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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: 2011-06-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-24 7:05
Viewed: 3021
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm lucky to have this uncommon species flying near my home.

Niobe Fritillary , Argynnis niobe

Swedish name: Hedpärlemorfjäril meaning 'Heath fritillary'. This refers to the main sand and heath habitat.

A close look at the underside of the hind-wing differentiates it from A. aglaja and A. adippe. However the upper surfaces of the wings look almost identical in these three related species.

Though this is a pale form with more diffuse makings the thin black veins help to differentiate it from the two relatives as the other difference, the small black spot near the wing base, is very small in this individual.

The larval host plant in Sweden in mainly Viola tricolor.

It is found in most of Europe in dry habitats rich in flowers. It is found in coastal areas of S. Sweden, where it is red-listed as Near Threatened.

Here it is taking nectar from a flower of Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare), a very good attraction to butterflies and bees.

This was taken with my camera hand-held at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6ft).
After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened and converted from RAW to JPEG.

ramthakur, maaciejka, CeltickRanger, cobra112, cloud, maurydv, Miss_Piggy, eqshannon, dmark11, vijeeshbabu, mikou, marius-secan, bungbing has marked this note useful
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A spectacular butterfly shot with great dexterity, using the converter, Ivan. Not an iota of noise despite your very bold camera settings. The very subtle shades and patterns on the wings have been captured extremely well.
Thanks and regards.

Hi Ivan,
nice photo of this butterfly. Amazing colours. Very good point of view. Quite good sharpness.
Very good light.
Have a nice weekend,

A superb butterfly, nice blue spots on the wings. Wonderful to see new rare species. Excellent photo. regards yiannis

Hello Ivan

I love the golden color tones of this butterfly,
beautiful photo with fine POV and appropriate framing,
excellent focus sharpness and details,
very beautiful bokeh of the background, TFS


Ciao Argus, fantastic Argynnis niobe on a beautiful flower, fine details, nice blurry BG, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Ciao Ivan. Best compliments to have the rare one. Bit tender sharp.
Beuatiful natural colours and very good light.


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-06-24 11:49]

Hello Ivan,
Enough long time I haven't looked your photos. Species Fritillary have very interesting underside patterns. This I haven't met yet so I think. Nice presentation of the butterfly on beautiful flower against good blurred BG.
Regards, Pawel

Hallo Ivan,
a superb capture of this marvellous butterfly, very good sharpness and very beautiful natural colours, excellent point of view and a very pleasant composition, not easy in Italy to take pictures of this more rare butterfly than Argynnis aglaja or Argynnis adippe.
Have a good weekend

Hallo Ivan
I have been very scarce lately but I am so glad I took some time tonight to visit the gallery, because you have spoilt my eyes with this lovely and most colourful image. The Niobe Fritillary is a gorgeous butterfly and the flower it is resting on just as pretty. All the details of both the butterfly and the flower is beautifully sharp and displays so well. It almost looks as if the two subjects was just washed and is now hanging in the sun to dry. It looks so clean and untouched. Thanks for sharing a stunning macro. Best regards.

I think like your species here...and so perhaps it is drawn to the colour blue which by now all know how much I love in its predominant state. And your eye isn't getting younger in age but you still get better...

HelloI van
Beautiful photo with excellent composition and wonderful colours.

Hi Ivan,
Very nice Fritillary. Really beutiful and very colorful. The rarity of the larval host would explain the rarity of the butterfly. Well done.

Ivan Lovely image, what more can I say, everything has been already said, wonderful.TFS

Excellent composition. Wonderful colors and great details.
regards vijeesh

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-06-25 1:41]

God morgon Ivan,

Beautiful capture of a lovely butterfly. The blue patch of the Echium adds much to the composition and the color balance of the image.

Well done!

Have a pleasant weekend,


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-06-25 3:27]

Hello Ivan,
this lovely butterfly is co catchy as it is in the field. The bright color and splendid pattern is shown in such an impressive view. There is nothing best than this one in term of its sharpness, clarity, posing and also color contrast.
So splendid, so well composed.


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-06-25 4:58]

Hi Ivan.
Beautiful composition of this interesting butterfly on a blue flower. Your POV used very well shows identical features on the wings. The picture is completed by a suitably green blurred background. Great work. Thanks for this wonderful presentation of this uncommon species.
Kind regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-25 7:37]

Hello Ivan,
Although the sharpness is not perfect, this is a very beautiful photo in splendid natural colours. Good blurred BG, POV and composition.

wonderful composition and very nice butterfly, excellent colors in your picture ivan,

congratulations !

ciao, tino

Hello Ivan,
Splendid macro capture of this very beautiful butterfly captured from excellent POV with great sharp details and perfect colours. Well done!

Hello Ivan,
Splendid capture with very nice details, colors and perfect focus.
I never see this lovely butterfly in my country.
Great composition with outstanding contrast against the blurred background.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-25 15:35]

Hi Ivan, a beautiful niobe and the best point of view for an excellent result,only the eye is a little out of focus,great sharpness,colors and light balance.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Hello Ivan,
What a beauty! And especially as it is an uncommon, even threatened, species. Excellent sharpness and details with beautiful warm light and colour tones. Very pleasant bokeh on the background. Best wishes.

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful picture of this beautiful butterfly, very nice details sharpness, lovely colours, point of view and composition are excellent, very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

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