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False Heath Fritillary, female

False Heath Fritillary, female
Photo Information
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: 2010-06-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-06-29 22:22
Viewed: 2954
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a fairly rare European species not often seen on TN.

False Heath Fritillary, female (Melitaea diamina )

Swedish name: Sotnätfjäril, meaning ‘soot fritillary’

The False Heath Fritillary (Melitaea diamina) is so called because it superficially resembles the Heath fritillary (Mellicta athalia).

But this English name is not very appropriate, partly because diamina habitat is damp open meadows and partly because it is easy to see its distinctly darker colour, even in flight.
But this misnomer is understandable since the Heath fritillary is very rare in Britain where the False Heath fritillary has never occurred.

It is, however, rare in Sweden occurring in a few localities in the South and Central parts and it is fairly widespread but only locally common in the right moist habitat in most of Europe.

The Swedish name describes it as the Sooty Fritillary. The female is less sooty and has more spots on the hindwings.

This freshly-emerged female has very striking markings, especially on the hind wings. Compare her with the male in the WORKSHOP.

The host food plants are two species of Valeriana that occur in marshy habitats. It is threatened by land drainage and modern methods of agriculture.

This shot was taken at a distance of about two meters with my camera hand. After moderate cropping and size reduction this was slightly sharpened and the contrast reduced by 10% as the light spots were too bright.

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Hallo Ivan
You surely know how to warm a person’s heart on a cold winter’s day – It is a beautiful butterfly and the warm colours and patterns are just gorgeous. The blotches of yellow-orange on the wings remind me of a cosy fire place. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-06-30 0:20]

Hi Ivan!

Very interesting capture of small Sotnätfjäril. I've never seen this specie and even any member of subfamily of Melitaeinae. Both wings are sharp, DOF is great. Insect in this pose presents all its beauty. BG is ok, same as light. Good workshop also - both pictures are interesting and taken very well.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-06-30 0:33]

Hello Ivan,
A wonderful macro shot of this beautiful butterfly with excellent sharpness and taken from a great POV.The colors and details are perfect.TFS.
Bi slavên germ,

Hi Ivan,

this is a lovely capture of the beautiful butterfly with its wings spread. Nice sharp details. Also I liked the diagonal framing of the butterfly. Very well done!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-30 1:22]

Hello Ivan,
very beautiful and clear capture of this butterfly. The full spread wings allow the beauty to be appreciated well.The colours are so dense and rich, what an attractive composition.Best regards Siggi

Good morning Ivan,

She is a real dark lady this one, and I love the velvety texture of the body and wings. Beautifully presented photo, with perfect sharpness on the butterfly and nettle? leaf, from where she has just metamorphosed maybe. The BG makes a really effective backdrop for this photo.

Hilsen fra Norge, Amelia

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-06-30 2:55]

Hi Ivan,a preciuos new surprise from your country! What a beauty! And your pic is the best way to discover this melitea,perfect sharpness and colors to see at the best the beautiful design of the wings.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2010-06-30 2:58]

Hi Ivan, I didn't know it was your photo when I opened it - but I knew it was an excellent capture... And naturally - it is yours.
What can I say -
It's very sharp, perfectly exposed with great colours and details.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-06-30 3:11]

Hello Ivan,
beautiful indeed! The spots around the wings are very attractive and special for this butterfly.Such an intense colours and richly produced in natural view. The green background complemtat its beauty.
The details are splendid, especially the antenna which gives a fine stripes of black and white.
the depth composed is really effective.


hello ivan, fantastic macro you´ve done...thanks
kind regards

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-06-30 3:42]

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful macro of beautiful butterfly ...
Very sharp and clear.Nice blurry background and diagonal composition.
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-30 4:02]

Bonjour Ivan,
Un posting très intéressant sur ce papillon que je n'ai encore jamais vu. Il ressemble en effet un peu à M. athalia (dans notre région ils sont plus sombres souvent). Intéressant aussi la photo du WS avec un mâle, pour une fois plus pâle que la femelle! Images classiques et bien réalisées.
Meilleures pensées

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-06-30 4:19]

Wonderful diagonal position of the beautiful species in this composition. The details are fine and relatively simple background. Beautiful image. tfs.

Ciao Ivan. Good detaisl on wings weft and best light's managment to exalt natural colours.


HI Ivan,
I'm realy a little jealous when I see all the wonderful butterflies you already captured this year. Again we don't have many butterflies here this year, so sad. This one is beautiful, the wings are wide open and the light is very nice.
Thanks, have a nice day
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-30 7:58]

Hello Ivan,
Very beautiful photo of this butterfly in natural colours. As always impressive sharpness, details and a pleasing composition. Nice OOF BG.

Ciao Ivan, beautiful Melitaea diamnia on a wonderful blurry BG, fine details, splendid sharpness, good natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-06-30 8:18]

Hi Ivan!
Excellent composition.
Great focus and beautiful colours. Splendid blurry B/G.
Ciao! Vanda

Hola Ivan

Gracias por tu comentario y no importa el emoticon.

Una imagen fantastica de esta mariposa tan bella que has conseguido captar.

Un saludo de Antonio

Esos colores más esa fuerte luz creaban unas condiciones difíciles para la captura. Creo que superaste la situación con buena nota jeje.

Me gusta tu estilo ya qye se nota que fotografías "al natural", con poca manipulación de la toma y del escenario.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-07-01 8:50]

Hi Ivan.
I also have not met this species in our countryside. You have presented it hear with WS perfectly. Both shots are composed greatly and their diagonal structure are very impressive. Details of the butterflies are perfectly as well as reproduction of their colourations and shapes. TFS and all the best. Have a nice weekend.

Hallo Ivan,
a very beautiful macro shot of the False Heath Fritillary, superb sharpness and marvellous natural colours, excellent POV and a very nice composition with a good TD effect; very interesting Ws comparing female and male of this species.
Best regards

Hello Ivan,
Wonderful image, very well composed, taken from a good POV with great details, natural colors and good sharpness. Well done!

Hi Ivan,
Thats a realy good picture with great natural colours and fantastic sharpness!
I like it a much! Thanks!


Bonjour Ivan,
Elle est très belle cette Melitaea, mais en France, il faut prendre de l'altitude pour la rencontrer. Elle ne doit pas aimer la chaleur...
Merci pour cette pose très réussie

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2010-07-04 15:48]

Hi Ivan,

Amazing butterfly, the détails of the wings and the colors are splendid.
Very good sharpness and POV, great capture and excellent B/G.
TFS, best regards.

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