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Argynnis paphia

Argynnis paphia
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Copyright: Adrian Szatewicz (aes_thor) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 198 W: 29 N: 592] (2489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S20 Pro, Fujinon 6x zoom
Exposure: f/3.0, 1/105 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-06 2:56
Viewed: 3103
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This beautifull well known butterfly is quite common during spring time in Poland, near forest roads, small meadows and other sunny places.

The Silver-washed fritillary butterfly is deep orange with black spots on the upper side of its wings and has a wingspan of 54-70 mm, with the male being smaller and paler than the female. The underside is green and unlike other fritillaries has silver streaks instead of silver spots, hence the name silver-washed. The caterpillar is black-brown with two yellow lines along its back and long reddish-brown spines. Adults feed on the nectar of bramble, thistles and knapweeds and also on aphid honeydew. The silver-washed is a strong flier and more mobile than other fritillaries and as such can be seen gliding above the tree canopy at high speed. It preferred habitat is thin, sunny deciduous woodland especially oaks but has been known to live in coniferous woodland.

The male possesses scent scales on the upper side of the forewing that run along veins one to four. The scent produced from these scales attracts females and helps to distinguish it from other species. Unusually for a butterfly, the female does not lay her eggs on the leaves or stem of the caterpillar's food source (in this case violets) but instead one or two meters above the woodland floor in the crevices of tree bark close to clumps of violets.

When the egg hatches in August, the caterpillar immediately goes into hibernation until spring. Upon awakening it will drop to the ground and feeds on violets close to the base of the tree. The caterpillar usually feeds at night and usually conceals itself during the day away from its food source but during cool weather will bask in the sunny spots on the forest floor on dry, dead leaves . It will make its chrysalis amongst the ground vegetation and the adults will emerge in June.

Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver-washed_Fritillary"

Photograph taken near forest road, east from Lasowiec, Mragowo. About 6-8 Queens flying around, making great oportunity to take some nice shoots.
Original version of picture was very dark- shadow from trees- so I had to add some brightenes by operating curves and set some colour balance. Then just resize and sharpen.

Have a nice sunny day- as it is now in north-east Poland!

ramthakur, cloud, Amadeo, jaycee, Nic-n-Jen_Inc, boreocypriensis, Juyona, Hil, bahadir, maurydv has marked this note useful
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Hello Adrian,
I must compliment you for this fantastic capture of the Queen of Spain butterfly.
The butterfly has obliged you with an unrestricted view of its wide open wings and you have done full justice to the opportunity.
Razor sharp focus, delightful details and rich colours in this wonderful composition.
Thanks and take care.

Hi Adrian

Excellent shot of this European beauty.
Great composition and very good sharpness.
A good fresh specimen.


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-05-06 5:00]

Piekne wykonanie, znakomita ostrosc i bg.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

Nice details, just that noise a bit high for the background. Can use some noise reduction tools to reduce it.
Best regards,

Hola Adrian, muy bonita composiciˇn, nitida y buen color y perfectamente iluminada. Un saludo

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-06 9:41]

Hi Adrian,

A most wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly. You captured it posing perfectly with the wide-opened wings showing off the lovely markings. Colors are gorgeous and details are razor sharp. A beautiful composition with a 3-D effect.


Hi Adrian, razor sharp capture of this beautifull butterfly. Superb compositon! TFS. Cheers,


Hello Adrian,
This is a beautiful butterfly. You've captured this nicely with the contrast of the green BG. Your POV and composition are very nicely done.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-05-06 10:12]

Hola amigo,
excelente trabajo,
buenos colores y pov...
agradables detalles.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-05-06 10:13]
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hello Adrian,
Very good picture of this beautiful butterfly. I think that this is not an Issoria lathonia, but rather a sort of Argynnis, most probably Argynnis paphia.
Best regards

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-05-06 11:29]

Hi Adrian

Superb shot of the Queen of Spain Butterfly
Very nice open winged pose and a excelent POV.
Excellent DOF and he details are nice and sharp.
Beautiful colours and light too.


Hello Adrian, splendid macro capture of this beautiful butterflyr. Regards, Bahadır

Splendida macro, eccellenti POV e composizione con la farfalla sulla diagonale, ottima nitidezza, magnifici i colori e la luminositÓ. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Re Bonsoir Adrian
Il est parfait...
Bravo et merci pour cette photo.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-15 8:25]

Hi Adrian,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly with such bright and gorgeous colours and markings on its wings. Superb lighting and a fine pose captured with a precise DOF. Among the green surrounding it stands out perfectly. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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