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Maniola jurtina up
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2019-06-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-06-11 3:22
Viewed: 227
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I propose the upper side of this butterfly, the most common in this month in my fields, but not easy to photograph with open wings, and the upper side is certainly the best.

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Rhopalocera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Satyrinae
Tribe: Satyrini
Subtribe: Maniolina
Genus: Maniola
Species: M. jurtina

The Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) is a butterfly found in European meadows, where its larvae feed on grasses, such as Sheep's Fescue.
Similar species are Gatekeeper (which prefers to rest with its wings open) and Small Heath (which is smaller).
There is marked sexual dimorphism in this species. Males are less colorful, with smaller eyespots and much reduced orange areas on the upper forewings. They are also much more active and range far about, while females fly less and often may not away from the area where they grew up.
A variable number of smaller eyespots are usually found on the hindwing undersides. These may number up to 12 per individual butterfly, with up to 6 on each wing. The factors that govern polymorphism in this trait are not resolved, although a number of theories have been proposed (Stevens 2005). On the other hand, the evolutionary significance of the upperwing eyespots is more obvious: The more active males have a markedly more cryptic upperside pattern, whereas the females have more often opportunity to present their eyespots in a sudden display of colors and patterns that presumably make neophobic predators hesitate so that the butterfly has better chances of escaping.

Maniola jurtina (Linnaeus 1758)
Lepidottero di medie dimensioni caratterizzato dalla livrea marrone-scuro e con sulle ali anteriori un ocello preapicale con pupilla, presente anche sulla pagina inferiore ove spicca sul colore di fondo ocra. Le ali posteriori presentano, di sotto, una colorazione giallo-grigia più uniforme nel maschio, marcata, nella femmina, da una fascia postdiscale chiara contenente una serie di puntini scuri.
La larva svernante riprende all'inizio dell'estate la sua attività compiendo subito dopo la metamorfosi. Generalmente un'unica generazione con sfarfallamenti che si protraggono per tutta l'estate fino ad ottobre. Il bruco ha tegumento verde-giallastro dorsalmente, più scuro ventralmente, con i fianchi percorsi da una linea biancastra sotto gli stigmi. Testa verde-bluastra. Conduce attività notturna nutrendosi di Graminacee (Poa, Agrostis, Bromus ecc.).
Distribuzione ed ecologia
Con alcune sottospecie copre un vasto areale che dalle isole Canarie si estende all'Asia Minore e all'Iran. In Europa si spinge fino alla Scandinavia. Presente ovunque in Italia (subsp. hispulla), dalla pianura ai 1500 m.
Specie comune nel territorio, ove frequenta ambienti assolati e campagne coltivate.

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Hello Luciano,
I like this POV for this lovely and wide spread specie of butterfly.
With open wings this specie looks amazing.

Bonjour Luciano,

Les feuilles cadrent bien l'insecte. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Myrtil. La lumière met en valur la beauté des couleurs. Bonne journée.


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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2019-06-11 8:48]

Well lit shot hence this color is bit difficult without flash, nice catch.

Ciao Luciano, fantastica Maniola ad ali aperte, grande rarità dalle mie parti quest'anno, non sono ancora riuscito a farne una, macro di qualità strepitosa,poi ad ali aperte è anche bella, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Indeed one of your best collocations....all compo is excellent great work well done LUCIANO GOLLINI

Hi Luciano,
Although this time flash washed the colors of the butterfly out a bit, everything else is more than acceptable on the photo. Composition's lovely and sharpness is great (except for the left wing a bit), DOF is perfect and the POV is spectacular. Good work!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2019-06-13 2:10]

Hello Luciano,
Wonderful photo of this butterfly in excellent sharpness, details. Beautiful contrasting colors. Great composition.

Well captured, Luciano. Exposure looks perfect and well details and colors. Flowers are not overexposed. Good work.
Thanks for sharing,

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