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Great Spangled Fritillary for Silvio

Great Spangled Fritillary for Silvio
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Copyright: Wolf Power (Wolfpower) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 3 N: 334] (1075)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Nikon AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm 1:4.5-5.6ED, HOYA 77.0 mm UV
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-18 10:08
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Favorites: 7 [view]
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Great Spangled Fritillary
Speyeria cybele (Fabricius, 1775)

This butterfly is one of the largest of the greater fritillaries, with a wingspan of 62-88 mm. On the upperside of the wings, you will see an orange-brown color with a black pattern of lines and spots throughout. The males happen to be a bit brighter than the females. On the underside, the forewing is similar. However, on the hindwing, rather than black, you will find a beautiful metallic silver spot pattern.
Life Cycle: Eggs are deposited singly on the food plant. The caterpillars are night feeders, enjoying various species of violets (Viola spp.). On these black caterpillars, large spines (with yellowish bases) are present and are a protective device against predators such as birds. The Great Spangled Fritillary overwinters here as a newly hatched caterpillar. The pupa is dark brown with light brown or orange / reddish patches and closely resembles a dried leaf!
This butterfly is common throughout Canada.
This is a species of open areas such as roadsides and fields. Adults are frequent flower visitors.
A little color today to break the monotony of the winter shots.For my dear friend Silvio.

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Hi Wolf,
what a beautiful butterfly taken from an excellent POV in a very nice composition; superb sharpness and good contrast of the vivid colours against a very good OOF BG.
TFS. Best regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-01-18 10:25]

Hi Wolf,
Outstanding shot of this very beautiful Fritillary with such immaculate sharpness and lovely colours and markings on its under wings. Fabulous pose captured on that charming flower and the lighting is perfectly handled. Excellent BG, POV, DOF and composition.

Wow!!! That's an amazing macro Wolf. Beautifully composed. Nice green blurred BG. Sharp subject. Well done. Regards - Adil.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-18 10:29]

Hi Wolf. This is a first class close up of this beautiful butterfly , which you have taken so well , Sharp focusing and fine detail. With rich colours. Your side POV shows us al lthe wing markings. . Looks so good on the flower against the Plain BG. very well done TFS

PS Silvio will love this one.

Hi Wolf,
this motive is just fantastic.
The arrangement with the flower, this pretty butterfly and that excellent background is realy perfect. I love it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Fantastic, a piece of art, the colours, the light and the POV, are absolutly right, congratulations

Hi wolf,
this picture could be perfect with an uncut flower.
Great focus, great color and great DOF.

hello Wolf
great picture
very good colours great sharpness
i like this picture
greeting lou

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-18 11:41]

Hola amigo,
selecta macro,
finos colores y foco...
perfecta composición,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-18 11:53]

Hello Wolf,
Fantastic capture of this beautiful Fritillary on Echinacea. Very crisp details and beautiful colours. It looks really great against the fine green background. A splendid composition too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-18 11:55]

Hi Wolf,

A beautiful butterfly and a beautiful picture! You have captured the beauty of this Fritillary with wonderful colors and magnificent detail. Both sides of the wings are stunning. The pose on the fascinating flower, the nice background and the superb composition make this picture perfect.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-18 13:21]

Hello Wolf,
WOW, this image has alot of WOW in it. The sharpness is incredible, the colors are bright and saturated, and the composition as a whole is spot on. First class quality work Wolf, thank you.

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  • Pat76 (112)
  • [2009-01-18 13:37]

Superbe ! Une image splendide comme on rêverait tous d'en faire... Bravo !!!

wow briliant capture !
perfect sharp , very beautiful colours , clear details and amazing background ,
very well done !

Hello Wolf,
Sharp!!! Fantastic quality. Very good saturated colors as well without being oversaturated.
Content is wonderful.
Well done (for Silvio)

Hi Wolf
Not only you know wolves, but also butterflies! We're in trouble !
Colors and sharpness fine
BG a bit disturbing on the right part

Hi Wolf,
Excellent capture of this Great Spangled Fritillary, nice butterfly taken from an good POV and composition. TFS. Best regards. Ferran

hello Wolf
your capture of this butterfly is stunning with great details and perfect sharpness
splendid colors, DOF and BG
very well done

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-01-18 16:54]

Clarity and sharpness of this is remarkable. Gary

What a beautiful picture! I cannot believe what a great close-up this is! I like the format as well as the POV. Thanks so much for sharing.

How neat is that..of all things...I have a picture or two of a simialr butterfly on Echinacea. Beyond being a healthy plant it has super colours which I enjoy in all season..When I see them coming up in spring they are a yellow green but carry an etheral glaze....I have images...yours is a VERY nice image reminding us of the truth in nature and colour as well as the healing power both art and words have!

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-18 21:40]

Hello Wolf,

The close-up you have made looks very fine. The DOF you have chosen was big enough to keep both insect and flower in focus. Due to the sharp image wings pattern can be very well observed. Colors are looking natural and are well saturated as you have made good use of the light.

Thank you for sharing,

Hallo Wolf
Outstanding photography in all aspects. Detail captured of the butterfly as well as the flower is really super. Just love the blurred mirror image in the background, adds that extra oomph to this already gorgeous image. This butterfly has very interesting patterns and markings on its wings and I especially like the half dotted alongside the wings. The pose on the spiky flower is great.
A colourful image with lots of unmentioned details and indeed a worthy dedication to our mutual friend Silvio. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-19 0:57]

Hello Wolf,
What a fantastic clarity in this photo! Sharpness and contrasting colours are really perfect. Amazing details in a wonderful composition. Splendid OOF BG. Great pose of the butterfly. A masterpiece!

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2009-01-19 1:01]

wow what a stunning image.. the clarity, the sharpness, the focus, the depth.. just awesome.. well done!!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-19 1:11]

Hi Wolf,
Beautiful image of this butterfly with fine composition and details. Nice to see the beautiful patterns and the flower too. tfs.

Hi Wolf

Great shot of butterfly and flower. Excellent composition, sharpness and DOF.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-19 4:51]

What a cute butterfly shown with perfect sharpness. Very pleasant composition and colors. Amazing to read that it has this size, I thought it was smaller. It's a very nice dedication to our friend Silvio.
Take care

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-01-19 5:57]

Hi Wolf
Beautiful closed up.Good POV and very sharp image.I love the nice oOF BG.Beautiful light and colros also.Excellent text to.
TFS Michel

Bonjour Wolf,

Wow ! A very beautiful photo of the Spangled Frit.
superb focus on all the image, fantastic BG for the image with lovely natural color tones, The flower is a nice compliment - great sharpness and details, terrific Shot!

hello Wolf

a very beautiful photography of the butterfly with his flower,
shot with fine POV and framing, beautiful luminosity
and colour tones, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-01-19 13:21]

Hello Wolf
This is soooooo beautiful!! What colors, sharpness and composition! Outstanding and gorgeous. I'm glad to see that you are as great photographer with the insects as with the mammals.
My compliments and best regards.

Hi Wolf,

Mate I think you've just raised the bar with this shot, wow what a stunner.

The detail is superb, the colours are stunning, composition and framing all perfect.

I can't make up my mind if I like to see the rest of the petals in the bottom of frame, but either way this is just dam good work, straight into the favourites, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-01-20 15:51]

Hello Wolf
Wonderful picture with good elements, nice composition , this butterfly is very beautiful. The flower is colorful and diferent.

Hi Wolf,
Hey, this is a wonderful capture of the butterfly!
The high quality achieved and sharpness is very impressive, so pleasant to look at.
I like a lot all the details seen, every single part of the picture catch immediately the eye.
My compliments and thanks for share.
Best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-21 4:37]

Hi Wolf,
this is really exciting. The beautiful butterfly perching on top of this pretty flower.
Excellent clarity and sharpness. the glows is really captivating.


WOOW THANKS WOLF, I like a lot your dedication:)
Superb macro with elegant butterfly on a fantastic flower, perfect focus on both, wonderful light and colors, splendid sharpness, fine details and beautiful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-23 14:09]

Hello Wolf !
Wow, looks like you're great with insects too. Perfect sharness, details and clarity, splendid colors, wonderful composition and POV, brilliant blurred BG. The colors and patterns on the butterfly and the shape of the flower are fantastic too. One of the most beautiful butterfly picture I have ever seen. Very well done !

Hi Wolf,

The point of view is showing the details and colors of the butterfly taking nectar from the flower. The picture is clear and precise. The subject is well frame. The quality of the light is enhancing the colors.

Have a nice day.


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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2009-01-28 10:41]

Hello Wolf
image much clear and very good sharpness. The colors are much alive for the perfect details of the butterfly well contrasting with the soft background tonalities and the very detailed particular flower.

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  • Goca Silver Star Critiquer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 8] (90)
  • [2009-02-02 9:19]

Hello Wolf,
such a great photo with amazing details, just beautiful!


Hi Wolf,
superb macro with beautiful butterfly and flower! I like composition, vivid colours, nice details and BG.

Best regards, Leonid

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2009-02-10 19:10]


I can't resist in front of close-up images. And this one is simply marvelous. The blured BG looks great. The colors hamony splendid. Perfect focus on the butterfly and exact exposure in this beautifull softlight. Simply a masterpiece.


I didn't think that lens could focus so close? Did you use it by itself or did you use accessories (close-up lens or extension tubes?)

Una toma con profundidad de foco,tridimension,coolores naturales un excelente documento e informacion.

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  • ngorse (20)
  • [2009-06-01 19:09]

Wow! How did you do to obtain such a perfect sharpness?

Very poignant picture. The focus and composition is just perfect.



Hi Wolf,
Beautiful, well executed shot but little bet boring !
George Veltchev

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