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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5411] (29584)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-19 11:39
Viewed: 1992
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Hamearis lucina, known as the Duke of Burgundy, is a European butterfly in the family Riodinidae. For many years, it was known as the "Duke of Burgundy Fritillary", because of the adult's similar markings to "true" fritillaries of the family Nymphalidae.

The male has a wingspan of 2931 millimetres (1.11.2 in), and the female 3134 mm (1.21.3 in). The upper side of the wings are marked in a chequered pattern strongly reminiscent of a fritillary butterfly (family Nymphalidae); however, the Duke may be separated by its wing shape. H. lucina also has a distinctive underwing pattern.

The species range is restricted to the Western Palaearctic, from Spain, the UK and Sweden to the Balkans. It is the sole representative of its (sub)family in Europe.

Colonies prefer areas where the food plants grow among tussocky vegetation. The species prefers north- or west-facing slopes in downland habitats.

As adults, the sexes exhibit distinctly different behavioural patterns. Males are highly territorial, defending small sheltered, but warm, areas. Spectacular aerial "dog fights" occur between males. Females are less "showy", but are prone to wander, frequently travelling 250 m. New colonies have been established more than 5 km from the nearest known existing colony.

Eggs are typically laid in small groups (up to 8) on the underside of leaves of a host-plant; though they may also be laid singly or on foliage adjacent to the food-plant (e.g. if primulas are growing among dense vegetation, old females laying in hot weather). Particularly "good" plants or leaves may have eggs from more than one female. The egg is spherical, with a flattened base, measuring 0.6 mm in diameter. The eggs are initially glossy and opaque, turning to a uniform pale green; prior to hatching, they develop a distinct dark purple blotch. Significant, though unintentional, predators of H. lucina eggs are large snails, as they eat primulas in the spring. The eggs hatch after 721 days depending on weather conditions.

Newly emerged caterpillars are almost transparent, with a few long pale hairs. They move down to the base of leaf stems, where they spend the daylight hours (the caterpillars are nocturnal).

Pupae of H. lucina are short, just 9 mm (0.35 in) long. They are pale cream (somewhat tinged pink) with evenly spaced dark brown spots and a few pale hairs. They are found either very low in dense grass or on the ground. The pupal stage lasts 9 months, with likely high mortality rates. Predators of pupae include shrews and slugs.

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Buna Marius,
excelenta fotografie a speciei, culori si claritate de exceptie, descrierea corecta a speciei, felicitari!
Numai bine, Joska

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-19 12:33]

Hello Marius,
Excellent photo in great sharpness and details. Taken from a perfect POV in a very nice composition. Beautiful colours against a good blurred background.

amazing performance and photo Marius, a big Bravo!
regards, Nasos

Ciao Marius, great macro of fantastic butterfly, I never see in nature, lovely lighting BG, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Marius. Sharp ande details are impressive. Magnificent light. Best compliments.


Ciao Marius.
Un vero capolavoro di fotografia macro, con dei ottini particolari grande nitidezza,e colori molto reali,e una conposizione molto curata complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-12-19 13:33]

Hello Marius,
a beautiful macro shot of the Duke of Burgundy , very good sharpness and beautiful colours, excellent point of view showing perfectly the features of this marvellous butterfly.Best regards Siggi

Hello Marius,
great capture of this butterfly with awesome sharpness and wonderful colours. The details are incredible and I also like the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6479 W: 89 N: 15611] (65309)
  • [2011-12-19 15:11]

Hi Marius,great capture of this rare specie,i never seen in my country and it's very interesting for me.Perfect point of view,light balance and colors,just a little oversharpened.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Marius,
The hairy details are amazing and the focus control is brilliant. Nice presentation with well metered exposure.

Hello Marius
Another great photo with perfect POV, excellent composition, wonderful BG, fantastic colours and impressive sharpness.

WOW..Marius! This one can compare with the worlds best butterfly images. The level of detail is phenomenal. Brilliant depth and awesome point of view ! Bravo ...is not enough!
George Veltchev

Buna Marius,
Excelenta fotografie si calitatea excelenta,luminarea extrem de buna si culori naturale fantastice.

Hi Marius,
Excellent macro. There is amazing vibrant colors and tack sharp detail in this shot.

Perfectly focused with excellent detail.
Totally neutral background highlighting the butterfly. A fine photo.
regards yiannis

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 821 W: 0 N: 2415] (10648)
  • [2011-12-20 3:50]

Buna Marius,
I turned off the wings, Hamearis Lucina I didn't see ..
This composition is very lovely with butterfly. Very good capture. Excellent sharpness.
Best wishes,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-12-20 6:48]

Excellent image, lovely species with wonderful colors in the fine composition. tfs.

hello Marius
super sharpness and super details with nice light and good BG
thecolours are beautiful to
thanks greeting lou

Hello Marius,
First of all my friend, your POV was perfect, the sharpness and detail (even of the leave) superb, the contradicting colours against the OOF BG splendid and your focal length (judging from the left front paw/claw to the right) absolutely fantastic!!!! Great composition.
Best regards,

Buna Marius,
La imaginile macro nu pot sa afirm decat ca fotograful, aparatul si obiectivul fac o treaba excelenta. Claritatea, detaliile, culorile, perspectiva din care ai preluat-o si fundalul sunt de zece cu plus. Felicitari!
Numai bine,

Hi Marius,
really excellent photo of this butterfly. Perfect sharpness and details. Really nice composition. AMazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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