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Maniola jurtina

Maniola jurtina
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-10
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-01 1:08
Viewed: 2706
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) is a butterfly found in European meadows, where its larvae feed on grasses.
Similar species are Gatekeeper (which prefers to rest with its wings open) and Small Heath (which is smaller).
There is marked sexual dimorphism in this species. Males are less colorful, with smaller eyespots and much reduced orange areas on the upper forewings. They are also much more active and range far about, while females fly less and often may not away from the area where they grew up.
A variable number of smaller eyespots are usually found on the hindwing undersides. These may number up to 12 per individual butterfly, with up to 6 on each wing. The factors that govern polymorphism in this trait are not resolved, although a number of theories have been proposed (Stevens 2005). On the other hand, the evolutionary significance of the upperwing eyespots is more obvious: The more active males have a markedly more cryptic upperside pattern, whereas the females have more often opportunity to present their eyespots in a sudden display of colors and patterns that presumably make neophobic predators hesitate so that the butterfly has better chances of escaping.

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Hi my dear friend Siggi, a wonderful macro capture of this meadow brown with a lovely pose from a nice POV.
i wish you and your family a very healthy and happy New Year!


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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-01-01 1:31]

Hello Siegfried,
what a beauty to start
the New Year.
Great perspective and colour.
Happy New Year

Hi Siggi, lovely Maniola fine details, great composition with lovely flowers, splendid colors,
I like a lot

Hi Siggi,
vielen Dank für Deine schönen Naturaufnahmen in 2008. Du beginnst das Neue Jahr gleich mit einem weiteren schönen Schmetterling, die sonnig gelben Blüten sind dazu wunderhübsch.
Vielen Dank, alles Gute für 2009, Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Siegfried,

Best Wishes for 2009 for you and your family.
good shot to beginning 2009 from this meadow Brown with the beautiful yellow flowers.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-01 3:11]

Czesc Siggi!

Sloneczne rozpoczecie nowego roku! Ladny kontrast miedzy ciemniejszym motylem i zoltymi kwiatami. Duzo szczegolow, owad ostry i wyrazny. Jak zawsze dobra robota!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-01 3:48]

Hi Siegfried. I hope it will be a good year for you my friend.
Once again you are able to find a fine close up from your archives. The Meadow Brown A butterfly we also see in the fields arond my home. You have taken this one with good detail and natural colours. With a good side view. with interesting notes too.
Well done TFS.

Have a good day.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-01-01 5:57]

Hello Siegfried, wonderful shot of this butterfly.
Happy New Year of 2009.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-01 8:04]

Hello Siegfried,
Great start of the new year with this beauty.
Excellent sharp detailed photo in very beautiful colours.
Happy and Healthy New Year,

Hi Siggi
Lovely composition capturing fine intricate detail,textures on the butterfly.Nice light and color contrasts make this image pleasing to the eye.
Happy new year,tfs jon

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-01 9:23]

Hi Siggi,

A beautiful butterfly to begin the new year with. It was so nice of this Meadow Brown to pose so perfectly on the nice yellow flowers. He must have known yellow was a good color to show him off. Nice subdued colors and fine details in a superb composition.


great composition , nice presentation of this butterfly,
nice colours and light!

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-01-01 11:01]

Hi Siegfried,
Another an excellent butterfly macro capture. Sharpnes, colours and details are wonderful.
Happy and Healthy New Year,
Best regards.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-01 11:06]

Hi Siegfried,
Excellent macro shot.Clear details,sharpness,POV and exposure are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

Delicada composición y de atractivos colores Siegfried. Quizás ligero ruido electrónico de fondo. Buenos colores y enfoque.
Feliz año nuevo y buenas fotos.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

hello Siegfried

nice picture with good colors
and good details

great picture
greeting lou

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-01-01 13:44]

Hello Siegfried
Nice picture of this butterfly, the colors and details are amazing. The composition is very interesting and natural.
Congratulations and Happy New Year

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-01 16:09]

Hello Siegfried,
Your image is so sharp that I feel as though I could touch this butterfly. Great work and thank you.

Heyyyy Siggi,merhaba,yine güzel bir kompozisyon ve güzel bir kombinasyon.Kelebek ve çiçekler şahane.2009 da sana mutluluk getirsin,iyi yıllar:)

Bonjour Siegfried
Tous mes voeux pour 2009, et merci pour tes belles photos nettes et dont les couleurs sont bien rendues.

Hi siggi,

Excellent tact sharp focus and well controlled depth here. Very neat on that yellow flower and good muted background.


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