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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: 2014-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-07-22 4:18
Viewed: 882
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-07-22 4:41]

Hello Luciano,
Another wonderful presentation of a butterfly in fantastic sharpness, details and splendid colours. Great choice of composition.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2014-07-22 7:35]

Hi Luciano.
What a wonderful subject and picture. I welcome a very impressive framing, superb details of the charming butterfly and slim stem, pleasant pictorial BG. Lighting is very delicate and vivid colours are perfect. Great job as usual. TFS and warm regards.

Hello Luciano-Beautiful butterfly.Coloura and details are really attractive.Well framed too.Like patterns on wing.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

hallo Luciano
very good and sharpness composition with nice light and super colours thanks gr lou

Ciao Luciano, comunissima piccoletta, ma quando la qualità è questa è sempre un piacere vederla, splendida luce, ottima nitidezza, magnifici colori e bei dettagli, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2014-07-22 11:48]

Ciao Luciano

Perfect image of this medium size butterfly, splendid sharpness and very nice details, very nice composition, very nice bokeh and nice BG color



Hi Luciano. You managed a great side profile in glowing light and good focus with details. A warm look to it. I like it. TFS Trevor

Classicissima sempre di moda! Con un dettaglio così poi! I colori hanno reso un sacco!


Hello Luciano,
照的很漂亮 很美丽的蝴蝶 也很清晰
光線亮麗 也很犀利 呈現很耐看的細膩
构图也很美丽 真是好看

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2014-07-23 9:05]

Bonjour Luciano,

Tient même composition que la mienne, ici le vertical framing est superbe.
Excellent B/G et les détails sont magnifique, belle présentation du fadet commun.
Belle notes aussi, merci pour le partage.
Amitié de belgique.
John vantighem

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-07-25 7:15]

Excellent picture of this Coenoninpha Luciano. Congratulation. Saludos.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-07-26 10:48]

Hi Luciano,
Fantastic sharpness details.
Beautiful natural colors and nice composition.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Luciano, Great angle with nice composition. I like how it is holding a moving plant stick and not being blown away. Beautiful presentation. Best regards

Hello Luciano

Beautiful macro of this butterfly, fine POV,
very beautiful light, great focus, sharpness,
details, and contrast, TFS


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