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Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 3 N: 3088] (10784)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-25
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D-80, AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, @ ISO 400, SIGMA 62MM EX DG MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods from the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-05 22:40
Viewed: 1378
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Maniola jurtina (Meadow Brown) [in Turk. Çayır Esmeri]

Another widespread butterfly which I photographed firstly from my Black Sea region trip (Tepeköy, Fatsa, Ordu)!

TFL and Have a nice day!!

©Bayram GÖÇMEN, Ege University, Faculty of Science. All Rights Reserved.


The meadow brown is a common butterfly. It is dark brown in colour with an eye-spot on each forewing. Females can be distinguished from males by the presence of an orange colouration on the forewings. In both sexes, the underside of the wings are paler in colour. The caterpillar is yellowish-green with a dark green underside, and is covered in long white hairs. A yellowish-white line passes along each side and the tail tapers into two whitish projections.

This butterfly is found throughout Europe reaching east to Turkey (everywhere) and Iran.
As the common name suggests, this butterfly was once closely associated with meadows. It is also found in downland, woodland rides, heaths, road verges and waste ground and is also found in urban habitats including gardens, parks and cemeteries.

The meadow brown is a univoltine species, which means that one generation is produced a year. The adults are on the wing from the end of May to the late August (in Turkey), and females lay eggs either on blades of grass or in vegetation close to grasses. The eggs hatch after around three weeks and the caterpillars feed throughout the day, retreating down into the grasses in spells of cold weather. They overwinter among the grass stems and feed at night the following spring. The pupae are attached to grass stems during May, and adult butterflies emerge in around a month, starting the whole cycle once more.

1. Baytaş, A. (2008). Türkiye’nin Kelebekleri Doğa Rehberi. NTV yayınları, Doğuş Grubu İletişim Yayıncılık ve Ticaret A.Ş., Istanbul, 222 s.
2. Tolman, T.(2008).Collins Butterfly Guide of Britain and Europe. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., London,. 384 pp.
4. ARKive

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  • Great 
  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2009-10-05 23:03]

Merhaba my friend...
Beautiful butterfly...
This is so nice shot seria...

Merhaba Hocam,
Mükemmel bir kelebek makrosu daha...Netlik ve renkler süper Üstad,Eline sağlık.


Salam Bayram

Good macro with nice composition and well managed background and foreground, seems like a 3D view...
Just in my opinion the DOF is not enough here because the tips of the wings are out of focus, a closer aperture may help

Best wishes

hello Bayram
how are you friend?
another fine shot from you
good colours, contrast and sharpness
lovely colours
nice dof


Hi Bayram MF,

Great capture of the lovely butterfly with wonderful details!
The POV and sharpness are perfect with superb colors!
Well done.

best regards,

Excellent macro shot!
Perfect sharpness of that butterfly.
Lovely colors and light, nicely blurred background. Great composition and presentation.
An interesting note.

Bonjour Bayram
Superbes couleurs, une composition parfaite qui parfume le regard.
Comme une feuille d'automne déposé par le vent,
cet élégant papillon semble faire la cour à dame fleur.

Hello Bayram,
The butterfly's wings are so sharp that it is easy to admire the depiction of well defined lines and veins. The smooth b/g is noise free and showcases this lepidopteran composition well. My best regards.

Hello Bayram,

THis is a wonderful capture of the meadow brown.
The focus is sharp and the colours accurate. I love how you have captured the details of the contrasting textures of the body and wings.

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

Ciao amico Bayram, lovely butterfly with wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and superb details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-10-06 10:31]

Merhaba Bayram bey,
çayır esmerini tanıyorum.Birkaç kere görmüştümama erkek ve dişinin farklarını bilmiyordum.Güzel notunuz için teşekkürler.Necla.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2009-10-06 11:53]

Merhaba Bayram,

Splendid image that you offer us.
New episode, I still here today.
Greetings from Germany,

  • Great 
  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2009-10-06 14:23]
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merhaba hocam....
Çayır esmerini yerim ben, bu ne güzellik böyle..
çok güzel çalışmalar bunlar, güzel işler...benim yapamadığım, fakat çok istediğim çalışmalar, meryem olmasa ekleyecek şey bulamayacağım yani.... :) selam ve saygılar...

Selam Bayram Hoca,
Şu kelebeklerin kanatlarına hayran olmamak olası değil. O ne doku ve detaydır. Bir yandan yaprağa benziyor. Arka planıyla renk armonisiyle yine hoş bir kare
Selahattin E

Hello MF Bayram,
wonderful shot of this Meadow Brown, very sharp details and great composition but was i like the most are the beautiful colors
nice pose and POV.
Best regards Siegfried

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  • solrac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1103 W: 26 N: 1025] (9012)
  • [2009-10-18 10:40]

Perfecto enfoque con gran detalle y colores naturales de esta mariposa posada sobre la flor
Buen trabajo
un saludo

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