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La vettona
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Sony VCL-M3358 Close, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-29 16:20
Viewed: 4616
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks again to Paulo "o mestre", the most probable iden for this one is Argynnis niobe (Linnaeus, 1758).

• RANGE. From W. Europe to W. Siberia and from Turkey across Iran and Afghanistan to the Tian-Shan, the Altais and Transbaikalia.

• DISTRIBUTION AND VARIATION. Individual variability slighter than that among A. adippe, but this species has also two colour forms in males and females, i.e., with silvery spots on the UNH or without such spots (form eris Meigen, [1828]). Sexual dimorphism is poorly expressed- Geographical variability is somewhat stronger than that among the populations of A. adippe. Nearly all subspecies are rather clearly distinguishable from each other by the relative proportions of the colour forms. The nominotypical subspecies inhabits the Carpathian Mts., the central European part, and W. Siberia. The S. European part, the Caucasus and Transcaucasia are populated by the ssp. gigantea Staudinger, 1871 (= taura Rober, 1896; = orgowaTeich, 1901; = philistra Seitz, [1909]; = kuhlmanni Seitz, [1909]). The ssp. tekkensis Christoph, 1893 is known to occur in the Kopet-Dagh, while the ssp. ornata Staudinger, 1901 (= alaiensis Reuss, 1921) in the Ghissar-Darvaz and Pamirs-Alai. The ssp. orientalis Alpheraky, 1881 lives in the Tian-Shan, Tarbagatai and Saur mountains, while the ssp. changaica Reuss, 1922 in the Altai and Sayan mountains as well as Transbaikalia. The presence of this species in the Amur and Ussuri regions requires confirmation, yet the taxon voraxides Reuss, 1921 (TL: «Sotka Gora, Ussuri Gebiet») has been described from there. From the adjacent parts of Asia, the following six subspecies are known: intermedia Reuss, 1925 (TL: Beijing, China); valesinoides Reuss, 1926, from Korea; kurana Wyatt et Omoto, 1966 and shiua Wyatt et Omoto, 1966, both from Badahshan; demauendis Gross et Ebert, 1975 (TL: Elburs, Demavend, N. Iran); and khusestana Gross et Ebert, 1975 from Husestan, W. Iran.

• HABITATS AND BIOLOGY. As a whole, this species seems to be more thermophilic than A. adippe or A. aglqja, hence preferring drier places, e.g., steppe-like habitats up to 3,000 m a.s.l. Flight period: June to August. Host plant: Viola canina, V. trico-or, etc. Feeding nocturnal, therefore larvae difficult to detect. Hibernation as eggs or first larval instars. Pupation in grass inside a delicate cocoon.

• SIMILAR SPECIES. Argynnis nerippe, A. adippe, A. xipe: androconial scales on one, two or three veins of UPF present.

I found this info HERE

Hope you like!

F:8 - 1/1000 - Manual exposure - Handheld - Flash.
No postprocessing except crop, slight levels and USM.

phlr, saguzar, jmp, marhowie, Oz1, honza, Janice, scottevers7, coasties, peter_stoeckl, microversed has marked this note useful
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Hola a ambos,
otra genialidad, me gustan los detalles buenísimos y la profundidad del foco. los colores son muy bellos y el flash usado con maestría. El fondo de tonos oscuros y variado le confiere un aire especial.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-29 18:18]

Hola Felipe,
Bellos ojos, preciosa lengua, magnífica pose, bella flor y una gran composición.
Un saludo,
José M.

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-06-30 1:13]

Hi Felipe,
A great combination of superb details and beautifull colors. POV and BG are great!

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-06-30 2:02]

Nice picture of the Argynnis. Very good POV, sharpness and colors. TFS

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-06-30 2:35]

Hi Felipe,
An excellent picture of this butterfly,the colors are marvellous as well the POV and the BG,

well done and TFS,


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-06-30 3:24]
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Very good Felipe and Cristina!
I think it is more an Argynnis niobe (Linnaeus, 1758) then a Melitaea. But to be sure we'll had to see the underside of the wings.
Very good on colours and POV!
Excellent on details!
5* and TFS!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-06-30 5:14]

Yes, I like! Awesome sharp capture Felipe and Cristina of the butterfly and plant. Very good colours and details. Well done,


Excellent Lighting, Composition, Sharpness and detail shown. TFS,

Hi Felipe,
Excellent fill flash that has brought out some wonderful sharp detail throughout the insect.
Great view of the coiled probiscus, I like it..
Very nice POV, color, framing, and DOF as well...
Very well done.

Hi Felipe,
This is excellent! Your fill flash exposure brought out the beautiful colors and intricate detail very well. Superb camera work!

Hello Filipe

A great shot, well composed with nicely saturated colours and good light. Crisp, clear and sharp with great POV. TFS.

Hi Felipe,
excellent details, very nice pose of that fritillary, and a very pleasant surrounding. Is that an unusally sharp shadow near the border of the wings, or a greyish marking I never have noticed before?
I love the freckles in the razor sharp eye!
With thanks, and best regards,

Hello Felipe. Stunning capture! Really like the POV, detail, light and composition. Interesting info, also. TFS!

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