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Clossiana selene

Clossiana selene
Photo Information
Copyright: Horia Scubli (horias) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): papillon en europe, Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above, European Butterflies 9, Horia's favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-16 1:09
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A declining species in western Europe, it is usually fairly common where it occurs. It likes clearings in forests where it glides above the grass and low plants alighting to feed frequently on flowers. It also flies in the Rila Mts of Bulgaria, somewhat isolated from its central and northern European range. The Pearl Bordered Fritillary, C. euphrosyne, is a close relative with which it often flies. That butterfly is usually slightly earlier on the wing at the end of April, May with this species beginning to appear in mid-May.

The key differences between selene and euphrosyne are found on the underside hindwing. Both are very similar but

* euphrosyne has a rather washed-out rose tinted appearance whereas selene is rather bold with relatively strong red and yellow markings.
* in the basal area there is a black spot that in euprhosyne is small, round and surrounded by a yellow annulus. In selene this is relatively large, is often irregular (i.e. not round) and lacks a distinct yellow annulus.
* the submarginal spots are solid black in selene, those of euphrosyne are reddish.
* the post discal band has a single pearly white post cellular rectangular patch in euphrosyne which is notable for its boldness against the washed out appearance. In selene there are more pearly patches near the costa and inner margin which, with the generally bold appearance, lessens the impact of the post cellular pearly rectangle.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To horia: Multumeschorias 1 08-17 01:53
To eliz: Multumesc!horias 1 08-16 23:40
Foto Clossiana selenemarius-secan 1 08-16 05:48
To Argus: Thankshorias 1 08-16 02:21
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Good morning,

Wonderful maro capture of the Nickerl's Fritillary! Today we are immidiate neighbors, and we have contributed Fritillaries :)

The sharpness and POV are wonderful in your shot with nice natural colors. The blurry BG is great.

Thanks for sharing!

Paras Bhalla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-16 1:17]
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Hello Horia,
What a beauty! The butterfly and the photo as a whole.
Everything is so good and beautiful. No critique at all. Superb!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-16 1:17]
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Hello Horia,
This is an excellent capture of Clossiana selene taken from a great POV to show the closed wings with excellent sharpness against a pleasing natural BG.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1078 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-08-16 1:22]
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Hello Horia,
as Ivan already stated this is Clossiana selene. You show the specimen with high clarity
due to excellent sharpness and the smooth and nicely contrasting background.
Best wishes, Peter

great focus and colors, a bit central composition?

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-08-16 1:51]
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Hello Horia,
fine capture of the butterfly, lovely colours, sharp image with good details, excellent dof, lovely bg.
Best regards Siggi

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-08-16 2:02]
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Hello Horia,
Simple nice composition. Very good light, perfect saturated colours, smooth BG.
Regards, Pawel

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-08-16 2:03]
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Slav Hora,
A wonderful macro shot of the butterfly on nice flower with excellent sharpness and great colors.Thanks for sharing.Regards,

Hi Horia

Excellent shot of this Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary.
Superb OOF background provides the contrast to highlight the butterfly perfectly. Stunning sharpness and details.


Buna Horia
Foarte frumos fotografiat acest fluturas: imi place foarte mult claritatea detaliilor de pe aripi, capul si ochii. Iar bg il pune in evidenta si mai bine; O treaba foarte bine facuta!
Numai bine,

Hi Horia,

For all the heavens! this is the perfect background that I saw today in a picture! ... excellent, diffuse, homogeneous, perfect! ... Further sharpness and the light of the insect in the foreground are superb, the details are well made. It is a photo competition! goes straight to my favorite! congratulations.

Regards & TFS!


Excelenta imagine,
Sunt uimit de acuratetea acestora. Culori vii, detalii precise....

Bonjour Horia
Excellente macro,trs bonne nettet, couleurs
trs beau sujet.
Amicalement Robi

hello Horia
great colored composition with good details
greeting lou

Hello Horia.

Thank you for that picture of Clossiana selene.

It is a wonderful photography in a good composition which is very dynamic. The sharpness is very good, so that we are able to perceive many details from the butterfly. The colors are very luminous and brillant. The background is very artistic. We have the feeling of emergence of the flower, then, of the butterfly, from the background.

Nice picture - Well done.

See you soon on treknature for other pictures.

All the best.


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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3885)
  • [2009-08-16 12:33]

Bardzo ładny motyl i kompozycja, może trochę jest za dużo kontrastu lub saturacji. Pozatym wszystko bardzo ładne.

Hello Horia,
Amazing contrast and background. Very good presentation of this fine species. Congratulations,

hello Horia!
excellent macro of Boloria (Clossiana) selene taken with great sharp and color...thanks and tfs sERGIO

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2009-08-16 14:11]

Hi Horia!

Excellent photo of this beautifull butterfly. Perfect POV and composition. Interesting note. BG has got very nice green tones and some noise :-)

Hello Horias
Excellent capture of this Clossiana Selene, wonderful pose on this nice flower
great contrasted BG, colors, sharpness and POV are perfect
Have a good night

hello Horia . o imagine f buna, pozitie buna fata de subiect , background blur. eu zic ca imaginea asta este una din cele mai bune cu fluturi care le-am vazut la romani pe TN in ultimile luni.
mi-am permis sa fac un workshop pt ca mi s-a parut culoarea verde cam puternica dar si niste chestii mai minore.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-08-16 23:53]

Felicitari pentru acest macrofoto!

vey nice colour and clear background, cong.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-08-17 0:58]
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Buna Horia

Foarte frumos macro-ul tau aici!
Sunt de acord cu cuvintele frumoase a multor alti membrii despre calitatile fotogafiei. Detaliile sunt int-adevar foarte clare iar fundalul perfect uniform e extraordinar.
Expunerea e corecta, dar personal as fi scimbat un pic ceva la compozitie: as fi lasat poate o idee mai mult loc in drapta (in fata fluturelui) si as fi taiat un pic din stanga. Desigur, aici tu stii cel mai bine daca ai acut alte elemente in fotogafia initiala, elemente care au trebuit scoase, sau nu.
Oricum e o imagine foarte buna.

Bravo si merci de postare

Hello Horia,
what a wonderful picture of Boloria euphrosyne taken from an excellent POV, very good sharpness and beautiful colours, very well composed with the nice pose of the butterfly on the flower against a marvellous OOF BG.
Thank you of your comment about my picture.
Best regards

I love the clarity and simplicity of this macro, Horia!
Very well seena nd framed!

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2009-08-17 4:48]

Hi Horia,

That's great, Excellent macro.
Beautifull sharpness and details.
Good work.
Best regards.

Excellent shot! The dof and the colours of the bg are charming. Also the main subject is sharply focussed. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Horia...
what a photo? suberp POV ,superb colours, superb blurred BG, superb quality details, sweetly butterfly..
Thanks for sharing

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