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Maniola lycaon

Maniola lycaon
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-06
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite photos, Satyrinae - Worldwide - 2 -, Schmetterlinge,Butterflies in Buerchen, VS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-18 7:22
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sometimes we have problems to find the right ID for our butterflies.At first sight I believed that this Maniola was Maniola (Hyponephele) lycaon. Looking again and comparing with another species which is very close I found out that it looks rather more like Maniola lupina. For example the second spot on the upper wings is black without a white spot inside. Also the under wings are closer in coloration to Maniola lupina. There remains another problem. Maniola lupina doesn't seem to live in the Swiss Alps. May be somebody has the solution. We have the chance to have eminent specialists on TN.

Maniola butterflies are Nymphalidae (Satyrinae)

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Hello Anne,
Sharp image with great color clarity. Some species are look alike. I also found that Eurema species in my area is impossible to distinguish by amateur like me. TFS,

Hello Anne!
What a nice capture of Satyrid butterfly! I like especially POV which allow to see all important details of this species. Nice sharpness and composition too, and a note is not to long but informative and interesting.
TFS and have a nice evening!

I think is Dusky meadow brown (hyponephele lycaon)

I found the ID from this site:


Great take for this species. DOF and exposure are great.
Best regards,

Hello Anne,
Excellent angle to the subject. Crisp, detailed, and very colorful.
Well done...

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-18 8:17]

Hello Anne,
I understand your doubts but I think this is H. lycaon despite the eyeless spot of this female. Even lupina occurs in the Alpes Maritimes and Hautes- Alpes it unlikely to occur in your area.
The image itself is razor sharp and well prensented with good detail and in a pleasing composition.
Well done and thanks,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-18 8:43]

Super duper image of this butterfly.
The detail is incredible!
Superb sharpness and clarity.
The close in crop works really well in this shot.
Great composition and POV.
Impressive DOF!
Well done Anne.

HI Anne,
I understand your dilemma as far as identification is concerned, but I suspect that Ivan is correct. The picture is exquisitely coloured and perfectly sharp. Lighting and composition are also very fine.Well done.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-12-18 9:28]

hi anne,
great picture.xcellent details and prfect macro,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-12-18 9:29]
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Guten Abend Anne,
dieser wunderschöne lycaon passt erstklassig in mein Satyridenthema. Ich darf ihn doch dafür ausleihen, oder?
Superscharf sind Falter und Blüte. Ihre Schönheit bringst du professionell zum Ausdruck.
Schöne Grüße, Peter
P.S. Ich war in der letzten Woche kaum bei TN unterwegs. Zu viel Arbeit - jetzt muss/darf ich hier nachsitzen!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-18 10:43]

Hi Anne.
I congratulate you on my lovely small f-number and great DOF. Terrific details, sharpness and vibrant colours. POV and framing are simply outstanding. One of the best butterfly picture. Bravo.

Hello Anne,
great size of the posting to enjoy the closeness in perfect details!
total sharpness, vivid colour and details
well done

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-18 11:16]

Hello Anne,
Wonderful sharp detailed photo. Excellent POV and clear colours. Very good DOF and composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-18 11:55]

Hi Ann. This is an excellent close up of this beautiful looking butterfly. you have captured it with fine detail and colours. a goos POV. welldone TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-18 14:05]

Mes plus gros compliments,la photo est exceptionelle,parfaite dans tous details,merci de partager,Luciano

Ciao Anne,
che colori splendidi ha questa tua foto!
La ricchezza di particolari che si riescono ad apprezzare sulle ali è davvero sorprendente.
Con piacere inserisco questa foto tra le mie favorite.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-18 14:47]

Hi Anne

Excellent close-up - the detail is superb and the composition very effective.


Hi Anne,
Wonderful composition!
Excellent definition and splendid colors.
Very good details and POV.
Well done!
José Roberto

Bonjour Anne,
excellente cette photo, j'aime beaucoup la texture des ailes de ce papillon, le focus est parfait tut comme la profondeur de champs, les couleurs sont chaudes et bien rendues,
bravo c'est une photo d'une très grande qualité,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-18 23:11]

Hi Anne,
Just marking this wonderful post for the moment, lest I miss it, and will come back with a proper critique later.

Hello Anne,

Splendid capture of this butterfly. Beautiful composition, great sharpness and wonderful vivid colours.
Well done,

Bonjour Anne!

Voilà une vue très rapprochée comme elle se prête pour ce genre de photographies. Les détails - et par conséquence la netteté - sont parfaites. L'image est très plaisante et instructive en même temps.

En regardant les données de l'exposition, je me demande si tu n'aurais pas bien fait de plus ouvrir le diaphragme pour obtenir un arrière-plan encore plus discret.



Hello Anne,
What a superb close-up shot of this little friend, H. lycaon!!
Outstanding details and sharpness here, with amazing sharp focusing.
Also, lovely overall colouration here.
Well presented and TFS,
Best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-19 8:04]

Hello Anel,
What a superb macro of this lovely butterfly on the yellow flower. It really brings light into the darkness!! Great focus, sharp details and lovely colours. Well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Liebe Anne,
tolles Bild, Das seitliche Licht schafft viele Konturen, alles ist superscharf. Und wieder kommen Deine Alant "zum Tragen". Endlich sehe ich einmal die Vorderbeine, "Putzbeine" der Saturiden! Den gelben Hintergrund könnte man durch "Magic wand"-Isolieren des Falters+Blume und "Reverse" behandeln, z. B. desaturieren.

Mit der ID konnte ich nicht helfen. Ich wollte wenigstens abklären, ob H. lupina wirklich nie im Wallis nachgewiesen wurde. Unter: http://lepus.unine.ch/carto/ wurde ich nicht fündig und bei http://www.faunaeur.org ist die Art in der Schweiz nicht nachgewiesen. Im Übrigen frage ich mich, wie Spezialisten die zwei so ähnlichen Arten auseinanderhalten.

Herzlich grüsst

This is a beautiful shot full of lovely colours, the background looks beautiful.
Best wishes,

Here is a poicture which shows off the delicate and soft nature of the butterfly without loosing any details and as well is saturated so nicely. A wonderful kingdom of the butterflies yes?

Bon soir Anne.
Trés belle image.Belle composition.
Je profite pour te souhaiter de bonnes fêtes de fin d'année.
Rendez vous l'année prochaine avec de belles photos.Amitiés
Antonio Martin Mena

Hi Anne, elegant butterfly with wonderful colors, good details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-20 10:18]

Hi Anne,
a very summery and warming sight to see! I love the vibrant colour here, and your POV and detail are as superb as ever.
I wish you and your family a very merry christmas and a Happy New Year :o)

hello anne
ouah!!!!!!!!!!!quelle merveille, netteté, couleurs , posture, tout est parfait , rien de plus a ajouter que bravo et merci

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-12-20 13:35]
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Hi Anne,
Perfect pov, details and wonderful light and exposure.
TFS,José M.

Bonjour Anne,
Très belle image, d'une netteté remarquable (on compterait presque les écailles !). Le cadrage est très serré tout en soignant l'arrière plan, très coloré et lumimeux (Buphtalmum?). Superbe résultat.

hi anne
a beautiful capture and full of life
i really am amazed at such sharpness and can see a good combination here of equipment and technique
for 1/160 exposure its extremely sharp..do you use a monopod or tripod

Hello Anne,
The tight framing really enhances the subject!
Great texture in the wings, I can almost feel the fluffy details...
Colours are well reproduced in this sharp fine image!
Pablo -

Hallo Anne,
strahlendes Licht geht von diesem sommerlichen Falterportrait aus. Vom Aussehen der Augenzeichnung und der wenig konturierten Hinterflügelunterseiten ein Weibchen von M. lupina, wie bei Tolman/Lewington idealtypisch abgebildet. Wer weiß, vielleicht hat diese offenbar rare südliche Spezies sich mit den heißen Sommern der letzten Jahre von den Alpes maritimes bis ins Wallis vorgewagt. Besonders groß wäre die Entfernung ja nicht.
Sehr kräftiges, stimmungsvolles, überaus detailreiches Falterportrait - und wahrscheinlich auch ein treffliches Dokument für eine in der Schweiz bisher offenbar noch nicht registrierte Spezies. Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

Very big image of this interesting butterfly, Anne.
Excellent view of the two sides of its wings.
The flower compements the entire composition beautifully.
Thanks for sharing and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Hi Anne,
Wow :) Excellent macro work..
Perfect color & exposure, sharp details and great wing textures seen..Great DOF, POV & composed well.
Merry Christmas!

bonjour anne
bien qu'il est un petit peu de bruit sur le BG,le papillon est vraiment tres net et detaillé ce qui fait que l'ensemble de l'image est tres agreable.
bien vu et joyeuses fêtes.

Bonjour Anne
Très belle prise excellents détails, couleurs et cadrage, désolé pour mon retard...
Amicalement Robi

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-24 11:30]

Hi Anne,
nice macro capture, details are fantastic, perfect pose and beautiful natural colors
great work
best regards, Dejan

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2008-03-04 10:26]

Hi Anne,
beautiful butterfly on a beautiful flower for a great image, the brightness and the colours of this picture make it a great work, brava Anne
best regards

Hola Anne,
Impacta el buen acercamiento y el llamativo color amarillo de la flor. Bueno el foco sobre el cuerpo, pero apenitas se desenfoca en la punta de la alas, pero seguramente no debe ser tan fácil, en especial si uno piensa que en cualquier momento se van. Lindo trabajo

hi anne!
A real close-up with good sharpness
with nice details and fine exposure!
good work!

Bonsoir Anne,
j'avais laissé passer cette photo de qualité.
Bravo pour l'espèce, la netteté et la précision

Hello Anne. You managed an excellent macro here with bright light and color. I like the clarity of this capture and the perch on that yellow contrasting flower is just stunning. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

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