Argynnis aglaja

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 31 July 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Argynnis aglaja (The Dark Green Fritillary / Grote parelmoervlinder) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is a not so common species in the south of Belgium. Populations are extinct in the north of the country, but occasionally observed as a vagrant. On the Belgium Red List its noted "Vulnerable"! The adults can be seen flying from early June till mid August. The larva have Viola tricolor, V. palustris or V. hirta as foodplants.
This specimen has clearly a whole life behind: the wings are damaged at several places.

Image: Viroinval (BE) - 24/07/2010

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Becky from los angeles, United States

WOW - beautiful macro - so clear and the composition so interesting. Upside down and gorgeous.

31 Jul 2010 6:59am

@Becky: Thank you very much, Becky.

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Prachtige gedetaileerde foto van deze vlinder!!
Mooie compositie en scherptediepte!!
Gr.Mascha

31 Jul 2010 7:35am

@Mascha: Dank Mascha.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

perfect macro !! have a nice WE

31 Jul 2010 8:03am

@Veronique: Thank you very much for the apreciation, Veronique. A nice weekend for you also !

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

I bet he often ran for his life! An amazing capture, the unbelievable quality of the wing´s details makes me jealous ;D

31 Jul 2010 9:43am

@daniela scharnowski: I've never seen a butterfly running ... :D Have a nice weekend !

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Ein wunderschöner Großer Perlmutterfalter. In diesem Jahr fliegen bei uns viel weniger Exemplare als im vergangenen - es wird wohl am naßkalten Wetter im Frühsommer liegen. LG Sonja

31 Jul 2010 7:23pm

@Loner: I have to go to the south of the country to see these (I'm living in the north), so I can't compare the numbers because I only see them ocasionally. But it is possible that weather conditions earlyer in the year have some influence on the numbers to be seen... Nice weekend, Sonja.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

encore une belle macro ,avec un angle de prise de vue original !
5 etoiles !
amitiés johan !

31 Jul 2010 7:39pm

@marc battault: You are always very generous with the *, Marc. Thanks very much.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Ohh I love the inversion, spectacular pov, unique. I am with Marc, a 5.

1 Aug 2010 3:19am

@Dutçh: Thank you very much for your 5... guess this one is not just 'OK' then :P

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Nice flat plane for this shot, Johan. I like the composition as well.

1 Aug 2010 3:33am

@Julie Brown: Thanks once more for your apreciation, Julie.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

A lot of yours are worth a 5, friend. :)

2 Aug 2010 10:38pm

@Dutçh: ... blushing ... Thans, Kristen!

Mithun from palakkad, kerela/BangalorePe, India

I wonder how you take such lovely shots with this crispness and DOF, brilliant.

3 Aug 2010 5:39pm

@Mithun: I like using low f-numbers to create a soft and smooth background. Focussing is very critical then and needs a lot of practice. I'm glad you like this style...

Canon EOS 400D
1/320 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
150 mm

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