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Marbled White

Marbled White
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Copyright: Morag Hamilton (lebois) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 3 N: 81] (236)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-27
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4, 1/322 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-17 9:49
Viewed: 3400
Points: 14
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A lucky find in my garden!
The Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. Found across most of Europe (not Scandinavia), north Africa and as far east as Iran. The late twentieth century has seen an expansion of its range in the UK.
Despite its common name this butterfly is one of the "browns", subfamily Satyrinae. They are a common sight in unimproved grasslands across southern Britain, particularly on the South Downs.
Like other members of its subfamily, the larvae feed on various grasses. The full range is unknown but it is thought that Red Fescue Festuca rubra is essential in their diet. Eggs are laid on the wing or from brief perches on grass stems and are just sprinkled among the grass stems. Upon hatching the larvae immediately enter hibernation and only feed the following spring when the fresh growth occurs. They are a lime green with a dark green line running down the middle of their back. Pupation takes place at ground level in a loose cocoon. Adults emerge in July and on a good site in warm, sunny weather thousands can be seen gently fluttering amongst the grass heads.
Info wikipedia

No cropping just sharpened framed & resized

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-08-17 11:03]

Bonjour Morag !
J'aime beaucoup ces jolis papillons blancs, je les vois tous les jours dans les prés autour de ma maison. La photo est très belle, avec des couleurs splendides et une très jolie composition. Le papillon ressort très bien sur cette feuille verte. Peut-être avez-vous un peu trop renforcé la netteté ?

It is a nice capture, very descriptive, great for identification and documentation purposes.
DOF is good, light & colours contrast very strong.
Thanks Morag.

Hi Morag

Nice work here. Very good exposure. Nicely composed with clear detail. Very good camera work. :-)

Hi Morag,
you had so much luck to see this beautiful butterfly in your garden. Excellent shot, very sharp and pretty, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Morag,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed, good framing and notes.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-17 18:37]

Hi Morag

Great capture, the detail is nice and sharp and the colours are lovely, nice contrast between B/Fly and green leaves.

Regards Hilary :o)

Hi Morag,
The composition is very good in this beautiful picture.
Lovely colours, very good details and DOF.
Well done.

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