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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: 2011-08-20
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
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-23 11:26
Viewed: 2582
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The genus Coenonympha comprises 39 known species, found variously in North America, Europe, north Africa and temperate areas of Asia. There are 14 species in Europe.

Coenonympha glycerion is found across much of Europe from northern Portugal to Russia, but is absent from many areas including Britain, Sweden, Norway, Finland, southern Spain and western France. Beyond Europe it's range extends to Siberia, Mongolia and Japan.

The size and number of ocelli on the underside wings varies considerably according to locality. In the Spanish subspecies C. glycerion iphioides they are particularly prominent.

Coenonympha glycerion is found in sheltered grassy habitats including sub-alpine hay meadows, woodland clearings and scrubby grassland, at elevations between about 300-1800 metres.

The caterpillar when fully grown is pale green, with a prominent white stripe below the spiracles, and a series of thin faint whitish stripes along the back. It feeds nocturnally on grasses including Brachypodium sylvaticum, Cynosurus cristatus, Briza media, Melica ciliata and Bromus erectus.

Both sexes commonly nectar at a wide range of flowers including ox-eye daisy, heather, scabious, thyme, vetches and umbellifers.

The butterflies are active on warm sunny days but tend to hide among bushes in hot wheather.

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Fantastic subtle colors and clarity dear Marius! Good evening to you! Once again ...what a pleasure staring at your impeccable work ...certainly NO room for improvement i think ! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-23 11:36]

Hello Marius,
Perfect sharp detailed photo in splendid colours. Great DOF, POV and blurred BG. Another masterpiece!

ciao Marius
A fine species, which is located in Umbria (rarely) only in the mountains. Another of your beautiful images with sensational details. Very, very nice

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-23 11:40]

Hi Marius,a very rare specie in my country and a fantastic capture in the mating moment,this is one of the most beautiful surprise of your summer,magnificent pic,magnificent specie and top quality as usual.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Buna Marius,
Superb cadru surprins intr-un moment inedit. Calitatea imaginii este impecabila, ca de obicei. Felicitari!
Numai bine,

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-10-23 11:54]

Hello Marius!
What a wonderful job! Perfect focus, sharpness and clarity! Well done!TFS
Nice week!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-23 12:12]

Hello Marius.
Superb capture of these two beautiful Chestnut heath in cop. Excellent focus, very sharp details and beautiful colours. Perfect background and the light is just right in this lovely composition.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Marius.
Stupenda foto una delle più belle viste sù T.N.rachiude tutte le conposizioni di una foto.Complimenti
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Ciao Marius, great macro of lovely maiting couple, beautiful blurry BG, fantastic sharpness, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

I have already marked this as one of my favourites. I absolutely love the clarity, detail, sharpness, background, composition and so much more about the image. It stands out, without a doubt. Well done!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-23 20:14]

Hi Marius,
Beautiful photo of these nice butterflys.Nice colours good composition,
excellent detail and perfectly sharp photo.
Regards Jiri.

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-23 22:02]

Bonjour Marius,
Belle composition aux jolies couleurs et à l'excellente netteté.
Une magnifique image

Salut Marius
Excelent foto din toate punctele de vedere.Detalii bune si culori naturale.

Another impressive photo Marius! Very good POV, excellent composition, fantastic colours and great sharpness!

Hi Marius,

Fantastic picture of these beautiful butterflies mating with good details & colors.
Good light, nice composition & great sharpness. Very well done & TFS.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-10-24 0:56]

Lovely species and beautiful captured with good colors and details, so nice to see. tfs.

A perfect photo in every respect. i find the combination of the subtle cream and pale blue colours of this butterfly most charming. regards yiannis

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-10-24 2:14]

Buna Marius,
Splendida fotografie, felicitari!

Hello Marius ,Impressive image with very nice details and exceptional sharpness.I love the excellent clarity and perfect focus.
Brilliant colors and good light.
Thanks for sharing! Paolo

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-24 4:51]

Hello Marius,
Again a striking couple shown in a wonderful fine light. Best sharpness which allows to see every single detail of the Chestnut Heath, female and male and we easily can see the differences.
Well doen again!
Kind regards

Ciao Marius. Impressive MF! Excellent details and sharp with amazing brilliant colours.Super light too.


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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-24 7:12]

This picture is a masterpiece, Marius!!
Simply fantastic! Great quality.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Marius,
really amazing photo. Great sharpness and details as usually. Excellent composition. Nice natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Marius.
Excellent capture of these copulating butterflies. The gender differences are obvious and the sharpness is pristine.
Great work and thanks for sharing.

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