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Note the Sex Band of the Male

Note the Sex Band of the Male
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-08 8:04
Viewed: 3785
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It is not often one can capture both male and female together with the wings open and not in copula with the wings closed.

Wall Brown, Lasiommata megera

The Swedish 'Svingelgräsfjäril', which is taken from an old name for a species of grass that is one of the larval host plants.
This species is not common in Sweden, but it occurs in grassy areas near the coasts S. of Stockholm where there are rocks or stone walls.

This species of Satyrid butterfly is common in most of Europe except the far north. The larvae feed on various species of grasses and the adults fly in late spring with a second generation in the late summer.

We were out on a heath with grassy areas looking for field mushrooms in a nature reserve.
It was too early for the mushrooms but we saw these two flying along an old stone wall.

Notice that the male has a dark sex band on each forewing. The female on the left lacks them and looks brighter when resting and when she flies.

The male on the right approached the female . When he came closer than shown in this image she flew off and he chased her hoping to get close enough to shake the scales off his scent bands to make her interested in allowing him to pair with her.

This was taken at a distance of about 2 meters (6.5 ft) with my camera and long lens hand-held.

After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened and converted from RAW to JPEG.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-08 8:10]

Hello Ivan,
Very nice photo of these couple in beautiful natural colours. Good sharpness. Excellent DOF and composition. Beautiful surroundings.

hello Ivan
a super moment for you to take 2 beauty on 1 picture
great details nice composition and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Ivan,
Very good close up with great details, nice colors and POV!

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  • Kasek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 13 N: 50] (284)
  • [2011-08-08 8:40]

Beautiful photo of that pretty species, great job!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-08 8:47]

Hi Ivan,this is rare to take and very interesting,a great and lucky scoop,and a magnificent perspective whit total focus on the couple and great details and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano

Beautiful scene and impressive photo Ivan! The POV, the composition, the colours and the lighting are excellent. Very good sharpness too. The DOF is unbelievable.

Hi Ivan,
what a nice photo of these butterflies. Great point of view. Amazing sharpness. Perfect colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Very interesting to see both sexes together and to compare. good photo. regards yiannis

Hej Ivan,
you are a lucky man, two for the prices of one, I have never seen
It's great to see the difference of the sexes.
Fine natural colours, well composed and with fine sharpness.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-08 10:27]

Hello Ivan.
This is a very beautiful pair of butterflies captured nicely.Excellent POV with both of them in plain sight, superb colors and very good DOF.Best regards Siggi

Hello Ivan,
As usual a first class image with outstanding colors, wonderful details and perfect focus.
The composition with the two butterflies is great.
Thanks for sharing!

merhaba Ivan
what a nice scene of this beautiful butterfly couple. you nicely captured them from great POV/DOF and with great focus. nicely composed and presented with good notes. çok teşekkürler dostum. iyi akşamlar.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-08-08 11:33]

Hi Ivan,
Amazing butterfly and wonderful scenery.Nice colours, good sharpness and depth of field.
Regards Jiri.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-08-08 12:03]

Hello Ivan,
Very interesting shot with these two butterflies with opens wings. Nice job showing the natural environment in good natural colors and sharpness.TFS
Nice week!

PS:you´re right, my last pic was not in according to the rules.So I took it out!
Thank you for having warned me! I appreciated it !

Hello Ivan,
fine capture of this couple with good sharpness and beautiful colours. I especially like your timing to take them together with the wings open. Great composition, my compliments.
Best wishes,

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-08 12:24]

Hello Ivan,
excellent shot with beautiful natural colors, great sharpness and very good lightness.

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful captured of these beautiful butterflies, the colours and details are looks really good against the stony background, point of view and composition are also very good,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2011-08-08 13:39]

Eficaz y bella presentación de esta pareja de Lasiommata que tan hábilmente
captaste juntos, y como bien dices, con sus als desplegadas.
Bellos colores, buena luz y acertado entorno que te "mete" en la escena.
Un abrazo Ivan: Josep Ignasi.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-08-08 16:56]

Hello Ivan,
A wonderful capture of these couple butterfly,with great composition,colors and excellent sharpness...
Have a nice day!...

very good composition from fine POV in this beautiful companion!
regards Nasos

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-08-09 6:09]

Hi Ivan.
Again you have captured an extraordinary image. It is rare to see this pair together with open wings a perfect pose on the stone. Both butterflies with sharp details and beautiful natural colors. Fantastic presentation of the Lasiommata megera.
TFS and best regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-08-09 6:52]

Yes, agree with you, its bit rare to capture both sex in one frame may be except when they are mating but not like this, good image showing both of them well, good capture. tfs.

Hello Ivan,
Wonderful photo.
Beautiful buterfly,
Have a good day.

Hi Ivan,
I think it would be a big score to get one of these butterfles but two and both sexes. Really good well written notes. A great find for sure. I like it.

Are you writing your own book...with so many cut and paste description I think you and I are among a few who do our own words....and it works well for me. Sure explains the photo perfectly.

Hi Ivan,
Excellent composition & POV
TFS, regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-08-10 4:40]

Bonjour Ivan,
Always excellent to have both, male and females on the same picture and see the differences in appearance. You have been lucky!
This picture reminds me one of mine of a few years ago with a couple too. These butterflies are very often seen on rocks, like on your shot.
Thanks also for the interesting note.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-08-10 4:49]

Hi Ivan.
Your picture looks like from charming fairy-tale. Terrific scene. I am amazed with DOF. You managed to achieve great details of the main part of the captured scene. Bravo. Simply sweet picture, specially for eye and wonderful mood. Many thanks for this charming work and very touching words to my last pictures.

Hello Ivan,
I`m impressed by your excellent setup and perfect DOF. Excellent details and natural colours too. Well done!

great capture Ivan, excellent composition and very good details on both butterflies, congratulations !
have a nice evening,

ciao, tino

Hallo Ivan,
a very beautiful and interesting capture of this pair Wall Brown, excellent point of view showing perfectly this species features for a compare between male and female, marvellous colours and very good sharpness, excellent composition too
Best regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-08-15 18:58]

Hello Ivan,
Congratulations on this fine capture of both sexes in a wonderful full opened wing pose. Exceptional detail and beautiful colors. Love the composition and superb DOF. Great work!!

Interesting lesson you have here, Ivan. You are lucky to have them both at the same time for comparison. This is rather unique as they are both looking rather identical except for the darker band.

Thanks and Happy New Year 2012.
Kind regards,

Hello Ivan

I love when i see butterfly at the ground,
i see that kind of photo with Luciano time
to time and i love it like your photo here,
it give another view of the butterflies,
and excellent timing to have the couple
in the same photo, TFS


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