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Issoria lathonia

Issoria lathonia
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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: 2014-08-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-08-12 8:22
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Nymphalidae

Genus: Issoria

Species: I. lathonia

The Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is common in southern Europe, migrating as far north as south Scandinavia every summer. It is a very rare visitor to the British Isles. Heat-dependent, this species is found breeding on the hottest places of the foodplants of the larvae (prefers Viola tricolor and Viola arvensis). The adult is a strong flyer, and may be found anywhere but forests.
The eggs of this species are laid on the Wild Pansy ( Viola tricolor).


La latonia è un piccolo ninfalide dalla colorazione marrone chiaro a sisegni neri simile a molte altre specie della stessa famiglia. Più caratteristiche sono invece le grandi macchie argentate presenti nella pagina inferiore. E' una ottima volatrice e la si può osservare dal livello del mare fino ad oltre 2000 metri di quota.

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Hello Luciano,
What an excellent presentation!Outstanding work my friend.Butterfly looks stunning against such blue sky.Very good details and colour.I like its composition too.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-08-12 8:35]

Hello Luciano,
A macro in gorgeous light and colours. Great contrast against the background. Excellent sharpness, details and DOF.

What a luck to catch such a nice specimen of butterfly. Incredible clarity, focus and razor sharp details. The exposure is perfect. I like this colorful specie, rare in the last years in my region....I don't know why.....The contrast of this image is amazing....The shinning silver spots on the wings are splendid...
Thanks for sharing!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2014-08-12 8:57]

Bravo, Luciano.
Subject cannot be better. Amazing scene with plenty attractive objects and details. I like DOF, extreme sharpness of a wonderful butterfly on so beautiful flowers. Level of light blurriness of the BG is superb and BG also looks perfectly. Great impressive close-up. My compliments.

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2014-08-12 9:42]

hard to get it better way, .. absolutely exquisite a compo and colour palette, .. another sublime capture here Luciano; ... TFS


nuri :)

Ciao Luciano, spettacolare macro del lato piu' bello di una delle mie farfalle preferite, magnifica con le marghritine e gran contrasto col cielo blu, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hi Luciano. You always impress me when you show blue sky. Light is fantastic in this. It makes the butterfly glow. It's a perfect side portrait of the butterfly. The colour n the flowers and the butterfly really pop. An exceptional picture Luciano. TFS Trevor

Hello Luciano,

Hope you are doing fine friend. I think this can easliy be called one of your best photographs. The angle is just perfect with beautiful blue sky in the background and what is more impressive is your clever use of flash light.Amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing a splendid shot, bro, take care,

warm regards/Abid

Outstanding closeup of this lovely butterfly Luciano!
Perfect choice of POV and the result is simply great.Great details, excellent light, lively colors and a beautiful blue sky as background. Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

hallo Luciano
super-super good sharpness and beautiful colours
nice composition good BG and very nice flash
thanks gr lou

Bonsoir Luciano,

Les fleurs aident au cadrage du papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir avec précision les détails du papillon Issoria lathonia. La qualité de la lumière embellit les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.


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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2014-08-12 17:13]

Hola Luciano, una toma agradable llena de luz y color en un bello entorno...saludos.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-08-12 18:44]

Hello Luciano,
A stunning shot indeed!! The overall quality is outstanding and the composition couldn't be any more attractive. Colors are well saturated yet natural and detail is incredible. I love the low POV and bright blue sky as a BG.


Ciao Luciano,

Once again an amazing capture of a macro shooting of yours. The DOF is amazing and very bright colors.

Great work once again,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-08-13 0:46]

Bonjour Luciano,
Une réussite, l'image parfaite!
Bravo encore une fois.

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2014-08-13 9:38]

Bonjour Luciano,

Superbe ce petit nacré, j'en ai pas encore vu un chez moi et c'est bientot la fin.
Les détails des ailes sont magnifiques, jolies couleurs aussi.
Belle luminosité et la compositon avec la fleur, TFS.
Merci pour le partage.
John vantighem

Impressive DOF and fantastic lighting Luciano! A great photo!

Perfect!! Like a 3D pic!
have a nice day

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-08-17 9:52]

Hi Luciano,
Gorgeous capture with fantastic sharpness details. Amazing colours and very good composition.
Regards Jiri.

Mi unisco al coro degli apprezzamenti e sottolineo, anche qui, un po' di rumore di troppo.


I like this shot.

Hello Luciano. This is possibly the best photo of a butterfly that I've seen.
Everything is perfect. Congratulations.

Ciao Luciano,

I go back to this older picture of yours because it stands for your consummate skills as a photographer and entomologist. So do many other pictures in your gallery, but here it cries out loud: "look at this photographer's work, he knows his trade".

My best regards to you, Dietrich

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