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Marbled White

Marbled White
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Copyright: Marx Who (Marx44) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-13 12:44
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Marbled white - Melanargia galathea

More seldom happened version without dots on bottom of wings.

Family: Satyridae

Flight Time: June-July

Size: 46-56mm

Altitude: 0-1750m

AT Schachbrett
BE Dambordje
CZ Okáč bojínkový
DK Galathea
EE Valgesilmik
FI Ruutuperhonen
FR Demi-deuil
ES Medioluto nortena
NL Dambordje
IE Marbled White
LU Dambordje
LV Raibais samtenis
DE Schachbrett
PL Polowiec szachownica
SK Očkáň timotejkový
SE Schackbräde
TR Melike
HU Sakktáblalepke
UK Marbled White
IT Galatea

This is found across Europe from southern England to north Africa and eastwards to Italy, Greece and Poland. It is missing from Spain where it is replaced by the similar Iberian Marbled White, M. lachesis. The undersides of the males have black markings, those of the female are an attractive brown. They are butterflies of open flowery meadow where they love to take nectar from purple Knapweeds.

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hello Marx
this is a BEAUTY!!!!!!!
great sharpness and very good composition with good details
beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-13 12:50]

Hi Marx. We have this Butterfly in Dorset , Southern England. You have taken this one with fine detail and sharp focusing. Your POV lets us see the wing markings which you have taken with natural colours. A nice pose on the flower head. well done TFS.

perfect close of Marbled White,Marx
i like the impressive details of wings
and the natural chromatism

ciao sERGIO

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-07-13 13:05]

Czesc Marx!

Piekne ujecie czarno-bialego motyla. Bardzo ostry, ale nie przeostrzony, z pieknym tlem i delikatnymi kolorami. U mnie dopiero zaczely sie pojawiac i na razie sa strasznie ostrozne :-)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-13 13:10]

Hallo Marx,
Bardzo interesujacy motyl w moim regionie jeszcze go nie spotkale ale ostatni w Polsce (Opolskie)zrobilem pare interesujacych ujec.Twoje jest minimalistyczne (Kwiat i Motyl) ale pokazuje wszystko co ja bym chcial widziec.Mnie sie podoba.Pozdrawiam Siggi

Very interesting photo. Good DOF and nice warn light. Well done!

Hi Marx
You have put that fine 100 mm macro lens to good use with this image (though I would say that having the same lens myself! ;)
Superb balance of exposure and depth of field to make the subject stand out so sharply. The details around the head are excellent. Top work!
Kind Regards

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-07-13 13:42]

Hello Marx,
this is a fine picture of a rare form of Melanargia galathea which comes close to f. galene.
A valuable nature document presented in a professional way.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-07-13 14:00]


Excellent, delicate and very sharp shot!


Hello Marx,
Brilliant quality, excellent background. Well done.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-07-13 15:16]

Slav Marx,
Very good close up of this beautiful butterfly.Excellent sharp details and nice colors.Well done.
Thanks for sharing.

Ciao Marx. Great POV again. Very good contrast and perfect details on wing's pattern.


Hello Marx,

This is a beautiful shot of this butterfly with radiant colors, sharpness & details. TFS.



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-13 21:30]

Hello Marx,
A superb capture of a male Marbled white taken from a fine POV to show the closed wings with excellent sharpness against a neutral BG and well composed on the thrift flower.
Thanks and best regards,

Hallo Marx
I am currently running a tight schedule and do not have time for a proper critique, but my oh my, looking at this butterfly with it perfectly shaped wings and beautiful patterns is like eye candy. The details captured are just marvelous, and indeed pleasing and soft on the eye. A flawless photograph! Thanks for sharing and although words are few, appreciation is plenty. Best regards.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-14 0:35]

Hello Marx
A top quality image with this species, excellent details, perfect focus and clear BG.Well done.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-07-14 1:04]

Very simple and beautiful image, good lighting and colors. tfs.

what a marvellous marble white! :-) excellent capture from the side showing the wonderful details on the wings. excellent
composition with it sitting on the pretty pink flower. terrific job & best wishes, thor.

perfect simple pic, TFS Ori

Fotka jest poprostu perfekcyjna. Ostrosc, tlo, kolory, POV, wszystko super

Hello Marx
fantastic shot with superb sharpness on the wings and the hairy body of this Marbled white, great details on the flower too
wonderful BG, DOF and side view
lovely colors
Have a good night

Hello Marx,
VERY nice picture, extremely sharp, with perfect DOF.
I really like it


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