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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/14.0, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-11-15 8:24
Viewed: 2098
Points: 38
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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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Hello Marius, my dear friend,

Hope you are doing fine and life with butterflies is good....smile. This is a finely focused shot of this elegant butterfly. Yes, excellent focus! The details and angle are both praiseworthy.What can be more perfect than this my dear neighbour today?It surely looks like a proud duke. Thanks a lot for sharing a marvellous photo.....take care warmest regards/Abid

hello Marius,
very well taken picture with top sharpness and very perfect colour. good composition.
best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-11-15 11:08]

Hello Marius,
Excellent sharp detailed photo of this butterfly in very beautiful colours, a good DOF and nice centred composition.

Buna Marius,
Interesant si frumoasa foto despre aceasta fluturas.Compozitie si culorile sint perfecta si un contrast foarte buna fata de fundal.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-11-15 11:35]

Hello Marius,
A very beautiful picture of Hamearis lucina with open wings. A very special species which I haven't seen often. Perfect presentation as usual (Sharpness, colors, composition)
Well done again.
Kind regards

HI Marius,
excellent photo of this butterfly. Amazing colours. What a nice composition! Perfect sharpness and details.
Have a nice evening,

Ciao Marius.
Una delle più belle macro sinora viste,con eccellenti dettagli ed una grande nitidezza,stupendi i colori ben definiti complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Ciao Marius, great macro of lovely little butterfly, fantastic light, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Marius
Great photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness!

Hello Marius,
fine capture of this butterfly with good sharpness and lovely details. I also like the beautifully natural colours anbd the nicely opened wings.
Best wishes,

Hello Marius
Fantastic capture of this wonderful butterfly.Excellent composition,wonderful colours and great sharpness.Thank You.
have a good weekend!
Kind regards

Ciao Marius. Good sharp and detaial with beautiful natural colours. Good management of light.


excellent pov. great details and fantastic colors all around. tfs

hello marius
this is SUPER good
Great sharpness with nice BG and beautiful colours
i like this picture
thaks greeting lou

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-11-16 22:53]

Awesome macro Marius,
Top quality image in all aspects of photography. The Duke of Burgundy is truly a beautifully marked butterfly with gorgeous coloring. Love the super fine detail and excellent exposure. Great work!!

Hello Marius,
A fantastic macro with fine colors, details & POV. Very nicely composed & presented with a great pose. Nice work & TFS. Regards & best wishes!


Hallo Marius
This is really a beautiful image. The combination of colours in the image as a whole is striking, the composition and point of view very pleasant, and the overall presentation has a "friendly" touch to it. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-11-19 6:46]

HI Marius,
Very nice photo with nice butterfly.
Excellent colours,detail and focus.
Well done!
Regards Jiri.

Buna Marius
Hamearis lucina also occurs in NW Turkiye. I have visited many times in this area, especially Bulgarian border. Unfortunately I cant find it up to now.
You are lucky to see this beauty and captured it with a very nice shot from dorsal POV. focus and composition also very nice.
Thanks for sharing, my friend. Have a nice evening

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