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Coenonympha pamphilus

Coenonympha pamphilus
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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: 2012-06-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-25 15:32
Viewed: 2147
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Nymphalidae

Subfamily: Satyrinae

Genus: Coenonympha

Species: C. pamphilus

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.

Coenonympha pamphilus.

Piccolo lepidottero (apertura alare di circa 30 mm) dalle ali color giallo-camoscio brillante con bordature grigie marginali. Le ali anteriori presentano sopra un piccolo ocello cieco apicale, che inferiormente si ripete con pupilla e cerchiato di giallo. Le parti inferiori sono fulve anteriormente e con una linea postdiscale marcata; posteriormente, evidenziano marezzature chiare e fascia postdiscale biancastra.

Dai bruchi svernanti si hanno, a partire da aprile, i primi sfarfallamenti con una successione di diverse generazioni (anche quattro), che si protrae fino ad ottobre. Il bruco ha tegumento verde su cui spicca una linea medio-dorsale verde scura e una banda biancastra a livello degli stigmi; si nutre di Graminacee dei gen. Poa, Cynosurus, Anthoxanthum, Festuca ecc. Le crisalidi sono sospese.

Distribuzione ed ecologia
Con alcune sottospecie il suo areale abbraccia l'Europa, il Nordafrica e l'Asia. La forma presente in Sicilia, ha parti inferiori con disegni brillanti. Comune in estate in tutto il territorio, ove frequenta ambienti aperti e terreni sabbiosi coltivati.

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Though we have been seeing a lot of this butterfly here on TN, especially from your part of the world, we never stop wondering at its unique beauty, Luciano, especially when it is presented in such an attractive composition as yours today.
The image is first rate in technical terms too.


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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2012-08-25 18:52]

Hello Luciano,

What a beauty! The light & colors of this species can change dramatically with just the slightest deviation from the perfect pov angle. You got it though & with razor sharp focus, optimum composition enhancing green bokeh - showing the superior details of this Small Heath. Very Well Done!



Ciao Luciano, bella piccoletta di qualità super, fantastica nitidezza, bei colori naturali e ottimi dettagli, bravissimo, buona Domenica, ciao Silvio

that's a very nice butterfly and a clear picture

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-08-26 1:17]

Hello Luciano,
very nice capture of this tiny butterfly, sharp image with superb details, colours are lovely with good contrast, excellent pov, the wing pattern is captured with fine details.Best regards Siggi

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2012-08-26 1:24]

Hello Luciano,
have in my collection few photos this species. Yours is taken very well, ideal sharpness, very good soft light. This view like me very much.
Regards, Pawel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-08-26 2:23]

Hello Luciano,
Brilliant photo of this butterfly in great sharpness, details and taken from a perfect POV. Splendid colours, excellent composition and DOF.

Hello Luciano,
Lovely combination of the butterfly and the flower.Excellent detail and nice green background.

Ciao Luciano. Sarà comune quanto vuoi ma la specie si presta ai capolavori. Dimostrato da questo scatto!


Hello Luciano,
An excellent macro with beautiful colors, sharpness & fine details. Very nicely done & with a nice POV. TFS & best wishes!


Hello Luciano,
your picture of butterfly always extraordinary. it is always pin-sharp, true colour and well composed. great picture i love it,
best wishes,

Hello Luciano,
Lovely capture of a nice butterfly species. I like the fantastic sharp details of the hairy wings and body of this Small Heat. Absolutely amazing light and exposure.
It is a lovely butterfly species with incredible details and perfect focus. Great POV.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week!

hello Luciano
great sharpness picture with beautiful colours and good details
the colours are super !
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Luciano,
un'altra delle tue macro di grande qualità tecnica, ottimo il dettaglio con una eccellente nitidezza,
piacevole anche la composizione con un POV che non potevi sbagliare.
Bravo e complimenti!

Buona serata

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-08-26 13:37]

Ciao Luciano!
Perfetta, direi, senza alcuna sbavatura!
POV and DOF eccellenti. I dettagli della farfalla sono spettacolari (che occhio!)
Bellissima: complimenti!
Ti do un punto per pareggiare. Ora vado a pareggiare i conti allo skipper. Emerald purtroppo l'ho già commentata.
ciao! Vanda

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2012-08-26 17:27]

Hola Luciano, increíble la nitidez y detalles de la foto de esta mariposa, color, enfoque, luz, entorno y fondo de lujo...saludos.

Ciao Luciano, Superb capture and what fabulous detailed sharpness, lovely lighting, strong composition, excellent effort here Luciano Bravo and very well done,
Best Regards,


Another GREAT macro Luciano! The composition, the BG, the colors and the sharpness are excellent!

Nice compositon d'aquesta bellíssima papallona panfila, agraï sempre pels teus punts de vista, Salut! Ferran

Bom dia Luciano
Excellent macro my Friend.Very beautiful colours and light.Excellent composition and impressiva sharpness.Top quality as usual.
Thank You
Have a good week!
Um abraço

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-08-27 10:02]

Ciao Luciano!
This is a very top pic!!!I am speechless...wowwww!!!!I feel like I could touch it with my own hands ( it will fly away ,of course ehehehehe)Many cobgrats!!This pic is really amazing!!!It has a efect 3D that is awesome!!!!Bravíssimo!TFS
Thanks also for visiting my gallery!I appreciated it!
Nice week!

Very nice Luciano!
Excellent details, colors, and light.
Great plane of focus @ F/5, well done & have a great week :)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-08-28 5:39]

Bonjour Luciano,
Encore une superbe image de papillon! Coenonympha pamphilus est assez commun, mais très difficile à capturer. Chez nous il s'envole au moindre mouvement..
Belle prise latérale du papillon posé sur une espèce de Plantain (Plantago). Beau cadrage vertical et super netteté.
Bien vu!

Salut Luciano

Très belle composition de ce papillon,
avec belles tons de couleurs et lumière douce,
excellent focus, netteté et détails, TFS


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