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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-20 13:18
Viewed: 2442
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 48
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

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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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-20 13:26]

Hello Marius,
what a great macro shot of this Marbled White with an excellent clarity. Great DOF and composition. TFS.
Best regards Siggi

WOWoWwOw ..the butterfly master is back with a masterpiece, so immaculate and clean that no words of flattering are needed. This one ... is going o n the top of my favorite list. Bravo Marius!
George Veltchev

Hi Marius,

Excellent picture of this beautiful butterfly with fine details & sharpness.
Good POV & a lovely composition. Very well done & TFS.

Hello Marius,
great capture of this beautiful butterfly with perfect sharpness and many details. I especially like the natural colours and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-10-20 14:13]

Hello Marius,
A superb macro shot with great sharpness and splendid colors.The POV and details are wonderful...
Have a nice day!...

Hello,the perfect image fills the frame very well,it is without doubt an outstanding piece of macro photography that is presented impeccably.
My best regards Les.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-20 14:23]

Hi Marius,spectacular pic of this beautiful butterfly,very rare in my country,the pic no needs comments,it's a very professional and top quality work,impossible to make better.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Hallo Marius,
a superb macro of a Marbled White female, outstanding sharpness and fantastic colours, very well done
Best regards

ciao Marius
your pictures of butterflies are amazing! details and colors of this Galatea, are perfect: there is the impression that it can fly away at any moment! absolutely perfect photos

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-10-20 19:50]

Hello Marius,

Lovely light on this marble white. Razor sharp focus & beautifully saturated colors set the table for this fine composition. A touch of purple & green bokeh complete the recipe of success for this extremely tasteful image!



Superb photo, perfect detail, beautiful setting and colours. Very good to see this species. regards yiannis

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-10-20 21:47]

Hello Marius!
An outstanding shot with a perfect sharpness and excellent control of lightness, perfect focus and elegant BG.Well done! TFS
Regards from,

PS: thanks for visiting my gallery! I appreciated it!

Great macro Marius! The composition, the BG, the colours and the sharpness are excellent!

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-20 22:29]

Bonjour Marius,
Magnifique, vraiment magnifique.
Belles couleurs, excellente netteté, fins détails, belle composition.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-20 23:01]

This image is just wonderful, Marius!
Super sharpness, detail and light. Splendid colours and perfect contrast with background. Very well done!!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-10-20 23:37]

Buna Marius,
Ca de obicei, o fotografie profesionala despre aceasta fluture, felicitari!

Ciao Marius, beautiful butterfly on lovely flower, fantastic details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

What a beautiful image! I note that this is a very difficult situation to handle well, in that the contrast between black and white is very tough to do right is relatively hard light and you have managed it very nicely. I also think you have done a great job overall, with nice POV, DOF, focus and background. Very nicely done!

Hello Marius,
An excellent captured of this butterfly, outstanding details sharpness, excellent point of view, good composition and very well exposure, a beautiful image,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-21 4:51]

Bonjour Marius,
What a perfect sharpness Marius, I never had noticed until now the great difference in coloration of front- and hindwings of the female Melanargia. Amazing! Fine blurred background too. Excellent, again!
Thanks too for the little green star for my last shot, it's very kind of you!

Hi Marius,
beautiful butterfly. AMazing colours and composition.
Have a nice evening,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-10-21 8:56]

Hello Marius,
Beautiful view of Marbled White especially when in my countryside we have enough cold weather and all insect will see next spring.
Regards, Pawel

hello Marius
super good sharpness pose with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Marius, Another high quality image from you my good friend, superb sharpness with such fine detail and clarity, quality lighting and lovely natural colours, excellent work and a pleasure to view,
Best Regards,


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