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Albulina orbitulus.

Albulina orbitulus.
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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: 2006-08-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): European Butterflies 7, Lycaenidae Butterflies, Hohe Tauern National Park [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-25 7:11
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Albulina orbitulus (de Prunner, 1798),

Alpine Argus, Alpine Blue
Heller Alpenbläuling
Azuré de la phaque

The Alpine Blue is one of those numerous tiny little jewels of the Alpine fauna and flora that always keep you in good spirits when hiking on steep tracks through rocky areas above the range of forests.

Wingspan: 25 – 30mm.

As stated in my previous posting, the species may be found in the Austrian, Bavarian, French, Italian and Swiss Alps on mountain meadows from 1000m to 3000m, in the mountains of southern Norway and Sweden from 800m to 1200m, and also in the Southern Ural. It prefers wet spots between rocks on steep sunny slopes with rich vegetation, and flies in one generation from June to August. Caterpillars feed on Astragalus alpinus.

In his critique to my last posting our friend Nigel (Merlin) stated that because of its bright blue colours on the male's upper wings he prefers to address Albulina orbitulus as the "Alpine Blue" rather than the "Argus". Now this posting is intended to demonstrate Nigel's good reasons for calling it the "Blue", thanks to that friendly and cooperative Albulina male that was good enough to open its wings while I was having a little rest on my way up.

Nigel also stated that the species "seem to be very thirsty little insects, too". To see the proof, please click

>>> here.

Location: The path leading from the village of Kals to the alpine cottage of Stuedlhuette and to the peak of Grossglockner in the Tyrol, at an elevation of approximately 2500 meters.


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: European Butterflies.


SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 16mm macro (= 96mm at 35mm SLR), F/4, 1/200sec., ISO-125; no tripod, no flash; 20.08.2006, 12:56.


Photoshop Elements, slightly cropped, downsized to web presentation, selectively sharpened, brightness, contrast and saturation slightly adjusted.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

TAZ, Bufo, uleko, pilonm, scottevers7, Argus, RAP, loot, SkyF, cicindela, JoseMiguel, Alex99, jmp, dew77, ramthakur, wuta, phlr, marhowie, Adanac, coasties, horia, traveller has marked this note useful
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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-25 7:22]

Hello Peter,
What a lovely hairy guy from your Alpine archives. Superb close-up.
The "+++" : subject, composition, green environment, point of view, sharpness, colors, DOF, exposure, instructive note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations my friend and TFS.

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  • pertu Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 19] (102)
  • [2007-01-25 7:25]

Hi Peter!
The picture is fantastic!
Don't you by any chance have a moth-fan relative named Friedrich?:)

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2007-01-25 7:29]

Un azul estupendo bien conseguido, bien contrastado con el verde. Un saludo

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-01-25 7:40]

Hello Peter, I seem to have missed previous postings of this species. What a cute little butterfly. No linings on the underparts, just white spots. That's great. Nice ino on this thirsty species as well. Thanks for sharing this picture.
Regards, JAcob

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-25 7:55]

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture of this beautiful species. Very sharp details and really beautiful blue scales. Beautiful composition too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Peter,

What an amazing and colorful picture!!! The butterfly looks like he was covered by silk! You got a great pov letting us see the inner and outer view of the wings! I'm just wandering if you chose f/8.0 instead of f/4.0 you were able to have both anthennas in focus? Very well done and TFS,


Hi Peter,
A beauty! Such rich and vibrant color saturation. The detail is amazing. Great DOF at this shooting angle has him very sharp with just the far antenne falling out to the nice OOF backround. Great camera work.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-25 8:07]

Wow, Peter, this is what I wanted to see!
You've been keeping this one back, but it is worth waiting for!
You present a sharp capture of the Alpine Blue showing that wonderful mixture of blues reflected in the scales of this fresh male.
Excellent comp., POV and BG make this a wonderful post.
Well done and TFS,
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-25 8:29]

Osado punto de vista para captar con efectividad esta bella mariposa Peter.
A pesar del F4 y el ángulo obtenido, el foco es muy bueno sobre la totalidad del insecto con apropiado OOF sobre el fondo de la escena, bien encuadrado además.
Los colores son intensos pero bien controlados, sin saturación innecesaria.
Existe un muy ligero ruido de fondo, que es posible reducir sin desmerecer la agudeza de la mariposa.
Me encanta el Workshop con la mariposa refugiándose dentro de tu mano.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Dared point of view to capture with effectiveness this beautiful butterfly Peter.
In spite of F4 and the obtained angle, the focus is very good about the entirety of the insect with appropriate OOF on the bottom of the scene, very also framed.
The colors are intense but well controlled, without unnecessary saturation.
A very slight bottom noise exists that is possible to reduce without deteriorate the sharpness of the butterfly.
I love Workshop with the butterfly taking refuge inside your hand.
My best regards... Ricardo

Hello Peter,

excllent capture perefct details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo, I really like the way the blue wings stand out, great work

TFS Kyle

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-25 8:50]
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Hi Peter

Now fancy that…You shot such a lovely photo of a butterfly while taking a rest and I need to take a rest after I shot a butterfly photo. These critters here by us have never been house trained so they flit around like they had high octane propellant for breakfast. I rest my case with your workshop. Amazing…

This is such a brilliant photo, clearly with the Peter Stoeckl signature imbedded into it. You never have to make use of a watermark in any of you butterfly photos because the evidence of the craftsmanship clearly gives away the name of the photographer. Brilliant as always on all technical aspects.

Great work and TFS.

Hi Peter,
Wonderful butterfly. Very sharp.
Good colours. A great composition.

Simply wonderful!

Hi Peter,
Again, a truly wonderful capture!
I like the most the artistic POV used, it's a so good composition, with all that crossing lines at the background, and the beauty blues as the focal point.
Details on the insect are so clear and sharp, a perfect focus and exposure on the butterfly.
It's amazing the texture and colors seen on the wings, both of them, wich also gives us a view about how it looks like from upper and down.
The compact DSC-H5 really deserves!
Congratulations and my best regards,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-25 10:12]

Just beautiful!!
Lovely butterfly and lovely composition.
Wonderful colors and excellent job
Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-25 10:20]

Hi, dear Peter.
At last you have opened a secret of success of your butterfly photos. You either have tamed them, or know their language and come to an agreement with them.

Your fashion woman is simply perfect. I do not cease to admire with costume of this beauty and how well your reflected and presented it. Composition is really outstanding. Combinatopn of green BG and blur tones of the butterfly is wonderful. Lighting and POV are very informative. DOF is selected precisely. BRAVO, my friend. Great esthetic work of art. TFS and best wishes.
Yours Alexei.

Hi Peter!
This is another example of very good macro! :)
I like to POV and colours of this picture; butterfly seems realy nice.
Also the timing is very good -it seems like a moment before the butterfly fly away.
Also the note is very imformative.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-25 11:31]

Hi Peter,
I like everything in this photo. Details, sharpness and colours over the butterfly are excellent. POV lets see both sides of the wings. The grass blade crossing the image gives a dynamic sensation and this back approach acceleates heart beating as butterfly is going to start flying suddenly!
Best regard, José M.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-25 12:02]

Hello Peter,
Wonderfful capture of this butterfly.I liked blue colors of wings,lighting,details,BG and composition a lot.Have a good day too!

The real blue as Blue should be, Peter.
An absolutely endearing shot of this beautiful butterfly. Super perspective, DOF, details, colours and overall composition.
I just can't stop admiring it!
Best regards,

bonjour peter
how ce papillon est splendide.
sa couleur et son duvet c'est magnifique.
excellent POV.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-25 14:48]

Hello Peter, It's Again a fantastic shot from the butterfly beauty colours compositie details bg pov and light ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

Hola peter.
Muy bella imagen de esa preciosa mariposa,bonitos colores.Un saludo.

Hi Peter,

A real fantastic close-up, nothing to say...Deserves to be one of my favorites...


Excellent PP with very nice results Peter.
This is a winner!
Very well done mf.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-25 20:13]

Hi Peter,
Just unbelievable detail and colors, WOW thanks for sharing.

Hi Peter

Wow... an electric blue butterfly. Simply brilliant! TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-26 7:51]
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Hi Peter

Another terrific macro work from you!
This is one beautiful fur-ball! :))
What i actually mean is that the quality of the shot is so great that all the hairs on his wings and body are so well visible that they simlpy stand out (in the good sence of the expression).
I also love the strong colors and the good contrast, the nice POVs (the WS one is quite funny) and the very good DOF.
A wonderful post, my friend!

Cheers and TFS

PS: i'll take this opportunity to reply on you critique to my butterfly photo and tell you that those darker areas on the wings on the butterfly are just shadows from the English Red, which was all-around :)

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-26 12:19]

Hallo Peter,
eine wunderschoene Aufnahme. Die Bildgestaltung ist super, es sieht so aus als sei der Falter gerade in das bild geflattert. Die Schaerfe is super und die Farben einwandfrei. Sieht richtig 3D aus.

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2007-01-26 15:25]

Hallo Peter,
ich bin begeistert. Das ist eine starke Aufnahme. Klasse!
LG Rose

This is a wonderful photograph Peter. The color and detail are amazing. I admire you patience in photographing this little creatures.

Evelynn : )

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  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2007-02-07 14:38]

Thank you, Peter. This is definitely my favourite of the two shots showing the upperside. They really are "electric" blue aren't they? This is a very attractive image, showing both wing surfaces, with a very nice diagonal element and complimentary background. The PP work is spot-on too ;)
Best wishes as always, Nigel.

Excellent quality photo, Peter - so sharp and such a close capture!

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