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Coenonympha pamphilus

Coenonympha pamphilus
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Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D40X
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-22 10:38
Viewed: 2559
Points: 30
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Domain: Eukaryota

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Nymphalidae

Subfamily: Satyrinae

Genus: Coenonympha

Species: C. pamphilus

The Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus is a butterfly species belonging to the family Nymphalidae, (subfamily Satyrinae, commonly known as "the Browns"). It is widespread in Eurasia and northwestern Africa, preferring drier habitats than other Coenonymphae. The larval host plants are grasses, notably Sheep's Fescue. The butterfly loosely resembles a small Meadow Brown, but the brown colour of the wings appears noticeably paler in flight. Unlike the Meadow Brown and other common members of Satyrinae, the Small Heath is a lateral basker, only ever resting with its wings closed and angled at 90° to the sun.
The larvae have lifespans of varying length, even within the same climate, thus the imagines of one generation may be seen over a long period. The butterfly usually has two, occasionally three, broods and is on the wing from mid May until early October (late June to mid August in colder climates). The insect overwinters in its larval stage.

La Coenonympha pamphilus è una farfalla molto comune in Italia, della famiglia dei Satiridi, che si adatta ad ogni ambiente e può essere avvistata nei prati fino a 2000 m di quota. Le ali di questa farfalla non sono particolarmente colorate, ma come altri lepidotteri presentano delle macchie in grado di ingannare i predatori: pensando che si tratti di occhi, essi attaccano in quella direzione per colpire la testa, che invece è piccola e seminascosta: con gran sorpresa del predatore, la Coenonympha ha tutto l tempo per scappare. Alcune farfalle hanno evoluto addirittura delle "finte teste" vere e proprie all'estremità delle ali!

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-05-22 10:46]

Ciao Roberto !
Semplicemente, un ottimo catture.
Bene svolto con un certo colore.
Una bella serata,

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-05-22 11:02]

hi roberto,
excellent macro picture, beautiful picture with fine details

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-22 11:18]

Hello Roberto,
Excellent sharp detailed photo in a wonderful composition. The colours are very beautiful against a good OOF BG.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-22 12:03]

Hi Roberto. A very good close up of the Small Heath Butterfly. Which you have taken with sharp focusing and fine detail . Your side POV lets us see the spot on the wing. You have used the light well which has given fine detail and natural colours. well done tFS.

Have a good weekend.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-05-22 13:20]

Slav Roberto,
A wonderful macro composition.Nice color and very good sharpness.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-22 13:45]

Hello Roberto,
Lovely capture of the Small Heath. Great sharpness and lovely colours. Looks great against the green background. Excellent composition .
Best regards Siggi.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-05-22 16:02]

Hola Roberto,
sorprendente macro y atractiva composición,
buen foco y color,

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  • Helio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 0 N: 16] (533)
  • [2009-05-22 17:40]

Excelente shot!

This is an excellent capture of a small heath!
The image is sharp and the details fine!
Lovely composition and colours!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-23 3:22]

Hello Roberto
Amazing capture with wonderful vivid colors and excellent details.

Ciao Roberto, bellissima sta piccoletta, perfetta messa a fuoco con splendido fsfondo uniforme, ottimi dettagli e magnifica nitidezza, macrostupenda, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Roberto
Excellent catch.
Flyers details can be observed very well.

Hello Roberto,

Italy must be the place for early, beautiful butterflies. I have seen only a couple of cabbage whites this year!

This is a superb close-up. Excellent details of the head and wings, from their colour to their textures.
Very well composed, too.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-23 5:44]

Hi Roberto.
Blameless in all respects picture. I like fine subject, wonderful colours, excellent framing of the image and great composition. However, the key point of the shot is ultimate and lovely looking details/sharpness. These days I took many shots of the species with 300 mm + 1.4x TC. Unfortunately, I cannot get such nice shots with new equipment. However, our species is very small, about 15 mm. Last year we had large specimens. My congratulations. Well done.

Hello Roberto
amazing shot of this Small Heath, the details are splendid, we can see each hair on his body and the texture of his wings, the colors of the butterfly and the BG are superb, nice pose and POV
Have a nice sunday

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