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This small but stunning insect would appear to be Darwin's Heath (Coenonympha darwiniana), based on all the literature I can find. Alternative views welcome.

In comparison to our Small Heath, this is a very vividly coloured insect but equally shy!

I am beginning to think that the Col des Fillys (where this image was taken) in the Alpes de Haute Provence is perhaps one of the best butterfly spots I have found for diversity.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 1D X
Lens:EF180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:7 Jul 2013 - 8:13 AM
Focal Length:180mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:+1/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Darwin's Heath?
Username:livinglevels livinglevels
Uploaded:23 Sep 2013 - 7:28 PM
Tags:Alps, Butterflies, Close-up / macro, Coenonympha darwiniana, Col des Fillys, Darwin's Heath, France, Insects, Wildlife / nature
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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 7:30 PM

A cracking close up of this beautifully marked and coloured little butterfly

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georgiepoolie
23 Sep 2013 - 7:36 PM

Beautiful capture.

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 7:39 PM

it is a very nice Coenonympha arcania-pearly heath. Please compare here
July looks right, I saw the last one then.
And you are right they are very easily scared away.

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Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7116 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 7:45 PM

Wow what a beautiful shot, stunning Butterfly

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mattberry
mattberry e2 Member 9259 forum postsmattberry vcard England14 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 8:10 PM

Pearly Heath. Darwin's doesn't have such a pronounced broad postdiscal band, which is very evident here.

Agree about the area, which is why we've got a guided tour there and in Mercantour for July 2014, with Roger Gibbons - the authority on the butterflies in that area.

Now, waffle over, it is a lovely shot so well done!

Matt

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briantjjones
23 Sep 2013 - 8:20 PM

Lovely image with great sharpness and colour

Brian J.

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AlexAppleby
23 Sep 2013 - 9:09 PM

Absolutely beautiful.

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 9:43 PM

Nice Image!! I like it a lot!!

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