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Melitaea phoebe

Melitaea phoebe
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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: 2016-09-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-11-12 15:39
Viewed: 1688
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Melitaea
Species: M. phoebe

The Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found in the Palearctic ecozone, except the Northernmost locations. It used to include Melitaea telona, recently revalidated as a distinct cryptic species.
The wingspan is 34-50 mm. The butterfly flies from April to October depending on the location.
The larvae feed on Plantago and Centaurea species (including Centaurea jacea).


Dimensioni: apertura alare 45-50 mm. Descrizione: dorso delle ali di colore arancione-giallo con reticolato di linee e fasce nere molto variabili. Rovescio bianco crema con fascia submarginale, dell'ala posteriore, gialla con macchie arancioni. Molto simile a Melitaea cinxia, si distingue per l'assenza di macchie nere sulla parte superiore dell'ala posteriore. Distribuzione e habitat: diffusa in tutta l'Italia continentale e Sicilia in ambienti fioriti dal limite fino a 1500-2000 metri di quota. Le larve si sviluppano su Centaurea e Plantago. Periodo di attività: gli adulti si possono osservare da aprile a ottobre.

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Hi Luciano
Quite a different POV. Beautiful. You must have taken this photo lying on the ground.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-11-12 19:37]

Hello Luciano,
This is another shot for your butterflies viewed from underneath series. I like this perspective as it give us a view that we don't usually get to see. Nicely focused showing wonderful detail while your colors are bright and well saturated. The blue sky makes an attractive BG as always.

Hello Luciano – Very good picture of this Melitata phoebe. Excellent, view showing us all the details of the butterfly, particularly the back of the wings. Colours from the butterfly properly caught. Colours of the sky seems me not to be truly realistic (in my opinion ; but I was not with you at the time of the snap) .

Technical achievement

• Excellent focus on the whole butterfly and in the same times on the inflorescence
• Perfect exposure with an appropriate choice of aperture/speed and iso for the butterfly.
• Perfect depth of field and sharpness
• Good contrast
• Excellent sharpness showing all the details of the butterfly
• Precise white balance and exact colour rendering for the butterfly and the flowers
• Good post processing without any excess
• Good background blur, but background colour seems me not very exact.


• Interesting picture showing the butterfly gathering nectar from the flowers; good capture.
• Efficient framing and composition with an appropriate disposition in diagonal of the subject inside the frame.
Thank you for the sharing.

Have a good day.


Hi Luciano,
nice and interesting picture of the butterfly, I like the POV how lets us se details under the wings,
Well exposed and fine WB too. Sharp with natural colours.
Well done old friend.


Ciao Luciano, grande spettacolo, magnifica macro, fantasci colori, splendidi dettagli e ottima nitidezza, POV favoloso, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

You have patented the sky background for butterfly images, Luciano.
This is yet another remarkable picture taken from a frontal low POV.
Thanks for sharing it.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-11-14 13:48]

Hello Luciano,
Very beautiful photo with a fantastic sharp focus on the butterfly. Not easy to take it from this POV. Splendid colors with a nice blue background.

Bonsoir Luciano,

La fleur aide au cadrage du papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Melitaea phoebe. La qualité de la lumière embellit les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


Hi Luciano,
Extraordinary PoV and exceptional light management, with nice colors and spectacular contrast, not to mention pleasant composition. A stunner again. Bravo.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

Hello Luciano

Great macro of this butterfly over its flower, excellent POV obtainting
its eye-contact, great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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