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Pyronia bathseba

Pyronia bathseba
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Europe, Plants of Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-26 11:36
Viewed: 3635
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pyronia bathseba on Trachelium caeruleum

The Spanish Gatekeeper (Pyronia bathseba) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found on the Iberian Peninsula and in France, Morocco and Algeria.
The wingspan is 18-19 mm. The butterfly is on wing from May to July depending on the location.
The larvae feed on Poaceae species, mainly Brachypodium species.

Information source

This photo is taken in Valdepenas de Jaén, Andalucía , original format.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-26 11:40]

Hi Ferran. A fine picture taken in the sumer. This is a good side view off the Spanish Gatekeeper . Taken with good detai land natural colours. A good contast from the flower. well taken TFS.

Olá Ferran,

Excelente foto.
Lindas cores com fantástico detalhe.
Luz,cores e composição muito boas.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-10-26 12:58]

Lovely capture this wonderful Spanish Gatekeeper!
Great details and colors.

Ciao Ferran, congratulations for your splendid 300th post on TN, wonderful little butterfly on a fantastic flower, great colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Ferran,

A beautiful capture with lovely colors, details & POV.

Very nicely done & TFS.



Poc a dir i molt per observar. Ben composada i MAGNÍFICS colors. Llum al punt. Bona manera de celebrar les teves tres-centes fotografies.
Ets un artista Ferran.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-26 15:25]

Hello Ferran,
Excellent photo in very sharp details and beautiful natural colours. Great DOF, POV and composition.
Best regards Siggi

Hola Ferran,

Entiendo poco de la regla de los tercios para la composición, pero creo que aquí las has roto de forma magistral. Las flores del lado derecho, captadas y ubicadas perfectamente, entregan mucho carácter al conjunto. De más está decir que los detalles de la mariposa, la luz y su nitidez son muy buenos.

Excelente resultado, gracias por compartir.



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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-10-26 17:56]

Very attractive shot Ferran,
Even the colors of the BG seem to compliment the Chocolate browns and oranges in the beautiful butterflies wings.
The lavender flowers are a nice addition, and the fine detail you've captured makes this a real beauty!!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-10-26 22:14]

Hello Ferran
Nice composition, great details and wonderful colors. Well done

Hi and Good Morning Ferran,

Congratulations! that you reached your 300th posting on TN MF! You selected an amazingly beautiful macro capture of a pretty b-fly to celebrate this great milestone (i think) fron nice lateral POV with wonderful DOF, neat details and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice new day MF!

Ps. Sorry for delaying in commenting since i was verry bussied with educational (both diurnal and nocturnal) obligations yesterday!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-10-26 22:38]

Hi Ferran,
wow...this a wonderful view of a bush of flowers. The graphical effects and the beauty of the butterfly makes this shot a very exciting and brilliant.
Excellent sharpness of the flowers too.
Very beautiful indeed.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-10-26 22:40]

This beautiful butterfly seems to be immersed in those lovely flowers, fine image. tfs.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-26 23:05]

Hello Ferran,
An excellent capture of P. bathseba feeding on the purple flowers taken from a great POV with excellent sharpness, colours and lighting against a pleasing neutral Bg.
Thanks and all the best,

hello Ferran
very beautiful diagonal composition, very good and the output in colours,beautiful result and photo!
TFS thanks for sharing

Hi Ferran

Great shot of this butterfly deep in this mass of flowers.
Excellent sharpness and details, great composition.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-10-27 5:44]

Bonjour Ferran,
Un papillon de grande beauté que je n'ai encore jamis vu. Tu nous le présentes avec une image fine et à la coloration très subtile. J'aime beaucoup ce mélange de brun, ocre et violet. Magnifique!
Meilleures salutations

hello Ferran

excellent close-up photo of this butterfly,
shot with fine POV and framing, superb focus
with great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-27 8:19]

Hello Ferran,
Congratulations on your 300th posting.
Very nice photo of this Spanish Gatekeeper. Beautiful natural colours, contrasting against the flower and OOF BG. Excellent sharp focus. Good POV and composition.

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2009-10-27 13:15]

Ola Ferran
fantastica foto in cui tutti i particolari sia dei fiori che della piccola Pyronia bathseba sono ritratti in modo eccezionale. La messa a fuoco da quella giusta profondità di campo che mette ottimamente in risalto i soggetti e portando in primo piano per farceli meglio apprezzare dettagli e colori grazie ad una sensazionale gestione della luce.

Hello Ferran
Wow ! what a beautiful shot !
the butterfly itself is a beauty and the composition is superb,
pose, POV and sharp details are a great contribution to this wonderful image
have a godd night

Dear Ferran,
Your favorite hunting-ground, Andalucia offers beautiful flora and fauna. Pity, when coaches disgorge hordes of tourist,a lot gets trampled, destroyed...

The layout of your photo is so pleasing to the eye(the rule of thirds triumphs).
The plant's common name 'Midnight Blue' is fully justified by the natural, brilliant colours of your photo ('Throatwort', another common name is rather less romantic.)

The perfect depth of field shows in detail the tiny hair on the edge of the wings - and the way you positioned yourself - allows the pistil stamen touching the Butterfly, hereby emphasising the rich orange/brown of the scales.

A fitting photo to celebrate the exhibition of your 300th photo.

Enjoy the rest of your day,
Congratulations and Good Wishes

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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2009-10-28 12:11]

Hi Ferran,
I like this colour mixture. Great detail and interesting colours and designs on the butterfly.

Hello Ferran,

a good presentation from this butterfly.

Good pov, dof and fine warm colours.


Hello Ferran,
well composed, well detailed, pleasantly well lighted portrait of Pyronia bathseba, a species that is new to me, and not often seen yet on TN. Well informing short notes that are offering the identification of both butterfly and flower, which is very much appreciated. Valuable contribution. My congratulations also to you for your posting #300! Thank you!
With best regards,

Excellent. The composition is perfect, colours outstanding and the background is nicely unobtrusive.

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