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Argynnis niobe

Argynnis niobe
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Sony VCL-M3358 Close, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterfly, I love [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-13 15:20
Viewed: 5501
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Argynnis niobe (Linnaeus, 1758). (I think)

• RANGE. From W. Europe to W. Siberia and from Turkey across Iran and Afghanistan to the Tian-Shan, the Altais and Transbaikalia.

• DISTRIBUTION AND VARIATION. Individual variability slighter than that among A. adippe, but this species has also two colour forms in males and females, i.e., with silvery spots on the UNH or without such spots (form eris Meigen, [1828]). Sexual dimorphism is poorly expressed- Geographical variability is somewhat stronger than that among the populations of A. adippe. Nearly all subspecies are rather clearly distinguishable from each other by the relative proportions of the colour forms. The nominotypical subspecies inhabits the Carpathian Mts., the central European part, and W. Siberia. The S. European part, the Caucasus and Transcaucasia are populated by the ssp. gigantea Staudinger, 1871 (= taura Rober, 1896; = orgowaTeich, 1901; = philistra Seitz, [1909]; = kuhlmanni Seitz, [1909]). The ssp. tekkensis Christoph, 1893 is known to occur in the Kopet-Dagh, while the ssp. ornata Staudinger, 1901 (= alaiensis Reuss, 1921) in the Ghissar-Darvaz and Pamirs-Alai. The ssp. orientalis Alpheraky, 1881 lives in the Tian-Shan, Tarbagatai and Saur mountains, while the ssp. changaica Reuss, 1922 in the Altai and Sayan mountains as well as Transbaikalia. The presence of this species in the Amur and Ussuri regions requires confirmation, yet the taxon voraxides Reuss, 1921 (TL: «Sotka Gora, Ussuri Gebiet») has been described from there. From the adjacent parts of Asia, the following six subspecies are known: intermedia Reuss, 1925 (TL: Beijing, China); valesinoides Reuss, 1926, from Korea; kurana Wyatt et Omoto, 1966 and shiua Wyatt et Omoto, 1966, both from Badahshan; demauendis Gross et Ebert, 1975 (TL: Elburs, Demavend, N. Iran); and khusestana Gross et Ebert, 1975 from Husestan, W. Iran.

• HABITATS AND BIOLOGY. As a whole, this species seems to be more thermophilic than A. adippe or A. aglqja, hence preferring drier places, e.g., steppe-like habitats up to 3,000 m a.s.l. Flight period: June to August. Host plant: Viola canina, V. trico-or, etc. Feeding nocturnal, therefore larvae difficult to detect. Hibernation as eggs or first larval instars. Pupation in grass inside a delicate cocoon.

• SIMILAR SPECIES. Argynnis nerippe, A. adippe, A. xipe: androconial scales on one, two or three veins of UPF present.

I found this info HERE

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F:8 - 1/1000 - Manual exposure - Handheld - Flash.

simon182, uleko, jmp, Silvio2006, ppmiranda, marhowie, red45, sandpiper2, Alex99, RAP, star74, peter_stoeckl, phlr, horia, JORAPAVI has marked this note useful
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Stunning shot Felipe I feel as thought I could almost reach out and touch it it's so sharp and realistic.
Awesome detail on the head and central part of the body. Perhaps a narrower aperture could have got more of the wings in focus but obviously very tricky with macro.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-13 15:33]

Hello Felipe and Cristina,
Splendid view of this Niobe Fritillary with amazing focus on the eye. I love the point of view and the composition is excellent.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-13 15:41]

Hola Felipe|Cristina,
Excelente y ajustadísima profundidad de campo sobre el cuerpo de la mariposa que deja fuera de foco ambas alas. Me gusta el punto de vista transversal, que hace parece a la mariposa gigante. Los colores verdosos y oscuros del fondo realzan muy bien la mariposa. Una imagen muy bonita en definitiva.
Saludos, José M.

Hi Filipe etc.., splendid Argynnis, lovely composition with amazing deetails and wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-13 16:46]

Buenas Noches,
Cálida imagen, y perfectos colores y buen flash, buena compo. Me encanta la nitidez de la cabeza y esta bella flor.
muchos saludos, Felipe y Cristina.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-02-13 17:18]

Hi Felipe,

A nice POV on this one,well captured with good sharpness on the head and body,nice stured colors,great camerawork,


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-02-14 6:34]
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Hello FeCr!

Love this POV! Very hard to capture with proper sharpness but you did it very well. Nice butterfly, interesting patterns on wings and another psycho-eyes :-)

Thanks for great Paco! I'm trying to find something for you from Polish folk music, but biggest problem is that I hate Polish folk music :-) Anyway, expect some examples soon, maybe you'll like it :-)

Another great shot from the Sony Felipe. Really impressed with the sharpness you get.
Good POV and reasonable DOF, though another stop would have got those wing tips I think.
Well done

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-14 7:32]

Hi Felipe.
What a nice close-up with perfect details and razor sharpness of the butterfly and flowers image. Perfect reflection of texture and colours. DOF selected outstandingly. POV is amazing too. Great work and best regards.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-14 7:46]

El F8 casi estirándose para alcanza el extremo posterior del ala con gran nitidez y claridad.
Una captura con excelente punto de vista y una postura inusual para ser captada con esta perspectiva.
Me gustan los intensos colores y los marcados detalles, principalmente si ojo tan impactante.
Otro punto fuerte creo que es el control lumínico que trabajó muy bien con el balance de blancos brindando detalles de los pétalos de flor que le sirven de apoyo.
Bravo amigos!
Un gran saludo... Ricardo

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-02-14 10:04]

Hi Felipe and Cristina,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly.
Excellent details,point of view and colors.
Nice job.

Hello Felipe,
excitingly close approach, showing us the beauty of Argynnis with the focus on her most beautiful blue eye. Wonderful details also on the white blossom.
Passionately powerful presention.
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-14 17:18]

Hi Filipe and Cristina

First of all: Happy Valentine's Day for you, my friends!
Secoundly: this is another wonderfull macro from you!
I really like the superb sharpness of the details here and the way you managed to contain all the attention towards teh body and the head of this little beauty.
The eye is another interesting and attractive element and it benefits from an excellent lighting.
Great DOF and colors, as well.

Bravo and TFS

Hola Felipe y Cris,
La composición y nitidez son extraordinarias me gusta el diafragma utilizado para realzar la mariposa y aislarla del fondo, cosa complicada a veces porque no suele dar tiempo a preparar la escena. Saludos

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