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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29592)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-05-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: NIKON D810, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-06-18 7:11
Viewed: 801
Points: 20
[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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C'est très bien fait: couleurs, netteté,details et profondeur.
Bonne journée

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-06-18 7:59]

Hello Marius,
This is a very beautiful butterfly in an equaly beautiful presentation.
I really like all the colors here very much.
Regards Sigi

Hello Marius,
Ak kothate Osadharon! Ki opurbo er lalitya r rong er bahar. Khub sundor Projapoti. Khub poriskar chobi. Khub valo laglo.
Dinta valo katuk,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-06-18 10:54]

Hello Marius,
Fantastic sharp detailed macro of this Meadow Brown in a good composition and beautiful light.

Ciao Marius, great macro of lovely butterfly on beauutiful flower, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 821 W: 0 N: 2415] (10650)
  • [2015-06-18 15:27]

Buna Marius,
Excellent work ..
Great colors and excellent light. Well composed, nice colours and good details.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6525 W: 89 N: 15623] (65353)
  • [2015-06-18 15:41]

Hi Marius,just a bit oversharpened but truly excellent as usual,this is the most common specie in my fields,there are hundreds and hundreds in these days.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 159 W: 0 N: 434] (8603)
  • [2015-06-19 0:51]

Hello Marius,
a very beautiful photo butterfly,thanks..

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2015-06-22 10:59]

Hi Marius,
Beautiful photo of this Meadow Brown. Amazing colors,focus are just perfect, excellent compo
and background are nice too.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Marius,

good image of this butterfly, I like the combination of colors with the flower, well seen,

Best regards,


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