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Maniola jurtina (2011)

Maniola jurtina (2011)
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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: 2011-05-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-21 4:35
Viewed: 2433
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera


Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Nymphalidae

Subfamily: Satyrinae

Tribe: Satyrini

Subtribe: Maniolina

Genus: Maniola

Species: M. jurtina

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.

Lunghezza ala anteriore: 22-30 mm
Distribuzione in Italia: tutta Italia isole comprese.
Habitat: piani e radure dal piano basale a quello montano, sino a circa 1500 metri s.lm.
Generazioni annuali: una sola, con sfarfallamento in giugno - luglio.
Piante nutrici: Poa pratensis - Poa annua - Poa trivialis - Brachipodium sp - Bromus sp. - Lolium sp. -

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Hi Roberto,
What a beutful image. That geenery contrasts beutifully with that wonderful brown butterfly. Excellantly composed as well. Good stuff. Curiously what was your F-stop? Inquiring minds want to know. Have a great weekend.

Ciao Roberto, splendido lo sharpness di questa immagine, pulito pulito, sembra quasi vellutato. Un'altro grande risultato. Ciao, Paolo

Hi Roberto,
you have captured a beautiful Meadow Brown,,
The picture is sharp with good DOF, nice natural colour.
It's a bit dark on my monitor but thats a minor.
Well done,


Another GREAT photo Roberto!! As always the POV, the composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.

Ciao Roberto, oggi siam vicini di post, ho trovato un altro bel terreno di caccia, spero ci possiamo andare insieme quest'estate, bela maniola, ottima nitidezza e splendidi colori, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-05-21 8:13]

Hello ROberto,
Well, it's a nice capture but I can't help wondering why you don't allow us to see 'Exposure' and 'Photo info' on your captures???
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hallo Roberto
Like always a great macro which is presented in the typical "Roberto" style. The image is super sharp with vivid colours and beautiful details. I very much like the viewpoint showing both sides of the wings beautifully. The details of the inner and outer wing is truly a lovely sight. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Composizione in stile sfondo scuro come piace a me,bella e strana posizione un po' di traverso ma ottimamente messa a fuoco,colori forti e ben dosati.C'era anche lei nel prato dei miracoli..ehehe....ma a quanto pare i miracoli migliori li fa' Silvio! Buona serata,Luciano

Excellent photo with very good background. regards yiannis

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-05-21 11:50]

Hello Roberto.
Very well exposed picture.You got nice details of head even whith bright surrounding. I like the uniform dark BG on which this BF stands out.Nice work.Best regards Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-05-21 12:23]

Ciao Roberto,
Nice capture of a male jurtina.
The colours, sharpness and composition are excellent with the dark BG making a good contrast.
Thanks and have a great weekend,

hello Roberto
very good composition with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-05-21 18:49]

Very simple composition for this lovely butterfly, cool colors. tfs.

Ciao caro amico Roberto,
Se questo fosse un dipinto ad olio, allora sarebbe puramente "iper ".... Bravo! ... abosolutamente nitida!
E 'un piacere per me tornare a TN e godere il vostro ottimo lavoro! ...
Saluti, abraccio, felice Domenica per voy!

Fantastic butterfly. Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.well done.


Bien trabajada la luz aunque los que más me gusta
de este trabajo son los colores y la armonía del conjunto.
Saludos Roberto: J. Ignasi.

oggi mi e- sfuggita per qualche volta, anche a causa dl vento ho rinunciato inseguirla,

bellissima farfalla, e bella compo,

complimenti !

ciao, tino

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