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Euphydryas aurinia

Euphydryas aurinia
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
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Date Submitted: 2005-05-14 14:38
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Lepidoptera - Papilionoidea - Ninphalidae - Melitaeinae

Marsh fritillary - Euphydryas aurinia

Flight Time: Mid April - Mid July.

Size: 30-46mm - Altitude: 0-2200m

A very attractive species which as the name implies likes damp areas, it is by no means exclusive to these areas though.

The larvae are notable in their sociable habits. They spin a communal web near to large patches of their foodplant, Devils bit scabious. Their dark colouration and close proximity to one another means they can raise their body temperatures to a sufficiently high level to digest their food (about 35 °C), even though they are on the floor of a marsh. When they've finished this digestion process they disperse in ones and twos to eat more then return again to the commune.

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I fond the info HERE.

F80 - 1/100 - Manual - Low flash - Handheld

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Marvelous capture! I love the head-on POV and the pose of the BF also the composition is excellent Felipe. I think this image has great visual impact. Very good work.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-14 15:42]

Impressive, more than impressive - like Lord Vader used to say ;-) Exceptional POV and composition. I like this flower - looks little weird. Butterfly is detailed, sharp and mad ;-) You was lucky Felipe that it didn't attack you ;-))

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-05-14 16:06]

Holà Gallego
Muy buena foto. Una composicion muy bonita con esos ojos tan saltones.
Salu2 Toni

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  • Ina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 6 N: 101] (767)
  • [2005-05-14 16:13]

Fantastic pose... Colors and composition is also fantastic... I really love the strange look of this butterfly...It's got the funnyest eyes and the flower it's sitting on is just lovely too... thanks a lot ...Ina...

A realy intresting POV on this one Felipe. It is clear and sharp and shows bits we do not normally see clearly. Thank you for that and the very intresting note.

Very sharp, good POV, excellent composition! This butterfly looks very funny! I also like the frame you added. It coudn't be better!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-14 17:29]

Excellent POV Felipe. This is so good looking at it face on. It's a hairy beast too, and looks so sharp. Well done.
What, no tripod? :)

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-05-14 18:26]

I like your POV on this fellow.
Excelent work and details.


interesting angle, totally head on. Really well captured too with good sharp details, well done!


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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-14 19:18]

Nice one Felipe,
A unique POV and excellent detail.
Lovely colours and great DOF.
Excellent work,very well done.

Great front-on shot, usually quite difficult to get this type of shot.
Excellent composition Felipe, you've appear to have gone to a lot of trouble to get all these elemnets in the frame and they do provide exllent contrast when coupled with the OOF background. I like the frame too.

Felipe, This head-on POV works very well here. Great combination of colors, very well composed with excellent impact..Hey, my wife really likes it also! I think I see a spider down low? This will have to be a comment, I already owe 20 for tommorrow..This is gettin' ridiculous!!!!!

Great shot, good details, POV and framing.
Very well done.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-05-15 3:50]

Hi Felipe,
Very nice Pov and composition you got here wşth nice colors. A wee bit too sharp but a nice view yo my eyes.
Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-15 4:46]

A very nice picture! Composition is great, colors are superb, the frame is lovely and ads a lot to the photo, POV & DOF are excellent and the details are very sharp. Well done & TFS!


Very unusual composition and it worked so well. Amazing! Excellent DOF and colour. Very eye-catching image.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-05-15 10:49]

Hi Felipe
A beautiful pair of drumsticks, and what a nice mugshot of this lep. Very unusual and affective POV, a great pic - TFS

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-05-15 13:27]

It's an exelent job you did here Philipe
very good composition, very good details in the shot, the pov is very good and I like the dof, very good job, I like it a lot my friend,
gr. Jaap

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-05-15 16:46]

Hi Felipe. Excellent shot, interesting composition.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-27 22:41]

Hello Felipe
Personal assessment of the photo: more than excellent. What a PoV!
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you for sharing so beautifull pictures and for the enjoyment which they give us.

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  • tachan (12)
  • [2005-05-29 15:02]

Moi boa macroscópica e antastico o contraste co amarelo. Moi boa cor, gran traballo.

Hi Felipe,
What a beautiful composition. The low POV is producing a very strong image. Eyes are incredible, as well as the beautiful details and the colors. No nits. Really poster quality.

Felipe, it is an unusual POV. Normally I don't like this POV of the leps but in this instance it works. The subject is well place before the OOF BG, giving it a 3D look. But you always have been a DOF master. :) Its interesting and the compo well balanced between top left and bottom right. Very well done.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-06-05 6:37]

This is a very funny photo. The colors are fantastic look at that combination of yellow, green and brown. Also the eyes are fantastic. You looked this small insect straight in the eyes and really were in contact with it.
Great performance!!


Wow! This is fantastic. What a pose! She is obviously happy to pose for you ;-)
Excellent sharpness and composition.
Well done and thanks for posting.

Genial la foto de esta araña. El detalle de añadir una mariposa mejora la foto ;-)

Muy buena!

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-01-29 9:33]

A front view!
Very good Felipe!
Excellent POV!
Very good details of the buterfly's head!

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-02-26 8:13]

Hello Felipe , This is a very beautifull shot ,what a beauty ,colours eyes compositie
pov and dof very nice ,thanks greeting Teunie .

nice shot good one

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