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Melanargia galathea

Melanargia galathea
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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: 2009-07-03
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-05 8:43
Viewed: 2559
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. Found across most of Europe (not Scandinavia), north Africa, and as far east as Iran, the late twentieth century has seen an expansion of its range in the UK.
Despite its common name, this butterfly is one of the "browns", of the subfamily Satyrinae. They are a common sight in unimproved grasslands across southern Britain, particularly on the South Downs.
Like other members of its subfamily, the larvae feed on various grasses. The full range is unknown, but it is thought that Red Fescue Festuca rubra is essential in their diet. Eggs are laid on the wing, or from brief perches on grass stems, and are just sprinkled among the grass stems. Upon hatching, the larvae immediately enter hibernation, and only feed the following spring when the fresh growth occurs. They are a lime green colour, with a dark green line running down the middle of their back. Pupation takes place at ground level in a loose cocoon. Adults emerge in July, and, on a good site, in warm, sunny weather, thousands can be seen gently fluttering amongst the grass heads.
Another nickname for the Marbled White butterfly is the "Marmoress."

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-07-05 8:45]

Fine close-up of this beautiful butterfly Siegfried.
TFS and G's,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-05 8:51]

Hi Siegfried. The Marbled White is a beautiful butterfly which your close up show so well. I like the side view so we can see thewing markings. which you have taken with fine detail . and natural colours. A nice pose on the flower. well done TFS.

Oooooo Siggi bu harika bir makro fotoğraf olmuş.Detaylar ve ışık süper.Kompozisyonu çok iyi ayarlamışsın,çiçekle birlikte çok zarif görünüyor,ellerine sağlık,selamlar :)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-07-05 9:10]
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Czesc Siggi!

U nas juz tez zaczely sie pojawiac te motyle. Piekne makro, sam motyl, mimo ze czarno-bialy, tez wyglada wspaniale. Widok z boku to dobry wybor. Swietna kompozycja i czyste tlo. Bardzo ladne zdjecie.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-05 9:23]

Hello Siegfried,
Wonderful photo in very beautiful colours and great sharp markings on the wings and head. Very nice POV, OOF BG and composition.

hello siegfried,
good capture of the marble white butterfly, good pov and nice composition,
tfs & regards

Hi Siegfried,
A nice capture of this beautiful marbled white butterfly. Excellent sharp details and a good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-05 9:54]

Hello Siggi,
A very nice capture of a male Marbled White taken from a fine POV to show its closed wings with good sharpness and colours aagainst a pleasing OOF natural BG.
Thanks and best regards,

Hello Siegfried,

Magnificent photo with central mass, the insect has been well detailed. Congratulations on the handling of light. Excellent result.

Greetings / TFS!

Happy sunday!


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-07-05 10:10]

What a beautiful white this is, so cute. Good capture of fine design against contrasting background. tfs.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-07-05 10:34]

Slav Sîegfrîed,
Good macro capture of this butterfly with nice light and colors.

Hello Siegfried,
Good colours and perfect exposure. Depth of field just lacking a little on the rear margins of the wings. Thanks.

Ciao Siggi, splendid macro of wonderful melanargioa, great details and superb sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Siefried.

A beautyful butterfly, A great shot that does justice to the elegant wing pattern. Thanks for Sharing!


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-05 22:55]

Hello Siegfried
Perfect capture, excellent details, clear BG and perfect focus.

Hello Siegfried
You have taken this shot of this Marbled White with very fine details
very well composition, fine pose, great DOF with wonderful green BG
Have a good night

Hi Siggi, another excellent macro capture of a spectacular b-fly from nice POV with great calrity.
TFS and have a nice day!

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