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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: 2017-06-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: NIKON D810, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-08-18 4:13
Viewed: 708
Points: 11
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This butterfly is a large fritillary and gets its name from the beautiful streaks of silver found on the underside of the wings. The bright orange male is quite distinctive as it flies powerfully along woodland rides, pausing only briefly to feed or investigate anything with an orange hue that could be a potential mate. The male has four distinctive black veins on its forewings that contain special "androconial" scales that are used in courtship. These veins are known as "sex brands". The female is paler than the male, has rounder wings and more-prominent spots. In England and Wales, the Silver-washed Fritillary is found in woodlands.


The Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia) is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae.
It occurs throughout the Palaearctic from North Africa to Japan (Bretherton, 1990). It is distinctly migratory in Western Europe, reaching almost as far north as the Arctic Circle; however, it is resident in southern Sweden and Finland, and on the coastal sand dunes of the Netherlands (Bretherton, 1990). A map of its distribution is given at Lepidoptera and some other life forms (2009).
The adult is a strong flyer, and may be found anywhere but forests.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-08-18 4:36]

Hi Marius,i remember this pic that i seen on facebook,isn't your best pic but it were difficult to do different,the DOF in the middle give us the best details on the couple of Issoria and paphia,very bright colors. Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-08-18 6:55]

Hello Marius,
It is quite a feat to capture four butterflies in the same frame. I do like the random way each one is posed at different angles in a vertical composition. Very artistic looking!!
Personally I would have cropped out the lower OOF butterfly, only because it is by far the largest one in the frame and my eyes are automatically drawn to it.
Otherwise a magical image with wonderful detail and bright natural color tones The exposure is perfect!!

Ciao Mrius, great macro of fantastic group, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness , very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

une superbe photo, belle photo de famille.
Belle mise en valeur de ce tabac d'Espagne (ARGYNNIS PAPHIA).
Bon W-E

What an attractive congregation of these Fritillaries, Marius!
The ones in the middle are in perfectly sharp focus.
It is a very cheerful and pleasant composition with summer flowers.
Thanks for sharing this beauty.

Hi Marius,
I've seen lots of great photos in your gallery, however, this one doesn't belong to them IMHO. Colors and lights are perfect, but the out of focus butterfly in the foreground is quite destructing, meanwhile the ones in focus are tack sharp. Would have been better to either rid of the frontal insect in cropping or focusing on to that one when shooting (in my opinion, of course!).
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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