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Melanargia larissa (underside)

Melanargia larissa (underside)
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-01 11:59
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Hello friends! Thank you so much for the friendly words about the Balkan Marbled White posted yesterday. Today another shot of the same species, but the underside. This one was taken in Karaman province, southern than the previous one. Maybe another subspecies…

Melanargia larissa Geyer, 1828
Family : Nymphalidae
Common names : Balkan Marbled White, Near East Marbled White [En], Anadolu Melikesi [Tu], Echiquier des Balkans [Fr]

The dark basal areas on both wings and the narrow black line that crosses forewing cell are identification features.
The underside is quite delicately marked with no marked venation.
It flight from late May to mid-August, according to seasonal conditions.
Habitat: Dry stony grassland, rocky and bushy areas, grassy meadows and open woodland.
Food Plants: mainly Poaceae.
Distribution: This species is common in South-East Europe, Asia Minor, Transcaucasia and North-West Iran. In Turkey, five subspecies have been described:
- M. larissa noacki: central and northern Turkey;
- M. larissa taurica: South;
- M. larissa lesbina: Marmara region ;
- M. larissa massageta: with very pale undersides, around Cappadocia;
- M. larissa astanda: Nord-East.

Baytaş A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayınları, Istanbul.

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To boreocypriensis: Cold? No... :))CatherineD 1 11-14 11:07
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ciao Catherine!
splendido uno-due di Melanargia larissa
ottima gestione della luce e postura affascinante di questa subspecie

grazie buona serata sERGIO

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-01 12:14]

Hello Catherine,
What a beauty! Excellent natural colours and beautiful contrasting against the OOF BG. Outstanding sharpness and details, POV and composition.

Hello Catherine,
Wonderful composition and focus. Exceptional capture with superb colours and
razor sharp details. Outstanding clarity. Congratulation!

Ciao Catherine, beautiful underside too for this lovely butterfly, wonderful blurry BG, fine details, good natural colors, splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Catherine
this is a beauty with great sharpness
very nice pose and good light
i like this picture
great shot
greeting lou

Hello Caatherine,
I have much to learn here from you :-)
Excellent sharp photo in wonderful details. Splendid Contrasting colors and clear Against the blurred green BG. Great POV, composition and DOF.
Well done.
Ciao, Melania.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-01 12:46]

Hello Catherine,
A technically and esthetically excellent capture of M. larissa resting with the wings closed. In fact this is close to perfection! :o)
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Catherine,
Very beautiful composition showing the Marbled White in a fine pose with excellent sharp details of the beautiful pattern and lovely colours. Well done!

Good evening Catherine,

Yet another beautiful photo. Textile designers would not be be able to produce anything quite like it.

Outstanding detail, excellent lighting, superb composition, interesting notes and the perfect BG. What more could one want?

Warm wishes, Amelia

This one is much more my favorite. It gives an aura or living magic. How wonderful that you were able to have it perfect position! This shows off the patterns much better.

A stunning macro, by any standards, Catherine...I love the pastels and the beautiful green BG.
Very well done..!!!

Hi Catherine,great macro of lovely little butterfly on a beautiful blurry BG

Hi Catherine,
A nice capture of this beautiful Balkan Marbled White butterfly. Sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Catherine,
pefect detalis.
nice species.

Hello Catherine,
light, sharpness, background and details perfect for this image. Very very beautiful. Regards, Paolo

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-09-02 12:57]

Very lovely, Catherine.
What a beautiful design on those wings.
Excellent details and exposure.
The composition is very pleasing.
TFS. ; )

Ciao Catherine. A superb pic here with fine details on graphic wings weft. Excellent contrats against the blurred BG.


Bonjour Catherine
Il est vraiment magnifique ce Melanargia... que l'on ne rencontre pas chez nous.
Les dessins sont très contrastés sur le fond blanc, cela donne une impression de photo en noire et blanc.
Merci pour cette belle réussite, amitiés

Hy Catherine
I just love the white and the pattern from this butterfly. Excellent clarity, perfect bg, in fact, everything is perfect!
All the best

Hi dear, i could not bealieve me how i missed this? i think you`ve uploaded it while i was in trip in Syria-Jordan!
Perfect shot of this beauty from sariveliler.
Greetings from cold and rainy London! All sends you their regards dear!


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