<< Previous Next >>

Issoria lathonia

Issoria lathonia
Photo Information
Copyright: Cristian Goga (crs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400 D, Canon 70-200mm f/4 L USM, 52mm UV filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-14 11:29
Viewed: 2955
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Autumn is a very nice season here in my region. Nice weather keeps long time but temperatures drops down. Even so butterflies continue to fly during sunny days till late October. The day I took this photo was no exception.

I was walking on the grasslands from Tampa mountain at more than 800m altitude. The dominant color was light brown as most of the grasses were dry. Suddenly I saw a butterfly flying at small height over grasses than quickly setting down. I fallowed it but when getting near he flew away. Itís flight was slow and it was obviously making efforts to keep flying. Soon it sat down. Butterfly had no more force to go away. It remained resting in the sun even when I got close. It was an old female of Issoria lathonia.

I felt this old butterfly with broken wing was the image of autumn. This is why, even not looking well, I took this photo.

mariki, nglen, siggi, eqshannon, Dis. Ac., maurydv, marhowie has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-11-14 11:34]

Hello Cristian,

Very good sharp picture of this beautiful butterfly. You are very lucky to be able to see butterfly at the eend of October. Good light and splendid colours. Here the season of winter moth is just beginning.

  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-14 11:35]

Hi Cristian. As you say in your notes this beautiful butterfly is comong to the end of its life. It has lost only a small part of the wings. You were able to take it with good detail and a good top view. well done TFS.

Have a good weekend.

  • Great 
  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-14 11:57]

Hello Cristian,
A very good shot of this butterfly, a well composed frame.
This is a really nice and very sharp capture of this nice butterfly, with great color.
Regards Siggi

hello Cristian,
well catch!! the season of butterflies draws to a close and, as you explained in the note,
Issoria shows the old age, but in sunny autumn day matched sap to fly and give you the chance of this beauty capture.

greetings sERGIO

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-14 14:21]

Hi Cris,tres belle cette Issoria a la fin de la saison,mes compliments,une photo differente,details et couleurs parfaites,merci de partager,Luciano

Hello Cristian

Excellent focus and DOF.
The image has a 3D quality to it.
Wonderful colour saturation and lighting.
Great job.


Seasonal shot for up here in the N but down there..I reckon spring is doing well and early landlines for such nice earth toned shots...Tres! I will miss most of these till spring I am afraid..and our locals who are long time pros tell us it may be harsh! so you had better enjoy good opportunities now!

  • Great 
  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-14 22:29]

Hi Cristian,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly among the dry grasses. Very neat and sharp image with lovely colours and superb light handling. Excellent POV and composition.

Hi Cristian,

good composition of this beautiful butterfly, here there are now up this moment no butterflys.

Beautiful colours too.


  • Great 
  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-15 4:43]

merhaba Cristian
beautiful butterfly and wonderful capture
pose, light, colours, sharpness and details are great

Hi Cristian,
This beautiful creature sure had a rough summer. It looks tired but remains a lovely specimen. You captured excellent details and even if its environment is busy, it stands out well from the dry vegetation. Your notes are interesting too. I didn't see many butterflies this year and I was sad about it. Well seen!

  • Great 
  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-15 9:43]

Hello Cristian, nice colors on this butterfly, very good details and a fine composition, good job!


Ciao Cristian,
bellissima cattura di Issoria lathonia, ottima composizione con la bella posa a terra, eccellente nitidezza che evidenzia bene l'usura delle ali, magnifici i colori e molto bella anche l'ambientazione.

Great focus, detail, color, and exposure Cristian..
Some might call the BG/FG busy, I will call it its natural, grassy habitat :)
Good placement in the frame too.
I agree, the older b-fly represents not only the end of the season, but the "Autumn" of life itself.
Well seen & captured!

Calibration Check