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Duke of Burgundy

Duke of Burgundy
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-08-31 22:30
Viewed: 3011
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Duke of Burgundy (Hamearis lucina)

Swedish name: Gulvivefjäril, meaning ‘Primrose butterfly’, which refers to its larval host plant.

This is the first time I have posted this species of Riodinid butterfly, though it has featured on TN several times before.
It is the only representative of its family, Riodinidae, in Europe but there are many species of Riodinids in S. America.

The Original English name was ’Duke of Burgundy Fritillary’ because it superficially resembles a fritillary butterfly.

This is a male, shown by the shape of the body and the darker hind wings with smaller markings. The female and underside of the wings can be seen in the WORKSHOP

This is a widespread but uncommon butterfly in Europe and rare in the UK. In Sweden it is local and is confined to the island of Öland and a few localities in the S.

In Sweden it is entirely dependent on Primrose Primula veris in a warm place that is partially shaded so that the leaves do not dry up during the summer so that the larvae can feed and pupate for the winter. Such conditions are usually found where the habitat is beginning to overgrow. This means that the locality must be carefully managed to keep the colony of this species in the same locality from which it would otherwise disappear if the primroses become too shaded.

Ulla and I discovered such a colony in Östergötland the province where we used to live before moving to Scania. The area was made into a nature reserve. 12 years later we visited it and were glad to see that the Duke of Burgundy still thrives there!

In Sweden it flies during the last two weeks of May and first two in June. In the milder parts of Europe there are two generations, one in the spring and the second in late summer.

It is red-listed in Sweden.

This was taken with my long lens hand held at a distance of about 1.8meters (6 ft.) when it was cloudy.
The image was moderately cropped and after size reduction it was selectively sharpened.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-31 22:39]

Good composition for this Duke, fine colors and markings well captured. Interesting pose by the b'fly showing only one side of its wings to us. The 2nd image showing its underside is beautiful and the female to decided to show only one pair of wings. tfs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-01 2:55]

Hi Ivan,this is a new specie for me,never seen.This pic is very good whit an excellent sharpness on the head and on the left wing,and i like a lot the impressive quality of the first pic of the female in the WS.Very interesting work! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Ivan, great macro of lovely little butterfly on a beautiful blurry BG, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-09-01 3:39]

Hello Ivan,
Lovely and awesome capture of a Duke of Burgundy from nice POV with wonderfull natural colours and nice clarity.
Best regards Siggi

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-09-01 3:45]
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Hello Ivan,
Nice species only isn't enough sharp. When you used long lens with converter then very hard to have sharp photo handhelded in such situations with poor light.
Regards, Pawel

Cioa Ivan. TFS this unknown, to me. Good colours and details.


hello Ivan
very nice pose with great details and beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-01 6:29]

Hello Ivan,
Great photo in a perfect composition. Good DOF, natural and contrasting colours. Most parts of the butterfly in good sharp focus.

Hello Ivan
beautiful image, details and background super. Regards, Paolo

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-09-01 7:39]

Hi Ivan,
Splendid photo of this small Butterfly, great colors and very nice, sharp and fine details, TFS!

Hi Ivan,
Wonderful macro shot of this beautiful butterfly with nice colors and excellent sharpness.Well done.
Anil Purohit

Hallå Ivan,
A nice capture of this beautiful Duke of Burgundy butterfly. Very nice composition and also good details even if low shutter speed. Why don't you used a high ISO speed in this case say 800 so that the f value would have been sufficient to achieve DOF on the other wing too. Anyway still then a nice capture and also good photos of wings closed and female. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Rarely do we see such tight DOF (depth of field for newcomers). I am certain it was the length of the lens plus the extender. I am looking without luck for an extender for my Leica.

Hola Ivan

Bonita composición de esta pequeña mariposa, de colores estupendos y buena configuración. Perfecto POV encima de esa fina hoja doblada, me gusta.

PD. H puesto ahora la imagen de "Argiopa bruenichii", que según tu referías se encontraba actualmente en Suecia.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hello Ivan,
Wonderful capture with excellent sharpness and focus.
Amazing colours and good details.
Great shot.

Hello Ivan,
Excellent shot of this species taken with perfect composition and colours. Well done!

günaydın Ivan dostum
Gulvivefjäril is a very beautiful butterfly and it is single species of the family Riodinidae in Turkiye too. We call it as incili kelebek (meaning "butterfly with pearl"). It is one of my dream species. you are lucky to captured it with three great shots. I like very much all of them. especially, second one, lateral aspect and showing underwing. but three of them great. great focus, POV and composition. blurry greenish BG nicely contrasted to its wing details. thanks for sharing these beauties.
çok teşekkür ederim.
iyi günler dilerim.

A stunning shot, Ivan.
Very sharp and perfectly lit.

Hi Ivan,Very nice capture.TFS

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-09-02 11:09]

Hi Ivan,

You are introducing me to yet another beautiful butterfly! A wonderful pose showing off the head, body and wings. I loved seeing both the male and female - thank you for the WS.


Hello Ivan,

a good image from this Duke butterfly.
Great pov and details.
Fine colours, this one never been seen.


Hola Ivan,
acabo de estrenar un nuevo monitor y veo todas las fotografías bastante brillantes :-) por lo que tendre que hacer un ajuste.
Una consulta: Como puedo saber las especies que se han publicado en Tn ?? Hay alguna opción en la web para poder hacerlo ??
Un saludo: Josep Ignasi.

Good Morning Dostum Ivan,

A well-composed capture of this pretty Duke:), with an excellent choice of crop and relatively shallow DOF!
TFS and have a nice day/week MF!


Hallo Ivan,
a very beautiful telemacro shot, not easy with this lighting, marvellous natural colours in a very nice composition; interesting pictures in WS showing the features of this species.
Best regards

hello Ivan

excellent photo of this butterfly, i love the POV you choosed to
shoot this photo, superbly focused with great sharpness and details,
beautifully blurred background, the WS photos also are beautiful,



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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-17 5:10]

Bonjour Ivan,
J'avais raté cette image d'un papillon que j'ai eu le plasir de voir pour la première fois il y a quelque temps aussi. Ils sont très beaux et tu as saisi ce spécimen dans une pose pas facile pour le photographe. Une image simple nous montrant les motifs du dessus des ailes. La coloration fine de l'arrière-plan convient particulièrement bien.
Un grand merci aussi pour ton aide pour l'ID de la mésange. J'ai ajusté ma note.
Bonne fin de semaine

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