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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-10-01 13:34
Viewed: 2534
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 44
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Hamearis lucina, known as the Duke of Burgundy, is a European butterfly in the family Riodinidae. For many years, it was known as the "Duke of Burgundy Fritillary", because of the adult's similar markings to "true" fritillaries of the family Nymphalidae.

The male has a wingspan of 29–31 millimetres (1.1–1.2 in), and the female 31–34 mm (1.2–1.3 in). The upper side of the wings are marked in a chequered pattern strongly reminiscent of a fritillary butterfly (family Nymphalidae); however, the Duke may be separated by its wing shape. H. lucina also has a distinctive underwing pattern.

The species range is restricted to the Western Palaearctic, from Spain, the UK and Sweden to the Balkans. It is the sole representative of its (sub)family in Europe.

Colonies prefer areas where the food plants grow among tussocky vegetation. The species prefers north- or west-facing slopes in downland habitats.

As adults, the sexes exhibit distinctly different behavioural patterns. Males are highly territorial, defending small sheltered, but warm, areas. Spectacular aerial "dog fights" occur between males. Females are less "showy", but are prone to wander, frequently travelling 250 m. New colonies have been established more than 5 km from the nearest known existing colony.

Eggs are typically laid in small groups (up to 8) on the underside of leaves of a host-plant; though they may also be laid singly or on foliage adjacent to the food-plant (e.g. if primulas are growing among dense vegetation, old females laying in hot weather). Particularly "good" plants or leaves may have eggs from more than one female. The egg is spherical, with a flattened base, measuring 0.6 mm in diameter. The eggs are initially glossy and opaque, turning to a uniform pale green; prior to hatching, they develop a distinct dark purple blotch. Significant, though unintentional, predators of H. lucina eggs are large snails, as they eat primulas in the spring. The eggs hatch after 7–21 days depending on weather conditions.

Newly emerged caterpillars are almost transparent, with a few long pale hairs. They move down to the base of leaf stems, where they spend the daylight hours (the caterpillars are nocturnal).

Pupae of H. lucina are short, just 9 mm (0.35 in) long. They are pale cream (somewhat tinged pink) with evenly spaced dark brown spots and a few pale hairs. They are found either very low in dense grass or on the ground. The pupal stage lasts 9 months, with likely high mortality rates. Predators of pupae include shrews and slugs.

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Preciosa captura de esta especie que poco podemos ver por Tn.
Buen encuadre y excelente control de la luz.
Saludos Marius: Josep Ignasi.

Ciao Marius. Stunning detail and super sharp. Wonderful colours and light. Very well done. Have a nice Sunday.


Hallo Marius,
a superb capture of this marvellous butterfly taken from an excellent point of view showing its very beautiful underwing markings, outstanding sharpness and marvellous natural colours
Best regards

One of the very best images ever seen in TN, Marius ..well done!
George Veltchev

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-10-01 18:29]

Hello Marius,

Fantastic animated pose you have captured of this lovely butterfly. The warmest & purest of colors with razor sharp crispness, beautiful bokeh, & the perfect POV.



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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-10-01 19:13]

Wow, wow,wow !!!! It is really fantastic dear Marius! An outstanding pic with great details and the best composition.The colors are lovely and ...everything is amazing.Bravo!
Nice sunday!

PS; thanks for visiting my gallery!

Hi Marius,
What a nobel and appropriate name for this beutiful butterfly. Excellant sharpness and DOF. The lighting adds to the wonderful colors and details in its wings. First class again.
Have a great weekend.

Hello Marius,
Beautifully presented my Latin namesake Lucina. Super sharpness and composition.

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-01 22:41]

Bonjour Marius,
Image superbe de ce papillon qui donne l’impression d'un nouvel envol.
netteté excellente et jolies couleurs.

Hi Marius,
another impeccable shot!
Amazing colours and as usually perfect sharpness. Artisitic portrait.
Have a nice Sunday,

Beautiful photo with excellent detail in a natural setting. Very good colours and composition. regards yiannis

Another fantastic image! Thanks for having shared details sensational natural colors, this small and beautiful butterfly! Although it also flies in my area, I've never seen it, I put it among my favorites. thanks

Hi Marius, Fabulous exhibit here today my friend, superb lighting with lovely colours, splendid majestic pose, amazing detailed sharpness, great macro skills shown here Marius Bravo! and very well done indeed,
Best Regards,


Buna Marius
Excelenta foto al unei specii pe care rar am intalnit-o.Detalii bune si culori naturale.
Un weekend placut!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-02 2:20]

Outstanding image of this H. lucina, Marius!!
Fantastic sharpness, detail and light. Great POV and composition. Splendid colours. Very well done!!

Ciao Marius, superb macro of fantastic butterfly, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Marius,

Lovely picture of this beautiful butterfly from a good POV & great sharpness.
The colors & light is perfect. The details are awesome.
Well done & TFS.

very nice picture with great sharpness
the colours are beautiful
thenks greeting lou

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-10-02 11:56]

Hello Marius,
A beautifully shown close-up image of this pretty little butterfly. The detail is super fine and the clean BG keeps you focused on the intended subject. Wonderful exposure and great DOF. Reminds me of the fritillaries we have here in the states.

Hi Marius,
Great close up.Excellent colours with fantastic composition and details.
Regards, Paolo

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-03 4:41]

Hello Marius,
Most beautiful pictures you have added during my absence. Love every single picture. My choice will be the Duke of Burgundy, because it is a special butterfly, which I have seen just a few times and because I like a lot the pose and attitude you have caught on this picture. Too cute!!
And of course a picture shown with your high quality-standards.
Bravo again!
Kind regards

outstanding picture for this butterfly, congratulations Marius !

have a good time,

ciao, tino

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