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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12194 W: 126 N: 22008] (112311)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-05-23
Categories: Nature
Camera: Sony DSC HX200v
Exposure: f/0.6, 1/1300 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-05-29 14:31
Viewed: 765
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Before flying away for my next trip, I leave you a fresh memory from my fields where I managed to photograph this Melitaea Phoebe from below. As you know butterflies are my passion and when a picture comes out perfectly, I like to show it here too.
The Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found in the Palearctic ecozone, except the Northernmost locations. It used to include Melitaea telona, recently revalidated as a distinct cryptic species.
The wingspan is 34-50 mm. The butterfly flies from April to October depending on the location.
The larvae feed on Plantago and Centaurea species (including Centaurea jacea).


Prima di volare via per il mio prossimo viaggio, vi lascio un fresco ricordo dai miei campi dove sono riuscito a fotografare questa Melitaea Phoebe da sotto. Come sapete le farfalle sono la mia passione e quando una foto mi esce perfettamente, mi piace mostarla anche qui.
Dimensioni: apertura alare 45-50 mm. Descrizione: dorso delle ali di colore arancione-giallo con reticolato di linee e fasce nere molto variabili. Rovescio bianco crema con fascia submarginale, dell'ala posteriore, gialla con macchie arancioni. Molto simile a Melitaea cinxia, si distingue per l'assenza di macchie nere sulla parte superiore dell'ala posteriore. Distribuzione e habitat: diffusa in tutta l'Italia continentale e Sicilia in ambienti fioriti dal limite fino a 1500-2000 metri di quota. Le larve si sviluppano su Centaurea e Plantago. Periodo di attività: gli adulti si possono osservare da aprile a ottobre.

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Hello Luciano,
Usually we see butterflies from above. This picture is just the opposite and actually the view is new and very interesting.
That way you were also able to present it with a strong contrast between the orange wings and the blue sky.
I suppose you were lying on your back in the grass :)
Very well done!
Best regards, Paul

Bonsoir Luciano,

L'inclusion de la mouche aide au cadrage du papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Melitaea Phoebe. La netteté est très bonne. Bonne soirée.


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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14387 W: 0 N: 16317] (174879)
  • [2018-05-29 21:36]


Avec cet insecte qui s'envole quelle image et compo quelle vue grandiose captage quel rendu des tons sur ce ailes et le vol de l'autre sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié

Dobar dan.
Lep pogled i trenutak, interesantan tekst ...
Lepo pokazano, dobar kontrast, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa insektom koji leti.
Lep leptir i zeleni cvetovi, lepa krila i detalji lepih boja.
Zelim vam lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.

Good day.
A nice view and a moment, an interesting text ...
Beautifully shown, good contrast, beautiful colors, beautifully caught moment with an insect that flies.
Beautiful butterflies and green flowers, beautiful wings and details of beautiful colors.
I wish you a beautiful and successful day, all the best.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9610 W: 57 N: 16406] (60634)
  • [2018-05-29 22:30]

Hello Luciano,
Excellent close-up photo of this butterfly, it is so sharp and every single detail of the patterns on its wings is seen perfectly. I like the combination of the orange colours and the green leaves.

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-05-29 22:41]

Ciao Luciano,
nice the close up view of the colourful butterfly with the details to are captured and presented perfect.Excellent the light and the colour management of the scene.


Bonjour, cher ami Luciano,
Deux en un (insectes) ; la joliesse de l'ensemble est magnifiquement mise en image.
Le résultat est excellent.
Bravo pour tout.

Salut Luciano,
Bravo pour cette photo ! un gros plan parfaitement réalisé avec une netteté du papillon excellente, belle luminosité et teintes, bien également le détail de l'insecte en vol à gauche.

Charming close up to the butterfly. Perfect colors, a fine dynamic scene from nature.


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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10220 W: 161 N: 16917] (129697)
  • [2018-05-30 1:02]

Witaj Luciano!
Excellent shot, very curious butterfly.
Good frame, colors and sharpness.
Well done.
Nice day.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14778 W: 1052 N: 30252] (141903)
  • [2018-05-30 1:14]

Hello Luciano,

Another superb shot of a butterfly with the added bonus of a flying insect! Perfect sharpness and the tan orange color contrasts well against the blue sky backdrop. Tfs!

Hello Luciano,
What a superb capture this and I can't really begin to imagine how you achieved it. The details and colours are par excellence and the framing well irreproachable. Bon voyage!

Hello Luciano,
This is a very suitable photo to show before your next trip. It reminds me of being in an airplane on the taxiway, seeing another plane taking off while waiting for our turn. ;-) As with your earlier photos of this kind the sharpness and clarity is amazing. The butterfly is spreading its wings perfectly and you managed to combine it with a piece of nature of a contrasting colour, and even some action. Fantastic.
I wish you a nice journey, wherever you are going.

Ciao Caro Luciano,

I know you love to photograph butterflies and have posted many excellent shots and this is another beauty. But, it is also taken from an unusual viewpoint, I don't remember seeing one from this angle before, where the butterfly appears to be posing for the camera! It's a delightful shot, perfectly composed and with a supporting actor performing in the b/g!

Have a lovely day,
Bev :-)

Hello Luciano,

Stunning macro shot. That small fly is really the cherry on the cake.

Best Wishes,

Ciao Luciano, buon viaggio, gran POV dal basso per questa bellezza un po' malridotta, macro al solito al top con fantastici dettagli, splendida nitidezza e magnifici colori, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Ciao Luciano,

Quelle belle composition. Le papillon est de toute beauté et tu as réussi l'exploit de le prendre en contre plongée avec le ciel et sa mouche en arrière plan.



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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3595 W: 0 N: 8404] (59447)
  • [2018-05-30 8:04]

A very attractive photo, you have caught not only this beautiful butterfly but also a fly, two in one, an excellent photo
regards Ryszard

Hello, Luciano!

This is just beautiful! A different and original POV to show this butterfly, and the inclusion of the fly is great! Excellent light and colors! Next july I'm going to the wetlands of Pantanal, and I'm going to stay in a hotel where there is a butterfly house with endemic species from the region, I'll try to bring some good photos like this! Very nice job!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24946 W: 520 N: 42061] (180286)
  • [2018-05-30 9:38]

Ciao Luciano,

Butterflies are very nice insects.
We see clear the under side with all the nice colours.
Excellent photographed
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

Buona sera Luciano,
A superior scale from the Butterfly to the Bee and the green stalk and its purple flower just about to blossom. Fabulous macro, timing was excellent and the outcome as always, immaculate.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16080 W: 159 N: 28037] (147370)
  • [2018-05-30 10:49]

Ciao Luciano
WOW superbe capture du papillon sur la fleur, les couleurs et détails fantastique, le top avec l'insecte en plus , magnifique
Bonne soirée

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10395 W: 174 N: 18563] (82687)
  • [2018-05-30 10:54]


nice this view from the lower part of the butterfly and inclusion of the other insect. I liked the light here, perfect.

take care


Ciao Luciano, ottimo macro della bellissima farfalla e l'insetto volante, molto ben catturato in questa immagine interessante, con buona nitidezza, luce, colore e qualità. Lavoro molto buono e interessante fatto perfettamente, le mie congratulazioni amico mio. Grazie per aver condiviso questo bellissimo lavoro.

Buona notte e buon riposo della settimana.
Cordiali saluti dal sud della Spagna.

Ciao Luciano,
beautiful butterfly captured in the right moment.
Have a good flight.

Hello Luciano,
A topclass closeup in your gallery taken with perfect sharpness. Very nice eyecatching colors. Nice framing and many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards

Hello Luciano,
You got two for the price of one, you got a bee in good focus, too. The butterfly is splendid, the two of them make a wonderful image, congrats!

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10634 W: 146 N: 26789] (128457)
  • [2018-05-30 23:49]

Ciao Luciano, You fly away for your new trip, I am very curious where it will be. I guess there will be beaches there. :).
Fantastic close up. We see very rarely the view of the butterfly from this side. Strange that it didn't fly away. Awesome composition and sharpness.

Have a nice trip


Ciao Luciano,

original and impressive image of these insects, you captured an interesting scene, the point of view showing the butterfly from behind is amazing, well done,

Best regards,


Hi Luciano.
Impressive quality of this first plane, which shows us in detail this wonderful butterfly and the plant on which this inn, we also see a fly flying, superb precision and beauty.
Magnificent color, which gives great strength to the image.
Very good brightness and perfect sharpness.
Well done. I like very much.
You have a good day.
Very best regards.

Ciao Luciano
Molto bella foto,
ottimi colori bella nitidezza,
complimenti e cari saluti per il tuo nuovo volo.

Olá Luciano,
bonita captura aqui desses isnetos, principalmente essa colorida borboleta. Perfeito o timming também.
Parabéns e Abraço,

Ciao Luciano,

Great POV and great picture. Fantastic result with the beautiful butterfly and the flower too. Also you captured a bee like a bonus. Great work my friend!

Best congratulations


Hello Luciano
A beautiful photo of this colorful giant butterfly with which you announce your next trip. I hope that you can make a lot of those beautiful pictures that we show to you after your return.
Have fun and a safe journey.
groet Rob

Ciao Luciano,
very impressive butterfly photography, you are a master in it.
Here it was also caught with another insect flying nearby.
Excellent highest quality work.
I have seen in the meantime some of your photos on FB, very impressive trip! I an curious what your selection for TE will be.

Hi Luciano
i'm back, and i've missed many of your latest posts...lets start with this one.

first of all, what caught my attention is the brightness and colours of the scene, it stood out so well, like a lighthouse in the dark :)

love the colour combinations of blue, orange and green.
the butterfly is quite small in real life, but he looks HUGE compared to the little fly flying away hahaha, thats a major bonus for your shot.

well captured, it turned out great.

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2665 W: 0 N: 3149] (21158)
  • [2018-06-16 8:19]

Ciao Luciano Félicitations, votre photo est une pièce de musée d'art! Je ne savais pas que les mouches volent comme les oiseaux, pattes repliées vers l'arrière par intention d'éviter la résistance au vent. Magnifique! Ciao

Excellent innovative pov which makes the butterfly look big and important. :-)
You created a unique piece of art here.
Have a nice week

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4268 W: 2 N: 7337] (35776)
  • [2018-06-20 15:17]

Hello Luciano,
nice the close up view of the colourful butterfly.
A great photo of nature.
Beautiful picture with amazing colors and details.
Very well composition,fine presentation.

Hi Luciano,
Enstantane buna denir.
Çok güzel bir an'ı çekmişsin.
Mükemmel bir kompozisyon olmuş.
Tebrik ediyorum.

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