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Bog Fritillary

Bog Fritillary
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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: 2008-07-03
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-08-26 0:08
Viewed: 3722
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bog Fritillary (Boloria (Proclossiana) eunomia)

This is one of several species of Fritillary found only on bogs and it is probably the most common of them. It occurs mostly on the peat bogs of Scandinavia and NE Europe, but it is also found in isolated pockets in France and Belgium.

This is a rather dark female of the Scandinavian subspecies ossiana. In Swedish it is called ‘Svartringlad Pärlemorfjäril’, or ‘black-ringed fritillary’, because it can be identified from other fritillaries by the row of black rings on the underside of the hind-wing (see WORKSHOP).

A fine posting of this species of the nominate race from Germany can be seen here

The larval host plant is thought to be the leaves of Cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos).

She is resting on the flowers of a common species of orchid, the Heath Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata). This species of orchid is especially common in the alpine and sub-alpine regions of Sweden, on bogs and moors. All orchids in Sweden are protected and must not be picked.

I took this towards evening in light cloud with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 2 meters (6ft 6in.). After moderate cropping and size reduction this image was selectively sharpened but the DOF was poor.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-26 0:28]

Hello Ivan,
Very nice close up of this butterfly.Love the sharp details you show here.Colors,BG and framing are also exclelent.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-08-26 0:36]

Hola Ivan,
precioso pov y pose,
con alas abiertas para mostrarnos su bello colorido,
encuadre excelente,
saludos amigo.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-26 1:03]

The thumbnail stood out like a pretty summery scene Ivan. The Svartringlad Pärlemorfjäril looks so happy dancing on the mauve flowers of the orchid plant. How lovely to see the orchid growing wild like this.
Very nicely portrayed

Hi Ivan,
Your butterfly looks very attractive,
I think sharpness is a little bit excessive,
the colours is absolutely natural, well done..

Hi Ivan,
A perfect capture of a Bog Fritillary in a well composition and great natural green OFF BG.
Many thanks for sharing this beauty.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-08-26 1:40]

Hello Ivan,
Very intertesting species of Fritillary. With its dark appearance it reminds a lot some alpine species. Useful to have also the picture of the underside of the wings.
Good diagonal presentation.
Un grand merci

Tienes razón en cuanto al DOF, pero más vale esto que nada. Excelente encuadre y colores.
Muchas gracias como siempre por tu oportuna ayuda
Ivan: J. Ignasi

Hi dear Ivan ,
Very nice macro.
Composition is great and it has amzing colours.

Kind regards

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-08-26 2:40]

Hello Ivan,
this is a species which I rarely encountered. Your picture shows the characteristics
of the species very clear and with natural colours. Depth of field could be a bit
broader, in my opinion, so that more of the outer wing margins is included.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi, Ivan,

a great capture of a beautiful butterfly. very nice composition and colours! tfs.

Man Yee

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-26 4:44]

Hi Ivan,very very beautifull pic,this is the POV that i prefere,colors and sharpness are really perfects,my best compliments fot this beauty of nature,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Ivan

Ha, your note had an interesting impact. You mentioned cranberry and instantly I was reminded of a fabulous lunch I had with my partner about 5 years ago in a small cafe on top of Cambearra Mountain, around 120km s of Sydney. Here we tried turkey with cheese and cranberry jam on a toasted bread roll. Absolutley delicious, and we have made it ourselves several times since. i had always though that cranberries were american, now I must go and see where they originate.

Anyway, its a great shot, as I've mentioned previously, that's a great and versitile lens you have. Excellent sharpness, DOF, composition. But most of all, you have a great talent in portraying species so that we can easily identify them. Great work my friend.

Of for a week to tropical Queensland again. Thanks for jolting my memory.


bonjour ivan
je suis etonné car le papillon ne me semble pas extremement net,mais l'ensemble reste quand même agreable a regarder.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-26 8:09]

Hello Ivan,

Very nice composition in your photo. I like the position of the butterfly relative to the frame. Also placing the sharp image of the butterfly on the blurry background looks great. There is a nice contrast between insect;s colors and flower beneath.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-26 8:19]

Hi Ivan. This is a butterfly we dont get to see to often. You have a good POV which is showing the markings so well. You have warm colours and good detail. well done TFS.

Haven't you caught the best of patterns here. I am always amazed at the wonderful patterns in nature. Sometimes they are obviously beautiful as captured in this one with rich deep colour. And sometimes we have to look just a bit closer as some do with macro of multiple yes...but the patterns are always there...Very nice Ivan!

Hi Ivan
Maybe it is not perfectly sharp but it is B. eunomia ;-) - rare in Poland. Perfect background, nice composition. Sharpness is the only problem here
Best wishes

Hello Ivan
Very nice shot of this Bog Fritillary ,
Great composition, soft lighting and BG.
Welldone my friend.

Good Luck

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-26 11:52]

Hi Ivan,

Lovely close-up of this butterfly posing on the Orchid. An unbeatable combination. Beautiful colors and details. I love the diagonal composition.


Hello Ivan,
Thank you for such a beautiful image and posting of the Bog Fritillary!
I loved the darker bg colour that makes the subject really stands out with it's sharpness, wonderful colour and pattern and the small details over it!
well done
take care and regards

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-08-26 13:33]

Hi Ivan,

neat, this Fritillary sitting on an orchid, a rare sight. Great composition. The light on the wings is just right. There is a little unsharpness on the hind wings, but that's no problem.
If I remember my biology correctly pollination by insects goes for Dactylorhiza like this: the orchid is a cheater, offers no nectar to visitors. It's similarity with the nectar producing Polygonum makes insects confound it with the latter. When frustrated the insect starts wiggling and humming, this attaches the sticky pollen packet on its front.

My best regards

Yet another perfect shot, Ivan. Love the lovely tilt you've got in the POV.
Superb shot!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-08-27 3:04]

Hi Ivan,
superb composition and an excellent DOF too. The detail in the markings is as impressive as ever, well done!

Ciao Ivan, great capture of splendid Boloria with wonderful details and excellent sharpness, good focus and beautiful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-08-27 13:30]

Hello Ivan,

Very nice presentation of this butterfly. Good POV and focus. Very good reproduction of the wing patterns. Good exposure and natural colours.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-08-27 15:02]

Hi Ivan

Just a quick one now...trying to catch up after my trip last week :)
I think this is a nice shot but actually an even better goal setter for the future :) The butterfly is lovely and so is the orchid it is on, too, but just as you sad, you had to work with a shallow DOF because of time of day. However, now you know you can find them in this combination and i'm sure we all would just love to see an outstanding shot from you, taken with the perfect DOF, about this butterfly on this orchid, both pin-sharp :) How's that for a challange? :)

Anyway, even if you don't get it, this is a lovely presentation of both and a nice biology lesson.

Bravo and TFS

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-08-27 19:12]

Hello Ivan! Great capture of this beautiful butterfly, perfect composition and fantastic technique, thanks!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-27 21:49]

Hello Ivan, What a shot superb colors and excellent natural lighting. Great work and the view is perfect. Lovely composition. ganesh

Hi Ivan,
A nice capture of this beautiful Bog fritillary. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Excellent composition with this very different looking Frilillary sitting on pretty purple flowers, Ivan.
The shot is well composed and the diagonal placement of the subject within the frame is very apt and attractive.
For us from Asia, some of the European butterflies are a novelty and hence a great source of learning and enjoyment.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Ivan,
This is one of them, I didnt visit when I was in field trip. You captured this beautiful species, I think I never see it in nature. POV and focus very nice, but also composition and colors. nice to read your good informative notes. Thanks for sharing, best wishes my friend

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