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Maniola jurtina

Maniola jurtina
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (neusser0204) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 528 W: 49 N: 2151] (8737)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-04
Categories: Nature
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-26 10:11
Viewed: 684
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.


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Ciao Siggi, beautiful butterfly with splendid details, fantastic colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Siggi, what a perfect macro of this meadow brown. Perfect exposing and side lighting providing a great 3D effect.
TFS this fine image may friend,


Hi Siggi,
ich hab' dieses Ochsenauge schon in Italien gesehen, es hat mir aber nie den Gefallen getan seine Flügel zusammenzufalten wie hier.
Ich hab' ihn nur mit geöffneten Flügeln.
Ist ja aber auch schön ;-)
Vielen Dank, ganz tolles Bild
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Siegfried,
Wonderful amazing shot..Here is the life...
Beautiful details and good job.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2008-11-26 16:17]

Witaj raz jeszcze!
Motylek jest cudny i ujecie tez...kazdy wlosek na jego glowce jest widoczny. Brawo!
Gratuluje ujecia i wykonania i serdecznie pozdrawiam.

Hi Siegfried,
Beautiful macro picture nicely composed and presented , Excellent pOV. and sharpness,
great colors and sharpness,clear picture and
Well taken and done of this butterfly..

This is fantastic Siggi. Every element is sharp and vivid. Lovely clean background. The venation on the butterfly's wings is well focused and defined. My best regards...Danilo

Witaj Siegfried,
skromny motylek tym razem, ale skromność nie jest wadą. Dobrze, fachowo sfotografowany na ładnym kwiatowym tle, cieszy oko.
Pozdrowienia - Sławek

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