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Melitaea athalia

Melitaea athalia
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Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-17 11:51
Viewed: 1791
Points: 30
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Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Nymphalidae

Genus: Melitaea

Species: M. athalia

The Heath Fritillary (Melitaea athalia) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found throughout the Palaearctic from Western Europe to Japan, in heathland, grassland, and in coppiced woodland. Its association with coppiced woodland earned it the name "Woodman's Follower" in parts of the UK. It is considered a threatened species in the UK and Germany, but not Europe-wide or globally. Heath Fritillaries have a wing-span of 39ľ47 mm. The upperside is predominantly dark brown and orange-brown, with the orange-brown spots delineated by dark brown (along and across the wing-veins); there is a white fringe to the wings through which the dark brown extends. The upperside of the body is a similar dark brown to the colour on the wing, and the base of both wings is dark brown. The underside shows bands of red and (off-)white, again with each vein dark brown and each colour delineated by dark brown. The pattern of white spots at the base of the hindwing (visible at rest) is diagnostic for identification. The Heath Fritillary ranges throughout the Palaearctic region from Western Europe to Japan. In Europe, it is absent from Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, southern Portugal, southern Spain, the Mediterranean islands and southern Greece. In the UK, it is restricted to Cornwall and Devon grasslands (abandoned hay-meadows); Exmoor (heathland); and Kent and Essex (coppiced woodland on acid soils). The populations in Essex are the result of reintroductions, and further reintroductions are ongoing in various other parts of the UK. In the late 1990s, the species was estimated to occupy just 0.2% within the 10-km grid squares over the whole of its UK range. Its altitudinal range is from sea-level to 2600 m. Heath Fritillaries typically fly close to the ground, with characteristic "flits" and glides. Colonies tend to be compact, centred on favoured breeding areas. Heath Fritillaries are highly sedentary for the most part, adults rarely moving more than 100 m; however, some have been recorded dispersing up to 2 km. For a species of often short-lived habitats, it has remarkably limited colonizing ability; suitable habitats over 600 m from an existing colony are colonized slowly

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-17 11:57]
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Ciao Roby,questa non l'ho mai vista nei miei prati,cattura stupenda ad ali aperte con i consueti dettagli straordinari ed un arancione perfetto.Oggi sono uscito sul tardi giusto per provare il GPS della mia nuova macchina che in casa non prende,e ho trovato un prato riparato dal vento dove c'era di tutto e di piu'...finalmente!! Adesso che piova pure,un po' di scorta l'ho fatta..ehehe...buona serata,Luciano

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2013-05-17 12:02]

Hi Roberto
Excellent capture of this wonderful Melitaea athalia!
Wonderful sharp details and great colors.
Great blurred BG!

Ciao Roberto, spettacolare questa cattura, splendido lo sharpness ed i dettagli dell'immagine. Veramente un gran bel lavoro. Un caro saluto, Paolo

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-05-17 12:35]

Hello Roberto,
Superb sharpness, details in beautiful colours. Great DOF and a fine contrasting background.

Ciao Roberto, ci avrÓ le branchie con tutta l'acqua che ha preso, solita fantastica macro, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio


Really a lovely image.

Hello Roberto,
Beautiful Butterfly.Well balanced colour and light.You have framed it very well too.Green leaf in BG is really nice.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-05-18 5:51]

fine image of this colorful species..the greens added beauty.. tfs.

hallo Roberto
super good picture with great details and beautiful colours
the light is very good
thanks greeting lou

Hello Roberto,
beautiful image of this open wing butterfly.
great colour and sharpness.
perfect composition.

Excellent image with good details and color


Hello Roberto
Beautiful photo with interesting composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Hallo Roberto
Once again a beautiful macro of a lovely butterfly. You have captured it very skillfully showing all the butterfly's striking details and warm and inviting colours on the wings. Its furry body is also beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Boa tarde Roberto
Great capture of this species.Perfect composition,wonderful colours and excellent sharpness.Thank You.
Have a great day!
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