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Marbled White

Marbled White
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40D, Sigma EF 180mm F3.5L Macro USM
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-06-29 10:56
Viewed: 2893
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Marbled White was taken on the Chalk Downs of Dorset, Southern England.

Marbled White ( Melanargia galathea ) Wingspan 50mm.

This Butterfly is a variable species and is widespread in grassy areas.
It favours flower-rich, grassy meadows, often on Chalk Downs but also on neutral soils.
This Butterfly has distinctive black and white patterns on the wings.
Slow in flight, often settling with thw wings outspread.
Flies July-August and visits Knapweed and Thistle Flowers.
The Larva feeds on grasses.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-06-29 11:16]

Hello Nicholas,
this is an wonderful picture. Sharpness is perfect and the picture is wonderful clear. I like it.
Best regards Siggi

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-29 12:04]

Hello Nicholas
A new species of butterfly for me. i like colors and details.
Well done.

Hello Nicholas,

Another excellent macro of this beautiful butterfly.
Light,colours and sharpness are splendid.
Good composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-29 12:32]

Hello Nick,
A very nice capture of a Marbled White nicely seen in its natural grassy habitat. You took this male from a fine POV with excellent sharpness and DOF. I wish we had this species in my country!
Thanks and all the best,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-06-29 12:36]

Hello Nick,
I also wish we had this beauty in Sweden, I remember it well from England! You've captured it in a nice pose and where it stands out nicely from the background. Great focus and a fine composition too.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hello Nick
Excellent macro shot of this beauty with great details and composition
TFS and cheers,

ciao Nick!
really curious timing for the two posts of Melanargia Galathea, one in Dorset and the other in Istanbul.......
good pov and nice composition

best sERGIO

Buen aprovechamiento de la luz y enfoque preciso. Destacable trabajo con el color-luz-contrastes.
Saludos Nicholas: Josep Ignasi.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-06-29 16:14]

Hi Nick,

You captured this Marbled White is a marvelous position - I like it even better than with the wings wide open. The black and white are so elegant. Superfine sharpness and clarity against a lovely background. The composition is beautiful.


A lovely POV, and some great details, Nick!
Beautiful use of the light as well!

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-06-29 23:25]

Hi Nicholas!

The soft evening light creates a fine atmosphere and give the colours a warm tone. The butterfly is well highlighted and the depth of view is superb. From my point of view, the main subject is a bit too centered, but this is so personal...

Many thanks and kind regards


Hi Nick,
A nice opened wing capture of this beautiful Marbled white. Lovely composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Nick,
a very beautiful picture of the Marbled White, very good sharpness and splendid warm colours, well composed.
Best regards

Great contrast between the butterfly and the plants. Sharpness is excellent.
Best wishes,

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-06-30 7:49]

Hello Nicholas,
this is an wonderful capture of Marbled White!
The colours are perfects!!



Ciao Nick, beautiful Marbled white butterfly by great POV, wonderful macro with splendid DOF, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Ciao Nicholas. Indeed a great POV and perfect management of light and white. Very well detaled.


Hello Nicholas
A fine capture of this Marbled White taken from a nice POV on a beautiful sunny day
great sharpness on the wings and wonderful colors, nice grassy BG
Have a good night

Hello Nick,

A fine pose from the 'marbled white' butterfly, allowing you to capture both its wings and its furry body. The good dof shows it off well against the oof b/g.
Might I suggest that a crop of the vegetation, surrounding the butterfly, would give it more attention by bringing it closer to the viewer. I have done a w/s to explain my view. I hope you like the changes and are not offended by me 'messing' with your shot.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Out of your territory a bit eh nick? From back yard and now you have taken some ventures as of late and it is very enjoyable....quite different but shows how diverse you can be!

hello Nick
great composition with beautiful colours
super shot
greeting lou

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