Coenonympha pamphilus

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 16 August 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Coenonympha pamphilus (Hooibeestje (BE) / Small Heath (EN) / Kleines Wiesenvögelchen (DE) / Fadet commun (FR) ) is a small butterfly species belonging to the family Nymphalidae, (subfamily Satyrinae, commonly known as "the Browns"). The adults fly in two generations a year: from late April till the beginning of June, and from early July till the end of September. In favourable years a third generation can occur. The Small Heath is a lateral basker, only ever resting with its wings closed and angled at 90° to the sun. The larva lives on several species of grasses. It is a common species throughout Belgium.

Image: Lille (BE) - 08/08/2010

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Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

wings like velvet ! great picture

16 Aug 2010 6:27am

@Veronique: Thanks, Veronique.

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

fantastic light for this macro!

16 Aug 2010 11:46am

@Olivier: The last glimpses of the sun are the most beautiful to make images. Thanks, Olivier.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

une netteté impeccable ,une jolie composition !! et toujours de jolies papillons !!
5 etoiles !!
amitiés !

16 Aug 2010 3:09pm

@marc battault: I'm realy enjoying making butterfly-images lately. It is only since this season I'm trying these, so I'm still learning, but I'm glad you like these.

Marilla from Turku, Finland

I guess this is one of the butterflies you don't notice until you take a picture of it...

16 Aug 2010 4:05pm

@Marilla: That is not entirely true, Marilla. When they fly, you can see the orange upperside of the wings and so they can be seen very good. The underside from the upperwings are also orange colored with a clear black eyespot. But once they settle down to sleep, they are indeed nearly invisible, hiding all oringe color not to atract any predetors. Perfect camouflage I think !

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Hi, Johan, wie nahe mußt du eigentlich am Schmetterling sein, um solche Prachtfotos zu machen ?

16 Aug 2010 4:22pm

@Loner: With this lens I've got a working distance of 38 cm to make 1:1 images. (That is distance between subject and sensor). To make images like this one I estimate the working distance at about 50 - 60 cm wich is mostly enough not to scare away butterflies (but of course with a very gentle approach !) The distance between sensor and front of the lenshood is about 24 cm - leaving a distance of about 25 - 35 cm from the front of the lenshood to the butterfly. In previous years I occasionally used my 60 mm macro to make insect-images, but the working-distance of that lens was too short, so mostly the insects disapeared before the first shot ... Since I bought this lens (about 1 year ago), I am realy enjoying making these insect (butterflies and dragonflies mainly) images.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I have gotten behind on your images, again. School started, and I had to go back to work! The seed head adds interest and of course the lighting and background are both superb. Excellent focus as well.

20 Aug 2010 10:01am

@Julie Brown: Hope you can concentrate on work instead of images ;-) I've got to work again in about 1 1/2 week. Think I will have the same problem ;-)

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