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Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown
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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: 2011-06
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-24 3:16
Viewed: 1821
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina, is a butterfly found in European meadows, where its larvae feed on grasses, such as Sheep's Fescue.
FemaleSimilar species are Gatekeeper (which prefers to rest with its wings open) and Small Heath (which is smaller).
There is marked sexual dimorphism in this species. Males are less colorful, with smaller eyespots and much reduced orange areas on the upper forewings. They are also much more active and range far about, while females fly less and often may not away from the area where they grew up.
A variable number of smaller eyespots are usually found on the hindwing undersides. These may number up to 12 per individual butterfly, with up to 6 on each wing. The factors that govern polymorphism in this trait are not resolved, although a number of theories have been proposed (Stevens 2005). On the other hand, the evolutionary significance of the upperwing eyespots is more obvious: The more active males have a markedly more cryptic upperside pattern, whereas the females have more often opportunity to present their eyespots in a sudden display of colors and patterns that presumably make neophobic predators hesitate so that the butterfly has better chances of escaping.

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Hello Siggi,
Beautiful clean and sharp shot of The Meadow Brown, excellent details sharpness, very good composition and lovely natural colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a great Sunday,
Best Regards,

hello Siegfried
super sharpness composition on this beautiful flower
great details and very nice light
thanks greeting lou

Witaj Siggi,
pieknie sobie usiadl na tym kwiatku,dobre kolory i ostrosc i dobry kadr,pozdrawiam

A sprightly composition with the butterfly favouring a pretty purple flower, Siegfried.
Remarkable POV, focus, details and colours along with ideal DOF.
Thanks and regards.

Ciao Siegfried. Great taken for the M Jurtina in beuatiful natural colours and excellent light.


Hi Siggi,

Wonderful capture of this Meadow Brown Butterfly my friend, impressive sharpness with good clarity, superb lighting and lovely colours, great job Siggi and well done,
Best regards,


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-24 6:49]

Hello Siggi,
A fine, well composed capture of a female jurtina. The sharpness and colours are superb and the composition with the Knapweed flower excellent. The shadow of a plant on her wings adds interest and the BG is nicely OOF.
Thanks and best regards,

Czesc Siggi,
piekne zdjecie tego motyla. Swietne kolory i kontrast. W ogole po prostu wszystko ladne.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-07-24 7:28]

Hi Siegfried.
This composition of female Meadow Brown is really great. Beautiful pose on flower, very good POV and precise sharp details. Natural colors are amazing. Butterfly and flower look like they were before the monitor - an amazing 3D effect. Great job! Thanks and have a nice day.
Best regards

Ciao Siggi, wonderful maniola on a beautiful flower, fine details, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Siegfried,
Excellent image with a nice species of butterfly.
Wonderful natural colors and perfect focus.
The contrast against the blurred background is great.
Thanks for sharing!

Great macro Siggi! Excellent composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-24 11:53]

Hi Siggi,there are a lot of meadow brown in my country too this season as the holly blue,it's very interesting to see the butterflies life in different corners of Europe.Beautiful pic whit the usual impressive quality,i like it!Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano.

Hi Siggi,
Again a good capture with excellent colours, sharpness and detail. The combination of colours makes this a remarkable shot.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-07-24 16:18]

Hello Siggi,
A very nice close up with great composition.Nice colors and fine sharpness.
Have a nice day!...

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