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Melitaea didyma

Melitaea didyma
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Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio2006) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4566 W: 106 N: 6071] (54757)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-26
Categories: Nature
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-01-15 13:10
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Points: 40
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Melitaea didyma

Linneus 1778

Nome Volgare: Didima

Famiglia: Nymphalidae

Sottofamiglia: Satyrinae

Trib¨: Melitaeini

Lunghezza ala anteriore mm. 17-24

Descrizione: Farfalle con ali di colore ocra-arancio con disegni nerastri; le ali posteriori hanno grosse macchie submarginali scure. Il bruco Ŕ ricoperto di spine ramificate.
psap con macchie nere submarginali di forma lunulare separate tra loro. Si pu˛ confondere facilmente con Melitaea fascelis, che presenta psap con macchie nere submarginali collegate tra loro in un disegno continuo.

Maschio: colore arancio con disegno maculare nero pi¨ o meno esteso. Ali posteriori con grosse macchie nere submarginali di forma lunulare, staccate tra loro. Velatura basale nera.

Femmina: simile al maschio ma generalmente pi¨ grande e con ali anteriori di colore pi¨ pallido e talvolta velate di nero.

Rovescio: ali anteriori di colore arancio con apice giallognolo e disegno maculare nero ridotto. Posteriori con spazi basali, ampia fascia postdiscale e fascia marginale giallognole inframezzate da due fasce, pi¨ o meno continue, arancio.

Distribuzione: diffusa nell'Europa del sud, Nord-Africa ed Asia centrale tutta Italia, esclusa la Sardegna.

Habitat: prati dal piano basale a quello montano e cacuminale, sino a circa 2100 metri s.l.m.

Generazioni annuali: due con sfarfallamento in maggio-giugno e agosto-settembre.

Piante nutrici: Linaria vulgaris, Stachys recta, Globularia punctata, Plantago lanceolata.

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Ciao Silvio,
Beautiful double butterfly nicely presented and composed,
good tone of colors and light,
Nice bokeh too.

Bonjour Silvio
Nice presentation of a nature scene..wonderfully colorful..
super sharp,great details..well seen
Cordiali saluti...Robert :-)

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2013-01-15 13:58]


Another of your fine macro images of these two butterflies. Excellent bokeh with very sharp detail and vibrant colors.


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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2013-01-15 15:06]

Hi Silvio.

Once again you present us with a colourful scene, the butterflys show attractive patterns and contrasts well with the backdrop.

Stv ;0))

Excellent clarity, color. light and contrast. Lovely job

Hi Silvio....nicely composed shot with excellent light and focus and a nice soft background.


Bom Silvio,
Mais uma vez belas borboletas em ato de amor.
Sempre me impressionaram a pureza e a qualidade de suas fotos botÔnicas.
Linda iluminašŃo.
Um abrašo,

Hi Silvio, nice catch with the twosome slightly busy, nice job with the light on the top one and the flower. Fiona

This must be a rare moment captured on camera.
The photo is well composed and has good detail and colour. The background is nicely blurred but, possibly could be slightly darker.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2013-01-16 4:21]

Ciao Silvio,

Ahhh, Love is in the air! Good macro shot of the 2 butterflies with excellent sharpness and use of a shallow dof. Good color and saturation. I might have blurred a couple of spots in the bg. Otherwise perfect! Tfs!

Nothing like a mating butterfly while having lunch at the same time! Excellent capture of nature in action. Good lighting and dof with sharp details. Lovely colors. Well done, tfs.

Hello Silvio, a perfect sharp shot of the flower and the two butterflies.
What more can I say?
Excellent bokeh.
Regards Jean.

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  • sephus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 254 W: 0 N: 96] (4261)
  • [2013-01-16 12:36]

Beautifull macro, Silvio.
Colours are amazing and sharpness, composition perfect!

Ola Silvio
Very beautiful scene. Good colrs and sharpness. It is a very rich scene. bravo
um abrašo

Greetings Silvio,this is again a magnificent macro!Pin sharp with wonderful natural colors.The composition too is marvellous in that you have almost a mirror image with the two butterflies.All the best,Otto.

What a wonderful Nature shot with amazing focus and details, Silvio!
Colors are natural and light is very well handled.
Exposure is just right and colors are natural.
Well handled shot!


Ciao Silvio,
Excellent timing of these two butterflies, Well exposed with good sharpness bringing out the natural colours and patterns.

Hi Silvio,

The flower is helping to frame the butterfly. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Spotted Fritillary butterfly. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


Bonsoir Silvio
The flower looks very as an armeria (maritima) one of my favourite flowers.The butterflies are quite nice and seem to appreciate themselves ;)
perfect pov and depth of field
Bon dimanche, Silvio

Bonjour Sylvio,

As usual, a very nice butterfly picutre, sharp details on a spendid bokeh. Good exposure under a sharp and contrasty sunlight that emphasis the sharpness. Over all perfect, I am not so sure about the black corner uppper-right. I understant it is nature and it was there, so since sometime I like to cheat in PP (you may not like that and this is OK like that, some photographer don't modify their image much when posting). The cheating I made here was done with a stamp tool to remove the dark corner and equalize the BG. I tried a WS to show my vision which is not necessarly better than yours. Beautiful work and TFS.


Note: French is my primary language, if you understand French better than English, let me know.

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