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Heath Fritillary

Heath Fritillary
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, Nikon TC20EIII, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-06-11 21:58
Viewed: 3079
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I continue to share my butterfly pictures which were shelved long time due the pressure of work (and life : )). However, 2011 year was the richest for butterflies and I managed to take many shots of different species that year.

Now I present Heath Fritillary (if I am not mistaken) which was so kind to pose me at nice surroundings.

Heath Fritillary:
The Heath Fritillary is one of our rarest butterflies and was considered to be on the brink of extinction in the late 1970s. Strange as it may sound, the extinction of the Large Blue in 1979 was to work in favour of this species, since the shock felt by many entomologists resulted in a renewed effort to conserve the Heath Fritillary. This required detailed knowledge of this butterfly's requirements and, as a result of research conducted by Martin Warren, appropriate habitat management plans were put into effect that saved this butterfly from extinction.

This butterfly is confined to a small number of sites in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall in south-west England, and in Kent in south-east England, where it has also been reintroduced into sites in Essex. It is absent from Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. Although very local in its distribution, this butterfly can be seen in large numbers at some sites in good years. This butterfly is widespread on the continent and can be one of the commonest butterflies seen in some regions. This butterfly forms discrete colonies and rarely strays from the main breeding grounds.

See also Melitaea athalia.

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Ciao Alexei, great macro of beautiful butterfly, but I think this isn't Melitaea athalia, may be Melitaea trivia, but I'm not sure, fine details, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid sharpess, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-06-11 23:10]

Beautiful frame, full of colors, lovely species The Heath Fritillary so grace full pose. tfs.

Another great photo Alex! Excellent composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-06-11 23:37]

excellent angle and lighting. good pov. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-06-12 0:10]

Hello Alex,
Fantastic macro in a great DOF. Amazing sharpness, details and very beautiful saturated colours. Attractive diagonal composition.

Hello Mr. Alexei,
Beautiful presentation.Sufficient light with great details on wings.Green BG is really suitable for this.
Thanks for sharing such nice picture,
Kind regards,

Awesome focus, colours and details on this beautiful butterfly you captured in the summer of 2011, Alexei.
The composition is a fest for the eyes.
Warm regards.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-06-12 5:13]

Hello Alex,
good capture heath fritillary,nice details species,kind regards..

Hi Alexei,
nice photo of the butterfly. Amazing colours. Very good composition and presentation.
Thanks for sharing,

hallo Alex
very hood sharpness and good details
i like the pose and the beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Alexei

Very beautiful macro with fine POV to show its
patterns and contrasty color tones, and aslo
excellent the way you framed it, excellent light,
great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


Hello Alexei,
Another lovely scene. A wonderful specie of butterfly. The colors are excellent. Very nice composition and POV. Outstanding capture....I like the superb natural colors and the excellent DOF.
Your Fx camera makes wonders.....
Thanks for sharing!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-06-12 12:12]

Hi Alex,i search a lot and compare the different specie of this family and my answer is....boh! I can't help you about the name,only my best compliments for this magnificent capture,just a bit oversharpened but whit spectacular colors and perspective.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Alex, Good control of bright sunlight. Colors are splendid and background is appropriately blurred to make the butterfly stands out. Very well done and tfs. JC

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2013-06-13 6:42]

Privet Alexei,
I like composition.These leaves add charm to this view. The butterfly is common and I was able to take a few time.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Alex,
Great composition,
great colour and sharpness.
best wishes,

Ciao Alexei. Great pic of Melitaea trivia! Amazing brilliant colours stunning details MF!


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-06-14 10:05]

Hi Alexei,
Very good close-up ..
The composition and the colours are excellent, the sharpness is impressive.
Best wishes,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-06-14 11:58]

Hi Alexei,
Another great picture of a beautiful butterfly.
Excellent colours and sharpness details.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

Hi Alexei, nice capture & excellent POV
Have a nice WE!!

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2013-06-15 15:02]

Grandiosa foto de qualidade muito boa parabéns por esta magnifica foto.

Hello Alexei,
Superp macro and nice detalis.
well done.

Hi dear Alexei ,
So nice macro with lovely colors.

Hi Alexei,
Fantastic photo with awesome DoF, colors, lights, exposure and pleasant diagonal composition. High class shot, unbelievable quality. No need to say more, this is a masterpiece! Bravo!
Best regards, László

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