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Coenonympha pamphilus

Coenonympha pamphilus
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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma AF 50-500mm F4-6,3 APO EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of Mesopotamia II, Butterflies of Kurdistan [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-21 2:31
Viewed: 2830
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus is a butterfly species belonging to the family Nymphalidae, (subfamily Satyrinae, commonly known as "the Browns"). It is widespread in Eurasia and northwestern Africa, preferring drier habitats than other Coenonymphae. The larval host plants are grasses, notably Sheep's Fescue, Rough meadow grass Poa trivialis.

The butterfly loosely resembles a small Meadow Brown, but the brown colour of the wings appears noticeably paler in flight. Unlike the Meadow Brown and other common members of Satyrinae, the Small Heath is a lateral basker, only ever resting with its wings closed and angled at 90░ to the sun.

The larvae have lifespans of varying length, even within the same climate, thus the imagines of one generation may be seen over a long period. The butterfly usually has two, occasionally three, broods and is on the wing from mid May until early October (late June to mid August in colder climates). The insect overwinters in its larval stage.

The Small Heath, like its cousin the Wall Brown, has been in serious decline across much of southern England for reasons unclear, and was accordingly designated as a UK BAP Priority Species (research only) by DEFRA in 2007

Domain: Eukaryota

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Nymphalidae

Subfamily: Satyrinae

Genus: Coenonympha

Species: C. pamphilus

Binomial name
Coenonympha pamphilus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-04-21 2:41]

Hi Durzan,not easy a top sharpness and focus like that in this difficult position,great colors and nice composition too...excellent portrait of this little butterfly! Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-21 3:38]

Slav Durzan,
very well captured and nice composition with inclusion of the yellow flowers.
Very beautiful and exciting composition.
i like the hairy wings and its lively colours in good details.


Ciao Durzan. An hard POV here but you've catched the best details as possible. Beautiful natural colours and good work mith light. I've not see it this year. TFS.


Selam yeniden:)

Hoş ve değişik bir bakış ašısından gayet enfes bir šalışma olmuş dostum. Eline ve emeklerine sağlık.
Bi slaven germ...


hello Durzan
beautiful composition with great sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Ciao Durzan, a little lack of sharpness but lovely little butterfly in a beautiful composition, wonderful blurry BG and splendid natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-21 7:01]

Hello Durzan,
Beautiful photo, although the head is a bit out of focus. The sharpness in the wings is very good. Beautiful natural colours, also in the OOF BG. Nice composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-04-21 8:12]

Hello Durzan.
Very nice photo of the butterfly. Very good composition, sharpness and nice colours.
Best regards Siggi

Slav Durzan,
a beautiful macro shot of the Small Heath, splendid natural colours, a very pleasant composition with a marvellous yellow flower.
Best regards

Hello Durzan,
nice capture, beautifull colors, light and BG,

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