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Heath Fritillary

Heath Fritillary
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-25 4:24
Viewed: 3242
Points: 52
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Heath fritillary - Melitaea athalia

A species that seems to fluctuate in numbers from year to year! Last year they were very scarce here while last summer they appeared in very large numbers at the edge of the forest and in the garden. Their markings are variable but males and females are similar.

The fully grown caterpillar is about 22–25 mm long, predominantly black/grey and has pale yellow-orange spines and greyish-white spots. The food plants are Plantago, Melampyrum and Veronica. The mature butterfly is on the wing from mid-June to August.

This was taken with the camera handheld. It has been cropped and sharpened.

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Hallo Ulla
A beautiful image, not only filled with lots of colour and sunshine, but also with sharp details and attraction to it. The composition and viewpoint is pleasant and the image as a whole is a pleasure to look at. Thanks for sharing a lovely macro. Best regards.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-25 4:27]

Hi Ulla,a great memory of the late springtime,a specie that not live in my fields,beautiful perspective,details and colors,not easy to take whit the open wings.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Namaste, Ulla!
Thanks for being my next-door neighbour on the gallery today.
What marvellous image you have pulled out of your summer collection for our pleasure! It is a beauty.
Warm regards.

Ciao Ulla, great macro of lovely Maelitea athalia, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-25 5:59]

Hello Ulla,
Great photo from last summer. Fantastic sharpness, details, DOF and very beautiful colours. Very fine composition.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-11-25 6:17]

Beautiful species with fine colors and pattern, good composition. tfs.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-25 7:02]

Hello Ulla.
Superb this butterfly in an excellent photo.Great the contrast between the vivid colours of butterfly and the light peaceful green.Best regards Siggi

Excellent detailed photo. Very good setting for the butterfly on the edge of the leaf. The green background suits the butterfly very well to show off the beautiful colours.
regards yiannis

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-11-25 8:12]

Hej Ulla,
Very good capture ..
Nicely composed to the corner in good lighting and excellent sharpness.
Best wishes,

Hello Ulla
Interesting species and excellent photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

Hi- fantastic capture. Good pov and great sharpness. The hairy details are so clear. Tfs

wonderful minimal composition with fine photo performance!
regards Nasos

Hi Ulla,
very good photo of this butterfly. Amazing colours. Very good composition.
Have a nice weekend,

hello ULLA
great sharpness and very good details with a beautiful composition
i like this shot
thanks greeting lou

Hello Ulla,
A beautiful composition caught in nice colours and great sharp details. I like the butterfly`s contasting colours against green BG. Well done!

Hello Ulla,
Superb macro with great focus and very good clarity.
Wonderful contrast against the background.
It is a splendid capture with razor sharp details.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-11-25 13:39]

Hi Ulla,
Very nice portrait of a beautiful butterfly.
Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Ulla. Impressive sharp and details for the M athalia in interesting diagonal pose.


Hello Ulla,
Fantastic sharpness/detail, colours, light balance against a very good BG. Well done.
Best regards,

Hi Ulla,
Lovely picture. The butterfly is lively under bright sunlight. Well seen against soft background.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-11-28 4:43]

Hello Ulla,
A fine natural picture of the Heath Fritillary, which was very scarce in our region this year. I like the way you have presented your picture with the grass-blade forming a kind of diagonal on which is posed the butterfly.
Un grand merci!

Hello Ulla,
Beautiful colours and excellent quality and composition. A pleasure to view. Well done.

Hello Ulla

Beautiful butterfly photo, with fine POV
and framing, excellent focus sharpness
and details, excellent contrast, TFS


Very nice Heath captured from the top, Ulla. Lovely wings markings and details around the abdomen is beautiful and sharp all around. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Excelentes colores y muy buena composición.
Un abrazo Ulla: J. Ignasi.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-02-09 4:14]

Hi Ulla!
Wonderful composition. I love the blurred BG, which makes th subject stand out very well.
Perfect focus on the butterfly and superb details.
Splendid vivid colours.
Congratulations and TFS.
Ciao! Vanda

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