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Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown
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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: 2009-07
Categories: Nature
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-01 3:58
Viewed: 780
Points: 26
[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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Hi again again:) MF Siggi,
An amazingly beautiful macro capture of a meadow brown with great details and fine composition!
TFS and cheers,


Hi Siegfried!
wonderful capture!
great composition...and wonderful sharpness and details...
nice light and pleasant colors

Hi Siegfried,

Lovely macro capture of the Meadow Brown butterfly! The sharpness and POV are nice along with great use of shallow DOF. I like the position of the butterfly in teh frame. The blurred BG enhances the beauty of the picture, by giving great contrast to the comparatively light colored butterfly. There is a little bit BG noise in the picture with a bit OE of some parts of the butterfly, but overall, the picture is very beautiful.

best regards,
Paras Bhalla

Hi Siegfried,

a nice macro of the meadow brown. nice colors and the pov is also good. liked the angled shot here. a good capture and well presented with a good composition.


hey Siggi
great capture , very interesting contrast and BG

  • Great 
  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2009-09-01 9:44]

Hi Siggi, wonderful macro of this beautiful butterfly.I love the soft background.
Regards Rose

Doskonale macro!
Perfekcyjna ostrosc, super kolorystyka.
Swietna prezentacja i interesujaca notka.

  • Great 
  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2009-09-01 14:20]

Czesc Siggi,
Ten to ma uczte w tej wspanialej sceneri,piekny blekit kwiatu i to zblizenie tego motyla w tym pieknym zielono-zoltym tle jest wspaniale. Gratulacje udanego strzalu z obiektywu. Calosc jest naprawde wysmienita.

Pieknie go ustrzeliles.Super kadr i kompozycja,wspaniale kolory i swiatlo,doskonala ostrosc.
Super praca.

Hi Siegfried ,
Great macro picture of this Meadow Brown well presented and composed, Excellent POV. and details,
Picture very sharp and clear,
Excellent caught of view.

Witaj Siggi,
bardzo ładnie pokazany Przestrojnik. Zwłaszcza na tym oryginalnym niebieskim kwiatku. Tło i kwiat dobrze są kolorystyczniezestawione z brunatną barwą motyla. Jak zawsze doskonała ostrość i kontrast.
Pozdrowienia - Sławek

Ciao Siggi, beautiful maniola on a wonderful flower, good natural colors, splendid sharpness and great details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Siegfried,

Wonderful image. THe butterfly looks majestic on this flower. GReat macro and well composed. I also like your informative notes. Well done and TFS.


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