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Melitaea didyma

Melitaea didyma
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Copyright: Horia Scubli (horias) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 86 N: 1227] (7698)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-26
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D7100, AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, Hoya HMC Super 62 mm UV(0)
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-01 0:45
Viewed: 1024
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Melitaea didyma

This butterfly is very widespread and fairly common throughout central and southern Europe, up to about 1,800 m (5,850 ft), but absent from Britain and northern France.

Its wingspan ranges between 35 - 50 mm (1 1/3 - 2 in). Males are usually a deeper orange than females, but both sexes are extremely geographically variable. Undersides are pale orange-brown, with cream markings and black spots.

It flies on mountain slopes and in flowery meadows, between mid-spring and late summer. There may be one to three broods, depending on locality and altitude.

Eggs are laid in batches on various foodplants, such as plantain, toadflax and speedwell.
Larvae live gregariously until after hibernation.

Other languages:
UK: Spotted Fritillary Red-Band Fritillary
DE: Roter Scheckenfalter
FR: La mélitée orangée
CZ: hnědásek květelový
PL: Przeplatka didyma
SK: Hnedáčik pyštekový
HU: Tüzes tarkalepk
ES: Doncella timida

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Excellent macro photographed with nice color tone and DOF!!

Hi Horia,

Beautiful, clear photo of this attractive butterfly. Good exposure and sharpness. Impressive and interesting notes too. TFS.


Good Morning, Horia!

Again a wonderful capture of a beautiful butterfly! Well-chosen POV and great sharpness. I like the dominating ornage color of the butterfly. The eyes are justspectacularly shown!
Thanks for sharing.

with weekend greetings,

Hi Horia,
Incredible sharp focus of this beautiful butterfly. Butterflies are obiously your passion. Well done.
Regards, Doug

Hello Horia,
The wing pattern and design are gloriously captured, the sharp artichoke thistle show its thorny nature. Well done, a high quality image. Regards.

lovely shot
nice pp work
good colours
fine light and exposure
good placement

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  • Lolo54 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 171 W: 0 N: 2] (1308)
  • [2009-08-01 13:38]

excelente macro, bello colorido, abrazos

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-08-02 1:10]


Fantasstique papillon, de toute beauté cette macro, qui il est bvien posé sur sa plante, une emrveille.

bravoe t amitié


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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2009-08-02 12:28]

Bonsoir Horia,

Excellente macro, les couleurs sont vives et nettes.
Du trés bon travail.
Une bonne soirée a toi.

Excellent macro!! Supper sharp detail. Nice color and lighting.
Well done Horia, TFS

Luminescent and nicely captured. Koszonom! Janos

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  • b021 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 48] (1184)
  • [2009-09-06 10:30]

Hi Horia,
Nice clean shot ! Awesome photo !


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