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Melanargia galathea

Melanargia galathea
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Copyright: Helmut Roos (buscape) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 355 W: 20 N: 1518] (7615)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 800E, AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f4.0 G IF-ED VR II, Nikon TC14EII
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-07-27 1:02
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Points: 26
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Class: Insecta; Order: Lepidoptera; Family: Nymphalidae; Genus: Melanargia; Species: Melanargia galathea

The Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. Found across most of Europe (not Scandinavia), north Africa, and as far east as Iran, the late twentieth century has seen an expansion of its range in the UK. Despite its common name, this butterfly is one of the "browns", of the subfamily Satyrinae. They are a common sight in unimproved grasslands across southern Britain, particularly on the South Downs. Like other members of its subfamily, the larvae feed on various grasses. The full range is unknown, but it is thought that Red Fescue Festuca rubra is essential in their diet. Adults emerge in July, and, on a good site, in warm, sunny weather, thousands can be seen gently fluttering amongst the grass heads. Another nickname for the Marbled White butterfly is the "Marmoress".

Sopurce: Wikipedia

There is another picture of the Marbled White in the workshop.



Klasse: Insekten; Ordnung: Schmetterlinge; Familie: Edelfalter; Gattung: Melanargia; Art: Schachbrett

Das Schachbrett, oder auch Damenbrett (Melanargia galathea) ist ein Schmetterling (Tagfalter) aus der Familie der Edelfalter (Nymphalidae). Das Schachbrett ist eine sehr variable Art und bildete eine Anzahl örtlicher Formen aus.
Die Falter erreichen eine Flügelspannweite von 37 bis 52 Millimetern. Ihre Flügeloberseiten sind schachbrettartig schwarz oder dunkelbraun und weiß gefleckt. Die Flügelunterseiten sind überwiegend weiß bis hellbräunlich gefärbt und haben mehrere graue Flecken, deren Rand etwas dunkler gefärbt ist. In der Postdiskalregion kann man mehrere schwarze, weiß gekernte und breit weiß umrandete Augenflecken erkennen. Die Flügeladerung ist schwarz. Es gibt Exemplare, deren Flügelunterseite fast rein weiß gefärbt ist. Ebenso existieren auch (etwa im Friaul) sehr dunkle Formen.

Quelle: Wikipedia

Ein weiteres Bild von diesem Schachbrett findet man im Workshop.

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Ciao Helmut, lovely butterfly on beautiful flower, splendid lighting BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-07-27 3:10]

Hi Helmut,i like a lot this style,a minimalstic composition and the best backlight management to have the best from this situation,magnificent details too,a rare specie to see in my country.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Beautiful photo Helmut! Interesting composition, wonderful BG and fantastic lighting

hello Helmut,
what a perfect picture like poetry. amazing colour, splendid sharpness and awesome composition.
my regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-07-27 8:18]

Hello Helmut,
Great sharp detailed photo of this butterfly in very beautiful colours and a marvellous composition. Splendid blurred background.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2012-07-27 8:22]

Hi Helmut,

This is truly a wonderful composition. it looks like the butterfly is tumbling over. Great artistic shot with superb sharpness and natural colors. Bravo!


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-07-27 9:19]

Hello Helmut,
The Marbled White has such striking wing markings as your photo so nicely shows. I like both this version and your WS. Colors are very attractive and exposure is right on the money.

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2012-07-27 10:42]

Hi Helmut,
excellent photo, amazing details, lovely composition ! Well done ! Thanks !

Hi Helmut,
amazing composition. Nice natural colours. Perfect atmosphere.
Thanks for sharing,

hallo Helmut
very nice picture with good details and super composition
great sharpness and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

hello Helmut,
Une très belle composition, la fleur et le papillon se détachent parfaitement sur le fond lumineux.
C'est très bien fait, détails parfaitement exécutés.
bon W-E

Ciao Helmut.
Una vera meraviglia fotografica,splendida composizione,complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Hello Helmut,
What a splendid image with exceptional details and outstanding sharpness. Absolutely amazing vivid colors and nice composition. The light and exposure are great.
Thanks for sharing!

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