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The Queen of Spain

The Queen of Spain
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-06 6:16
Viewed: 2388
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Nymphalidae

Genus: Issoria

Species: I. lathonia

The Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is common in southern Europe, migrating as far north as south Scandinavia every summer. It is a very rare visitor to the British Isles. Heat-dependent, this species is found breeding on the hottest places of the foodplants of the larvae (prefers Viola tricolor and Viola arvensis). The adult is a strong flyer, and may be found anywhere but forests.
The eggs of this species are laid on the Wild Pansy ( Viola tricolor).


La latonia è un piccolo ninfalide dalla colorazione marrone chiaro a sisegni neri simile a molte altre specie della stessa famiglia. Più caratteristiche sono invece le grandi macchie argentate presenti nella pagina inferiore. E' una ottima volatrice e la si può osservare dal livello del mare fino ad oltre 2000 metri di quota.

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I have also got some shots from Queen of Spain Fritillary but they are not that good ones like of yours, Luciano!

Great sharpness and well shown details of the textures of the wings of butterfly.
Nice colors and clarity throughout the shot.
Well done!


Hello Luciano...TN neighbor,

A fantastic capture with fine colors, sharpness & details. Excellent POV & pose. Very nicely composed & presented!

Well done & TFS!

Regards & best wishes


Ciao Luciano, oggi siam vicini di post, sempre splendido il lato B della Latonia, ottima nitidezza, splenddii dettagli e magnifici colori, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-06 7:49]

Hello Luciano,
Fantastic in all aspects. The sharpness, details, light, colours and POV are all gorgeous.

Hello Luciano,
great capture of this butterfly with excellent sharpmness and lovely details. I especially like your well chosen POV and the beautiful colours.
Best wishes,

Hello Luciano,
As usual a perfect shoot. I like the silver spots on the wings of this splendid species of butterfly. It is a great challenge to show those spots and you managed very well.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Luciano,
Splendid photo of this Issoria lathonia, great colors, very fine, sharp details, TFS!

Colori e luce fantastici!! bella specie la piccola madreperla, ma ora dovrai impegnarti con le Apature ilia che gia volano dalle tue parti!!

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2012-06-06 9:45]

Hello Luciano
This species from every side is beautiful. Among greenish BG it look very nice.I like light which underline vividness.
Regards, Pawel

It is so clear it almost looks real Luciano. Seriously this is the way a picture should be and those who are not aware might take a lesson....excellent work.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-06-06 10:24]

Hello Luciano,
an excellent shot and very good composition of this lovely butterfly nice pov and bg with splendid colours.Well done . Best regards Siggi

Bonsoir Luciano,

Les feuilles cadrent bien le papillon. La prise de vue pewrmet de voir les détail et les couleurs du Petit Nacré. La lumière de l'après-midi rehausse les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-06-06 10:59]

Hi Luciano,
Very beautiful butterfly. Fantastic colours and details.
Perfectly sharp photo.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Luciano.
Splendidi colori che sei riuscito ha catturare in questa eccellente foto, con una nitidezza impressionante ed eccellenti dettagli,bene la composizione molto bella bravo.
Ciao Marco.

Hello Luciano,
Wonderful close-up shot of this beatiful butterfly with in superb colours and sharpness details,grteat lighting.

hello Luciano
super good sharpness and great details
the light and colours are beautiful
i like this butterfly
thanks greeting lou

Welcome Luciano,
actually a royal butterfly. A beautiful portrait. Incredible clear pattern on the wings of this insect. Good sharpness and beautiful composition.
Regards - Slawek

Ciao Luciano
Grande scatto, colori e dettagli eccellenti, ottimo POV con ottima gestione della luce complimenti.
Ciao Nico

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2012-06-06 13:49]


another great shot!
i like the colors and the light!
very well done.


Hello Luciano

J'aimes la lumière qu'il y a dans tes photos,
encore une superbe shot, excellent POV,
superbe focus, netteté et détails, TFS


Bom dia Luciano
One more for the books.Excellent work my Friend.The comments only embarrass me..eheh.
Thank You
Have a good day!
Um abraço

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-06-07 4:08]

Bonjour Luciano,
Quelle parfaite netteté! Et un papillon très intéressant, j'aime beaucoup cette espèce. Un environnement tout de vert qui met en relief la beauté des ailes d'Issoria lathonia. Un grand merci!
Bon après-midi

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-06-07 6:30]

Very beautiful species, excellent image and the greens add beauty. tfs.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-06-07 7:31]

Ciao Luciano,
Lathonia is a real beauty when she has her wings closed, as captured here with fine sharpness, DOF and klight management. The silver patches shine nicely despite the difficult lighting and the colours are natural.
Nice one and thanks for sharing it!
Best regards,

Ciao Luciano. Di nuovo operativo da qualche ora..... Fantastico gioco luci/ombre e dettaglio che fa rabbrividire. Complimenti.


Witaj Luciano,
WOW! Miraculous butterfly. Colourful example draws on wings beautifully. very sharp all butterfly's elements. Perfect background.
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-06-08 14:18]

Ciao Luciano!
Scatto perfetto, Luminosità meravigliosa, che fa brillare le chiazze bianche delle ali, facendole sembrare di madreperla.
Dettagli mozzafiato. Ottimo DOF; peccato per la fogliolina uscita un po' sovraesposta che tende a distrarre, io l'avrei scurita o clonata.
Bravissimo: complimenti.
ciao e buona notte! Vanda

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-06-08 17:23]

Hello Luciano!
What a fantastic atmosphere to surround this beautiful butterfly!!! The colors are stunning!!!The sharpness is amazing!Bravíssimo!!!!TFS
Have a nice w-end!Thanks for your kind in my last pic.Appreciated it!
Big hug!

Impressive photo Luciano! The lighting, the colours and the sharpness are excellent!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-06-09 13:23]

Hello Luciano,
I can definitely see why this beauty is called the Queen of Spain. The markings and colors are so beautiful and intricate. Love the close crop which allows us to see every detail and unique feature up close and personal. As always a top quality image from you!!

Hi Luciano,

It sure looks majestic. Unique under arm decoration sharply exposed with natural colours & settings.


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