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A Natural Ring

A Natural Ring
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Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 300mm F4L IS USM + 1.4x ext
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-02 4:54
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Hello all,

Here is an Inornate Ringlet photographied at the Mont Orford National Park in Quebec last June.

Using a combo 300mm + 1.4 TC at this aperture I got a blackish bacground. Seeing the opportunity here, I decided to darken the background in order to get the flowers and the butterfly as a single entity. It is like a natural ring... :-)

Do you like it?

Thank you again!


Diagnosis: The Common Ringlet is highly variable in colour and in the number of eye-spots, between and within subspecies and even local populations. The most widespread subspecies, inornata, varies from light buff to orange brown to greyish brown above, with the hindwings and the outer half of the forewings often darker than the basal part of the forewings. Usually there are no upperside markings, just occasionally a single faint ring near the forewing apex. On the underside the basal half of the forewing is the same colour as the upperside and the basal half of the hindwing is dark grey. The outer half of both wings is light grey, and both wings are divided by an irregular pale band. About 60 per cent of specimens have a distinct pale-bordered black spot with a silver pupil near the forewing apex. Other subspecies are characterized below by comparison with subspecies inornata. Wingspan: 27 to 39 mm.

Subspecies: Up to 20 subspecies are recognized in North America, and more, including the nominate C. tullia tullia, in Eurasia; some have been previously considered to be distinct species. In Canada, we recognize seven subspecies. Subspecies inornata flies in most of eastern Canada west to at least northern Manitoba; mcisaaci, from Newfoundland, is darker grey brown and lacks hindwing ocelli; benjamini, from the Prairies to eastern and east-central British Columbia, is bright ochre with a prominent ocellus on the forewing beneath; mackenziei, from Nunavut, the southern Northwest Territories and northern Alberta, is pale ochre with white fringes; kodiak, from Yukon and western Northwest Territories, is dull brownish yellow, usually with no ocelli; columbiana, from southern British Columbia, is yellowish-buff in both sexes (like females of inornata), usually with no ocelli; and insulana, from Vancouver Island, is like columbiana but with a greenish-grey underside.

Range: Coenonympha tullia is found throughout northern Europe and Asia and from coast to coast in the northern U.S. and Canada. Its range extends much farther north and south in the west, stretching from California to Alaska. In Canada it is absent from Nova Scotia, rare in Prince Edward Island, and has been expanding southward for some years into southern Ontario, now reaching as far as Elgin, Elgin County, and eastward in New Brunswick to the Atlantic coast. It occurs northward along the shores of Hudson Bay to Inukjuak (Port Harrison), Quebec, and to Tuktoyuktuk, Northwest Territories, near the Arctic Ocean.

Early Stages: The larvae are green, olive, or brown, with a dark dorsal stripe and alternating dark and light lateral stripes. There are two short pink tails, and the head is tan or green. They feed on many species of grasses, including Blue Grass (Poa pratensis) and needlegrass (Stipa spp.), and usually overwinter in the third or fourth instar in thick mats of dead grass.

Abundance: This species is common to abundant over most of the range, less so in the northeast.

Flight Season: Most subspecies have one generation per year and fly from late May to early July (late July in the north). Subspecies inornata, in southern Ontario and Quebec, has a partial second generation from mid-August to mid-September.

Habits: The Common Ringlet flies in a wide variety of grassy habitats, including roadsides, woodland edges and clearings, prairies, bogs, and arctic and alpine taiga and tundra.

Miss_Piggy, gracious, Alex99, eliz, eng55, marhowie, SelenE, MMM, peter_stoeckl, boreocypriensis has marked this note useful
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Hallo Michel
It is good to see you around again. This is really stunning and a WOW photo. Another Wow! for a most enjoyable and sunny sight. The soft colours displayed on this Ringlet's wings is pleasant to the eye. The whole image consists of good focus and sharp details, is of high quality and really outstanding. The photo is jam packed with awesome detail and features. A very joyfull and sunny atmosphere captured. It was lovely to look at. Enjoy your day.
Kind regards

Bonjour Michel,
Extremely beautiful composition of the butterfly and flowers!
the dark bg makes the whole subject really outstanding and beautiful!
the image is sharp with vivid colour and details to view and enjoy!
many thanks for the wonderful sharing

tres joli composition ! bravo
a bientot

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-02 8:34]

Hi Michel.
I know and love these flowers and species of the butterfly. You have created a nice composition at dark key with terrific lighting, amazing colours and simply great details of the butterfly. You have reproduced this fluffy beauty perfectly. My compliments and kind regards.

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-12-02 10:33]

great capture michel. unusual composition. great details on the butterfly wings.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-02 13:44]

Hi Michel,
Magnificent close up.POV,colors,contrast between BG,flower and butterfly,sharpness,details,framing and composition are wonderfuul.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

Hello Michel,
Really like this, the b-fly and yellow flowers pop on the black.
Very good color, details, exposure, and POV.
Great comp - Well done!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-12-02 20:00]

Hi Michel,
Wonderful shot of this tiny but beautiful Common Ringlet on those charming flowers. Superb light handling and the visual impact is marvellous. Very neat and sharp image with lovely colours and perfect DOF. Excellent composition.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-03 8:13]

Hello Michel,
How beautiful this is. Good work to darken to BG; the contrasts are amazing now. Excellent sharpness and details in a fantastic composition.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-12-03 12:44]

Hi Michel,
Dark background makes your subject stand out very well. Focus, sharpness, colors, contrast, POV and composition look so nice. TFS
Best wishes,

a beautiful capture of this butterfly.
Sharpness is good and contrast to background is very good too. The colors are nice and natural. A beautiful composition. Very well done.

Bonjour Michel,
Excellente composition.
Le jaune contraste à merveille sur le fond sombre. Avec un plus un magnifique papillon... voilà qui donne un très beau résultat! Bravo!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-12-10 4:36]

Salut Michel
Quel belle composition.le point de vue est excellent.L'image est bien en focus et les couleurs sont sublime.J'aime bien l'arriere plan noir
Merci Michel

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  • hains Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 12] (959)
  • [2008-12-16 7:13]

Salut Michel

La marco est un de tes dons. J`apprécis fort bien ta photo. Le cadre correspond car il dirige nos yeux sur le sujet.

Note bien détaillée.


Hi Michel,
a very appealing, tastefully artistic presentation of this precisely detailed Common Ringlet on yellow blossoms!
A photography that turns a short moment into perfectly well composed long lasting pleasure.
Thank you! With all my best wishes to you for a happy and joyful New Year!

Hi again MF Mchel,

An another technically and aestheticalkly perfect macro with great clarity and contrast between the subject and blac BG!
TFS and cheers,

Ps. when you upload your 100th shot? i wish to make a surprise you:)

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