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Spotted Fritillary

Spotted Fritillary
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Copyright: Betty Khoury (Betty) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 10] (186)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200
Exposure: f/4.8
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-12-18 7:53
Viewed: 5071
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Insecta - Lepidoptera, Papilionoidea, Nymphalidae, Melitaeinae, Melitaea didyma(Esper, 1779)

Common name : Spotted Fritillary

Foodplants: Plantago, Veronica, Digitalis, Valeriana, Verbascum, Antirrhinum, Linaria, Stachys

Thank you Paulo and Nigel for the identification. I compared other pictures of this individual with its wings open with pictures of other Melitea from a book I borrowed today, and I have to agree it is much closer to a didyma, and apparently closest to tyhe morph found in Croatia.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-12-18 10:32]

Very good shot of this Nymphalidae!
Great colours and details!
I think that the specie is a Melitaea trivia (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775).
Known as Lesser Spotted Fritillary in english.
Rare in Portugal.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-12-18 10:50]

Une bonne macro,l'éclairage est parfait et le papillon est superbe.Félicitations pour cette belle composition.

Merci pour l'envoie Betty!


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-12-18 11:21]

Beautiful butterfly, Betty. The details are sharp and the colors are and markings are gorgeous. Great POV. Well done and TFS. : )

Great close-up!
Good lighting and colours,
sharp and detailed

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  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2005-12-19 12:18]

I wouldn't be too certain of the species - It's certainly a Melitaea species, but it's closer to didyma than trivia (the black crescents outside the outer orange band on the hindwing do not "capture" the spots). However, I'm not certain that either species occurs in the Lebanon. The shot would have benefited from a little more DOF and a less tight crop but this sort of photograph is not easy to take with a compact camera.
Regards, Nigel.

Nice shot. The background is too much crowded but acceptable ;-D
Thanks for sharing


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