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Hipparchia fidia (Linnaeus, 1767)

Hipparchia fidia (Linnaeus, 1767)
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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: 2006-07-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix 6900 Zoom, Fujinon 6x zoom, Digital
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/105 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-09 13:17
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a beautiful Satyridae that we have in Portugal. It is disappearing because we are damaging its environment by fire and intensive agriculture.
Usually it likes to land over rocks and stones where it feels safe and camouflaged.

It's very difficult to catch it with wings open because always close them when it lands. But the upper-side wings is beautiful too in black colour with several white stripes on the edge of the wings. We can see it only on fly.

In portuguese doesn't have a common name. In english is known as "Striped grayling".

The male is a bit bigger then the female and it has the white lines and dots more sharpened then the female.

Wingspan: 48mm till 56mm

In Portugal we can see it flying from later July till October, from 200 meters till 1200 meters of altitude.

It has only one generation over the year in Portugal. Hibernates over winter in a caterpillar.

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Hi Paulo,
Very good capture.
Excellent colors, light, POV, DOF and sharp.
Well done!
TFS Malgosia

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-07-09 13:35]
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Hi Paulo.
I am glad to appear near to such pretty butterfly. I like the composition, DOF, POV and soft colours. Very nice picture.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-09 13:42]
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Hi Paulo,

Well captured,good colors and exposure,well done and Thanks for the informative note,


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-07-09 14:56]
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Hallo Paulo,
Satyrines are my favourites. Although sometimes called the 'Browns', they develop so many different and beautiful colour patterns, as you present here by the underside pattern of H. fidia. Thank you for this excellent picture of a shy and threatened species. I know several localities of H. fidia in southern France, some of them are under pressure by human activities. I hope that this beautiful species will survive.

Hello Paulo,
great picture from the Hipparchia fidia. Great sharpness, details, very nice colours and great POV. This is a great composition and great note too. Thank you m.f..

Hi Pablo.
What a beautiful butterfly.
Great colors and details and the story is the refection of a phenomenon that is affecting lots of places in the world. It is a shame but it is real.
Great POV and I love the Bg and Dof.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-07-09 20:43]
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Hi Paolo

Very nice capture of this Satyr.DOF and colour is excellent.Beautiful composition.TFS


Hello Paulo, excllent colors and details, BG POV is really nice,Lighting is perfect DOF right on spot, TFS Kyle

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2006-07-10 0:35]
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Hi Paulo,
Congratulations to a very good taking of this so difficult-to-catch species of the Hipparchia genus. You've done an excellent "job" here, providing us with a very successful specimen of this very shy Satyrina and a very good note,

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-07-10 1:09]
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Hi Paulo,
Very lovely Satyrid taken very well!!
Details and colors are showing very naturaly and looks great!
Thank you for sharing this beauty!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-10 3:28]
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Ola Paulo!
Sad but interesting note. We damage our planet and every day more species dissaper. Very nice shot of this camouflaged butterfly. Dry soil is perfect BG for it.

Hi Paulo,
A very useful note accompanied by a good picture, excellent colors and a beautiful specimen

Hi Paulo,
Excellent capture of this butterfly. Nice colors and POV. Very informative notes. TFS

Hi Paulo,
Good clear shot, great details, DOF, and sharpness. You can't always pick where you find them :)
Well done and TFS!

Stunning detail and combination of colours...
Well done...

Hi Paulo!
Very good capture Excellent colors !

:) nice colors, framing and POV.

Hi paulo ! Beautiful butterfly, and excellent photo ! Sharpness, details, colors, composition and POV are very good. Excellent Bg, showing us tha natural environment of the butterfly. It is so sad that this species is slowly disappearing...

Excellent picture of an interesting butterfly! Superb colors and great composition. Exposure and details are perfect! Congratulations and TFS!


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-11 18:50]
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Hi Paulo
Nice shot. Good colours, sharpnes and POV.
Well done my friend


Hello Paulo,
Beautiful butterfly on very interesting place! i like that eye on the wing. pov, sharpness, details all are great!
Thank you,

You've made an excellent picture of these rare butterfly.
Thanks for sharing


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-12 12:20]
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Hello Paulo,
Very well captured. Image is sharp and has such lovely details. Great POV and very well composed.

Hello Paulo,
magnificent portrait of Hipparchia fidia L., this pretty, clearly and brightly marked Satyrid of the southwestern mediterranian. We do not have this species in Central Europe.
I love the soft and noble earthy colours on both the butterfly and its background. Thank you!
Best regards,

And the collection grows up.
Very good details, perfect light and very natural colours.
Hope your solve the problem with you cam.
Regards, Felipe.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-07-22 18:10]

Hi Paulo,
Very good picture of this beautiful butterfly.
Great color, light, BG, POV, DOF and sharpness.


My favourite genus"Hipparchia":) A wonderful individual and you phographed this very perfectly.

It is bad to hear about habitat lose, but we can not stop this fight..

Human and nature are in war unfourtunately, human have forgetten that nature is the only source and human is a chain in this eco-system. But we are know guys who are out of control:(

Olá Paulo!
fotografei ontem uma destas belezas e graças a tua foto consegui classifica-la!

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-12-30 21:39]

Hello Paulo,
Very interesting species. Impressive colours as for satyrid. Great capture in a natural environment with off-center composition. Great diffused light.
Best greetings for 2007!!!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-16 4:58]

Marvellous capture with excellent sharpness and details.

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