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The Heath Fritillary

The Heath Fritillary
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Copyright: Seyfi Karaman (KOMSIS) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-07-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: NIKON D810, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2016-02-29 6:48
Viewed: 1415
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
29-February-2016, Leap Year
Mellicta (Melitaea) athalia, (Rottemburg,1775)
Heath Fritillary

Turkish Name: Amannisa Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Thrace, Marmara, Western Mediterranean, Eastern Mediterranean, Central Anatolia, western Black Sea, Central Black Sea, Eastern Black Sea, Eastern Anatolia, Southeastern Anatolia.

Distribution in the world Western Europe, Northern Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Asia, West Asia, Central Asia.South Siberia, and Japan.

Living Area: Located at an altitude of 2400 meters above sea level, sometimes slightly grassy meadow near forest and shrubbery.

Flight time: Depending on local conditions, usually in a single generation, Early June-early July.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Diverse, including plantains-(Plantago sp.), speedwell-(Veronica sp.) and foxgloves-(Digitalis sp.)

Description-Notes: Type Locality, Umgebung Paris [Environs of Paris, France]. Three species-[False Heat Fritillary, Nickerl's Fritillary, Transcaucasian Fritillary] are mainly orange or brown above, with a network of black veins and cross-lines of variable density that give them a distinctly reticulate pattern. Heath Fritillary's deep orange uppersides are very variable. Hindwing has a prominent cream (sometimes silvery) median band; basal area is orange with several irregular creamy spots. There is a submarginal row of cream spots between a cream margin and orange postmedian band, all of which are edged with black. Caterpillars molt 5 times in total, and they spent about 11 months as the caterpillar.

Wingspan: 34-42 mm long.

Origin of the name: Athalia, Queen of Judah. In Hebrew, the name Athalia means - God is great. Other origins for the name Athalia include - Hebrew, Israeli, Spanish.The name Athalia is most often used as a girl name or female name.

Similar Species:
• Grisons Fritillary - Melitaea varia, (Meyer-D�r, 1851)
• Transcaucasian Fritillary - Melitaea caucasogeniaita, (Assmann,1847)
• Assmann's Fritillary - Melitaea britomartis, (Assmann,1847)
• Proven�al Fritillary - Melitaea deione (Geyer, 1832)
• False Heath Fritillary - Melitaea diamina, (Lang, 1789)
• Nickerl's Fritillary - Melitaea aurelia, (Nickerl, 1850)
• Meadow Fritillary - Melitaea parthenoides, (Keferstein, 1851)

1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.130 pp.
2. AdaMerOs Kelebek�s : Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Heath Fritillary
3. Trakel: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey- Heath Fritillary
4. Moths and Butterflies: Europe and North Africa- Heath Fritillary
5. Russian insects: Butterflies of The Russia - Heath Fritillary
6. Babochki-kavkaza�s: Lepidoptera Caucasi - Heath Fritillary
7. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page - Heath Fritillary
8. UK Butterflies: UK Butterflies - Heath Fritillary


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Hello Seyfi
You captured this Heath Fritillary perfectly! Composition, colour and DOF are excellent, not to mention tac sharp. All around a gorgeous shot.
TFS Janice

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-02-29 8:30]

Hello Seyfi,
Very good and beautiful macro of this butterfly, as usual. Splendid contrasts against the green background. Fine sharpness and composition.

Hello Seyfi,
Excellent composition against such perfect and beautiful BG, of this Heath Fritillary. Very nice sharp photograph...
Thanks for sharing with informative NOTE and links,

Hello Seyfi,
Another interesting image with excellent clarity and sharp details. The photographers note are interesting. I like the natural colors of this nice butterfly specie which I never meet in my region.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-03-01 15:05]

Hi Seyfi,great macro as usual and beautiful specie too,living in Italy too but that i never seen in my fields.Top quality of sharpness and colors! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-03-01 20:45]

Hi Seyfi
As always, a great macro.
Splendid light, perfect details and a good note.

TFS & regards

Hello Seyfi,
one of the most powerful and attractive presentations of Melitaea athalia I have seen. I like the way you have apprached it so closely and precisely from a perfectly fitting low point of view, the pleasantly soft light showing its colours in favourable saturation, and the amazingly deep, even and well supporting green backgound that is making the blossom and its visitor stand out so well.
With thanks, and best regards,

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