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MARBLED WHITE - open wings

MARBLED WHITE - open wings
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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, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-31 9:49
Viewed: 2496
Points: 52
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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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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-10-31 9:58]

Buna Marius,
Ca deobicei,inca o specie de o calitate deosebita, felicitari!

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-31 10:04]

Bonjour Marius,
Un magnifique papillon dans son milieu naturel.
Belle lumière et bonne netteté.

Hi Marius,
Excellent macro,
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done,

Hi Marius,

Fantastic shot of this beauty!
Very good light, great sharpness & nice pose. Well captured from a nice POV.
Well done & TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-31 10:28]

Hello Marius,
Excellent photo of this butterfly in superb sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Great DOF and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-31 10:35]

Hello Marius,
that's a wonderful butterfly, I like the design and the excellent sharpness, very good job, thanks.
Best regards Siggi

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-31 10:46]

Hi Marius,
Excellent detail and perfectly sharp photo.
Colours and background are nice too.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Marius,
Fantastic composition of this Butterfly. Beautiful natural colours and excellent detail against a very complimenting BG/DOF. Well done my friend.
I live in a "Lightning belt" And this time of the year thunder storms are more often than wanted, so communication could be a problem for me.

ciao Marius
Specie comune anche dalle mie parti questa. Bel primo piano e bei colori

Buna Marius
O specie foarte frumoasa.Compozitie,detalii si culoriile reusita,Felicitari

Ciao Marius. Excellent details and sharp for the beauty with openedwings. beuatiful natural colours.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-10-31 12:26]

Hello Marius,
A very good macro of this beauty with open wings,great POV and excellent details...
Have a nice week,

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-10-31 12:33]

Hello Marius!
Nice pic showing this lovely butterfly in a very suitable pose.Nice colors and sharpness and POV.Well done!
Best wishes,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2011-10-31 12:39]

Hi Marius.
Thanks for the warm welcome back and the comments on my picture. This first class picture reminds me what i have been missing. Good focusing and detail along with natural colours. Well taken TFS.
Regards Nick..

great portrait, TFS Ori

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-10-31 13:47]

Hello Marius,
A great capture of the Marbled White against a beautiful natural background. Very sharp details and lovely colours too.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-31 16:32]

Hi Marius,spectacular capture whit the open wings,fantastic light balance for the best white,just the left wings is a little out of focus..have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-10-31 22:31]

Lovely image of this marbled white, good texture captured. tfs.

Hallo Marius,
a very beautiful macro of the Marbled White, superb sharpness and fantastic colours, excellent point of view and composition
Best regards

A spectaculal butterfly, excellent detail and wonderful composition. regards yiannis

Hi Marius,
it really looks like a surface of a very specific marble :)
Great point of view and composition. Also perfect background. Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-11-01 3:22]

Another splendid composition, Marius!
Great sharpness and perfect light, fantastic colours, excellent POV. Very well done!
Thanks for sharing
PS Thanks in order to have chosen my photo between your preferred ones!

Hello Marius,
lovely capture of this butterfly with nice sharpness and nicely opended wings. I also like the natural colours and the fine composition.
Best wishes,

Beautiful photo Marius! Very good composition and good sharpness. The light is fantastic

Hi Marius,

Very fine capture of this butterfly. Though the right end of wing looks slightly out of focus, but the fine details of the body perfectly compensates for it.

Thank you for sharing.


Ciao Marius, lovely marbled withe with open wings on beautiful carpet of flowers, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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