<< Previous Next >>

Argynnis paphia.

Argynnis paphia.
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vienna Woods - Biosphaerenpark Wienerwald [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-07 10:22
Viewed: 4684
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Argynnis paphia.

Silver washed Fritillaries,
Vienna Woods.

Argynnis paphia (Linneus, 1758)
Silver washed Fritillary,
Kaisermantel, Silberstrich,
Silverstreckard Pärlemorfjäril,
Tabac d’Espagne,
Dostojka malinowiec,
Perlovec striebristopásavý,
Perleťovec stříbropásek.

Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Family: Nymphalidae

Wingspan: 55 – 70 mm

Next to the similar Pandoriana pandora of southern and southwestern Europe, Argynnis paphia is one of the largest species of fritillaries in Europe. Widespread and common, it is a typical butterfly of Summer in deciduous forests and parks at lower elevations, often to be seen in large numbers, visiting flowers.

So it was not at all a rare occasion to capture two females in different poses, demonstrating the upper sides of wings as well as the even more colourful undersides with their silvery stripes.

The species shows some clearly visible sexual dimorphism. The males have bright orange coloured scales and pronounced dark veins on the upper side of the forewings. These veins are covered with scenting scales, obviously to attract females by chemical signals in addition to visual ones.

The females of A. paphia show a clearly different appearance. They do not have the broad dark veins on the forewings, the dark spots however are more extended. The wing colour is not a bright orange, it is shaded and sometimes even tends towards greyish green.

The species inhabits open forests and edges of woodland all over Europe, Ireland, the UK (with the exception of Scotland, northern Scandinavia, and the southern Iberian peninsula). Butterflies emerge in June or July and can be observed in one extended generation until the end of September.

Caterpillars feed on the leaves of violets (Viola). Bearing in mind the diet of caterpillars, we might regard those Silver washed Fritillaries as “violets on wings”.


SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 72mm tele (= 432mm at 35mm SLR), F/4, 1/320 sec., ISO-125; image stabilization, no tripod, no flash; 20.07.2006, 10:07.


Photoshop Elements, no cropping, downsized to web presentation, slightly sharpened; brightness, contrast and saturation slightly adjusted.


L.G. Higgins, N.D. Riley: A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Europe. London 1970,
Deutsche Ausgabe: L.G. Higgins, N.D. Riley, W. Forster (bearb.): Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas, Hamburg und Berlin 1978²

C. Jonko: Europäische Schmetterlinge.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

Alex99, jmp, star74, phlr, ramthakur, extramundi, magal, carper, emmari, anel, XOTAELE, Zandell, coasties, elefantino, red45, horia, scottevers7, dew77, pilonm, RAP, marhowie, blakitan has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To marhowie: internet "hub"peter_stoeckl 1 01-09 04:38
To vanderschelden: DOF wonder!?peter_stoeckl 1 01-07 15:49
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-07 10:32]

Hi Peter.
Next your fantastic (not only in its beauty) picture. Even in studio it is difficult (or impossible) to create such amazing composition. The back light is tremendous too. It creates a very expressive esthetic effect. BG is the separate story. Its colour tones highlights your main subject extremely well. You are great creator, dear Peter. Superb work. My congratulations and best wishes.

  • Great 
  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-01-07 10:34]

Hello Peter, what a surprising and wonderful composition. Amazing that you got both butterflies sharp with only F4! Unless the difficult light you got all detail sharp. Great work, Jacob

  • Great 
  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-07 10:58]

Wonderful capture of the both. Excellent focus with both pin sharp. Lovely colours, POV and DOF. The backlighting makes this wonderful



  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-07 11:03]

Hello Peter,
This is a real photographic performance! Two Silver-washed Fritillaries som distance apart and good focus despite the low aperture. Not only that: the lighht is not easy but has given you fantatstic tones against a superb nearal BG.
You should enter this in a nature photographer's competition!
Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

  • Great 
  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-07 11:06]

Hi Peter,
This is an exceptional image with both butterflies in complementary views and with a beautiful relative position. Light, composition, and colors are owesome!
Congratulation for this high quality, very aesthetic image.
Best regards, José M.

  • Great 
  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-01-07 11:26]

Hi Peter,
You're very lucky to capture them both at the same time.
Nice vibrant colors.
Great work.

Wow, what a delightful capture, Peter! The light plays a magical role in this fabulous shot, highlighting some of the features of these two beautiful butterflies in the most attractive manner.
Thanks for sharing this masterpiece of a picture and with warm regards,

  • Great 
  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-01-07 12:06]

Guten Abend Peter,
endlich sehe ich mal wieder ein Bild aus deiner 'Werkstatt'. Ein wirklich phantastischer perspektivischer Blick und das mit immer noch überzeugender Schärfe beider Falter. Das Licht hast du brilliant gemeistert, so dass selbst die oben sitzende Blüte kaum Überexposition zeigt. Für diesen Blickwinkel hast du sicher das optimale Ergebnis des optisch Machbaren erzielt.
Schöne Grüße, Peter

Sometimes we thank GOD for good things in our lives, you should thank DOF for this splendid shot :)
Nice work, not only DOF is good, but light was very well handled, and it was not easy. Congratulations.

  • Great 
  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2007-01-07 13:23]

Hi Peter,
Fantastic shot, with beautiful composition and excellent use of light. Amazing that you got such an extended DOF using f4. Technically superb but moreover, the shot has an artistic value that is beyond comment.
Well captured and TFS

  • Great 
  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-07 13:55]

Excellente composition,tout est parfaits.

  • Great 
  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2007-01-07 13:58]

I love it Peter,
fantastic shot the pov is very orginal and the dof is great too, very good photojob here, my compliments fou you, I wish you and your family a good 2007.
gr. jaap

Hello Peter,
What a beautiful capture of those two butterflies. I like those soft colors and beautiful lightning. This composition and details are great. This is a very nice post. Thanks,

  • Great 
  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-07 14:38]

Fantastic shot Peter, great compositie colours details sharpnes nice bg ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

  • Great 
  • emmari Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 387] (3105)
  • [2007-01-07 14:42]

Stunning composition Peter, I like it a lot!
Good job with this hard light too.

  • Great 
  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-07 15:09]

Hallo Peter,
Farblich und von der Komposition her wunderschönes Bild. Es erinnert an die schönen Insektendarstellungen des 18. und 19. Jh.Da zeigst Du dich von einer sehr künstlerischen Seite..aber, die hatten wir ja schon vorher bemerkt.
Liebe Grüsse

Hermosa pareja de mariposas que a modo de equilibristas liban el néctar de estas preciosas flores. Una buena composición, con una luz magnífica Peter.
Muchas gracias y un abrazo, JL.

Nice image indeed.
Both are sharp! Some kind of DOF wonder!?
Good work!

Very impressive picture..
Superb composition..

Very good focus..
The light stroke of the top butterfly gives are special tone to the picture..

BEst regards,


Réellement superbe, les couleurs, la lumiere, la netté et la cadrage tout est parfait!!


  • Great 
  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-01-07 19:23]

Hello Peter,
Great picture! Colors, light, compo, BG, are just perfect. TFS

Hi Peter

An amazing shot. This is stunning. Lovely light, well composed and an awesome result! :-)

Hello Peter, nice shot, well composed and with a great use of the light.

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-08 3:04]

Hello Peter!

Looks like Vienna is European Capitol of Butterflies ;-) Another great photo from you. Lovely moment with side and back views. I like composition, details and light which made leaves semitransparent. Very interesting post!

  • Great 
  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-08 4:15]

Well, my friend...you did it again ;)
This is really a rare and spectacular capture! Both angles in the same time!...amazing!
The fosud and DOF here are most impressive an deven more surprising is that you used only f/4.
The light is equaly great making all the colors and element glitter.
Very well composed, too.
Bravo and TFS

Beautiful compostion Peter
Great DOF adds to the effect
Great sharpness and lighting effect
Great work


excellent light color and composition.
Unfocused green plants would have been better than an uniform grey background. Weel nothing to do about it. It is a small nit anyway.
Fantastic capture.

Hi Peter,
WOW! to get two of them in the same frame with each in a distinct and different pose is excellent. The backlighting is beautiful here. Great composition and framing. Great detail and a superb OOF backround. Really supeb camera work on this one. BEAUTIFUL!

  • Great 
  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-08 7:59]

Hello Peter,
Magnificent close up.POV,use of light,details,colors,framing,DOF and composition are excellent.Masterpiece!Have a great week..

Hello Peter,

First of all I want to wish you a great and Healthy new year to you and your family!!! Peter, today your picture is awesome!!! Having been able to have a picture where we can see the butterfly fron the side and from the front is wonderful!!! Your composition is lovely and I like the soft bg... Great job on those Nymphalidaes!!!



  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-08 9:15]

Hello Peter,
WHat a wonderful shot, it's really magic - the light, the composition, the colours, the sharpness, the focus, the background ....the lot!
If this wasn't a rare occasion then I wonder what you'll be coming up with next! Superb!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

  • Great 
  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-08 9:20]

La primera impresión que me causó al verla es que existía una ligera sobre exposición, pero al observar en detalle, vi los colores y contrastes, las áreas luminosas y en sombra tan maravillosas, que la iluminación se convirtió en uno de los puntos fuertes de esta composición querido amigo.
La belleza de las mariposas en todo su esplendor, realzadas por el perfecto foco y agudeza sobre ambas, sumado a la colaboración del perfecto fondo, conforman una imponente muestra de tu talento tras la Sony.
Gran punto de vista, gran encuadre.... Cheers!!!

The first impression that caused me when seeing it is that existed a slight over exposure, but when observing in detail, I saw the colors and contrasts, the luminous areas and in shade so wonderful that the illumination transformed in one of the strong points of this composition dear friend.
The beauty of the butterflies in all their splendor, enhanced by the perfect focus and sharpness on both, added to the collaboration of the perfect bottom, they conform an imposing piece of your talent behind your Sony.
Great point of view, great framing.... Cheers!!!

Well done Peter.
Excellent job of getting both subjects in..
Good control of the light with nice backlighting. Great detail and an interesting compositional duet :)
Have a great week mf.
PS - I've had terrible internet strength the last 5 days. Can't upload either..Tornados in the Atlanta Georgia area have messed up my satellite internet "hub" for now :(

Hi, Peter.
Two in one - good catch. Nice light and compo. With DSLR you don't get such DOF with 4.0. Nice BG. looks great.

  • Great 
  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-13 3:23]
  • [2]

Hi Peter

Wow, wow, and wow. How much do you pay these butterflies for such an amazing pose? The best of all possible shots with a top view and a side view all in one.

I like this fine composition, rich and well saturated colours, crisp details, superb BG, and the amazing backlight the stream through the insects and the plants.

Very good work and TFS.

PS. Sorry for the short critique, but I’m having problems again with the cellulites and cannot sit at the PC for long.

Hi Peter,
Great shot, very nicely composed picture.
Sharp and neat image.

Ben Lakitan

Calibration Check