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Maniola jurtina

Maniola jurtina
Photo Information
Copyright: Horia Scubli (horias) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-08 7:45
Viewed: 3705
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-04-08 7:57]

H Horia,a beautiful Maniola of the last year taken in this dark background as i like,very impressive sharpness,colors and details and nice composition too.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano

Hello Horia, big step for this butterfly, beautiful details, light and sharpness of the image. A great shot. All the best, Paul

Hallo Horia
Beautiful to see both the inner and outer details and colours of this Meadow Brown. Time and time again I am amazed by the difference on the two sides of the wings of the most butterflies and your image is no exception. In fact your image shows it very clearly. Great composition and point of view with just as pleasant background which highlights the pretty markings on the wings beautifully. A very well focused image, especially around the head area. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Horia,

Lovely well balanced image, great detail and fabulous sharpness here Horia, good composition with well controlled lighting, awesome colours you have captured, have a wonderful weekend my friend,
Best Regards,


Hi Horia,
very nice photo of this butterfly. Nice natural colours, very good composition.
Thanks for sharing,

hello Horia
great pose with good details and beautiful colours
very good sharpness
greeting lou

Hello Horia,
this is a fine macro shot with good sharpness, fine and natural colours. low POV and good composition.
A small nit is the bright flower in the BG, it's a bit distracting, I know it is not easy but a small step to left had properly get you a cleaner BG, nevertheless it's a nice picture.

Hi Horia,
you really have a nice collection of wonderful butterflies with great details and allways fantastic colours.

Hello Horia,
Excellent shot of this butterfly with sharpness details, perfect composition, the background gives the picture very attractive, superb shot,
Thanks for sharing, have a nice weekend,

Ciao Horia. Stunning details, perfect sharp, brilliant colours and very good like. Impressive contrast against the black BG.


Impressive photo Horia! The composition is excellent, the colours are fantastic and the sharpness is perfect.

Amazing butterfly and beautifully captured.
Best regards.Valerian.

Hallo Horia,
a superb macro shot of Maniola jurtina, outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, a very beautiful composition with a great contrast against a dark background.
Have a good weekend
Ciao Maurizio

Hello Horia

Excellent macro photo of this butterfly,
with fine POV, beautiful light coming on it,
great focus with excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-04-08 12:15]

Hello Horia!
Lovely shot, indeed ! Great colors and sharpness. Many congrats!TFS
Have a nice w-end!

Buna Horia,
Foarte bun focusul, detaliile, claritatea, culorile si fundalul. Felicitari!
Numai bine,

Buna Horia,
Faina captura cu detalii si culori impresionante. Contrast excelent pe fundalul
inchis la culoare. Felicitari si numai bine!

Hi Horia,
Nice sharp, well lit and detailed butterfly. Good use of the colorful flower in the comoposition. Have a fine weekend.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-04-09 3:07]

Hello Horia,
Very beautiful and sharp detailed photo of this butterfly in a great composition. Very nice contrasting dark BG.

Ciao Horia, splendid light on lovely Maniola jurtina, superb sharpness, wonderful natural colors and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Buena luz, textura y colores.
Una fotografía de gran calidad técnica y artística.
Saludos Horia: Josep Ignasi.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-04-10 9:55]

Buna Horia,
This composition is very lovely with The Meadow Brown!
Excellent details, nice natural colors, beautiful composition and POV.
Have a good Sunday,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-04-10 11:36]

Hello Horia.
Beautiful shot, the pose is lovely and the composition is great, nice sharp details on both the Flower and Butterfly, the colours are very good and natural.Best regards Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-04-11 9:51]

Hello Horia,
A nice one from last summer of a femnale jurtina.
The composition with the thistle flower is perfect and shows her with fine sharpness, lighting and natural colours against a pleasing contrasting dark BG.
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-04-11 17:10]

Hi Horia,

This is a magnificent capture of the beautiful Meadow Brown. The colors, shadings and clarity of detail is superb. I love the position on the flower and the slightly opened wings. Absolutely shines against the dark background and pretty setting.


Buna Horia
O captura foarte reusita cu detalii excelente, culori frumoase si compozitie frumoasa.
Numa bine!

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