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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pentaxfriend's favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-01 8:53
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Chestnut Heath (Coenonympha glycerion)

The genus Coenonympha comprises 39 known species, found variously in North America, Europe, north Africa and temperate areas of Asia. There are 14 species in Europe.

Coenonympha glycerion is found across much of Europe from northern Portugal to Russia, but is absent from many areas including Britain, Sweden, Norway, Finland, southern Spain and western France. Beyond Europe it's range extends to Siberia, Mongolia and Japan.

The size and number of ocelli on the underside wings varies considerably according to locality. In the Spanish subspecies C. glycerion iphioides they are particularly prominent.

Coenonympha glycerion is found in sheltered grassy habitats including sub-alpine hay meadows, woodland clearings and scrubby grassland, at elevations between about 300-1800 metres.

The caterpillar when fully grown is pale green, with a prominent white stripe below the spiracles, and a series of thin faint whitish stripes along the back. It feeds nocturnally on grasses including Brachypodium sylvaticum, Cynosurus cristatus, Briza media, Melica ciliata and Bromus erectus.

Both sexes commonly nectar at a wide range of flowers including ox-eye daisy, heather, scabious, thyme, vetches and umbellifers.

The butterflies are active on warm sunny days but tend to hide among bushes in hot weather. On overcast days, and when roosting overnight, they usually sit at the top of dead flower heads.

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Hello Marius friend,
Today we are neighbors! ... That good!
Excellent macro, really "close-up"! the details are so good, it seems I can touch the lint from the wings of this butterfly! ... you do you see these insects details unthinkable!
TFS, Regards and have a nice week!

Hello Marius,
congratulations for the beautiful photo, great sharpness, excellent colors and great POV.
Thanks for sharing.
Hello Vanni

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-01 10:01]

Hello Marius,
What a beauty. Clarity and sharpness are amazing. Impressive details. Fantastic colours, composition, POV and OOF BG.

hello Marius
this is a beauty of a picture
great deatais and good sharpness with beautiful colours
great pose
greeting lou

Hallo Marius,
a superb macro shot of the Chestnut Heath, outstanding sharpness with fine detail, marvellous colours, excellent POV and composition with a very beautiful BG
Best regards

Ciao Marius, beautiful macro of wonderful little butterfly in a lovely composition, excelent sharpness, fantastic details and splendid colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-01 10:42]

Hello Marius,
Lovely capture of the Small Heath. Great sharpness and lovely colours. Looks great against the dark green background. Excellent composition too.Best regards Siggi

Hi Marius.
Amazing texture on the wings of this butterfly, I can count those hairs :)
The colours and composition are great too.
Thanks and regards, Felipe.

Hello Marius,
So impressive capture! The composition and the colours are great and the sharpness perfect. Great job my friend! Cheers,

Hi Marius. Wonderful photo with nice details, POV and composition.
thanks for sharing
Best regards

Hello Marius,

WooW What a BEAUTY
AMAZING sharp details
Perfect POV, DOF, BG and light

TFS Thijs

Good morning Marius,

Amazing and flawless close-up shot of this beauty. The colours, BG, POV/DOF, composition and clarity are all impressive.
TFS and have a nice week!


Hello Marius, great shot of this prety butterfly with nice composition and nice POV.
TFS and regards,

Hello Marius,

a very beautiful butterfly, with good pov and dof.
Fine colours.
This one never been seen in real.
This specie are not in the Netherlands.


Hi Marius

Superb details and sharpness on this hairy Chestut Heath. Good composition and OOF background.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-08-03 4:03]

Hello Marius,
wow...what a sharp shot of this lovely butterfly.The details of the head and body is very stunning.The softness of the background is really soothing to the eyes.
Well composed shot with excellent sharpness.
Beautiful subjects in splendid composition.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-08-03 4:32]

Hi Marius!
Wonderful composition. The capture is excellent, with great focus and details of the butterfly...its texture is amazing!! Splendid blurred BG.
Ciao! Vanda

Buna Marius,
Frumoasa imagine ca de obicei, cu detalii, culori, fundal si focus de invidiat.
Numai bine,

Realmente impresionante Marius.
La delicadeza de las formas junto con la precisa captura de las texturas, dan como resultado un trabajo de gran realismo. Muy profesional !
Buen tratamiento también de esa luz lateral: enhorabuena.
Buen Domingo: Josep Ignasi.

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