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Silver-washed Fritillary

Silver-washed Fritillary
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Copyright: didier garnier (ddg) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, 100mm f/2.8MacroØ58
Exposure: f/5.5, 1/2500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): images en vol, Flying images 2, Butterflies in flight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-17 6:12
Viewed: 4015
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The Silver-washed Fritillary in flight.
The Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) is a European species of butterfly, which was in decline for much of the 1970s and 1980s but seems to be coming back to many of its old territories. It is also the larget species of fritillary.
The Silver-washed fritillary is deep orange with black spots on the upperside 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 necter 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 prfered habitat is thin, sunny deciduous woodland especially oaks but has been known to live in coniferous woodland.
The male possesses scent scales on the upperside 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 metres 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 awkening 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.
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Hi garnier,

You have really frozen a beautiful macro picture.Wish I could see little more of the flower, never the less its very nice picture.TFS.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-07-17 8:37]

Hi Didier,
Lovely close up of flying butterfly.Well caught,framed and composed.Excellent job!
Thanks for posting.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-17 9:11]

Hi Didier.
I am expressed with your skill at in-flight shooting. Amazing rare scene and great timing. Lights and shadows on the BG) are excellent too as well as the blameless composition and nice presentation of the picture. Well done and kind regards.

Oportunidad en la captura Didier, con un buen encuadre y una excelente presentación.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-07-17 22:12]

superbe image! tres bon composition avec cette insecte en plein vol! merci.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-18 12:50]

Bonjour Didier!

Absolutelly fantastic shot of flying butterfly. I like pose of insect with only one wing visible. Perfect quality my friend! You're still master of in-flight photography!

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-07-19 6:18]

salut Didier,
ah quelle joie de te retrouver parmis nous. Superbe image encore jamais vu pour ma part, pour le choper en plein vol il falloir patienter et essayer de nombreuses fois. C'est élégant.


Hallo Didier
Your Silver-washed Fritillary is a lovely butterfly and it looks as if it is floating in the air. A beautiful display of colour and detail on one image. There are a lot of details on this beautiful butterfly to observe and appreciate, one being the clear visibility of the veins on the wings, and another the combination of colours. Composition, focus and sharpness are great and very pleasing to the eye. The green background highlights the detail and colour of the butterfly to a great extent. The yellow flower partly seen is a special attraction.
Kind regards and thanks for sharing.

Bonjour Didier

Le grand vol a tiré de cette fritillaire, très dur pour accomplir. La composition est grande et l'acuité tout à fait bonne également. Bons fond d'OOF et POV.

Great flight shot of this fritillary, very hard to accomplish. The composition is great and teh sharpness quite good also. Good OOF background and POV.


et hop en plein vol,
le bout de fleur est tellement bienvenu dans la compo, on ne peut qu'applaudir

Ciao Didier, fantastic inflight capture, great macro of beautiful Pafia, splendid light, good contrast against blurry BG, excellent sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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