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Argynnis paphia - male

Argynnis paphia - male
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Copyright: Milos Koudelka (mikou) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K200D, Pentax SMC FA 100 F2.8 MACRO
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-02 7:03
Viewed: 3184
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today is another regular visitor to my garden.
Picture with a view of the underside of the wings I shared earlier here.
Thank you all for your visit and criticism - this is useful for me. Points (smiling) are not important for me :-)
Best greetings.


Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Argynnis
Species: paphia

Wingspan: 54–70 mm

Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia)
Czech name: Perleťovec stříbropásek

The Silver-washed Fritillary is a European species of butterfly, which was in decline for much of the 1970s and 1980s, but seems to be coming back to many of its old territories.
The Silver-washed fritillary butterfly is deep orange with black spots on the upper side of its wings, and has a wingspan of 54–70 mm, with the male being smaller and paler than the female. The underside is green, and, unlike other fritillaries, has silver streaks instead of silver spots, hence the name silver-washed. The caterpillar is black-brown with two yellow lines along its back and long reddish-brown spines. Adults feed on the nectar of bramble, thistles, and knapweeds, and also on aphid honeydew. The silver-washed is a strong flier, and more mobile than other fritillaries, and, as such, can be seen gliding above the tree canopy at high speed. Its preferred habitat is thin, sunny, deciduous woodland, especially oaks, but it has been known to live in coniferous woodland.
The male possesses scent scales on the upper side of the forewing that run along veins one to four. The scent produced from these scales attracts females and helps to distinguish it from other species. Unusually for a butterfly, the female does not lay her eggs on the leaves or stem of the caterpillar's food source (in this case violets), but instead one or two meters above the woodland floor in the crevices of tree bark close to clumps of violets.
When the egg hatches in August, the caterpillar immediately goes into hibernation until spring. Upon awakening, it will drop to the ground, and feeds on violets close to the base of the tree. The caterpillar usually feeds at night, and usually conceals itself during the day away from its food source, but during cool weather will bask in the sunny spots on the forest floor on dry, dead leaves. It will make its chrysalis amongst the ground vegetation, and the adults will emerge in June.
The main larval food plant of the species is the common dog violet Viola riviniana.
(source: www.wikipedia.com)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-08-02 7:11]

Hi Milos.
This species does not visit my garden but often flies around it and gives me opportunity to take it. Superb subject. Both butterfly and surrounding small flowers are wonderful as well as details of the main subject and blurriness of the BG. Soft light and pleasant colours are also great. My compliments and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-08-02 7:58]

Hello Milos,
A fine capture of a male paphia.
The composition and contrast with the white umbelliferous flowers that it is feeding on are perfect, the sharpness top and the colours natural.
Another nice one from you and thanks for sharing it!
Best regards,

hello Milos
Very nice composition Milos
great sharpness nice details and beautiful colours
Great shot!
thanks greeting lou

Hello Milos,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly with excellent sharp details, nice composition, the lighting and exposure are great, colours are deep and rich, very beautiful,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

Hi Milos,

Another great shot from the Milos stable Bravo!, good all round quality, superb camera skills my friend and very well done,
Best regards,


Hi Milos,
Very nice macro with beautiful colours.
Great details and nice sharpnes.
Well captured.

Hallo Milos,
a superb macro shot of a Silver-washed Fritillary male taken from an excellent point of view showing perfectly the wings upperside with fine details and marvellous natural colours, a very pleasant composition with a wonderful surrounding
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-02 10:16]

Hello Milos.
This is a very nice shot of this Silver-washed Fritillary.
Very good details of colour and pattern of its wings and perfectly placed within the shot for composition.Best regards Siggi

Hello Milos,
Wonderful shot captured with nice colours, excellent sharp details, all taken from a great POV. Well done!

Hello Milos
Beautiful photo with excellent composition and wonderful colours. The sharpness is impressive.

Un buen trabajo de composición y presentación de la toma, dando de
esta forma más aliciente a una mariposa común. Naturalidad evidente
y preciosos colores.
Saludos Milos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-02 14:34]

Hi Milos,magnificent pic and perfect wings position,a beautiful and young Paphia and a fantastic background too whit this flower,great light balance,wasn't easy a perfection like that.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Milos,
very nice capture of this beautiful butterfly with a fine composition. I like your well chosen POV, the beautiful colours and the good sharpness.
Best wishes,

Hi Milos.
Excellent photo of this butterfly. Many details because of excellent sharpness. Very good use of light.
Thanks for sharing,

The flowers and butterfly together make a superb composition. Fine details and colours. regards yiannis

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-08-03 0:11]

Beautiful viewpoint for this lovely Fritallary, the composition is great with the flowers. tfs.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-08-03 11:38]

Hello Milos!
What a magnificent shot ! One of the best I have ever seen in TN. The colors are great, the POV is very elegant and the sharpness is amazing! Bravo!Many thanks for sharing with us and also thanks for visiting my gallery!
Regards from,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-08-04 4:40]

Hello Milos,
A fine classical view of a striking butterfly. Your diagonal presentation is well chosen, the white flowers make a fine contrast to the golden coloration of the wings. A butterfly I would like to see more often!
Thanks and kind regards

Hi Milos,
Great close up.Excellent colours with fantastic composition and details.
Regards, Paolo

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-08-04 9:40]

Hello Milos,
A wonderful capture of the Silver-washed Fritillary settled on a very pretty flower. Pin-sharp details and lovely natural colours in this fine composition.
Many thanks and best regards, Ulla

Hi Milos,
Super Fritillary here Milos. You have captured the butterfly and the flowers with outstanding colors and clarity. A real sharp image for sure. I like your garden already! Well done.

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