cropped, resized, added frame and signature;

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hello eduard,
fine capture, i liked the composition very much, the pov is good, the blurred bg makes the flower and the insect stand out well, lovely colours, sharp image with good details,
well done,
tfs & regards

hello eduard,

Very beautiful colours and details



Hello Eduard,
Great capture!
Very beautiful butterfly.
Nice colors and POV.
Well done.
José Roberto

Hello Eduard,
very beautifull shot, lovely composition, colors of butterly and backgroung arent wondefull, excellent shot,
tnks for sharing,

excelent macro, nice composition

HI Eduard
Perfect photo. I dont know what can I say more. Fantastic postcard or maybe field guide photo. Beautiful simple composition great colors and buckground. Very informative note
Best wishes

Hi Eddie,
this a very good picture with great DOF, fine details and beautilful colours.
IMO it's a wee bit tight cropped but thats me.
Very well done.

Bonjour Eduard
Très belle composition, excellente gestion de l'exposition, netteté et couleurs Bravo.
Amicalement Robi

Beautifully composed Eduard. Good DOF helps accentuate the effect. The POV is perfect. Good details as well.

Good work, warm regards, Kiran

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-08-09 13:12]

hi Eduard
superbe image de qualité pro. J'adore le BG flou et uniforme, la position du papillon est idéale avec une diagonale subtile.


Excellent shot, the picture is sharp and clear. Very nice smoth background. TFS


Hi Eddie,

another magnificent contribution from you! You are showing the scabiosa plant and the exquisite fritillaty in perfect minimalistic reduction. Perfectly describing details, clear, well saturated colours, a most elegant artistic composition. Perfect notes.

Thank you! My best regards,

Dear Eddie,
At first I would like to thank you for all detailed comments and critiques which were written by you last days. I really hope to write something more than "thank you" but because in 1 day I am leaving to Bulgaria and Turkey for scientific expedition (through Romania of course ;>) there is to many thing to do these hours and there is really no time for longer emails... :<

This time I will start from the frame. Well, I have to say, that in one of your earlier presentation I wrote that it is to wide as for me. But now I can see that this is your new style, and I really like it. Maybe it is a little strange but I like people who have their own style :)

Now something about BG. Delicate, blured and with warm colours. It is really a nice part of picture. But of course the most important is the object - butterfly.
And this one is perfectly presented. I like natural pose (even if it is rather typical for this insect group ;>), very good saturation, sharpness and control of DOF.
I am just wonder if the horizontal composition would not be better (just to keep a little more free space on the right side of the hero from picture - the side where the butterfly is looking at).
Anyway, this is another beautiful presentation and I like it a lot.
Many thanks for showing this photo.
Friendly yours,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-11 2:39]

hello Eduard,
Very simple but fine and elegant picture. Everything seems so light, natural and peaceful. Excellent sharpness on the subject and beautiful blurred background. It's a butterfly I also see in my region.
Have a nice weekend

Strong compo. Beautiful b-fly
I wonder if you needed flash here.
(I don't like flash very much:-)

fff frumos...

bonjour eddie
une autre tres beau specimen,j'aime ses yeux qui ressortent bien,la fleur est un petit peu surexposée mais l'ensemble est tres agreable.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-22 13:27]

Salut Edi

Din pacate, se pare ca am ratat cateva poze superbe de la tine in timpul in care am fost plecat. M-am uitat cu multa placere astazi peste toate, dar am ales acesta poza din simplul motiv ca e...IMPECABILA!
Totul aici e exact asa cum ar trebui sa fie.
Compozitia e superba, cu fluturele si flarea deschise la culoare asezate foarte armonios pe un BG mai inchis dar (foarte important) nu negru.
Expunerea e ceva formidabil - era atat de usor sa supraexpui scena (si stii si tu asta) in special fiidca ai folosit si blitzul, dar totusi ai reusit sa pestrezi albul alb, dar cu detalii si textura denotand corectitudinea setarii.
Culorile - vii si evidente, scot in evidenta fiecare particica de peste tot. Desigur, cireasa de pe tort sunt ochii aceia - cu niste culori parunzatoare care contrasteaza fantastic cu tot restul culorilor din imagine.
Detaliile si adancimea campului sunt foarte bune si ele si foarte bine alese, in timp ce unghiul lateral din care ai facut poza a permis o perspective foarte buna pentru un BG sters si uniform.
Una peste alta...o splendoare!


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-15 21:50]

Hi Eduard,
Just marking is wonderful shot and will come back later.

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