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Maniola jurtina


Maniola jurtina
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-24 7:36
Viewed: 2224
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

(unranked): Rhopalocera

Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Nymphalidae

Subfamily: Satyrinae

Tribe: Satyrini

Subtribe: Maniolina

Genus: Maniola

Species: M. jurtina

The Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) is a butterfly found in European meadows, where its larvae feed on grasses, such as Sheep's Fescue.
Similar species are Gatekeeper (which prefers to rest with its wings open) and Small Heath (which is smaller).
There is marked sexual dimorphism in this species. Males are less colorful, with smaller eyespots and much reduced orange areas on the upper forewings. They are also much more active and range far about, while females fly less and often may not away from the area where they grew up.
A variable number of smaller eyespots are usually found on the hindwing undersides. These may number up to 12 per individual butterfly, with up to 6 on each wing. The factors that govern polymorphism in this trait are not resolved, although a number of theories have been proposed (Stevens 2005). On the other hand, the evolutionary significance of the upperwing eyespots is more obvious: The more active males have a markedly more cryptic upperside pattern, whereas the females have more often opportunity to present their eyespots in a sudden display of colors and patterns that presumably make neophobic predators hesitate so that the butterfly has better chances of escaping.

Maniola jurtina (Linnaeus 1758)
Descrizione
Lepidottero di medie dimensioni caratterizzato dalla livrea marrone-scuro e con sulle ali anteriori un ocello preapicale con pupilla, presente anche sulla pagina inferiore ove spicca sul colore di fondo ocra. Le ali posteriori presentano, di sotto, una colorazione giallo-grigia più uniforme nel maschio, marcata, nella femmina, da una fascia postdiscale chiara contenente una serie di puntini scuri.
Biologia
La larva svernante riprende all'inizio dell'estate la sua attività compiendo subito dopo la metamorfosi. Generalmente un'unica generazione con sfarfallamenti che si protraggono per tutta l'estate fino ad ottobre. Il bruco ha tegumento verde-giallastro dorsalmente, più scuro ventralmente, con i fianchi percorsi da una linea biancastra sotto gli stigmi. Testa verde-bluastra. Conduce attività notturna nutrendosi di Graminacee (Poa, Agrostis, Bromus ecc.).
Distribuzione ed ecologia
Con alcune sottospecie copre un vasto areale che dalle isole Canarie si estende all'Asia Minore e all'Iran. In Europa si spinge fino alla Scandinavia. Presente ovunque in Italia (subsp. hispulla), dalla pianura ai 1500 m.
Specie comune nel territorio, ove frequenta ambienti assolati e campagne coltivate.

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Superb image, excellent details and composition.
The combination of the butterfly and flowers works very well. regards yiannis

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-24 7:45]

Hello Luciano,
Fantastic photo of this butterfly in all aspects. Good quality. A beauty!
Regards,
Peter

Ciao Luciano,
Soprannaturali!!!! Quasi penso di poter toccare le ali di questa farafalla! ... Bravo! ... Ogni giorno meglio, mio caro mago di Sony Bridge!
Saluti,
Grazie per la condivisione,
Jesús

Bonjour Luciano,
Toujours de superbes images et celle ci ne déroge pas à la règle.
Excellentes couleurs.
Amitiés
Serge

Ciao Luciano, gran bella Maniola, moltosimile al Licaone in effeti solo che la femmina del Licaone ha due ocelli sull'ala, per riconoscere il maschio son cavoli, bella composizione, splendida luce, ottima nitidezza e magnifici colori, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano,
an fantastic shot from this dfficult to photograph buuterfly.
good pov and sharpness.
Fine colors.
Gert

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-08-24 8:45]

Ciao Luciano,
Most I have seen butterflies ..
The splendid colours are very well saturated in awesome light. Great sharpness, details and composition.
Best wishes,
Seyfi

Ciao Luciano,
What a beautiful butterfly and great shot.
Superb composition, colors and details.
Great POV and BG.
Jurek

Azz! Sai che è proprio ottima 'sta foto! Per l'ennesima volta DOF strepitosa e dettaglio incredibilmente efficace. Anche i colori al top. Ma il 5 luglio non faceva 'sto caldone!

ps. Mo che Jesus ti fa le dediche...chi è se la tira...!!??

Roberto

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-24 9:29]

Hello Luciano,
Superb shot! I like the warm color and light. A very pleasing composition, lovely POV and BG. Great texture, DOF, and details as well.Excellent note.Very well done.Best regards Siggi

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-08-24 10:19]

Hi Luciano,
Superb macro work.
Nice natural colours and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

hallo Luciano
great sharpness and good details
the colours are very good
super picture
thanks greeting lou

Fantastic photo Luciano! Just fantastic
Regards,
Christodoulos

Hi Luciano,

This is a fantastic close up of this Meadow brown with fine details.
The composition is spectacular. 100 points!
Well done & TFS.
Kapil

Encuadre Made in Luciano !
Preciso enfoque y bien captados los colores.
Saludos Luciano.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-24 12:01]

Ciao Luciano,
fantastica nitidezza e dettaglio in questa Maniola in posa perfetta! Composizione eccellente con colori davvero naturali.
Una immagine molto bella!!
Sinceri complimenti
Enrico

Hello Luciano,
Another perfect shot of the butterfly! outstanding details sharpness, excellent composition, good lighting, beautiful colours, nice framing and very well presented,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,
Bungbing.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-08-24 12:21]

Hello Luciano,
Although it's common species but taken splendidly. Dark BG underline excellent sharp butterfly on white flowers.
Regards, Pawel

Wow..wo..wow...wow indeed! Unbelievable, breathtaking result from you once again Luciano...I am speechless..tomorrow I am selling my full frame camera and will buy one of those little wonders! Bravo! This Meadow Brown can die now and rest in peace!
regards,
George veltchev

Hi Luciano, Waoow another picture perfect macro image of this beautiful Butterfly my friend, there is so much detailed clarity that this little beauty could just fly off hehehe, great work as usual Luciano and very well done,
Best regards,

Pauly.

Hello Luciano,
Another superb capture, a first class image with outstanding sharpness and clarity.
Very nice details and perfect focus. Also a very nice exposure.
Thanks for sharing!
Marius.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-08-25 4:32]

Bonjour Luciano,
Un très bel exemplaire de M. jurtina, parfaitement présenté sur cette image. Très bel ensemble avec les petites marguerites. Les détails des ailes sont époustouflants. Bon travail, vraiment!
Amitiés
Anne

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-08-25 6:37]

Excellent image with great light, lovely colors, and a perfect background.

TFS,

Ishi

You, as Silvio, have become a Master Teacher. I admire how you have grown in this thing we call photography. And you are the epitome of success!
Bob

Hello Luciano,
Great macro shot taken with fine details, excellent sharpenss and nice colours. Well done!
Regards,
Mircea

This is a very beautiful photo. It has great sharpness, detail and POV. Nice job and have a wonderful day, Bill

Hello Luciano,

Amazing details in this special butterfly!
The fake eye is a real eye-catcher, probably many enemies that get fooled by this hehehe...
A fine macro work with pin sharp details and rich vivid colours!

Greetings,
Pablo -

Bonsoir Luciano,

Les fleurs aident au cadrage du papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du papillon Myrtil. La lumière de l'après-midi et la lumière du flash rehaussent les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.

Pierre

Hello Luciano.
Your butterfly shots are constantly impressive and I like them all. This is a fine example of sharp and well exposed macro. Thanks for sharing and kind regards,
Jusni

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