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Melitaea didyma female

Melitaea didyma female
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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: 2015-04-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-04-22 7:31
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Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Nymphalidae

Subfamily: Nymphalinae

Genus: Melitaea

Species: M. didyma

The Spotted Fritillary (Melitaea didyma) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found primarily in Southern and Central Europe.
The wingspan is 35-50 mm. The butterfly flies from April to September depending on the location.
The larvae feed on various plants, including Linaria, Plantago lanceolata, Veronica, Centaurea jacea and Digitalis purpurea.

Questo ninfalide ricorda molto la Melitaea Athalia, dalla quale differisce oltre che per le minori dimensioni, anche per alcuni disegni quali le lunule subeguali sul margine dell'ala anteriore e , inferiormente, per il disegno discale arancione dell'ala posteriore che appare del tutto aperto, ossia non racchiude alcun elemento giallo.

Compare a maggio e presenta due o tre generazioni. Il bruco, che ha come piante nutrici piantaggini, veroniche, linaiole e artemisie, è biancastro con tratti neri; dorsalmente, due linee di macchie arancioni con escrescenze bianco-grigiastre. Quelli dell'ultima generazione svernano per impuparsi in primavera: gli adulti sfarfalleranno dopo quindici giorni.

Distribuzione ed ecologia
È tipica dell'Europa media e meridionale. In Sicilia è presente la sottospecie "occidentalis", diffusa anche in Nordafrica. Rispetto ad altre sottospecie, appare con disegni neri più piccoli e macchie postdiscali raramente presenti.

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Ciao Luciano,
Come al solito le foto sono una precisione eccezionale. Dettagli e composizione di questa specie sono perfetti. E 'un eccezionale specie rare della regione in cui vivo.
Tutto il meglio!

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2015-04-22 8:44]

Bonjour Luciano,

Magnifique macro et merveilleux détails, les couleurs sont splendides.
Du très bon travail, merci pour le partage.
John vantighem

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2015-04-22 9:01]

Hola Luciano, hermosa toma de una mariposa exótica paa mi, linda composición, luz y entorno...saludos.

Hello Luciano,

Beautiful butterfly. Well captured. Very nice color as well as details. As usual a good work.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Luciano,

beautiful image of this butterfly, excellent details and colors,

Best regards,


Hello Luciano

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


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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2015-04-22 11:07]

Beautiful picture Luciano! Excellent sharpness, color and very natural. It is so real, it look like it is alive in my computer. I also like this species.

Hi Luciano! As clear as all your images are, they seem to be getting even sharper and clearer. This is particularly impressive technically, and the colors are beautiful.

Ciao Luciano, good lighting with lovely colours, nice and sharp,excellent overall quality image here Luciano, well done,

Best Regards,


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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2015-04-22 23:26]

Hi Luciano
Beautiful specimen, interesting pattern, perfect focus.


Hi Luciano ,

perfect macro , sharp and bright colors , great picture.

Thanks for sharing.

Salut Luciano,
super qualité de ta foto! Le contraste des couleurs me plait beaucoup - ce vert et avec le papillon très orange dedans!
bonne journée

Hi Mr. Luciano,

This is a very magnificent shot, vibrant, crisp and clear. Over all a wonderful composition. TFS!


Ciao Luciano, gran bella, splendida nitidezza e magnifici colori, ottimi dettagli e bella luce, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hi Luciano,
Beautiful image of this butterfly, excellent details and colors,
Best regards,

Hi Luciano,
Wonderful and appropriate flash usage without washing the colors out - as always from you. Nice shallow DoF also besides the great light management, well saturated colors, fantastic contrast, excellent sharpness and of course a pleasant composition. Magnificent photo overall, hats off! I'm glad I visited your gallery again today, as it gave me a serious visual impact. Grazie!
Best regards, László

Hi, Luciano. This is a lovely macro photograph of this pretty butterfly. Nice exposure, depth of field and clarity. Thanks for sharing.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-06-08 18:52]

Hello Luciano,
Fritillaries are always marked beautifully and this one is no exception. Love the intricate wing patterns and the contrasting colors are stunning to say the least. Presented in an attractive composition and showing outstanding detail. Wonderful lighting and very good DOF. A top quality image!!

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