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Queen of Spain fritillary

Queen of Spain fritillary
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Marumi MC-UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/11, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-11 21:21
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During my two-year digital photo biography, I met this species of the butterflies once. This is first one from sole series of pictures and taken with Sigma lens again.

Queen of Spain Fritillary, Issoria lathonia

Distribution: North Africa and Europe, absent from the UK and central and northern Scandinavia. A very rare immigrant to S England but in some "years of abundance" records may total 30 or 40. Becoming temporarily resident occasionally, a colony may last several years (e.g. Minesmere, SE England in the early 2000s).

Identification: The large dominating silvery spots on the underside hindwing are distinctive. Similar spots also appear on the forewing apex, a unique feature. Spring brood butterflies are said to have greenish dusting around the wing edges and basally. They are also smaller than the summer brood. The butterfly can often be differentiated on the wing by the distinctive wing shape - there is a bulge at the apex which gives a kink in the outer margin unlike any of the other fritillaries which are smoothly curving.

Flight time: Effectively all year in the right places and with the right temperatures. The 2007 season has started very early with sightings in early February in warmish (8°C) but sunny conditions. Certainly these temperatures are not normal in Switzerland at this time of year, but the butterflies were ready to fly in good numbers.

Habitat: Hot dry places, often amongst cultivation. In Switzerland it is associated strongly, but by no means exclusively, with vineyards at low levels in the Valais.

Behaviour: A migrant, more northerly populations being reinforced annually by migration from the south.

Additional notes: The underside pearly markings are stunning. They make this one of the joys of the summer. Unfortunately, I don't seem to have photographs that really do this justice.

Queen of Spain fritillary,
Issoria lathonia

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Hello Alexei,
Great capture, superb sharpness, excellent depth of field and fantastic details, beautiful colors, lovely light, and very nice contrats, good composition and point of view.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-04-11 21:57]

Hi Alexei , this is a very nice photo of this butterfly , the details and color are very nice , your field depth sure bring out the insect nicely.




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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-11 22:16]

Hi Alexei

A lovely capture. The isolation from the BG is excellent and the placing of the butterfly pointing into the center of the frame works very well. Good colours too.


hello Alexei, stunning capture. The DoF is amazing. The colouration, sharp, well focused showing excellent definition to the markings. A superb capture with excellent notes. regards h

With your camera settings, you have obtained a perfect capture of this attractive butterfly with its wings fully open, Alexei.
The BG is faultless and very instrumental in making the subject look extremely natural and realistic.
I notice it goes back to the time when your Sigma was functioning well.
Thanks for sharing this beauty and best regards.

Splendida cattura, ottima DOF, molto bella la composizione con le ali sulla diagonale e un bellissimo BG multicolore, eccellenti i dettagli, magnifici e luminosi i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Alexei,
Beautiful Queen of Spain fritillary. On the spot focus with good light. Appropriate soft background to stand out the main subject. Also nice pov and composition. TFS,

Hello Alexei,

Very good composition. Good POV, DOF and sharpness. Beautiful light and colours. I have still not seen any butterfly here. Perhaps today :-)

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-04-12 1:15]

Hi Alexei
Tkis is wonderfull image of spain queen
very nice colors and sharp

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-12 1:24]

hello my friend
successful macro photo and beautiful species
composition, POV, BG, DOF, colours, sharpness and details are great
my compliments

Hola Alexei, muy bonita composición, con buen color y luz, el fondo perfecto. Un saludo

Hello Alexei Sir,
thank you for such a superb picture with wings open. Nice sharp picture Vignesh

Hi Alexei,
great shot of this butterlfy.
you captured it very sharp and detailed.
The colors are very beautiful. The background is very smooth, and so the butterfly stands out against it very good.
TFS Tatjana

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-04-12 2:20]

hi Alexei,
first of all, tks for word in my bird serie. Here you have another good macro shot of buttefly with nice light and colors. Diagonal compo and dof are good.


An expertly capture of this amazingly beautiful fritillary in its prime Alexei, The chosen POV and DOF were just right for this finely focused macro shot my friend, the salient characteristics of the species are finely displayed here, TFS indeed!

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-12 4:51]

Hi Alexei

Fabulous Macro of the Q of S Fritillary.
Very nicely composed with a superb POV and a lovely classic diagonal pose.
The DOF is wonderful with nice sharp details too.
Perfect well saturated colours with a nice OOF BG and lovely light too.
Great note as always.


Hi Alexei,
a very fine picture from your hands as usual.
The butterfly is sharp with fine details, the pattern on the wings are well seen. The subject standout well from the blurred BG.
You still have fine memories of your beloved lens.
Well done, my friend.

I love this shot, this is one of the best shots' of a butterfly I've ever come across.WOW!
I am speachless!
Thanks, my friend, Alexei!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-12 8:25]

Hello Alexei,
Excellent sharp-detailed photo in fantastic colours. Great DOF, POV and composition. Beautiful BG.

Belles couleurs qui contrastent bien avec l'arrière-plan.
Bonne journée.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-12 9:04]

Hi Alexei,

A wonderful butterfly captured in a position that shows it off in its entirety. Beautiful colors and superb details. A marvelous composition. I get the feeling it will fly right out of the picture.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-12 9:37]

Hello Alex,
beautiful composition, with vibrant colors and fabulous details.
Very nice DOF sharpness from wing to wing and a lovely OOF that shows off this butterfly very well.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-12 9:57]

hello Alexei, Superb shot of the open wing position. Excellent composition and lovely focus. Wel done TFs Ganesh

Hello Alexei
Very intersting spieces to shoot,
Perfect focusing,exposure and POV.Superb shot my friend.


  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-12 10:11]

Hello Alexei,
Wow, what wonderful golden colours!! Brilliant capture of this Fritillary in beautiful sunshine. It stands out so clearly against the soft background. Great focus and details are very sharp. A fine composition too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla
P later

Ciao Alexei,
foto veramente solare.
Nitidezza estrema sulle ali della farfalla.
POV molto piacevole.
Peccato per la punta della foglia che copre un poco l'ala posteriore sinistra.

Hello Alexei,
Such a beautiful butterfly with wonderful colour!
good pose of it in superb sharpness, vivid colour and details!
a very detailed composition with great notes
best regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-12 13:07]

Hi Alexei. This is one beautiful looking butterfly. Very good detail and colours. You have a very good POV/DOF. This was taken with your Sigma have you had it repaired yet . TFS.
Nick..good notes too.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-04-12 15:02]

Hi Alexei,
This is a wonderful capture with a soft and beautiful colours, a perfect composition, dof, background, pov and pose.
TFS, José M.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-12 15:26]

Very nice capture of this Fritillary.
Superb DOF that has kept the whole butterfly in focus while still blurring the really well.
Excellent sharpness and brilliant clarity.
Lovely bright colours.
Well done Alexei,


Hola Alexei,
una bonita toma donde destaca el buen encuadre conseguido y el realismo en los colores. Todavía creo que no tengo a esta en mi catálogo jeje. Ya caerá.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-04-12 17:49]

Hi Alexei, Another very colourful butterfly well presented with excellent DOF. Good work. Murray.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-12 22:36]

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Queen of Spain Fritillary and you have captured it in all its glory. Lovely colours and markings on its wings and immaculate sharpness. Superb light and exposure levels and a fine DOF isolates it from the BG perfectly. Excellent POV and a marvellous diagonal composition. Kudos.

Hi Alexei, this is a very regal Queen of Spain, beautiful butterfly with splendid focus, wonderful colors, fantastic details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Alexei,
An excellent composition, I like the angled aspect of the b-fly.
Cheerful, bright, & sunny mood with nice DOF, detail, and color..
Perhaps you'll meet again :)
Well done,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-04-13 7:26]

Hi Alexei

I see you still miss you nice Sigma lens and still post some very beautiful shots taken with it...
This is a lovely macro capture of this great species, taken from a very nice POV and with an exceptional DOF that keeps it entirely in full focus.
Very good exposure balance in the scene and wonderful colors.
I too hope to catch some lovely butterflies soon :)

Bravo and TFS

Hi dear Alexei ,
As always nice shot . wonderful colours and excellent sharpenss.
A perfect macro.

my best wishes

hello Alexei

WOW ! what a wonderful macro shot of this butterfly,
fine POV and framing, excellent DOF, great sharpness
and details, i love the contrast and the lovely density
of the colours, TFS


I see why should would be considered queen - she's quite beautiful. You left the perfect amount of space for our little beauty to fly into - well composed.
Good clean sharp edges on the subject - wonderful focus. Great DOF with the blurred background. :)

what a pretty buttefly, alexei! :-) this brings back the memories of summer.
excellent sharp close-up with wonderful colors and great details.
i was not no lucky with butterflies last year, so, maybe this
year will be better...thank you for the inspiration & have a great day, thor.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-04-13 10:58]
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Hello Alexei , This one is very beautifull beauty colours details sharpnes pov bg and compositie , I like it . thanks , Greetings Teunie .

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-04-13 12:18]

Hi Alexei

That orange colour is really attractive and certainly catches the eye. Lovely framing and beautifully sharp. DOF is very nice, the shot almost looks 3D



hi alexei!
very nice macro with really good
sharpness and fine exposure!
well done!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-13 17:47]

Hola Alexei.
Otra muy bella imagen, de exelente claridad y alta nitidez. Fina pose de la Mariposa con sus alas bien extendidas mostrando asi sus atributos y colores. Muy buen recorte para la presentacion.
Saludos Mi buen Amigo de Ukrania.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-13 20:24]

Hello Alexei

An exceptional capture of this beautiful butterfly.
The colours are rich and vivid.
excellent sharp focus and detail.
The shot is well composed with a lovely diagonal look.
Very good POV and DOF.
Nicely done.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-14 7:23]

Hello Alexei,
The POV, pose, composition against a fine bokeh BG makes a ver attractive capture of a Queen of Spain Fritillary, especially when it is almost totally sharp.
great work with your Sigma and thanks for sharing it!
Best regards, Ivan

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2008-04-14 10:36]

it are alway difficult shots Alexei,
to made a composition from top of a butterfly, the pov is nice and the dof is oke,but what is the best composition for a shot like this, I don't know Alexei....
good photojob anyway, have a nice evening my friend.
gr. jaap

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-04-14 12:12]

Dear Alexei!

I learn a lot when I go through your gallery: first I learn about the definition of what a beautiful picture is made of, second I learn much about biological matter.

When I rad the notes to this picture, I realize that it's hard to say anything different or to add something important. So just let me say that I like it very much and that I'm impressed by the quality of the picture as well as by the instructive notes.

Kind regards


Bonjour Alexei.
Il y aura bientôt beaucoup de papillons.Le tien est trés beau.Belle photo.Amitiés.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2008-04-14 17:46]

Hi Alexei,
Beautiful capture! Very good sharpness, excellent detail, great colours.

Hello Alexei, my dear friend
firstly I'd like to send my special thanks on my 200th for your kind words.
This is Issoria lathonia's perfect macro shot. every thing wonderful; colors, sharpness, POV and composition... In last summer, I took many shot of the species. In this year I yet didnt meet it. I hope in next future. Thanks for sharing this beauty. Best wishes

You have a gorgeous composition here Alexei.
Vibrant colours and a good focus do this photo justice.

Hi Alexei,
A nice capture of this beautiful fritillary of Spain. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-15 12:33]

Hi Alexei,
Very nice close-up as usual. It's crisp sharp, very well exposed and composed. Colors, POV and composition are very nice. TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-15 14:11]

Hola Alexei,
selecta imagen,
color, pov. e iluminación.
magnífica captura amigo.
saludos :))

Hello Alexei,
A beautiful specimen, and the details in the pattern are simply impressive!
I like the pose and positioning of the butterfly, and skillful macro work isolates the subject nicely...
A balanced composition, vivid natural colours!
Pablo -

Hello Alexi. Stunning image in pristine sharpness here. The perch is excellent exposing the well spread wings. The background is pleasantly muted. Well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-16 8:55]

Hi Alex, i missed this one, my apologies! Superb sharp detail and perfect focus, composition is excellent and the DOF very well chosen. I love the setting too, a charming scene.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-04-16 13:03]

Hello Alexei
Good to be here again and see your last pictures, as impressive and beautiful as ever.
Excellent capture of this little Queen of Spain Fritillary. I like a lot the colors and the composition. The butterfly stands out perfectly against the bg with all its beauty. The note is very good too. Thank you very much.
With my best regards

Hello Alexei,
Very good butterfly photo.
Well composed. Beautiful S curve:-).

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-16 18:30]

Hello Alexei,
Wonderful macro with pin sharp details and vibrant color. This lovely composition also has a great background and depth of field. Just your ordinary excellent work Alexei, superbly done my friend.

This butterfly are always beautiful. Nice colours and very good details.
Best wishes,

Ciao Alexei,
bellissima questa foto di farfalla, ottimi dettagli e colori stupendi, complimenti!


Wonderful butterfly image and great note Alexei.
Excellent exposure and composition with the diagonall lines of the wings, one pointing at the top right corner and the other to the lower left corner.
Most wonderful clarity, colors and details.
Very well done. TFS!!!

Warm regards, Harry

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-04-18 22:13]

Hi Alexei

A lovely diagonal capture of this butterfly. You got the workings of that Sigma lens well under the thumb.

The DOF is spot-on for this shot as the aperture at f/11 cover the full range of the insect to ensure all details are nice and sharp, while it also took care to isolate the BG and render it well OOF thereby complimenting the subject and making it stand out well in the frame. The joyful colours are bright and natural and the composition worked well, just a slight pity of those leaves that came in the way, but that's no big train smash.

Well done and TFS.

Hi Alexei,
It seems that I missed this little work of art! This is an outstanding capture with superb details and perfect composition. Colors and exposure looks very natural and this is a wonderful specie. I can't wait to see butterflies back in my country soon :) Thanks,

Soooooo much detail.
Great piece of art.
Have done some butterflies too but I dont have their ID's.
Warm regards,

Hola amigo Alexei.
Una preciosa imagen con unos colores estupendos, resaltados por una buena iluminación.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-05-05 23:23]

Hi Alexei,

A nice and very sharp ,colored capture of this fritillary,details are great,only small nit is the bit distaction of the leave in the FG,but sometimes yo cant have it all,tfs


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-08 1:17]

Wow Alexei,
This is such a crisp shot with great light a
nd contrasts. The details are splendid and the colours just wonderfully cpatured by your Sigma lens.The composition is excellent in that diagonal position and the blurred BG is just fine enough to place the entire focus on your subject.Very well captured.
TFS & Cheers

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-05-09 19:26]

Outstanding light, color and details! Nice composition with beautiful blurred background. Excellent note.

bonjour alexei
je me suis fait discret sur le site pour pouvoir passer plus de temps sur le terrain et je vois que j'ai loupé pas mal de vos photos,toutes tres belles et techniquement parfaite,mais cela vous le savez bien!
bravo pour celle-ci et celles que j'ai loupé.

Hi Alexei,

very beautiful, great colors in the wings. Good note.



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