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Melitaea cinxia

Melitaea cinxia
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-06-09 11:42
Viewed: 2912
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
They are so much Melitaea! This one is quite common in Southern Europe, but in constant regression in Northern part. It is a protected species in Belgium.
See the workshop with the same butterfly with open wings.

Melitaea cinxia
Family: Nymphalidae
Common names: Glanville Fritillary [En], Mélitée du plantain, Déesse à ceinturons, Damier du plantain [Fr], Veldparelmoervlinder [Nl], Wegerich-Scheckenfalter [De], İparhan [Tu]

The Glanville Fritillary is named after Lady Eleanor Glanville, a 17th century Lepidopterist who discovered this species in Lincolnshire. After her death, one of her sons contested her will on the grounds of lunacy, as eloquently described by Moses Harris in "The Aurelian" in 1766: "This Fly took its Name from the ingenious Lady Glanvil, whose Memory had like to have suffered for her Curiosity. Some Relations that was disappointed by her Will, attempted to let it aside by Acts of Lunacy, for they suggested that none but those who were deprived of their Senses, would go in Pursuit of Butterflies".

The animal spends most of its life as a black, spiny caterpillar. The orange patterned butterfly lives only a few weeks. This is a sun-loving butterfly, being active only in bright sunshine.
The Glanville Fritillary inhabits open grassland throughout Europe (except much of Great Britain, Scandinavia, and southern Spain) and temperate Asia. A subspecies inhabits North Africa. Severe population declines are reported in many European countries.
The Glanville Fritillary is a medium sized orange, black and white "checkerspot" butterfly inhabiting open meadows.

Wikipedia/Glanville Fritillary
UK Butterflies

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-09 11:49]

Hello Catherine,
This is one of the better ones today. Superb photo in great sharpness, details and wonderful well saturated colours. The DOF is fantastic. Very good POV and composition.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-09 11:55]

Hi Catherine
I see that beautiful M.cinxia for the first time1 What a great butterfly!
I like the perfect details and colors.
Congratulation for this beauty!

Hi Cat! I think this is the same butterfly as I posted earlie, I noticed his name tag, James, same as mine. Great sharpness and detail, if he'd have had a tag we'd been able to read it!


ps why post it in the category flowers?

Hello Catherine, a superb close up shot with nice prepared notes.
TFS and regards,

Hello Catherine,
Great sharpness, details, beautifully saturated colors, excellent POV and DOF!!! Truly good composition! One of the bests of today!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-06-09 13:11]

Hello Catherine,
What a beautiful butterfly,great shot with excellent sharpness,colors and taken from perfect POV.
TFS and regards,

Cia Catherine,
quelle belle photo en macro de ce Damier du platain, superbe netteté et splendides couleurs, excellent point de vue et très jolie composition
Merci et félicitations
Bonne nuit

Good Morning Sevgili arkadaşım Cathy,

What a coincidence that we've made similar presentation:)
It is nice to compare the difference between M. cinxia and M. punica. By the way, i wish you recovery soon on your toothache!
Have a nice day MF!


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-09 21:22]

Splendid photo, TFS!

Incredible sharp capture with fantastic colors dept of field and composition! Bravo Catherine!
George Veltchev

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-10 4:40]

Bonjour Catherine,
Une très belle image du Mélitée du plantain que tu nous montres avec une précision quasi chirurgicale. Un cadrage serré, mais adéquat et un arrière-plan neutre idéal. Bien vu, bien fait!!

Ciao Catherine. Perfect sharop and details with exciting show on colours and light. Best compliments.


Oooohh, Catherine, this one is wonderful.
I like this specimen so much, the wings are so beautiful and with plenty of details.
You captured it so sharp and with warm colours and light, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

  • Dis. Ac. Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1824 W: 5 N: 7663] (24509)
  • [2010-06-10 10:50]

Hello Catherine,

an good presentation from thiese butterfly with good pov, sharpness, blurred bg and dof.
fine colours.


Hello Catherine,
Exceptional clarity and focus. Very nice natural colours and outstanding details.
Great background.

Catherine, this is a great photo. Nice work. Thanks for commenting on my heron. Have a great week, Bill

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