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Melitaea phoebe (Goeze 1779)

Melitaea phoebe (Goeze 1779)
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Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio2006) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6690 W: 90 N: 16812] (102073)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-14
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-15 2:12
Viewed: 2422
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Con questo reperto d'antiquariato, una delle mie prime macro, completo la piccola serie che avevo annunciato e che son riuscito a postare a dispetto del casino di questi giorni


Melitaea phoebe (Goeze 1779) Febe

Ali anteriori 20-24 mm

Ninfalide di medie dimensioni con ali superiormente dal colore di fondo fulvo sul quale spiccano disegni neri alquanto incisi. Nella regione submarginale dell'ala anteriore si evidenzia una lunula ben più estesa rispetto alle altre. Nelle parti inferiori delle ali posteriori dominano i colori giallo e arancio, in particolare, va sottolineata una fascia arancione submarginale con elementi ocellati in rosso e nella regione basale e discale elementi disordinati dello stesso colore racchiudenti un'area gialla.

È una farfalla di dimensione e colore variabile a seconda delle generazioni e dei luoghi. Le ultime nate sono più piccole e con disegni meno marcati. In genere 2-3 generazioni; i bruchi delle ultime ovature sono svernanti. La larva si nutre di centauree, talvolta anche piantaggini. Presenta corpo grigio-nerastro con linee nere e piccoli punti bianchi; una fascia longitudinale biancastra ne percorre i fianchi.

E' presente nell'areale esteso sull'Europa centrale e meridionale e sul Nordafrica e Anatolia. Presente in Italia fin oltre i 2000 m; manca in Sardegna e Corsica.

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Ciao Silvio! Amazing shot, wonderful picture, perfect sharpness, ideal colours. Good work, very good. Well done!

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-11-15 2:24]

Hello Silvio
Wonderful shot of this colourfull butterfly with excellent details and composition.
TFS and R's,

Ciao Silvio!
Very nice capture of Melitaea phoebe, I like especially conras between insect and BG. Details and sharpness are nice for watching too :)
All the best,

Ciao Silvio,
I'm always a little jealous when I see your shots of butterflies with wide open wings. That's such a wonderful moment to see them sitting like this.
The details, the blurred vegetation in the back, together a pretty arrangement, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-11-15 2:37]

Hi Silvio

It is just great to see all the beautiful posting coming in to the gallery (in such a
rush of fresh air) after the problems experienced for the last couple of days.

This butterfly you presented is no different. The exceptional colours and the
wonderfully patterned markings seize ones immediate attention. I just love the
warm autumn colours of the butterfly and the details are well captured.

Good work and TFS.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-15 2:59]

Ciao Maestro !

Ancora una volta una macro eccezionale con alcuni dettagli e colori splendidi. Molto buona e alla descrizione fornita.
Vuoi un fine settimana tranquillo,

Excelente combinación de colores y bellos contrastes. Quizá algo justa de nitidez.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

hello Silvio
great composition with beautiful colours and great sharpness
a beauty
greeting lou

Such a beautiful b.fly image over a finely chosen background Silvio, surely the job of a master my friend. TFS indeed!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-15 4:57]

Bonjour Silvio,
Je me demande comment tu as fait pour publier trois images, alors que nous n'arrivions pas sur TN! Une de tes premières macros, déjà de bonne qualité et nous présentant un très bel exemplaire de M.phoebe. J'aime bien la coloration de cette image aussi.
Je te souhaite un bon dimanche et un grand merci d'avoir apprécié mon Aporia.

Hello Silvio.

Wonderful macro of this dark coloured butterfly with nice composition and details.
TFS and regards,

Hello Silvio,
a nice capture of the Melitaea phoebe.
It's pretty sharp with a decent DOF and with natural colours.
Well done.

hello Silvio

a very beautiful close-up photo of the butterfly over its flower,
fine POV and the way it is framed, fine focus on it with great
sharpness and details, i love his warm colour tones, TFS


Hello Silvio,

An excellent macro with beautiful colors, sharpness & fine details. Great POV, pose & BG. Very well composed & taken.
TFS & best compliments!


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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2009-11-15 7:57]

Ciao Silvio!
Very beautiful photo.
Colors,sharpness and compo are excellent.Tfs.
With best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-15 7:58]

Hello Silvio.
Very good photo of this Melitaea phoebe.
Excellent POV with wings wide open.Excellent on colours,DOF, details and BG!Best regards Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-15 8:10]

Ciao Silvio,
A beautiful capture M. phoebe feeding with its wings open and taken with good sharpness, colours and lighting from a fine dorsal POV against a pleasing neutral BG on the yellow flower.
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-15 8:35]

Hi Silvio. I like the blue edges on this colourful butterfly. Which you have taken a first class top view so we can see the wing markings. It stands out well from the BG. well taken TFS.

Have a good week ahead.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-11-15 8:44]

Ciao Silvio,
A beautiful butterfly, wings over macro composition ...
Color and detail are very good.
Best wishes,

Hello Silvio,

Another fine specimen in your collection of butterflies!
The reproduction of colours is great, the wing pattern is sharp and distinct...
Appealing simplicity of composition, a fine presentation!

Pablo -

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-11-15 8:58]

Bonjour Silvio! After my short break, it's good to be back and leave notes on beautiful pictures as this one. The sight of a butterfly is already a memory for me and rejoices my heart and eyes. Very well shot, with beautiful colours. The butterfly outstands the background perfectly. Thank you,


Hello Silvio,
Great capture with superb details and amazing colours.
Wonderful POV.

Ciao amico Silvio!

Wow!... wow!... a esto se le tiene que llamar colores! y que luz! La mariposa parece flotar sobe el fondo desenfocado. La flor es un detalle excelente para la foto, la complementa agradablemente.



Ciao amico Silvio

Excellent macro capture from wonderful POV with nice DOF, clarity and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice week MF!


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-11-15 13:04]

Hi Silvio
Another great presentation.Well composed image with great POV.Good POV and very sharp image.Excellent saturation also.
TFS Michel

Ciao Silvio,

A superb macro capture of the beautiful butterfly with colorful details!
The textures are wonderfully shown and well defined through your capture. I like the sharpness and POV here with great natural colors.
A great composition!

best regards,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-15 22:53]

Hello Silvio,
Perfect capture of this butterfly.Colors,contrast,details and Bg are wonderful.Have a great week!
Thanks for posting..

hello Silvio
splendid composition, the lighting poor but very well managed and the output in colours very good!
keep photographing! TFS

Hi Silvio
Another of your great BF photos...Excellent color and detail against a fine BG...TFS

ciao Silvio
superb capture of Melitaea phoebe on a beautiful yellow flower,
he shows very well his beautiful wings
superb details on the butterfly and lovely BG
Have a good night

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