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Maniola jurtina

Maniola jurtina
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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: 2012-08-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-08 21:37
Viewed: 2168
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina, is a butterfly found in the Palearctic ecozone. Its range includes Europe south of 62 N, Russia eastwards to the Urals, Asia Minor, Iraq, Iran, North Africa and the Canary Islands. The larvae feed on grasses.
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 opportunity to present their eyespots in a sudden display of colors and patterns that presumably startle predators so the butterfly has a better chance of escaping.

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-05-08 22:06]

Buna dimineata Horia ,
Superba captura ! Culorile si detaliile sunt la superlativ , la fel lumina este minunata ! O zi frumoasa , Tina

Ciao Horia, great macro of lovely butterfly on yiour finger, beautiful blurry BG, fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-05-08 23:30]

beautiful closeup of wonderfully colored butterfly. nice clarity. tfs.


Hi Horia,
nice butterfly. Excellent depth of field. Perfect sharpness. Nice composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Buna Horia,
O imagine bine surprinsa cu detalii si culori excelente. O specie frumoasa si care vad ca de fotograf nu se sperie....Fundalul uniform blurrat este perfect.
Numai bine!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-09 9:10]

Hi Horia,one of the most common in my country too,especially in 2012,but not appear till now in this unlucky and rainy springtime.A great capture whit a friendly one as i can see,top quality as usual.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Mr.Horia,
Very sharp focus on subject with great details on wings and body.Nice picture.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Naturalidad y realismo en un encuadre excelente y original.
Saludos Horia,

J. Ignasi

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-05-09 23:41]

Very good picture with an exceptional quality. I like it. Congratualtion.

Ciao Horia. Razor details magnificent natural colours. Great BG.


Hello Horia

Beautiful macro of this butterfly posed on a
finger, with fine POV at its level, beautiful light,
excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


Hi Horia, It is not often to have a butterfly on your body. Congratulations on this special occasion. JC

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