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Argynnis paphia 2

Argynnis paphia 2
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Copyright: Adrian Szatewicz (aes_thor) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 198 W: 29 N: 592] (2489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S20 Pro, Fujinon 6x zoom
Exposure: f/3.1, 1/140 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-07 1:35
Viewed: 3341
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello !

Thank You all for good comments to my post from yesterday.

Today another shoot taken in the same place, with the same species. We can see two Silver-washed fritillaries siting on a thistle (Carduus sp.)
It is interesting contrast between delicate butterflies and massive plant spikes.
Photograph was taken almost in the same place as that one I've posted yesterday.

Below information about the species:

"The Silver-washed fritillary butterfly is deep orange with black spots on the upper side of its wings and has a wingspan of 54-70 mm, with the male being smaller and paler than the female. The underside is green and unlike other fritillaries has silver streaks instead of silver spots, hence the name silver-washed. The caterpillar is black-brown with two yellow lines along its back and long reddish-brown spines. Adults feed on the nectar of bramble, thistles and knapweeds and also on aphid honeydew. The silver-washed is a strong flier and more mobile than other fritillaries and as such can be seen gliding above the tree canopy at high speed. It preferred habitat is thin, sunny deciduous woodland especially oaks but has been known to live in coniferous woodland.

The male possesses scent scales on the upper side of the forewing that run along veins one to four. The scent produced from these scales attracts females and helps to distinguish it from other species. Unusually for a butterfly, the female does not lay her eggs on the leaves or stem of the caterpillar's food source (in this case violets) but instead one or two meters above the woodland floor in the crevices of tree bark close to clumps of violets.

When the egg hatches in August, the caterpillar immediately goes into hibernation until spring. Upon awakening it will drop to the ground and feeds on violets close to the base of the tree. The caterpillar usually feeds at night and usually conceals itself during the day away from its food source but during cool weather will bask in the sunny spots on the forest floor on dry, dead leaves . It will make its chrysalis amongst the ground vegetation and the adults will emerge in June".

Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver-washed_Fritillary"

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  • Great 
  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-07 1:48]

Hi Adrian
An amazingly sharp and chear shot with good colours and contrasts.The details on the fritallaries are quite good and the environemnt cpatured adds to the composition.Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

Hola Adrian, excelente composición, nitida, buen color y con una iluminación adecuada. Un saludo

Hello Adrian,
Great shot, very sharp and clear with excellent colors.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Adrian,
What good fortune to have two of these beautiful butterflies within a single frame!
Whereas the spiky thistle flowers and the subjects are in sharp focus, the BG is aptly OOF to give prominence and character to them.
Very pleasant colours that soothe the eye.
Thanks for sharing the picture and warm regards.

Hello Adrian,

Beautiful composition. Very good sharp capture of these two butterflies. Splendid colours.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-05-07 4:16]

Witaj Adrian,
Wspaniale okazy, znakomita ostrosc i kolory.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

Hi Adrian

Superb details and sharpness in this capture.
Great composition to.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-05-07 5:32]

Hello Adrian! a single word: "perfect". TFS. Regards,

Hi Adrian,
Really very good macro with excellent details. Exposure, natural colors, POV, DEF and light superb. TFS, Regards,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-05-07 5:57]

Hi Adrian,
very impressive clarity and sharpness, very well composed with vivid colour - great shot!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-07 9:53]

Hi Adrian.
Pictured scene is so wonderful as quality of the image. Amazing subject of fine butterflies and so cute buds and plants. Great composition with lovely colours, crisp sharpness of the main subject and pleasant light. Bravo. Well done.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-07 11:24]

Hi Adrian,

Your pictures have a unique quality to them. There is such an amazing clarity to them. These butterflies and thistles are beautiful. Fantastic colors and razor sharp details. A beautiful scene and a lovely composition.


Well done, Adrian.
Well done especially in terms of depth of field; both butterflies are depicted very sharp.

Hi Adrian

Excellent shot. the details in the butterflies are stunning as is the clarity.

I think the plant is common burdock (Arctium mimus) by the way rather than a thistle. I have is growing in my garden.


Bardzo fajna fotka jednego z naszych największych perłowców. Fajne kolory i niezła kompozycja. Pozdrawiam


Hi Adrian,
colorful and great sharpness!

Very good background for this orange butterfly. Also the three flowers are adding beauty to it.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-06-07 4:31]

Hello Adrian,
a wonderful shot of these butterflies. Great colours and pestel in the BG make the photo look great.
Nice composition and position of the butterflies.
Beautiful and excellent shot.


Hi Adrian,
Superb shot again, gorgeous compo, sharpness, colors, useful note. It's great You almost had eye-contact with the insects. :)
Argynnis paphia's a common butterfly, frequent here, too - and a very nice, photogenic one by my opinion.
Congrats and tfs this great image. Best wishes, László

Hi Adrian,
Superb clarity and sharpness on this one, the colours are outstanding too with beautiful contrast between orange & yellow butterflies and the deep green background. Great stuff,
TFS & regards,

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