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The Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)

The Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
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Copyright: Pawel Chmur (cloud) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EF 70-200L + ext. tubeKenko 36mm, Hoya HMC Super UV(0)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-07-19 10:42
Viewed: 1892
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina, is a butterfy found in the Palearctic ecozone. Its range includes Europe south of 62 N, Russia eastwards to the Urals, Asia Minor, Iraq, Iran, North Africa and the Canary Islands.The larvae feed on grasses.
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.

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2012-07-19 10:48]

Hi Pawel,
very nice composition,good light, lovely details of this probably the most common butterfly here in Serbia ! Best regards !

Hi Pawel.
A very nice light shot of this butterfly resting on a ear of grass, very nice details and colours. Nice pov and pose.
TFS regards Bill.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-07-19 11:19]

Hello Pawel,
A photo in splendid soft colours and fantastic sharpness and details. Gorgeous light. Nice soft background too. Excellent composition.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-07-19 11:45]

Hello Pawel,
Excellent sharp photo of this Butterfly with very good and fine colorful details, TFS!

Czesc Pawel,
kolejny bardzo ladny motyl. Dobra kompozycja i kolory. Super tlo.

hello Pawel
super good composition with great details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-07-19 12:32]

Hallo Pawel.
Ladna centralna pozycja tego wiszacego motyla na tej trawce z bardzo dobrym tlem.
Naturalna kolorystyka i idealna ostrosc.Pozdrawiam Siggi

Hello Pawel,
No doubt a splendid image. Perfect photo taken from a good POV. The details and colors of this very nice butterfly species are fantastic. I love the superb contrast against the blurry background.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Pawel, lovely maniola on beautiful lighting BG, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-07-19 15:19]

A very elegant capture of the Maniola,very very common this year in my country too.I like the delicate composition and the excellent light management.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Bonjour Pawel
C'est une excellent Prise de vue ! Composition très gentille avec de belles couleurs, grande acuité et détails. Merci pour le partage .
Au revoir et merci....JP

Witaj Pawel,
Piekna kompozycja Ci wyszla, eleganckie kolory.

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