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Boloria napaea.

Boloria napaea.
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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: 2008-07-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-25 15:25
Viewed: 5161
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Boloria napaea (Hoffmannsegg, 1804)

Mountain Fritillary, Ähnlicher Perlmutterfalter, Bergparelmoervlinder, Fjällpärlefjäril, Fjellperlemorvinge, Tunturihopeatäplä, Nacré des Renouées, Perlada de Montaña

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Heliconiinae

Wing span: 34 – 42 mm

Shown here with wings closed a few weeks ago, this image might complete the presentation of this rarely shown exquisitely coloured species that inhabits high elevations of European Alps and the Pyrenees as well as northern Scandinavian mountains. Initially, this image was added as a workshop to my first posting, but I was encouraged by some of you to present it on its own. Thank you, Alexei.

As stated before, that was one of the last happy captures of mountain butterflies when dark clowds of rain rapidly ended a sunny day of summer that took me out for a ten hours hiking trip up to the glaciers of Vernagt. And it was the last occasion to capture that pretty female butterfly with open wings. The very next moment the bad weather caused it to take its resting pose with wings closed. Low light conditions under an overcast sky and motion blur caused by a strong breeze have been a bit of a challenge.

The plant:

Senecio abrotanifolius (L.)
Eberrauten-Greiskraut, Bärenkraut

Family: Asteraceae.


The gorges of Rofen near Vent, Oetztal valley, on alpine meadows at 2100m above sealevel, at the edge of mountain meadows continuously maintained since at least 2500 years. The place the picture was taken is close to Rofen, Austria's highest permanently inhabited farmhouses, located since mediaval times at an elevation of 2050 meters above sea level.


Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998
Christopher Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe. http://www.lepidoptera.pl/
Walter Schön: Schmetterling - Raupe. http://www.schmetterling-raupe.de
Xaver Finkenzeller: Alpenblumen, München 2003
Fischer, M. A., Adler, W. & Oswald K.: Exkursionsflora für Österreich, Liechtenstein und Südtirol, Linz 2005

The camera:

SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 17mm macro zoom (equivalent 100mm at full size SLR), F/4, 1/160 sec., ISO-125, bias -0.3, hand held, no flash. 19.07.2008, 16:45.


Photoshop Elements, cropped, resized to web, selectively resharpened, levels slighty adjusted.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

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Hi Peter,
This is an unsual specie to me! I love its French name! Colors and exposure are natural with superb details and composition. Plain green background makes your lovely model stand out well. Thanks,

A wonderful display of the upper wings of this exotic butterfly, Peter. Superb details and colours. The subject sits pretty on those lovely yellow flowers.
I saw the other version with its wings closed and that one is equally fabulous.
Thanks and best regards.

Your good use of depth of field is what makes this one stick out...that and the wonderful colours..Very good then...but I still REALLY love the one just prior to this..You do so good at landscape..maybe the combination is important! I shall have to make a mental note

Hi Peter,
You always compose your frame in a pleasing, artistic manner..
Beautiful specimen, excellent POV here.
Very good colors, details, exposure, and complimentary BG.
(Good job on the clean-up) :)
Well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-25 22:37]

Dear Peter,
Yes I'm glad you posted this open wing macro of B. napaea as well. You made good use of the limited DOF by focusing on the body and showing the dense hair scales of this Alpine and high Nordic species and the composition on the yellow flower against a neutral natural BG is excellent. The POV is perfect.
Thanks for sharing this fine image and for your kind critique on my 500th posting!
With best wishes,

beautiful butterfly and wonderful capture Peter !
colours are natural , very beautiful , contrast is perfect ,
very good sharp and fine details ,
very well done ! TFS,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-01-25 23:16]

Ha Peter,

A nice capture,well composed with good POV,the detail and sharpness are great,well done and tfs this new fritallary (although for me),

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-25 23:30]

Hallo Peter !
Noch mal ein wunderbares Bild von ihnen, der Falter ist sehr schön mit seinem haarigen Körper une seine schöne Motive aud den Flügeln. Mit gefällen auch die Farben, die ganzen Details, die Komposition, der POV, und der schöne Hintergrund. Die gelbe Farbe des Blume ist besonders schön. Vielen Dank !

Hallo Peter
This butterfly is richly blessed with lots of beautiful fluffy hair, lovely stripes and markings. You have captured it with great detail and care. It is a very pleasing image with lots of detail to appreciate. The detail of the furry body is well seen and displays well against the neutral green background. To me the flower it is resting on is also eye-catching and pleasing to look at. The total image is presented in the well known "Peter Stoeckl" style and manner and cannot be missed. It has a friendly and warm feel to it. Focus, composition and use of light is very pleasing, and it was once again a pleasure to look at it. Thanks for sharing.
Friendly regards

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-01-25 23:51]

Hallo Peter!

Auch wenn ich mich zur Zeit lieber "eisigeren" Dingen als Schmetterlingen zuwende, konnte ich nicht an der Farbenpracht Deines Bildes vorbeikommen. Bereits der Thumbnail hat meine Aufmerksamkeit geweckt. Dein Bild bringt angenehme Wärme in die Stube und Dein interessanter Begleittext ist angenehm zu lesen.

Liebe Grüsse


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-26 0:22]

Hola Peter,
preciosa macro,
bellos colores y encuadre...
atractiva mariposa,
saludos amigo,

Hi Peter,
A nice capture of this beautiful Mountain Fritillary. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Peter,
what a wonderful capture of Boloria napaea; POV and DOF are perfect in a fantastic composition; superb sharpness, marvellous colours and a beautiful pose of the butterfly on the flowers against a very good OOF BG.
Very well done. TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-26 1:59]

Lieber Peter,
Alexei hatte Recht. Dies ist wirklich ein schönes und interessantes Bild. Das Weibchen des Aehnlichen Perlmutterfalters ist etwas Spezielles. Ganz dunkel in der Mitte und mit einer fast weissen Bordure. Ich habe in meinem Referenzbuch gesehen, dass das Männchen schwieriger zu bestimmen wäre.
Für das nächste TN-Bild, da Du noch so viel Reserven hast, könnte das Zufallsprinzip weiterhelfen! :-)
Danke auch für Deine Kommentare zu meinen Bildern und auch für die positive Reaktion zu meiner Frage.
Wünsche eine schöne und nicht zu anstrengende Woche
Herzliche Grüsse

Hello Peter,
Wonderful and sunny capture!
I like a lot the colour palette displayed here, the intensity of the yellow and its contrast with the subtle green tones of the blurred background.
On the subject, great sharpness and fine details.
My compliments and thanks for share.
Best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-26 4:03]

Hello Peter,
A very beautiuful composition showing the Mountain Fritillary on some beautiful orange flowers. Excellent focus and fine sharp details. Beautiful silvery colour to the wings. It stands out very nicely against the green soft background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Awesoeme close-up with great details down to the bits of pollen. A lovely specimen with nice clear markings.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-26 7:52]

Hello Peter,

Butterfly is shown with very good sharpness. The pattern of the wings can be very well seen. Colors have been rendered well as there are saturated, vivid and looks natural. Flowers colors matches well with the colors of the insect.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-26 10:50]

Hallo Peter,
Very beautiful sharp detailed photo in splendid clear colours. Excellent POV, DOF and composition. Beautiful contrasts in this photo. Good OOF BG.

Hi Peter,
dieses Arrangement ist wunderschön.
Die sonnengelben Blumen gebündelt auf einem Fleck, der tolle Schmetterling der sich darauf sonnt, der uni-Hintergrund, alles ist zusammen sehr harmonisch und schön, vielen Dank
Sabine - wishnugaruda

ciao Peter!
another excellent catch in height,of this beautiful specimen of female Boloria
the photo is well-composed as always with the color of Senecio alive and rich in detail
interesting the note accompanying the photo

best sERGIO

Hi Peter,
Excellent capture of this Boloria napaea, well composed in your natural habitat.
Thanks for posting. Best regards. Ferran

hallo Peter
wunderbares bild von diesem sehr schönen schmetterling
mir gefällt seine Pose wie er sich auf die Blumen gesezt hat die aus der unteren Ecke hervorragen, die farben sind leuchtend und bringen ein bisschen Sonne in die grauen Winter Tagen


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-26 22:47]

Hi, dear Peter.
Now I have a bit more free time and can to get pleasure from your tremendous picture. It is simply fantastic. Colouration of the butterfly, reproduction of all charming features of this splendid specimen unbelievable. Flowers are represented by the best way too. Great rich orange colours and excellent details. DOF is really precise. Light green canvas of BG is very nice and suitable for sharp, pictorial scene.
Bravo. Superb work. My heartfelt greetings and all the best.

Hi Peter,

Another beautiful butterfly perched in your gallery. Excellent dorsal view with fine markings on the wings. Lovely framing and pleasing shallow depth.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-27 4:46]

Hi Peter,
Iy's a magnificent close up.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.I liked POV,sharpness,blurred BG amd composition also a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2009-01-28 10:20]

Hello Peter
wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly with very impressive sharpness, colours and details. Great hand of light and exposure. The little flowers provides fine contrast with soft small copper colors.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-02-04 9:00]

merhaba Peter
wonderful close up capture of these beautiful butterfly and flower
i like composition, POV, colours and sharpness

Hello Peter,
Beautiful macro shot of hairy exotic Boloria napaea with an excellent luminosity, tones of color, details & sharpness. TFS.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-02-06 8:40]

Hi Peter,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Mountain Fritillary with such lovely colours and markings on its wings. Superb lighting and a great pose captured with perfect DOF and POV. Very nice composition.

Hola Peter,

a veces solamente pienso en los colegas cuando me votan discúlpame :-)
Como siempre nos presentas un buen trabajo, donde la luz y los colores marcan la pauta, sin olvidar el preciso enfoque. Un bonito trabajo.
Saludos y buena semana: Josep Ignasi.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-02-25 23:16]
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Hello Peter,
Thank you for sharing this gorgeous butterfly from your neck of the woods (or I should say, your neck of the mountains).
It must be such a blessing for you to live in a place of such beauty.
The intricate patterns of the wings are rendered perfectly with sharpness.
The yellow of the flowers is so vibrant and deep. Lovely BG.
TFS. : )

Ciao Peter, splendid butterfly on fantastic colorful flower, wonderful details and superb sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

Jose Luis.

Hi Peter,
An awesome macro capture of this beautiful butterly which i did not see before with excellent clarity and nice composition.
TFS and cheers,

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