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In evening sun beams

In evening sun beams
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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: 2006-06-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 3) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-01 7:45
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 134
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is definitely one of the species of Melanargia Meigen:

Kingdom: animals
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Satyridae
Genius: Melanargia Meigen.
Species: ?

There are many species in this Genius. See, for example: Melanargia Meigen or Melanargia.

More info about Melanargia Meigen you can find Here.

I have spent inadmissibly a lot of time in searches of exact ID, however these searches have not given a result. I have absolutely become puzzled in a variety of similar species. However, I am assured that this question will be quickly solved by joint efforts.

In this picture, the pose of the butterfly is not the most expressive, but my attention has been attracted by unusual illumination of the butterfly - back light.

For exact identification of species of this butterfly, I have shared my WS, which presents the same butterfly at more regular lighting.

Thank you for visiting.

Our charming couple, experts on butterflies Ulla and Ivan Kruys (Uleko and Argus), have come to conclusion, that this species is Melanargia russiae Esp. As a Russian man, I accept this conclusion willingly.

About Melanargia russiae see:
Melanargia russiae Esp. (Russian)
Melanargia russiae

Ulla and Ivan! Thank you for your knowledge and help.

My dear friend Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl ) holds other opinion. He believes, that this butterfly is the Melanargia galathea. I am very grateful to Peter for the valuable information and remarkable comment.

I only can add, that Melanargia russiae meets in Ukraine very seldom. At the same time Melanargia galathea is everywhere widespread in our edges (see: Complete list of Ukrainian butterflies with old IUCN* and national threat status categories.).

I am very satisfied by this discussion. It is very useful and interesting. Many thanks to all my friends.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To asus_gps: Butterfly species.Alex99 1 04-07 10:00
To Argus: Updated note.Alex99 1 03-06 12:47
To uleko: Updated note once againAlex99 1 03-06 12:46
To peter_stoeckl: Updated note.Alex99 1 03-06 12:46
To Shoot_Score: Acroptilon repensAlex99 1 03-05 15:39
To peter_stoeckl: Melanargia galathea.Alex99 1 03-04 09:36
To uleko: Marbled White ?! Thanks.Alex99 2 03-02 02:18
To jmp: Similar flower. ThanksAlex99 1 03-01 15:12
To Argus: Esper's Marbled White. Thank a lot.Alex99 1 03-01 14:13
To uleko: OK. ThanksAlex99 1 03-01 14:12
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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-01 7:49]

Hello Alex

A beautiful butterfly photo.Well done on the lighting.The DOF is excellent and the details are sharp against a lovely OOF BG.The colours are vivid.Simple composition with nice visual impact.TFS


Hi Alexel,
A beautiful shot here. Composition and framing look excellent. The colors and detail are perfect from the spot on exposure. Well seperated from a nice OOF backround. The backlighting highlights the wing colors and texture very well. Nice shot!

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-03-01 8:02]

Hello Alexei,
I can't help with the exact ID either. I can say that I like the image very much. The backlight gives a very nive look on the wings. Very well done,

Hi Alexei,
Wonderful macro shot.
Perfect details
I like the color a lot.
Very nice POV and background.
Well done.

Hello Alex,

excllent colors Bg POv DOF perfect detail svery crisp I really like this POV alot well composed and captured photo excllent work

TFS Kyle

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-01 9:26]

Hola Alexei,
un auténtico lujo,
bella imagen,
detalles excelentes y perfecta composición.
luz y bg. maravillosos,

Hi Alexei.
anew beautiful marco with lovely colours nd nice compostition. Good details and DOF, the subject is well seen from the BG.
Well done, my friend.

I have to be fast, my internet connction is up and down,
since I got a new ISP, at the time it's more down ;-(

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-01 10:37]
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Hello Alexei,
Very beautiful capture of this "Marbled White" sp. in beautiful light. Excellent details and sharp colours. Very nice composition too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-03-01 10:40]

Magnifique papillon bien conservé.
Bonne journée.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-03-01 11:06]

Hello Alexei,
Wonderful butterfly close up.I liked POV,sharpness,simple BG,clear details and framing a lot.

bonjour alexei
c'est une peu dommage que ce joli papillon ne joue a cache cache et que l'on ne voit pas tellement sa tête.part contre j'aime beaucoup les motifs sur ces ailes et le BG super coloré et bien flou.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-03-01 12:02]

Hello Alexei,
beautiful light penetrating the wings and showing the forewing shadow on the hindwing. Exact focus on the butterfly. Narrow depth of field (f6.3) blurs the flower in the foreground. This together with the smooth background attacts and focuses the view on the butterfly.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-01 12:09]
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Hello Alexei,
This is a superb capture of a species of Marbled White (Melanargia russiae), a form of the Esper's Marbled White.
The details and the composition are first class and so is the through-lighting. The bokeh BG is also very pleasing.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-01 12:54]

Privet Alexei,
Wonderful butterfly close up.Details are crisp clear and razorsharp.I liked POV,use of backlight,framing,simple BG and composition a lot.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-01 13:04]

This is another very beautiful macro work from you, my friend!
I saw both of the shots here (this one and the one from the WS) and i can see why you like this one more - the BG is a splendor.
Indeed the DOF is very well managed here and the colors shine more beautifully, but it's a shame we don't see all the body of the butterfly. You are however correct in what you did- if you wanted to show this lovely backlight...it works just fine.
Witherway, the details and textures are splendid and very sharp and the composition is very nice also.

Bravo and TFS

hello alexei!
very nice macro with fine
lightning and great pov and dof
good composition to

Hola Alex.
Una preciosa imagen,buena luz y un fondo bueno.saludos.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-03-01 14:33]

Hi Alex,
This is a very beautiful composition Congratulations. I like the pov you have captured here. Great dof and good details. Very lovely bg colours.
Thanks Paula

Hi Alexei,
I will correct your first sentence if you permit me;
"This is definitely a very good photograph of Melanargia Meigen."
Especially the overall sharpness is very attractive but also the colours, composition and so forth.

Hi Alexei, wonderful butterfly and splendid flower with great colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-01 15:06]
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Hi Alexei,
Wonderful light, colours and light in this Melanargia. You have captured it from a really good pov and in a great pose.
It's curious to see that this melanargia likes similar flowers that mine!
TFS, José M.

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2007-03-01 15:37]

Good shot alexei, regards from spain

Beautiful capture, delicate and lovely. Great detail and presentation.
Well done...

Hi Alexei
A shy butterfly dissimulating herself behind a gorgeous flower!
great composition , colours and light and a perfect sharpness
very well done my friend
best regards and TFS

Privet Alexei.
What a beautiful marco with lovely colors and nice compostition. Good details and DOF, the subject was well seperated from the blurry BG.
Very well done, my dear friend.

Dont know about BUTTERFLIES; not my field. Dont know much about the flower where that lovely register is resting on either.
However, I do know this: I love your work. Your notes are not only "interesting" but, to me, educative.
I see a lot of DETAILS captured on the subject.
Very well composed & delivered. GOOD JOB.

Hi Alexei

A beautiful shot. Perfect details, well composed against an awesome OOF BG. :-)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-02 3:23]

Hi Alex,
The way the butterfly looks through the flower is just great. The picture is excellent, like always. I appreciate specially the composition and the warm beautiful background.It was a great idea to bring out your butterflies!
Bonne journée

Hello Alexei,
Attractive butterfly, and the macro work is skilfully done as usual!
Well composed presentation, and the details in the wings are wonderful...
The background here enhances the subject nicely!
Pablo -

Hello Alexei,
Ivan and Ulla know many things about nature, it is quite amazing :) This is a very nice capture again of a beautiful specie. I love the way it is hiding in the flower and this beautiful light on its wings. Details, colors, sharpness, composition and exposure are perfect! I also like this beautiful BG that makes your little subject stands out very well. This is a beautiful post. Thanks,

Hi Alexei,
Excellent details, colors, and a very nice back-lit effect. Interesting POV of the b-fly peeking through this thistle :)
I think the color and lighting here is much more pleasing than the WS photo.
Very well done.

Hello Alexei,
This image of a beautiful butterfly is perfect in every respect.
Superb point of view, sharpness, colours and composition.
In short, it is a masterpiece.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-02 12:12]

Hi Alex
Another wonderful picture with such a beautiful butterfly! M. russiae is not very common to see round here and I love how the sun touches its wings.
A superb job!
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-03-02 13:24]

Hi Alexei.
Beautiful capture of this Melanargia as well as another view in workshop.I like amazing ligh and very good sharpnes on this small butterfly.Very nice combination with interesting flower.Colors are beautiful specially background is simply perfect.
Superb done,thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

hi alexei,
excellent work,
i loved the way you have taken this shot,
everything from colours to sharpness, composition the bg is just perfect,
very well done,
tfs & regards

Hi my dear friend Alexei ,
very nice image with great details and focus.
excellent BG.great sharpness.
lovely colours .
very well done.
thanks and regards

Hola Alexei,
La imagen es preciosa, la luz, nitidez asi como la composición son excelentes, gracias por compartirla. Un cordial saludo

Bonjour Alexei
Félicitations pour la beauté du papillon et le superbe contraste. Bravo pour les belles couleurs et la netteté.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-03-03 16:43]

The backlighting on the wings is very lovely, great DOF and very pretty colours



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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-03-03 20:24]

A great example of how back light can enhance the beautiful colors and details of a butterfly wing. I like the composition, the DOF and the neutral background.

Dear Alex,
the rich colours of flower, butterfly, and distant background together with the fine transparency of wings in the backlight of the evening sun make this image of a common butterfly as this Marbled White look really special. Once more, an excellent photograph from you. Congratulations, my dear friend!
The ID: Melanargia galathea (Linnaeus 1758) - rather than M. russiae, which shows another thin black stripe within the cell of forewings. M. galathea is much more likely to be found in Ukraine than M. russiae which - strange enough - is reported from Spain, Southern France, Italy, Macedonia, Transkaukausia, Kasachstan, but seems to have become extinct in other parts of Europe such as Hungary, and the Ukraine.
I like the very well decided shallow depth of field that puts an excellently exclusive focus on the butterfly.
Thank you! With best regards,

That's perfect, Alexei,
I love the light coming from the back shining through that wonderful wings.
The flower brings colour into the shot, a beautiful arrangement, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Fantástico disparo. Has captado una imagen llena de colorido y vida. Un BG excepcional como todos los tuyos.
Preciosa mariposa.
Saludos y buena semana Alexei.
Juan Luis.

Belle photo,ce papillon et cette fleurs sont très jolis et les couleurs sont superbes. Amitiés Thomas

Alexei my friend I am not much on butterflies. I really like your backlit version. AND also the eye looking thru spikes of the blossom! ;)

Now here is where it gets interesting for me...
You didn't ID the flower, so I will ask if you know what it is. It strikes me as the flower of the knapweed, aka Centaurea. Your butterfly is Melanargia russiae ... Now it gets interesting for here we also have socalled Russian Knapweed < which is poisonous to horses!!! > aka
Acroptilon repens. SYNONYMS:Turkestan thistle; Centaurea repens L.

Reason I am very interested is that I have this knapweed in my bushfeld...
It attracts bumblebees and butterflies. Most people mistake it for thistles.

Tfs, J.

PS As to the presentation, I prefer it without the OoF part of the second flower. See WS.

Hello Alexei,
Very beautiful butterfly in natural settings. The back light shows wings pattern and markings clearly. A fantastic image to appreciate.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-03-05 6:14]

Hi Alex!
Warm colored shot, I like the sun penetrating trough the wings the composition is really great,and warm green BG makes perfect temperature of the colors,nice and sharp details,and interesting selection of POV,really outstanding photo!

Hello Alexei !
I think this is the most beautiful picture of this butterfly I have ever seen ! I love everything ! The sharp details, the beautiful light which makes the wings look almost translucent, the blurred BG with lovely colors, the composition, the POV... There's nothing wrong here. Very well done !

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-03-06 2:23]

Hello Alexei,

A beautiful butterfly image, colours are very realistic, also composition and framing look excellent, very well done!


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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-06 6:35]

I am joining the chorus of admirers a bit late, Alex. This is certainly as good as it gets. Quite a unique composition; I like the fact the head is seen partially through the flower. Excellent texture and detail on the butterfly, as well as perfect depth-of-field control with a lovely background. Cheers!

Hi Alexei,
I really love the light here!
You got a magnificent picture with that gorgeous butterfly's wings, displayed with a great illumination, and showing us their gorgeous patterns and colors.
The image is so sharpen, that can be seen in the antennas.
I like a lot the soft and blurred background got.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hello Alexei this is a beauty I even like hoe you positioned yourself to get the eye in pov. I love the light and background tfs rgds Necip.

Hello Alexei.

Beatiful image, nice details.

Jose Luis.

Hi Alexei,
When I see it, think guaaaauuuu (woowww in spanish) what a great image!. the sharpness is incredible, the same with colours and illumination. A 10 points image, no doubt.

Hi Alex,

Very impressive! This is an example of a carefully (and smartly!) focused shot. Right on the butterfly, even the flower is in front of the insect.
Excellent technically and very aesthetic image too.

Ben Lakitan

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-03-10 9:14]

Dos excelentes imágenes amigo mío con gran agudeza y bella composición a partir del bajo punto de vista y el correcto encuadre.
Buen foco y consiguiente OOF que permite el despegue de la mariposa y su flor del resto de la escena.
La agradable iluminación brinda un efecto muy especial realzando los detalles del insecto en perfecto contraste con el trasfondo tan bien logrado.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Two excellent images my friend with great sharpness and beautiful composition starting from the low point of view and the correct framing.
Good focus and resultant OOF that it allows the takeoff of the butterfly and their flower of the rest of the scene.
The pleasant illumination offers a very special effect so well enhancing the details of the insect in perfect contrast with the background achieved.
My best regards... Ricardo

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-03-12 18:27]

hello Alexei
i see beautiful butterfly and nice composition. point of view, background, depth of field, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-03-14 12:08]

Hello Alexei,

I agree with you, even if we don't see correctly the head of the butterfly, the backlight within the wings makes this picture a very interesting one! By using an aperture of 6.3 you were able to have the other wing in focus too. The nice bg enhances also the image...

Good pic and TFS!


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-17 11:34]

Hello Alexei,
this flowers seem to attrack a lot of different types of butterflies. The evening light sure casts a wonderful warm tone to the colors. POV sharpness and details are superp. I love the neutral BG it does show off the butterfly so well.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-03-20 2:32]

Hello Alexei,
I thought you had already the spring because in France snow arrived at last yesterday ;-)
The "+++++" : subject, smart composition, sharpness, DOF, nice blurred BG, colors, light & exposure, photograph's note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations my friend and TFS.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-03-28 17:57]

Hello Alexei,
This is one of my favourite European butterflies and you captured it very well. I like very much the light translucing the wings and excellent details.
Best greetings and TFS!

privet Alexei,

the perfect composition and colors. it would be great to find the proper species name for this beauty, but anyway the photo is amazing.


Beautiful photo, great DOF and great focus on the beautiful butterfly and the thistle, love the soft colors. TFS

Thaks for your comments on my photo " Company at my Birdfeeder (8) " :o)

Hi, Alexei.
Very nice butterfly. Just like it's hiding and follwing you. Composition, sharpness, light and BG - all are excellent.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-05-07 20:05]

Hello Alexei
This is such a super shot...highlighting the details of the wings and the slightly blurred single flower in the FG.Again the blurred BG also brings the complete focus on the two raised up wings.
TFS & Cheers

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-06-01 16:31]

Excellent Macro, great details, absolute nice colours and backgrounds, well done Reina

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-19 1:28]

Hi Alexei,
Just marking this post wonderful post from you and will come back with a proper critique later.

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