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Maniola jurtina

Maniola jurtina
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-10
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-05 1:40
Viewed: 2527
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) is a butterfly found in European meadows, where its larvae feed on grasses.
Similar species are Gatekeeper (which prefers to rest with its wings open) and Small Heath (which is smaller).
There is marked sexual dimorphism in this species. Males are less colorful, with smaller eyespots and much reduced orange areas on the upper forewings. They are also much more active and range far about, while females fly less and often may not away from the area where they grew up.
A variable number of smaller eyespots are usually found on the hindwing undersides. These may number up to 12 per individual butterfly, with up to 6 on each wing. The factors that govern polymorphism in this trait are not resolved, although a number of theories have been proposed (Stevens 2005). On the other hand, the evolutionary significance of the upperwing eyespots is more obvious: The more active males have a markedly more cryptic upperside pattern, whereas the females have more often opportunity to present their eyespots in a sudden display of colors and patterns that presumably make neophobic predators hesitate so that the butterfly has better chances of escaping.

anel, ramthakur, zulfu, bahadir, jaycee, Dis. Ac., nglen, boreocypriensis, eng55, SelenE has marked this note useful
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Merhaba Siggi,çok güzel birkompozisyon ve harika bir ışık.Artalanın renkli flu görüntüsü kareye çok yakışmış.Çiçeklein kadrajdaki orantılı duruşları ve kelebeğin netliği süper,ellerine sağlık :)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-05 2:05]

Hallo Siegfried,
Die Maniola jurtina ist Dir oft begegnet und Du hast sie jetzt schon mehrfach mit schönen Bildern illustriert. Auch hier zeigst Du ein feines, gut aufgebautes Bild mit subtiler Farbgebung. Gefällt mir sehr.
Liebe Grüsse

The pale flowers add a touch of colour to the image and go very well with the butterfly, Siegfried.
My compliments for a sharp and well composed image.
Thanks and regards.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-12-05 7:02]

Hello Siegfried, wonderful macro shot and composition of this beautiful meadow brown.
TFS and G's,

Hello Siegfried, razor sharp image and wonderful composition.
TFS and greetings, Bahadır

Ciao Siggi, beautiful butterfly and lovely flower with fine details and splendid sharpness, good colors and wonderful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-05 11:32]

Hi Siggi,

A beautiful picture with the Meadow Brown and the very pretty flowers. I love the pose so we can see both sides of the wings. The colors and shadings are wonderful, as are the very sharp details. A very lovely composition.

Hi Siegfried,

this are an really good one, nice composition and good dof and pov.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-05 12:08]

Hi Siegfried . You have so many butterflies in your archives . This is a nice picture of the Meadow brown from late sumer. with good detail and natural colours. well done TFS. good notes too.

Have a good weekend my friend.

Hi Siggi
Superb macro capture of a Meadow brown from lateral aspect with great details and sharpness and nice composition.
TFS and have a nice weekend!


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-12-05 21:12]

Hi Siegfried,
Excellent shot of this beautiful Meadow Brown with immaculate sharpness and colours. Great pose captured with superb lighting, DOF and POV. Very nicely composed.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-06 1:13]

Hi Siegfried,
Beautiful close up.Clear details,sharpness,colors and simple BG are perfect.
Thanks for posting.

Preciosa captura Siegfried, con un enfoque magnífico y una luz ténue muy adecuada para el conjunto. Buen encuadre y dulces tonalidades: un buen trabajo !!
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-12-08 12:37]

Hi Siggi,
Setting, background, POV, composition, colors and details look so nice. TFS
All the best,

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