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Small heath

Small heath
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Copyright: Mariana Scubli (marianas) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 377 W: 55 N: 1208] (6739)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 60, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-26 8:14
Viewed: 2409
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A generally common and very widespread species. It likes fairly dry grassy places. It flies erratically and close to the ground. When at rest it never opens its wings. There are several variants that generally affect the underside hindwing. The ground colour can vary in colour from greyish to brown (like the April 2004 butterfly above) and the intensity of the markings.

It does not open its wings when at rest, ever. Except the one butterfly I photographed above. It was a weak flying individual showing signs that its thorax was malformed. At rest it held its wings open as shown above. It would fly only a short distance of a couple of meters before resting again with wings open.

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hallo Mariana
great details and good sharpness
nic ecomposition with beauiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Mariana,

A beautiful capture of this small Heath with nice coloration, sharpness & details. Lovely POV, pose & BG.

Best wishes


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-26 11:28]

Hi Mariana. This is a good close up of the Small Heath Butterfly.From the POV we can see all of the markings on the closed wings. Which you have taken with fine detail and rich colours. well done TFS.

hello Mariana

an excellent photo of this butterfly with fine POV,
i love the way it is framed by the 2 leafs,
fine focus of the butterfly with great sharpness and details,



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-26 22:42]

Hello Mariana,
A fine capture of a Small heath taken from a great POV with excellent sharpness and colours. I like the composition on the flower stem against a nice neutral BG too.
Thanks and best regards,

Ciao Mariana, lovely little butterfly on a beautiful flower, fantastic blurry BG, good colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, superb macro, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hello Mariana
a great capture of this Small Heath hanging on this leaf
I like the very great details, the beautiful colors and the superb composition
wonderful BG with nice DOF
Have a good night

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