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Dark Green Fritillary


Dark Green Fritillary
Photo Information
Copyright: Jax Westmoreland (Jax) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon 100-300mm, Skylight
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths, European butterflies 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-07-29 17:03
Viewed: 6513
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Dark Green fritillary (Argynnis aglaja) feeding on clover taken at our local nature reserve last weekend.It gets it's name from the distinctive green patterning on the underwing (which I tried to show here).
Although not rare to the UK, the butterfly is definitely not common around this area and has in fact been lost from many parts of the country. It is a fast flying butterfly and a very elegant flyer the distinctive flight pattern involving several fast wing beats followed by a smooth fast glide. On warm sunny days males patrol their territory incessantly
(and are very difficult to catch sitting still for long enough to photograph as I discovered). Luckily they are attracted to purple flowers such as clover and thistle so it is possible to lie in wait! The females hide until ready to lay eggs which they like to do on violets. The species is on the wing in July and August. The butterflies like flower rich unimproved grasslands and ocasionally turn up in woodland rides and clearings (where I saw this one).
I was trying to capture the butterfly feeding as well as the underwing colour when I took this shot.
Picture is cropped and sharpened only.

milloup, AndyB, Robbrown, carper, japie, jhm, mogens-j, danbachmann, Fespo, NicoS, Phoki, snowfalken has marked this note useful
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  • milloup Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 40 N: 619] (1716)
  • [2004-07-29 17:15]
  • [3]

Beautiful capture, it's not easy to get them from this angle, and you got the head, antennae and feeding tube nicely within DOF range. Furthermore, you also had the light on your side ;-) The unsharpness of the wings look more like motion blur than actual oof - or possibly a combination.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-07-29 17:36]
  • [3]

The eyes have it! Great detail on the body, legs and head. I like the movement captured in teh wings. The colours and lighting are very nice too.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-07-29 18:10]
  • [3]

A very nice shot.
Excellent colours and nice sharp,clear detail.
A very good capture and good informative note.

Oh very nice capture Just the sort of image I was hoping for on TN with notes to match.
Looks like it is fluttering its wings for stability rather than being OOF.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-07-30 4:08]
  • [3]

Very nice not supporting this capture. I like the DOF on the Butterfly, but I also like the partially dried flower. - Very nice capture

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-07-30 5:14]
  • [3]

i Love this one Jax,
Fantastic position you captured him, great colours, very good dof. This is really good, very good job.

Excellent capture of a beautifull butterfly Jax. Colours and dof are spot on as well as the composition. I really like the blurred wings - looks like they are moving. Very informative note too.

I like the angle, the tounge and the eyes here. Well done on this!

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-01 9:11]
  • [3]

Hi Jax
This is a beautiful b'fly. That long probisis? a spellcheck, please, is great. The amount of OOF Bg and wing is par for this type of photogephy. You need a tripod anf f22 or smaller!

Spectacular photo here Jax. So sharp I can resolve the texture on its wings and its eyes seem to have the same markings as it wings also. Excellent footnote to.

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  • Fespo (74)
  • [2005-01-29 19:01]

Belíssima! Outro trabalho fantástico. Parabéns!

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-03-04 10:00]

¦wietne makro.
Ostro¶ć, kadr i kolory rewelacja.
SUPER zdjęcie.
Wielkie brawa.

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  • NicoS (43)
  • [2005-05-04 16:41]

Jax,
Great picture, with much detail! I wish I would have taken it.

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  • Phoki Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 21] (284)
  • [2005-07-01 3:17]

Bright,sharp,crisp-great!!!
Congratulations on the capture!
Kiril

Excellent shot.

Excellent picture of this great Dark Green Fritillary butterfly! The colors are bright and natural and composition works just fine! The photo is tac sharp and with great DOF! Outstanding job! TFS!

Regards,
Eddie

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