Melitea athalia

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 17 August 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Melitea athalia (NL: Bosparelmoervlinder / EN: Heath Fritillary / DE: Wachtelweizen-Scheckenfalter / FR: Mélitée du mélampyre; Damier Athalie) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found throughout the Palaearctic from Western Europe to Japan, in heathland, grassland, and in coppiced woodland. Heath Fritillaries have a wing-span of 39–47 mm. The upperside is predominantly dark brown and orange-brown, with the orange-brown spots delineated by dark brown (along and across the wing-veins); there is a white fringe to the wings through which the dark brown extends. The upperside of the body is a similar dark brown to the colour on the wing, and the base of both wings is dark brown. The underside shows bands of red and (off-)white, again with each vein dark brown and each colour delineated by dark brown. The pattern of white spots at the base of the hindwing (visible at rest like in this image) is diagnostic for identification.

Image: San Vito di Cadore (IT) - 04/07/2011

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Céline from New York City, United States

Beautiful capture !

17 Aug 2011 5:25am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Mooie foto! De belichting en de scherpte zijn schitterend! Rustig beeld.

17 Aug 2011 8:13am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A beautiful close up with fantastic colours and detail. Beautiful bokeh.

17 Aug 2011 11:34am

Loretta from Pretoria, South Africa

Stunning macro again!!!

17 Aug 2011 3:52pm

Dan Stevens from Reading, United Kingdom

I love the detail in the wings! Nice shot!

18 Aug 2011 9:02am

Canon EOS 400D
1/25 second
ISO 200
150 mm