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Erebia gorge.

Erebia gorge.
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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, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-08 9:05
Viewed: 5491
Points: 50
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Silky Ringlet.

Erebia gorge (Hübner, 1804)
Silky Ringlet, Seidenglanz-Mohrenfalter, Moiré chamoisé, ...

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Satyrinae

Wingspan: 34 – 38 mm.

During the few short weeks of summer at high elevations close to the glaciers of Oetztal valley, there is an unexpected variety of life to be observed.

Numerous moths, burnets in good numbers, and also several species of butterflies, some of them endemic to those elevations - like some dark ones that followed my path through lonesome and silent places far above the treeline.

Erebia gorge, the Silky Ringlet, is described to be a complex species with a varienty of different patterns. Fresh specimens would often show a silky appearance. Erebia gorge may be found in the Pyrenees, the western and central Alpine chain, in Slovenia, Gran Sasso in Italy, the Velebit, Carpatians, Tatra. It is confined to elevations between 1800 and 3000m.

Caterpillars feed on grass such as Festuca alpina, and Poa minor.


At an elevation of 2650m near Vernagt glacier -
close to the place of previous posting on Nigritella.


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

Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998.

C. Jonko: European Butterflies and Moths.


SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 18mm tele macro (= 110mm at 35mm SLR), F/4, 1/1000sec., ISO-125; handheld, no flash; 19.07.2008, 13:41.


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

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

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Ciao Peter, beutiful Erabia with fine details and great sharpness, wonderful macro, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
a beautiful macro shot of Erebia gorge taken from an excellent POV with superb sharpness and fine detail, bright colours and splendid composition.
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-08 11:05]
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Hello Peter,
The Austrian Alps must be a paradise for different Erebia species but sometimes a headache trying to sort them out!
You captured this Erebia gorge to a high technical standard and taken from a good POV to show the iridescence of the wings as well as their colours. The butterfly contrasts well with the rocky BG in this fine composition.
Thanks and it makes me look forward to summer!
Best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-08 11:35]

Hello Peter,
Excellent shot.Very good macro. Beautiful image with good framing, POV, colors and composition you have caught. Congratulations,
Best regards Siggi

Hello Peter,
this is a butterfly I never seen in reality, it's a beautiful ringlet.
Very fine natural colours, the brown tones are lovely.
Well composed with fgood sharpness and fine details.
Well done, mf

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-08 11:49]

Hi Peter. This is such a beautiful butterfly which you have taken with a good top POV so we can see the open wings and all of the markings. Which you have taken with fine detail and rich colours. Good use of the light . well done. TFS.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2009-03-08 12:01]

very good photo Peter,
a fine butterfly shot, good details, fine composition, very nice photo job here, have a good evening.
regard jaap

Bonito conjunto por el encuadre y el color. Es curioso en estas especies lo difícil que es captar en ocasiones la zona de la cabeza y el torax. Un saludo y buena semana: Josep Ignasi.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-08 12:42]

Hallo Peter,
Beautiful close up.I liked details,cross framing and composition a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-08 12:46]

Hi, dear Peter.
I am very glad to see your new picture and as usual of highest quality. POV, composition of the shot and pose (wingspread) of the fine butterfly are superb. I like how well all features (especially texture and colour pattern) are reproduced. Stone dead BG is reflected very well too and contrasts perfectly with alive creature. Bravo. Perfect shot, once more.

Hallo Peter
ein wirklich schönes Bild von diesem Schmetterling, er ist vielleicht nicht so farbig von so mancher anderer aber mir gefällt die verschiedene braune farbtöne sehr gut
das Foto ist sehr scharf und die pose mit den Flûgel weit offen ist wunderschön
Grüsse aus Frankreich

Thank you for sharing this fine macro study of a Silky Ringlet, a first for me Peter, your dorsal viewpoint produced a totally sharp image with great pattern and colouration detail, TFS indeed my friend.

ciao Peter!
a surprise every time for me,when you show these magnificent and detailed butterflies of high mountain
excellent composition and details very careful

best sERGIO

Lieber Peter!

Der französische Name "Moiré chamoisé" wird diesem edlen Falter bereits rein vom Klang der Wörter gerecht. Dass der tapfere Junge sich in so grosse Höhen wagt ist auch recht beeindruckend. Mir gefallen seine schlichten Farben und die karge Umgebung, in der Du ihn abgebildet hast, sehr gut. Wie üblich, sind auch Deine beschreibenden Worte sehr lehrreich und interessant.

As Grüessli


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

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-09 2:22]

Lieber Peter,
Wieder ein seltener Schmetterling, dem ich wohl noch nie begenet bin. Ich staune immer wieder über die Qualität Deiner Erebia-Bilder, ist es mir doch nie gelungen ein wirklich anständiges Bild von diesen kleinen Mohren zu machen. Das Bild von dem schmalen Wanderweg gefällt mir auch sehr, es ist so einladend, am liebsten würde man ins Bild steigen und dort wandern!
Wünsche noch einen schönen Frühlingsanfang (hier schneit es am Tag, in der Nacht gibt es Blitz und Donner...)
Herzliche Grüsse

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-09 3:03]

Hello Peter,
Beautiful and very sharp detailed photo of this Silky Ringlet. Great natural colours and an excellent POV and composition.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-03-10 1:43]

Hello Peter!

Very interesting specie of butterfly. Maybe not very colorfull but still looks great. I like forsal POV, light and colours. Excellent note.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-03-10 12:24]

Hi Peter,this perfect pic no need comments but just my best compliments,very high quality,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-03-10 13:17]

Hi Peter,
superb capture teacher
perfect framing and lighting,
details and color atractives
greetings friend
Thanks for your kind comments encourage me

Delighted to hear from you, Peter!
Hope you are keeping well.
A controversy is raging on TN these days regarding the authenticity and sincerity of critiques.
Now, when I see your picture of the Silky Ringlet, my prompt reaction is pure admiration for the picture because it is a technically superb image and has been presented aesthetically.
I say so with total honesty and don't see any reason why my sincerity could be surmised as guile.
It is a pity TN is increasingly getting mired into controversies on inconsequential issues.
Nevertheless, I am an incorrigible optimist and hope things would settle back to normal soon.
Sorry for deviating into an unpleasant discussion.
Warm regards,

Hi Peter,
A fine macro capture of this beauty from dorsal POV with excellent details and nice composition.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!

Hello Peter,
I have seen and captured several Erebia species in Turkiye, but up to now, I have not seen this E. gorge, even if in books. very beautiful. you captured it with a great close-up. focus, POV, composition great. thanks for sharing this beauty. best wishes

Hi Peter,

When you see a butterfly in full spreading wings like this, you wouldn't want to miss the shot. Well lt and very good perch on the rock. Bright lighting and sharp focus.

TFS and best regards,

Hello Peter.

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

Jose Luis.

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