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Melitaea aurelia

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 25 October 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Melitaea aurelia (NL: Steppeparelmoervlinder / EN: Nickerl's Fritillary / DE: Ehrenpreis-Scheckenfalter, Wegerich-Scheckenfalter / FR: Mélitée des digitales) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It can be found from western France to southern Germany and the Alps to the Balkans and from northern Germany to Latvia. Preferred habitats are dry grassy or flowery glades, meadows, mountain slopes etc. up to 1500m. The species in the Melitaea genus are very tricky to identify. M. athalia and M. britomartis are so close that genital examination is often needed to distinguish the species.

Image: Val Bregaglia (CH) - 20/07/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/50 second F/5.6 ISO 100 150 mm

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Demo from Villeneuve d, France

Magnificent specimen!
I am always amazed by the quality of your pictures, your lens is really impressive!

25 Oct 2011 7:26am

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

Really beautiful!

25 Oct 2011 9:21am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Heel mooi, Johan ! Prachtige belichting en scherpte.

25 Oct 2011 10:13am

Pedro_eric and his Camera from Trowbridge, United Kingdom

Great capture spot on.

25 Oct 2011 7:39pm

Lia from Zwolle, Netherlands

Bijzondere soort Johan en prachtig vastgelegd.
Mooi zacht licht...zeker in de ochtend of avond genomen?

27 Oct 2011 8:29pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/50 second
ISO 100
150 mm