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Melanargia galathea

Melanargia galathea
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-17 1:25
Viewed: 3087
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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", of the 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 colour, 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.
Another nickname for the Marbled White butterfly is the "Marmoress."

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Hello Siegfreid,
a very beautiful macro shot of a male Marbled White taken in a lovely pose on a daisy, very good sharpness and beautiful natural colours, very good POV i a pleasant composition
Best regards

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-17 1:36]

Hi Siggi,
you started painting? This beautiful butterfly yours looks like a painting.
Beautiful details, excellent play.
I wish you a pleasant Sunday,

Hi Siegfried,
ich liebe dieses Schachbrettfalter sehr, die Zeichnung ist so wunderschön.
Er sitzt auch ganz toll auf dieser Margerite, gefällt mir sehr, Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Siggi,

Wonderful macro capture of a marbled whit with fantastic environment MF.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!

Ps. sorry i could not write detailed comment since i had a heavy influenza at this weekend!

Ciao Siggi, great macro of lovely Melanargia galathea, splendid sharpness and fine details, lovely composition with beautiful white flowers, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-17 2:35]

Hello Siegfried
Nice capture of this butterfly that I never seen it.
Thanks for sharing

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-17 2:40]

Hallo Siegfired,
Lovely macro capture.Bluured BG,exposure,lighting,composition and details are perfect.Have a nice sunday!
Thanks for posting..

Hello Siegfried
a great macro on these little Melanargia galathea with fine details, splendid contrast and excellent sharpness. Optimal light management.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-17 3:19]

Hello Sigfried.

A very fine closeup you show us here of this Marbled white.
Great colors and i like the POV very much.
Well done and have a nice synday.

Gr. Hans

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-17 3:32]

Hello Siegfried,
Excellent photo of this Marbled White in very beautiful clear colours with a nice contrasting OOF BG. Good sharpness, details, POV and composition.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-17 3:48]

What a great Marbled white!
Details and colors are great!

Ciao Siegfried. Great capture fot this elegant and graphic butterfly. Nice compo. Well done MF.


This is a delightful capture of an attractive butterfly defying gravity, Siegfried.
The black and white subject contrasts well with the surroundings.
Well done and TFS.

What a lovely butterfly!
Great details.

hello Siegfried
super sharpness picture with great details and good light
beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-01-17 9:21]

Very good composition, lovely colors and details!

Buen encuadre y equilibrio del conjunto Siegfried, destacando en esta ocasión la bonita gama de colores. Un abrazo y buena semana:
Josep Ignasi.

Hello Siggi,

A great shot with beautiful colors, pose & POV. Well taken, composed & presented. TFS & regards.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-17 11:34]

Hello Siggi

A beautiful shot - great pose, detail and colour. Well seen and captured.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-17 12:18]

Hello Siegfried
Wonderful shot of this butterfly with excellent details and composition.
TFS and R's,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-17 15:34]

Hi Siggi,

Each time I see a Marbled White I become surer that this is my favorite butterfly. A perfect capture showing off the elegance and beauty. The wings are beautiful and highly detailed. The pretty setting of white flowers make this picture even more special.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-01-17 16:15]

Hi Siegfried
Excellent presentation.Good POV and very sharp image.Also nice OOF BG and lovely colors.
TFS Michel

Hello Siegfried,

another good butterfly pic. frrom you with good pov, details and dof.
Fine colours, you have the biggest butterfly archive from TN I think.


Hallo Siggi
Black and white is always a winner and the combination of those colours in your image is magic. It is really beautiful. Not only is the butterfly lovely to look at, the whole image have a peaceful atmosphere that surrounds it. The details captured is splendid, and I am especially impressed with the clear view of the huge eye. Thanks for sharing this butterfly in an upside down pose. It was indeed a pleasure to stop by such a great macro. Best regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-18 3:51]

Hi Siegfried,
really beautiful. The upside down is very exciting and the colour harmonises each other.
Nice colours in simple composition but very effective.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-01-18 15:12]

Slav Sîggî,
Very nice close up of this beuatiful butterfly in nice pose with great colors and excellent sharpness.TFS.

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