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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: 2007-07-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Blue Things, Lycaenidae Butterflies, Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-01 7:07
Viewed: 4717
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Vacciniina optilete (Knoch, 1781),

Cranberry Blue
Violett blåvinge
Modraszek bagniczek
Modráčik striebroškvrnný
Modrásek stříbroskvrnný
Azuré de la canneberge

Wingspan : 26 – 30mm

Obviously a relic of ice age, the Cranberry Blue’s area of distribution is split between heaths and morelands of Fennoscandia between 100 and 1400m, in the central Alps of France, Switzerland, Austria in subalpine habitats between 1500 and 2800m, and in a few isolated populations also in Germany, Slowakia, Poland, the Baltic States, Macedonia. Furthermore reported from Siberia, Japan and North America. Together with its moreland habitats on acid soils, the species is in rapid decrease. Some high alpine retreats still are showing a sound population, but always isolated and restricted to small spots, and therefore endangered.

Caterpillars feed on Vaccinium uliginosum, V. myrtillus, Oxycoccus palustris. Butterflies can be seen from to June to August, in one generation.

Red List for Austria: 3 – endangered.

Close up of undersides of wings.

Another point of view.

The location: Obergurgl, Naturpark Oetztal, Zirbenwald Nature Reservation, 2000m. Alpine moreland surrounded by an isolated patch of Arolla Pine (Pinus cembra) forest.

The camera: SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 15mm macro zoom (equivalent 90mm at full size SLR), F/5.6, 1/400 sec., ISO-125, hand held, no flash. 13.07.2007, 14:11.

Postwork: Photoshop Elements, cropped, resized to web, resharpened, BG cleaned, levels slighty adjusted.


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

Thank you for visiting.
Have a very good day.

Alex99, Argus, marhowie, Juyona, vanderschelden, jhm, JoseMiguel, gracious, loot, anel, marcellr, jrobertop, nirmalroberts, red45, phlr, angybone, cecilia, Maite has marked this note useful
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To loot: crumpled leaves ...peter_stoeckl 2 12-12 03:05
To batu: ... optilete's blue & styxpeter_stoeckl 2 12-02 04:59
To Argus: more of the blue ...peter_stoeckl 1 12-02 03:32
To Alex99: Flat on the ground.peter_stoeckl 1 12-01 07:53
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Hi, dear Peter.
Where were you when you photographed this beauty? Great lowest POV and impressive view on the butterfly. Back light creates a very interesting colour and light effects. DOF is superb and you managed to handle with difficult light and contrast subject. WS is simply outstanding. Thanks for both perfect shots. My best wishes and warm regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-01 7:33]
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Hello Peter,
Though this species is still quite common in Fennoscandia, it must be rare in Austria owing to habitat reduction.
I like the way you managed to capture the underside at the same time as give us a little of the blue upperside, that in Scandinavia has a more purple tinge. Nice sharpness and excellent POV and composition.
Well done and thanks!
Thanks also for your kind words on my 300th!
Best wishes, Ivan

Hi Peter,
Tough light from directly above, but you've still pulled out nice details on the shadowed underside. I like the POV, looks like you got near ground level with em' :)
Great WS add on showing excellent outer wing detail/texture,
Well done!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-01 7:50]

Buenas tardes Peter,
sensacional macro,
buen trabajo y definidos colores, saludos

Hello Peter,
Nice butterfly image; they always seem to be in flight in your images even when they are not...

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-12-01 8:35]

Hello Peter,

I see that you as a great specialist in butterfly macros, also this butterfly again a wonderful position and presentation. This is again a jewel.

Best regards,

Hi Peter,
You capacity to get such sharp details are amazing.
Despite the harsh light there, you managed to get a perfect exposed picture, so we can find good details all over.
The butterfly head and wing's colours are so enjoyable to look at.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Peter, splendid butterfly with great details and excellent sharpness, beutiful colors, lovely POV, we can see both faces of wings, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
Nice to see your wonderful posting!
excellent composition always in perfect size, sharpness, vivid colour and details
the exposure and focus is spot on!
thanks for the wonderful notes too!
best wishes

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-01 11:40]

Lieber Peter,
Noch ein mir unbekannter Bläuling und doch sollte es ihn doch in unserer Gegend geben.Dank Deiner beiden Bilder, wird es einfacher sein ihn zu identifizieren. Auf deinem Workshopbild sieht man deutlich den einzigen grösseren orangen Fleck auf den Hinterflügeln. Sitzt der Hochmoor-Bläuling auf einem dürren Blatt?
Herzlichen Dank für Dein liebnswürdiges Kommentar zu meinen Blumen.
Noch einen schönen Abend

Ciao Peter,
uno splendido ritratto, tecnicamente perfetto, di questo piccolo licenide che non ho mai incontrato in natura.
Molto bella anche la foto con la pagina inferiore delle ali.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-12-01 15:05]

Hi Peter,
The best pov and pose here and the the greatest details on the WS. A perfect composition and a very nice photo.
TFS and best regards,
José M.


I never realized how small the blues are,
Great capture,
Wonderful image,


Hello Peter
Sensational shot!
Wonderful butterfly with magnicifent colors!
Excellent POV, details and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!
Best regards,
José Roberto

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-12-01 22:37]
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Guten Morgen/Tag/Abend Peter,
hier also eine weitere Art aus deiner Bläulingsserie - dargestellt in gleissendem Sonnenlicht. Keine einfache Aufgabe ähnlich, wie von dir auch entpsrechend kommentiert, bei meinem Erebia styx**. Trotz der harschen Lichtbedingungen sind die Zeichnungen von Flügel-Oberseite und -Unterseite gleichermaßen deutlich herausgearbeitet. Selbst die beschatteten Flächen unterhalb des Bläulungs zeigen ihre Strukturen und Oberflächen klar.
Der einzigartige Blickwinkel macht es überhaupt erst möglich 'oben' und 'unten' zu sehen. Das typische, ganz charakteristische Blau von optilete, wie ich es kenne, ist offenbar aufgrund der Lichtbedingungen nicht ganz getroffen oder aber Tiere dieser Region zeigen eine abweichende Färbung (?).
Schöne Grüße, Peter
** P.S. Wo hast du deinen Erebia styx gefunden?

Hi Peter,
Nice shot in a difficult light situation. Beautiful butterfly. Congratulations and TFS.
- Nirmal

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-12-02 3:42]

Hello Peter!

As always beautifull picture with very long and extremally interesting note :-) Very nice looking butterfly with great, low POV. Both sides of wings are visible, insect is sharp and clear. Lower part of its body is rather dark, but this is minor fault. Overall - great post.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-02 13:38]

Hi Peter,very excellent collection of Blue butterfly,i like all,very good work,thanks for share,Luciano

Perfect detail! Love the detail in the antenna and the face...each little hair is evident. Perfect!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-12-02 15:35]
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Hi Peter

One thing is for sure, no wasted and dried out crumpled leave has ever been decorated with such exquisite beauty. This little butterfly is a true jewel. Maybe some day you will offer us the pleasure to see a fully opened top view of this relic from the ice age, a Cranberry Blue. We are highly privileged that you go to such extraordinary lengths and visit all those distant locations and roads less travelled to find us the most gorgeous of butterfly specimens.

This little hairy fairy looks like it has applied some blue eye shadow all around its eyes. The technical aspects are perfectly executed. No need to elaborate on that at all.

Great work MF and TFS.
Best regards

Great work once again! They are such beautiful butterflies aren't they?
Great shot, top notch focus.
Well done

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-18 11:55]

What a marvellous capture! This is so beautiful a butterfly, and I had never heard of it! Magnificent POV, DOF and beautiful composition. The shots on the workshop are real humdingers!
My compliments and best regards

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