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Coenonympha arcania

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 13 June 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Coenonympha arcania (Pearly Heath / Tweekleurig hooibeestje) is a butterfly species belonging to the family Nymphalidae. The species can be found in almost every country in Central Europe. In Belgium it is a rare and endangered species which can only be found in the very south and it is a red-list species. Thursday it was the first time I saw this lovely little butterfly - an unexpected encounter ! I"m particularly charmed by the colours and the design in the rear wing.

Image: Treignes (B) 10/06/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/200 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Julie from Le Cannet des Maures, France


13 Jun 2010 5:15am

@Julie: Thank you very much, Julie.

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

Again you've managed to get perfect detail. Your little models have been very cooperative!

13 Jun 2010 5:49am

@Dutch: I love the details on the wings of this species. I saw several specimen flying. This one was the only one being cooperative. I'm very happy I was able to make some pictures. Maybe I will not see this species again for the next X years ...

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

well taken, great macro. Just a little bit it's a pity that you do not consider interesting to visit also the work of people who leave you comments the sharing is pleasant also.

13 Jun 2010 6:31am

@Marie LC: Thanks for your compliment.
As for others work ? I visit most of the commenting aminus3 members regularly so it seems to me that I am interested... but I can't manage to find your aminus3 account ... I'm sorry about that. Maybe I did not search the right way ?

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Sehr schö, sehr scharf - dieses Weißbindige Wiesenvögelchen ! Lg Sonja

13 Jun 2010 11:25am

@Loner: Is "Weißbindige Wiesenvögelchen" the correct German name for this species ? Think it is a beautiful name for this beautiful species. In Belgium it is very rare. Can it be seen in Austria more ?

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Wonderful. The color and detail are wonderful.

13 Jun 2010 11:45am

@GJC: It is indeed a very beautiful species !

dang from Atlanta, United States

Excellent find, and wonderful shot of this beautiful specimen.

13 Jun 2010 1:09pm

@dang: It was unexpected that I found this species, but I was very happy I did ! It made my day !!!
That particular day I found at least 6 red-list (highly-endangered) species for Belgium... This butterfly was the only one I did not see before - made it special to me.

Amir Taheri Kondar from Bandar Abbas, Iran

very beautiful !

13 Jun 2010 2:24pm

@Amir Taheri Kondar: Thank you, Amir.

Fade ToBLACK from tehran, Iran

Great shot

13 Jun 2010 4:36pm

@Fade ToBLACK: Thanks !

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Mooi details en kleuren!!

13 Jun 2010 8:02pm

@Mascha: Dit vlindertje zou tot half jaren 80 ook in Nederland gevlogen hebben. Jammer genoeg is het daar ondertussen verdwenen en ook in ons Vlaamse landsgedeelte is het slechts af en toe een verdwaald exemplaar dat nog kan waargenomen worden. Enkel in het uiterste zuiden zijn er nog enkele vaste populaties. Jammer toch voor zulk een prachtige en decoratieve soort !

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Johan, this is an outstanding capture of a beautiful butterfly. Perfect perch, depth of field, and light. The flat plane allows for the whole insect to be in focus. How wonderful for you to see and photograph this rare species.

13 Jun 2010 10:58pm

@Julie Brown: It is indeed a very nice butterfly. Hope I will see it again in the future, but I was very happy to be able to make some pictures.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Isn´t that exciting to find some species you never encountered before in your whole life?! I can totally sympathise with you ;) And the design and fluffiness are truly amazing. Excellent pov!

17 Jun 2010 8:58am

@daniela scharnowski: I'm always exited when I find "something new" - can't wait to look it up, trying to know as much as possible on the new species ... sometimes a hard job :-)
Most of the species I "discover", I know from the books ... but most of the time the species are more beautiful than the image in the book ... I always try to make something more of the picture ;-) Think you know that feeling too ...

Canon EOS 400D
1/200 second
ISO 200
150 mm