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Cynthias Fritillary - Female

Cynthias Fritillary - Female
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Switzerland, Schmetterlinge Schweiz, European Butterflies 10 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-10 9:13
Viewed: 3397
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the fiery orange-brown coloured female of
- Euphydryas cynthia
- family: Nymphalidae

English: Cynthias Fritillary
German: Veilchen-Scheckenfalter

Species Information
The distribution of E. cynthia is confined to the Alps and some mountain regions in Bulgaria (Pirin- and Rila-Maountains).
In the Alps it occurs between 900 and 3000 m.
The male wing pattern (I will show a picture later) differs largely from that of the female.
Foodplants of the caterpillar: Plantago alpina and Viola calcarata.

Swiss Alps, Valais (Wallis), Wannihorn, about 2150 m.
Open alpine vegetation, many rocks and stones covered with different lichens (see picture).
In the distribution atlas of Swiss butterflies (Gonseth, 1987), the locality where I found cynthia is not marked.

- bright natural light (ISO 400)
- wind
- handheld

* Gonseth Y (1987) Verbreitungsatlas der Tagfalter der Schweiz, - Centre suisse de la cartographie de la faune, Neuchâtel.
* Schweizerischer Bund für Naturschutz (1987) Schmetterlinge und ihre Lebensräume. Arten - Gefährdung - Schutz, Vol. 1. - Egg.
* Higgins L, Hargreaves B (1983) The Butterflies of Britain and Europe. - Collins, London.
* Tolman T. & Lewington R. (1998) Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. - Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart.

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Hello Peter,
Much appreciated for the help for comfirming the ID on my butterfly posting!
also thank you for sharing this wonderful posting of yours in this nicely captured of Cynthias Fritillary from a above view!
very sharp with nice colour and details
have a wonderful weekend

Ciao Peter, elegant butterfly, I never see before thanks, good DOF, fantastic details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-10-11 1:03]

Hello Peter,
This is a very nice shot of the Cynthias Fritillary. Amazing details and very nice colors. Excellent focus and interesting POV. TFS.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-11 4:07]

Hi Peter,not easy to have a great details from this point of view,your work is another time at the top of quality,my best compliments for the note always interestings,have a nice weekend,Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-11 5:00]
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Lieber Peter,
Da präsentierst Du uns eine grosse Seltenheit, ich frage mich, ob dieser Schmetterling überhaupt schon einmal auf TN gezeigt wurde. Obwohl die Lichtverhältnisse wohl nicht einfach waren und der Kopf des Falters etwas undeutlich zu sehen ist, ist es eine sehr hilfreiche Darstellung zum vergleichen. Jetzt ist wieder Superwetter und die Ferien sind vorbei :-(
Herzliche Grüsse

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-11 8:41]

Hello Peter, Well done and a superb view. Great clarity shot. Ganesh

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