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Silver-washed Fritillary

Silver-washed Fritillary
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Copyright: nuri senemek (senn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-07-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K-3, Pentax 300mm f/4 ED IF SDM SMC DA*
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-08-08 3:40
Viewed: 1663
Points: 22
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Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) :

The Silver-washed fritillary butterfly is deep orange with black spots on the upper side of its wings, and has a wingspan of 54–70 mm, with the male being smaller and paler than the female. The underside is green, and, unlike other fritillaries, has silver streaks instead of silver spots, hence the name silver-washed. The caterpillar is black-brown with two yellow lines along its back and long reddish-brown spines. Adults feed on the nectar of bramble, thistles, and knapweeds, and also on aphid honeydew. The silver-washed is a strong flier, and more mobile than other fritillaries, and, as such, can be seen gliding above the tree canopy at high speed. Its preferred habitat is thin, sunny, deciduous woodland, especially oaks, but it has been known to live in coniferous woodland.

The male possesses scent scales on the upper side of the forewing that run along veins one to four. The scent produced from these scales attracts females and helps to distinguish it from other species. Unusually for a butterfly, the female does not lay her eggs on the leaves or stem of the caterpillar's food source (in this case violets), but instead one or two meters above the woodland floor in the crevices of tree bark close to clumps of violets.

When the egg hatches in August, the caterpillar immediately goes into hibernation until spring. Upon awakening, it will drop to the ground, and feeds on violets close to the base of the tree. The caterpillar usually feeds at night, and usually conceals itself during the day away from its food source, but during cool weather will bask in the sunny spots on the forest floor on dry, dead leaves. It will make its chrysalis amongst the ground vegetation, and the adults will emerge in June.

The main larval food plant of the species is the common dog violet Viola riviniana.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-08-08 4:25]

Hi Nuri,absolutely perfect this capture of the beautiful Paphia,not common this year in my country,very bright detail and a magic orange in a classic pose,i like it.Have a nice WE and thanks,Luciano

Hallo Nuri
A wonderful Fritillary. This is such a sharp, clear, noise-free image with outstanding detail. The focus is perfect with very nice edges and amazing eye detail. The exposure was also prefect to bring out the beautiful colours. I like the extreme close-up, the composition, and the pleasant green background. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-08-08 7:25]

Hello Nuri,
Beautiful close photo of this butterfly in great sharpness, details and nice natural colours. Beautiful contrasting blurred background. IMO it is a bit too much centered in the composition. But a beauty it is!

Hello Nuri-Excellent BG.Very sharp and detailed picture of this Butterfly against such beautiful BG.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice WE-Srikumar

hallo Nuri
super good sharpness composition with beautiful colours and great details
good BG to
gr lou

Ciao Nuri, great macro of fantastic butterfly omn beauitiful flower, splendid sharpness, wonderful colors and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2014-08-08 12:25]

Hello Nuri

Great macro of this beautiful Paphia, splendid sharpness, excellent details, excellent clarity, very nice composition, beautiful vivid colors and a very nice BG



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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-08-09 6:10]

Bonjour Nuri,
Avec plaisir je découvre cette belle photo. Un papillon plutôt rare et en plus si bien capté. Magnifique arrière-plan mettant en relief la beauté d'Argynnis paphia. Bien vu, bien fait!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-08-12 18:52]

Hello Nuri,
This is a new fritillary for me and what a beautiful one at that. Nicely posed on a thistle head it gave you a great look at it's colorful wings and unique markings. Excellent detail and nice clean BG.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-08-18 1:25]

Nuri bey selamlar,
Cengaver',i beslenirken, çok güzel yakalamışsınız ..
Kompozisyon, ince detay ve renklerini çok beğendim.
Emeklerinize sağlık,

AMAZING vertical composition.The focus is excellent through out the butterfly wing and the flower with very beautiful green behind.

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