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Marbled White

Marbled White
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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000, Raynox DCR 250 macro lens
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/446 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Satyrinae - Worldwide - 2 - [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-11 4:36
Viewed: 3386
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)

Range expanding.

The Marbled White is a distinctive and attractive black and white butterfly, unlikely to be mistaken for any other species. In July it flies in areas of unimproved grassland and can occur in large numbers on southern downland. It shows a marked preference for purple flowers such as Wild Marjoram, Field Scabious, thistles, and knapweeds. Adults may be found roosting halfway down tall grass stems.

This species is widespread in southern Britain and has expanded northwards and eastwards over the last twenty years, despite some losses within its range.

Conservation status
UK BAP status: not listed
Butterfly Conservation priority: low
European threat status: not threatened

European/world range
Most of Europe (except Scandinavia) and North Africa and eastwards to Iran. It is stable in most European countries.

Red Fescue (Festuca rubra) is thought to be essential in the diet of larvae but Sheep's-fescue (F. ovina), Yorkshire-fog (Holcus lanatus), and Tor-grass (Brachypodium pinnatum) are also eaten. It is thought that several other grasses may be used, but the full range is not known.

Colonies occur on unimproved grassland where a range of grass species, including Red Fescue, form a tall sward that is cut or grazed infrequently. The strongest populations are found on chalk or limestone, but a range of habitats is used, including woodland rides and clearings, coastal grassland, waste ground, set-aside, road verges, and railway embankments.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-11 5:05]

Hello Heinz,
Excellent close up.POV,clear details,sharpness,simple BG,3D effect and composition are wonderful.

A "demi-deuil" (half-mourn) as called in french. Very nice picture taken from a good POV. Where did you get the interesting infos about conservation status ? (it doesn't look threatened in France either, i've seen plenty of them lately, but they were brown and white rather than bw)

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-07-11 5:14]

Hallo Heinz,
ein wunderschönes Schachbrett, ganz frisch mit 'blauen Augen'. Wirklich alles perfekt! Bewundernswert!
Leider fliegt galathea (noch) nicht in meiner Nähe. Ich warte darauf, dass er irgendwann auftaucht, so wie Aphantopus hyperantus und Pararge aegeria, die sich in den letzten Jahren bis zu uns ins Ruhrgebiet vorgearbeitet haben.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-11 5:43]

Hello Heinz!
One of our most beautifull butterflies. Perfect capture with very well visible patterns on its wings, fresh green BG and excellent, small blue 'eyes'. Great work my friend!

hi Heinz,

nice POV and composition, it was after a rain?
maybe i will post some of mine melanargia.


Hi Heinz,
Amazing close-up!!!
Good detils and colors.
I like it...
Very well done.
TFS Malgosia

Marvellous Marble, Heinz.
Excellent point of view, DOF, colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing it and take care.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-07-11 6:45]

What a pretty patterned butterfly Heinz. I love the blue spots and everything else too. Great capture, thank you

very good one my friend,
this is quality of the first degree, well composed shot, good pov, well it's perfect, well done.
gr. jaap

Hello Heinz!
So beautiful butterfly! Wonderful patterns on the lilac pointed WB wings. Sharpness, details, pov, bg, framing all are great. TFS!

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-11 7:46]

Hello Heinz,
A beautiful shot of this Butterfly, a perfect example too. Excellent detail and colours, great DOF and I like the lines and colours in the BG, they provide a good contrast. Nice work.

Hi Heinz,
Very beautiful shot of this Marbled White. The colors are vivd and look great. Excellent tack sharp detail. Flawless composition and framing. Outstanding camera work!

Excellent shot, very natural looking.
Great POV and composition.
The Fuji has done really well here. Great exposure on the whites.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-11 8:29]

Hallo Heinz,
dein Macro ist klasse, die Schaerfe und die details sind herrlich. Super Bildgestaltung und wunderschoen praesentiert in dem schicken Rahmen.


A well detailed pic of the subject. It has good Composition, Sharpness, BG, DOF and POV. TFS,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-11 11:20]

Hi Heinz,
Beautiful and very well captured butterfly. Excelent details, texture and pov.
You are right about the preferences of this bg. I captured one without enough quality in a thistle very similar to it in color some days ago.
TFS, José M.

Excellent capture Heinz, very nice..
Distinctive and beautiful patterns seen in this one.
Very well done.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-11 11:37]

Hi Heinz,

An excellent shot of this marbled white,well seen and capture,a good exposure and POV ,well done,


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-11 13:06]

A wonderful composition and presentation of this beautiful butterfly, Heinz.
I love the way it is "hugging" the stem. Excellent sharpness and exposure showing the exquisite markings and colors of this delicate creature.
Lovely OOF green BG. TFS a fantastic shot. : )

Excellent capture Heinz,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Hi Heinz,
this is beautiful in the simple colours.
Well composed, good POC and details.
Very well done, my friend

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-07-12 4:16]

Hi Heinz,
friends all told you. I like this b-fly and your work - also.
Rgs, Aleksander

Just perfect shot of this Nymphalidae.
All the details are perfect visible. Very good colours and contrast


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-07-12 11:44]

So beautiful Heinz!
Perfect photo of this beautiful Satyridae!
5* photo!
Keep on going and TFS!

Hi Heinz,
What a beautiful butterfly this is, great capture. the composition is excellent and the picture is executed very well

Hi Heinz,
Great shot! The detail is superb. I really like the POV, showing the marvellous patterns on the butterfly. The b&w butterfly contrasts well with the green leaves. Good capture!

great shot with excellent colour and detail.

I actually saw one wild yesterday for the first time ever, but no photo, so have to settle for your excellent example as a reminder...

:-( tomorrow.


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