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Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown
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Copyright: Jose Conceicao (jconceicao) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 842] (3174)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400 D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, Hama UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-13 12:29
Viewed: 2856
Points: 16
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) is a butterfly found in European meadows, where its larvae feed on grasses, such as Sheep's Fescue.
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.

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Ciao Jose, lovely Maniola against a fascinating blurry BG, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and good details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Olá Jose,
I do not know much about DSLR, but it seems to make a macro with a 400mm lens is complicated, but you've make it very well and achieved a very artistic result. Good job! Regards, TFS, Jesús

Ciao Jose,
una bella cattura di Maniola jurtina, ottima nitidezza e bellisse tonalità di colore, molto bella la composizione con il fiore di scabiosa su uno stupendo sfondo neutro
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

Hallo Jose
Very basic: A flower and a butterfly but an absolute delight and a feast to the eye. Colours are soft on the eye and presentation done in a lovely manner. The brownish background brings out the beautiful features of this butterfly to its best. Love the mixture of colours on the wings that blends in so well with one another, and the one black circle on the upper wing. Thanks for sharing. Much appreciated. Best reagrds.

Hello Jose,

Beautiful image of the butterfly, could have little bit improved on the compo, particularly the lower portion could have been reduced a bit, otherwise lovely image.TFS

Ciao Jose. Grande stacco della farfalal su uno sfondo eccezionale. Otima composzione. Forse un po' troppo tenero lo sharp.


Hello Jose
this nice Meadow Brown is very well highlighted on this purple flower and against the blurred BG, superb color tones, great composition and very sharp details
Have a good night

Magnífica composição. Sugeria apenas um pouquinho mais de contraste para ficar 5*.



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