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Queen of Spain Fritillary

Queen of Spain Fritillary
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Copyright: Tina Dreghici (Tina) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-05
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-05 6:20
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Issoria lathonia

Hello friends :-)
I took this picture last year in November! was very nice to find this butterfly together with a lot of other insect flaying around a thistle bush - the only plant who still had some green leaves and even a few flowers.
Info from : http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Britain%20-%20Issoria%20lathonia.htm

''Adult behaviour

Males tend to bask on flat dry paths, where they regulate their body temperature either by holding their wings in a "V", or spread flat on the ground, depending on ambient conditions. They dart up to investigate passing butterflies, even those that could not possibly be mistaken for their own kind. In October 2009 for instance, at Chichester in Sussex, I witnessed a 3-way territorial "dog-fight" when a male dashed up from his perching place to intercept a pair of sparring male Clouded Yellows.

Both sexes visit a wide variety of flowers for nectar, including thistles, hawkbit, cow parsley, thyme, dandelion, hemp agrimony, marjoram, yarrow and bramble blossom. When nectaring the wings are normally held almost fully outspread. In the Alps and Pyrenees I have often seen males imbibing at the edge of puddles, and at these times the wings are normally held erect.

The adults are not particularly wary of humans, and tend to fly a short distance and resettle on the ground a few metres away if disturbed. They have a zigzag fluttery flight low over the ground, but males often fly over bushes, or soar up a slope, or over the edges of tall crops for a few moments before circling around and returning to a favoured warm sheltered spot.

Roosting probably takes place mainly in the tree tops - in Sussex for example, where the species bred at the edge of a maize field in 2009, both sexes were seen going to roost at the top of oaks and sweet chestnut trees in late afternoon. At the same site however they have also been found roosting among herbage or at the top of tall plants such as thistles and knapweeds. I also watched 2 males go to roost on maize plants, where they settled hanging beneath broad dry leaves high up on the plant.''

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Buna Tina,
O frumosa captura intr-o toamna tarzie si foarte calduroasa....
Incredibil ca ai reusit sa surprinzi in luna noiembrie aceasta specie.
Culorile naturale si detaliile foarte reusite.
Felicitari si numai bine!

Welcome back Tina Dreghici! Great new entry with fantastic depth and clarity! Love it! The butterfly stands a bit too tightly into that frame however. Give it a space!
George Veltchev

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-03-05 6:32]

Beautiful species with fine design, too close and saturation bit more..should have composed with more space..tfs.

Wow, what a clean image of Issoria, Tina!
A razor sharp image with perfect details and natural colours.

Hello Tina,
This is really very beautiful in excellent quality and adequate DOF. It is a little too closely cropped and a bit of space all round would be nice. But very good as is. A pleasure to view.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-05 7:21]

Hello Tina,
Excellent photo in superb sharpness and details. Beautiful warm colours. Good depth of field and blurry background. Nice diagonal composition.

hello Tina
super good sharpness composition with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Buna Tina,
Splendida fotografie despre aceasta specie de Fluture, rara in regiunile noastre din deaulirile Harghitei, felicitari!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-05 10:16]

Hello Tina.
A fine close up of the butterfly. with a very good POV. We can see the markings so well with natural colours. I like the pose too. Well done TFS.Best regards Siggi

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-03-05 12:00]

Splendid image, Tina!
Great sharpness and fine detail; beautiful colours and good control of light; very nice contrast with a blurred background. Very well done!

Hello Tina,
Great macro of this wonderful butterfly.Great shapness and wonderful colors.Nicely composed and captured.
Thank You,
Best regards

Hallo Tina,
a very beautiful macro of the Queen of Spain Fritilary, fine details and marvellous colours, very nice diagonal close composiiton
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-03-08 14:50]

Hi Tina,a spectacular capture of the queen of Spain,very common in my country too,fantastic wings position for the best result in sharpness and details,excellent orange too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Tina. Good natural colours ideed and excellent details. Great compo with the butterfly like diagonal.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-04-26 12:12]

Hello Tina,
A beautiful view on the wings of this female Issoria lathonia. Good diagonal composition and natural colors. This is one of my favourite butterflies, but I never have seen a specimen in November!
Kind regards

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