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Copyright: Klaudio Dadich (dalmatinac) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 43 W: 0 N: 56] (238)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-10
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-14 3:17
Viewed: 3628
Points: 12
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I am just beginning to learn about the butterflies that exist around me. I could be wrong, but I think this is the Marbled or Klug's Xenica. I don't think it's the Common Brown, as it's too pretty.
Wikipedia says the following:

Geitoneura klugii is a species of butterfly belonging to the Nymphalidae family of the Lepidoptera order. It is a southern Australian butterfly that is easily camouflaged because of its resemblance to the ground where it is usually found fluttering. It can be identified based on certain characteristics. It has a wingspan of about 38 mm. The upper and lower side of the forewing is black with browinish black markings and contains a black spot with a white centre. The orange hind wing is set off by a black border and a black-rimmed eyespot. The underside of the hind wing ranges from grey to brown and consists of darker markings.
Geitoneura klugii is found in temperate parts of southern Australia with more than 100 mm of rainfall. They usually reside in cool and damp places with green food availability. They are distributed through southern Queensland, eastern New South Wales, most parts of Tasmania and Victoria, southern Western Australia, and coastal South Australia.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-14 4:26]

Hello Klaudio,
This is a fine capture of this satyrid butterfly, the half-open wings being shown pretty sharply and with good colours in a satisfactory composition.
But I have to correct you on your ID.
This is in fact a male Common Brown (Heteronympha merope). The female is quite different as this species exihibits sexual dimorphism. Klug's Zenica lacks the long angular mark that this has on the forewing.
Well done and thanks,

Hi Klaudio,
I've looked very carefully at all the pictures in my McCubbin book and I'm afraid that I think this is a male of Heteronympha merope which is your Common Brown. On the forewing, these two species are quite similar. The spot on the hindwing, however, seems to have a pale outer ring in merope that is not there in klugi. Your butterfly has this light outer ring on the hindwing eyespot.
Regardless of the identity, a very good portrait of the butterfly. Maybe culd be improved by a little sharpening. Colours and composition are fine. Thanks

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  • medio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 2 N: 35] (181)
  • [2007-12-14 7:20]

Hello Klaudio,
An excellent shot, a very good and beautiful picture frame perfect!! Thanks be shared.
Greetings Jose

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-12-14 9:17]

Hello Klaudio,
Lovely close up.Colors,lighting and exposure are wonderful.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-17 20:27]

Hello Klaudio

It is a very good image of the male common brown.
The Markings,patterns and colours show well.
The POV and DOF are very good.
A good example of how their colouration blends in with their surroundings.


Hi Klaudio,
Great capture!
Wonderful butterfly with magnicifent coloration!
Excellent POV, sharpness and contrast.
Thanks for sharing!
Congratulations for the nice work!
Josť Roberto

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