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Scarce Fritillary

Scarce 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: 2011-06-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/180 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-21 2:00
Viewed: 3296
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I went to visit my son and his family and we took an 80 km trip to a locality where this rare butterfly is known to occur.

Scarce Fritillary , Euphydryas maturna

I do not like the use of the words 'common' or 'scarce' to describe the status of a species, but this one is really scarce.

Swedish name: Asknätfjäril, meaning 'Ash fritillary'. This refers to the main larval host plant in Sweden that is Fraxinus excelsior. It has a two - year life cycle as the larvae take a long time to develop.

This species of fritillary is one of the rarest in Europe and it is red-listed as Endangered. In Sweden it is found in two small localities about 100 km north and 250 km west of Stockholm.

It is less rare in Eastern Europe and S. Finland, where the larval host plant is different and common, Melampyrum pratense. It has been shown once on TN, a photo from Romania.

It was cloudy and grey and as rain was forecasted for the day we hadn't much hope in seeing this rarity and indeed we saw only a few butterflies, most of them resting. Just before we were about to give up I saw this one at rest looking like an amber jewel among the greenery.
A few minutes after we had photographed this female it started to rain. Though we were not able to photograph the Scarce fritillary with open wings we were satisfied with this.

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

As both Luciano and Maurizio remarked it looks over-saturated, but before posting I reduced the saturation by 10%. This butterfly has strong colouring in this type of light.

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wonderful butterfly and very nice color contrast in your picture Ivan, congratulations for the capture,

ciao, tino

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-21 3:20]

Hello Ivan,
Fantastic photo of this butterfly in superb sharpness, details and a very beautiful contrast of colours. Taken from a perfect POV in a pleasing composition. Beautiful OOF BG.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-06-21 3:41]

Hej Ivan,
Extraordinary beautiful butterfly!
Excellent sharpness and good light to show well the patterns of the wings.
Best wishes,

Hello Ivan!
great close up with a tele and a converter... :-)
Great POV and DOF, very well blurred bg. Nice, natural colors, good sharpness, fine details. I like the diagonal composition as well.

I'm concerned to know that this beautiful butterfly is now on the endangered list, Ivan. Your picture of it is so appealing one really feels a deep sense of loss at the prospect of losing it forever. Has human intervention been responsible for it?
The picture is technically superb. The colour of this species is really something different.
Best regards.

Hallo Ivad,
a superb capture of this rare butterfly, outstanding sharpness, i think there is present a slight red color, excellent point oif view, very pleasant composition
Thanks and congtratulations on this capture
Best regards

Hello Ivan,
Very beautiful butterfly, great sharpness details, fantastic vibrant colours, point of view and composition are really good, very well taken and well presented,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-06-21 7:04]

Hi Ivan.
Congratulations on this rare Fritillary shot - it's amazing butterfly. Despite the adverse conditions you have captured in great quality. Nicely composed, used POV shows in great detail the entire butterfly. Especially his coloring is amazing. Great presentation of this rare specie. Thank you for sharing and have a nice week.
Best regards

Hi Ivan,

Well what a lovely colourful rare species of Butterfly my friend, good strong composition and well exposed under the awe-full lighting conditions, splendid colours, could be sharper but a lovely entry indeed,
Best Regards Ivan and have a nice day,


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-06-21 7:35]

Hello Ivan,
really a beautiful view! The colors and pattern is so striking and attractive. The contrast too makes this shot a pleasant and special one. The details and clarity is so pristine. Exciting close up giving all the view intact.


Hello Ivan,
What a lucky photographer you are catching this rarely and superb butterfly. I wonder who post for the first time this interesting butterfly. I never meet this butterfly in Romania.
The image is excellent as usual. Very nice colors, details and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Ivan, great macro of wonderful buterfly with fantastic colors, excellent sharpness, splendid light and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-21 9:00]

Hi Ivan,a spectacular specie never seen live,and a beautiful pic in very difficult conditions,very very good sharpness,nice composition,only the saturation seems a little high.Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano

Hello Ivan,
What a lovely macro capture taken from perfect POV with good details and excellent sharpness. I also like colours especially the contrast between butterfly and green OOF BG. Well done!

An amazing butterfly and we are very fortunate to share it. Excellent photo. regards yiannis

Interesting butterfly with impressive coloration Ivan!!Beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

That red almost looks like it is about to drip off. It almost looks like mother nature came along right before you did and fresh painted the beauty. Nice luck to catch a rarity Ivan. Good show!

Hi Ivan,
very nice photo of this butterfly. Amazing colours. Very good composition. Good sharpness. I also like this warm background,
have a nice evening,

Hello Ivan

I love the color tones and the patterns of this butterfly,
photo shot with fine POV and framing,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Ivan
this Scarce Fritillary is a very beautiful species, and you show it superbly, with so fine details, wonderful colors and light
an amazing capture !!
have a good night

Hello Ivan,
I think I had not seen this! ... It is an interesting Butterfly, thanks for showing and sharing this species MF!
Regards, TFS

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-06-21 23:57]

Congratulation, Ivan, on capturing this rarity so well under difficult conditions. Beautiful!

Thanks thanks sharing this and the interesting note with us, and best regards,


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-06-22 6:44]

Fine Scarce Fritillary, fine composition, may be in overcast lighting conditions the colors are enhanced which looks over saturated. beauty. tfs.

Great colors and clarity. This is an outstanding image very well done!

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2011-06-23 19:56]

Bonjour Ivan,

Beautifull specimen. The long lens plus converter is not as sharp as would be a specialised macro lens, but it does give you the advantage of not disturmbing you subject. plus the fact that you get a very compress perspective. The red stand out beautifully against the green foliage. Bautifull work and TFS.


Hello Ivan,
The trouble you took to go and look for this butterfly was excellently well rewarded with this fabulous image. Very beautiful and in very good quality. Congratulations.

Estás poco activo últimamente por aquí Ivan. Espero que todo vaya bien.
Interesante especie la que publicas; en un principio crei que esta mal
el color por ese tono anaranjado tan alto. Supongo que es el de la especie.
Sáludos cordiales y a ver si vemos más trabajos tuyos: J. Ignasi.

Hello Ivan,
congratulations to you for this very special documentation! It takes a good deal of knowledge, planning, decisive travel, and good luck to see the very rare Melitaea maturna, and to take such a favourable documentation under apparent low light conditions. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-06-28 13:04]

Hello Ivan'
Brilliant colors and exceptional detail. What an attractive shot you have posted of this rare butterfly. Superb work!!

Ivan, this butterfly is just beautiful. Great find and capture. Bill

Hello Ivan,

This is interesting and impressive butterfly for me.
So, it's impressive that it has red legs and red wings with pink macula.
And, it's harmonized well by good composition and good focus, I think.


Hello Ivan.
This is a beautiful butterfly in vibrant colors in the wild. The closed wings show excellent markings and fine details of the vein. Very good sharpness popping out well against the silenced green bg.
Thanks and have a nice day.

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