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Melitaea cinxia

Melitaea cinxia
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Copyright: john vantighem (john1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-05-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Alpha DSLR 350, Sigma 105 F2.8 EX macro, Sandisk Ultra II 4Gb
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-06-01 9:55
Viewed: 954
Points: 14
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Melitaea cinxia LINNAEUS, 1758


subfamily - NYMPHALINAE


In Europe the Glanville Fritillary is found in a wide range of habitats including woodland glades, sub-alpine meadows, field edges, and open grassland.

In Britain it is at the edge of it's range and is only able to survive at a handful of particularly warm sites along the south coast of the Isle of Wight. The critical factor is probably the amount of sunlight which sites receive in late winter and early spring when the caterpillars awaken from hibernation - the Isle of Wight receives more hours per day of sunlight at this time of year than elsewhere.

The butterfly breeds primarily on severely eroded sandstone undercliffs, where the larval foodplant ribwort plantain grows in profusion, and where the extensive areas of exposed ground create a very warm micro-climate. Most sites only support colonies for a few years because they soon become overgrown, lowering the micro-climate until it eventually becomes too cool for the species. Luckily regular land slippages create new areas of habitat which the butterfly can colonise, and the status of the butterfly on Wight remains fairly stable. Sea defence constructions and tourist developments do nevertheless threaten to destroy several of the butterfly's breeding sites.

Away from the coast the butterfly also breeds periodically on the chalk grassland hillsides on the southern half of the island, but these colonies tend to last only a year or two.

Occasionally temporary colonies become established on mainland Britain, e.g. at Hordle Cliffs and Hurst Castle. They typically flourish for 2 or 3 years, but then disappear. They are almost certainly the progeny of single females which periodically find their way across the Solent, so the genetic diversity of each colony is minimal. After a few generations genetic entropy weakens the stock, reducing the viability of the colony, and rendering it prone to extinction

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Ciao John, great macro of lovely butterfly, beautiful light, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hallo John
super shot ,
good details and lovely colours
thanks gr lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-06-02 1:45]

Salut John,la meilleure position des ailes pour une capture de haut niveau,bons details et couleurs excellentes! Belle journee' et merci,Luciano

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2015-06-02 1:52]

Hello John,
great capture butterfly,regards..

Hello John,
Beautiful butterfly and well captured if we look at its sharpness as well as details. Well managed BG too.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi John,

great capture with very good light using, sharpness and BG, it shows us the Butterfly of his best side.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-06-04 19:11]

Hello John,
A wonderful shot of this beautiful Glanville Fritillary. The markings of most fritillaries are always quite intricate and this one is no exception. Your opened wing presentation shows it off in fine fashion. Beautiful colors and tac sharp focus. Great work!!

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