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Meadow Brown on Lavender

Meadow Brown on Lavender
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K5, Sigma EX APO Macro 180 mm F/3.5 IF, ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-07-05 17:14
Viewed: 2844
Points: 16
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after uploading this picture i noticed that the colors are much cooler than after processing the picture can anybody tell me why this happens ???
Thanks in advance

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Maniola
Species: M. jurtina
Binomial name: Maniola 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.


Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Subfamily: Nepetoideae
Tribe: Lavanduleae
Genus: Lavandula L.
Type species: Lavandula spica

The lavenders (Lavandula) are a genus of 39 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. An Old World genus, distributed from Macaronesia (Cape Verde and Canary Islands and Madeira) across Africa, the Mediterranean, South-West Asia, Arabia, Western Iran and South-East India. It is thought the genus originated in Asia but is most diversified in its western distribution.
The genus includes annuals, herbaceous plants, subshrubs, and small shrubs. The native range extends across the Canary Islands, North and East Africa, Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, Arabia and India. Because the cultivated forms are planted in gardens worldwide, they are occasionally found growing wild as garden escapees, well beyond their natural range. However, since lavender cross-pollinates easily, there are countless variations within the species. The color of the flowers of some forms has come to be called lavender.


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good closeup of the species. great sharpness and lighting. thanks for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-06 2:03]

Hallo Thijs,
Mooie scherpe foto in natuurlijke kleuren. Genomen vanuit een erg goed standpunt in een prima compositie.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-06 2:41]

Hi Thijs,a beautiful Meadow brown,very common this year in my country too,and an excellent pic too,very impressive sharpness,details and composition,maybe you could pump up a little the saturation.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-06 7:50]

Hello Thijs,
really a pretty view in excellent sharpness. The flowers are so aesthetical to complement the beauty of this brown butterfly.
Exciting pattern on the wing too.
well composed shot.


Beautiful photo Thijs! Excellent POV, beautiful composition, nice soft colours and impressive sharpness.

Hello Thijs,
A wonderful capture of a very nice species of butterfly.
Amazing details and very good focus.
The contrast against the green background is outstanding.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-06 13:16]

Hello Thijs.
Beautiful butterfly and Lavendel. Colors are wonderful. Fine details of side of the wings. I love the composition.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Thijs. Great close upe from the best POV. Very good sharp and details and excellente DOF. Only bit tender colours in my opinion. Well done. I' hope you'll like my WS.


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