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Melitaea didyma (Esper, 1779)

Melitaea didyma (Esper, 1779)
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Copyright: Paulo Henrique Lopes Rodrigues (phlr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix 6900 Zoom, Fujinon 6x zoom, Digital
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European butterflies 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-25 12:23
Viewed: 7240
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a beautiful Nymphalidae, witch scientific name is Melitaea didyma.
Known as "Spotted fritillary" in english. In portuguese doesn't have a common name.

The photo shows a male of this specie.

It belongs to the Nymphalidae Melitaeinae family.
Is not common in Portugal and is an in danger specie.

Wingspan from 34mm to 44mm.
Here, we can see it flying from 200 meters till 1000 meters of altitude, from May to August.

In Portugal we have two generations of this butterfly among the year.

The top side of the male is bright red-orange, with black marks and blacker, more white on the edge-binds. The colouring of the female goes somewhat more into the grey-brown. The female is bigger then the male.

The sample and the colouring are very variable; it gives also a great many geographical subspecies. This specie is the most strongly varying of all European butterflies.

The caterpillars feed on several plants: Plantago, Veronica, Digitalis, Valeriana, Verbascum, Antirrhinum, Linaria and Stachys.

Their pupa is white with several black and orange spots.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-06-25 14:25]
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Hello Paulo,
A very nice capture of this colourful butterfly.
Lovely colours,good sharpness and a great POV.
A good and informative note too.
Very well done!


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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-06-25 14:53]
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Ola Paulo,
Great capture of Didyma.
I like your pov,dof,colors,focus,sharpness,note and framing.Well Done.TFS

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-06-25 16:04]
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Hi Paulo,
As always a beautiful shot, with excellent composition and brilliant colours. I particularly like the framing, with the flower giving an idea of the size of this beautiful butterfly.
As always, a very informative note - Thankyou

Hi Paulo!
That is a very nice shot. Color ,composition and details are so good.Well done!
best regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-06-25 17:06]
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Hi Paulo

Very beautiful shot.The colour is brilliant and the butterfly shows very well against the BG.Very nice composition.TFS


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-06-25 17:16]
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Hi Paulo
beautiful and colourful shot. Great sharpnes and light.
well done Paulo


Hi paulo, nice capture, fritilarys do not seem to be common any where so unless you know where to go or are lucky it is difficult to capture ann image. TFS yours Robert

Buenas Paulo, precuiosa la mariposa, con un colorido espectacular. Un saludo.

outra foto muito bonita com umas cores naturais espetaculares!
Gostei dos detalhes, composição e cor!
Thanks Ana:)

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2006-06-25 23:50]
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What a beautiful picture of this fritillary Paulo! Lovely warm and brilliant colours, clear and well positioned. Very nice! It doesn't fly in the Nordic Countries, so thank you very much for the acquaintance with this species too,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-26 2:24]
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Hi Paulo!
Beautifull butterfly in great pose. I saw very similiar specie last days. Warm colours look very good, same as composition with brown BG and yellow flower. Detailed, sharp and well spotted. Very good work!

Hi Paulo

Excellent shot of this Nymphalidae. Beautiful colours and composition. Nice POV - thanks


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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-06-26 4:52]
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Hi Paulo,
very nice nymphalidae, beautiful wings, good captured. I like it a lot. Well done photo.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-06-26 6:37]
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Hi Paulo,
Very nice Melitaea shot!
Very good on details and colors. POV and BG are great!
very well done and thanks for sharing!!

Beautiful shot.
Great sharpness, nice POV.
Well done.

Hello Paulo!
Another beautiful butterfly shot from you! Both the butterfly and the photo are beautiful surely! :-) Great colours and patterns on the wings! Focusing, sharpness, pov all are spot on! crowded bg but not disturbing! Thank you and best regards!

Wow Paulo what a fantastic butterly ! I love the colors of thsi shot very much : the bright orange of the butterfly, the yellow of the flowers and the brown of the BG are very harmonious and get along very nicely. Excellent details, composition and POV. Very well done !

Fantastic macro of this beautiful butterfly, Paulo.
Great POV, DOF and colours.
The yellow flowers in focus lend a great compositional value to the shot.

Hi Paulo,
very pleasant sunny appearance of this well detailed shot of Melitaea didyma!
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-06-27 17:57]
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Great picture of this butterfly. I see that its the butterfly season in Portugal. In Israel its the end of the season - the hot days of the summer are coming.


Hi Paulo,

A beautiful butterfly, excellent colors, details, composition.


Hello Paulo.
This is a great composition and superb butterfly shot Paulo.
Great colors and superb details with incredible POV and BG.
Great Picture.


It is a lovely picture of this butterfly with great notes. great POV and colours.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-29 7:56]
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Hello Paulo,
Very good picture of this Nymphalidae.
Good colors and sharpness. POV,, light and exposure are very nice.

Hi Paulo,
Great shot!
Wonderful colors and good DOF for this beautiful composition.

Hello Paulo,
Very good color, exposure and details. Well composed top shot, nice wingspread POV and DOF as well.
Nice work and Thank You!

Por mais que busco eu non atopo tantas variedades por aqui. Esta e unha toma moi boa. Clara, nitida e moi descriptiva, ademais de unha volvoreta moi bonita. Sau2.

Hi Paulo, Nice shot of this butterfly, well captured and very good detail. Good note. Well done.


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  • limier Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 14 N: 235] (1055)
  • [2006-07-27 11:04]

Beautiful Shot Paulo
Excellent POV with the wings wide open beautiful BG and so beautiful colors on this Nymphalidae wings

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