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Euryale on Martagon.

Euryale on Martagon.
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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: 2009-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-11 4:33
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Euryale on Martagon.

Lilium martagon (L.)

Martagon, Turk’s cap lily, Türkenbund, Krollilja, Varjolilja, Петров кръст, Лилия кудреватая, Lilie zlatohlavá, Lilia złotogłów, lirio llorón o bozo, il Giglio martagone, le lis martagon …

“… has a widespread native region extending from central Europe east through northern Asia to Mongolia and Korea. Several subspecies have been named. The plant is stem-rooting, growing between 1 m and 2 m tall. The flower colour is typically a pink-purple, with dark spots, but is quite variable, extending from near white to near black. The flowers are scented. Numerous flowers are borne on each plant, and up to 50 can be found on vigorous plants.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilium_martagon

That spectacular lily has become rare in most places. With active conservation and protection of nature it seems to be spreading again.

Erebia euryale (Esper, 1805)

Large Ringlet, Weißbindiger Bergwald-Mohrenfalter, Liten skogsgräsfjäril, Grote erebia, Górówka euriala, Očkáň červenopásy, Okáč rudopásný, Montanesa ribeteada, Moiré frange-pie …

Genus: Erebia
Subfamily: Satyrinae
Family: Nymphalidae
Wing span: 38 - 42mm.

Erebia euryale can be met in mountain forests of the Pyrenees, the Auvergne, the Alps and southeastern European mountains, Ural, and Altai, but not Fennoscandia. Rather common at elevations between 1200m and 2000m, going down to 750m and up to 2500m. In Alpine valleys, Erebia euryale can often be seen at the same locations as Erebia ligea. To clearly identify those two species it needs at least one close look at both the upper and the undersides of wings.

For more information please see: Erebia euryale.

Butterflies are on their wings in one extended generation in July and August. Caterpillars feed on various species of grass (Festuca ovina, Poa nemoralis, etc.)

The picture was taken from a few meters distance while leaning over a wooden fence near the village of Vent at an elevation of 1900m. The fence is there to keep cattle away from stepping into the meadows. I did not dare to leave the hiking trail, too, and avoided to climb over the fence and to step into that marvellous meadow. There are mountains meadows that have been cleared from trees and cut once a year for making hay probably since about 4000 years. These alpine meadows are showing a tremendous variety of flowers in blossom – and insects – by the end of mountain spring early in July. Let us hope that local farmers will keep doing their hard work resisting the modern temptation to make more money with running hotels and restaurants for skiers and hikers.

Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998
Christopher Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe. http://www.lepidoptera.pl/
Xaver Finkenzeller: Alpenblumen, München 2003

The camera:
SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixels, sRGB, 100mm tele zoom (equivalent 560 mm at full size SLR), F/8, 1/160sec., ISO-125, bias: -0.7, hand held, no flash. 15.07.2009, 15:04.

Photoshop CS3, slightly cropped, downsized to web, selectively resharpened, levels slighty adjusted.

Thank you for looking.

Have a very nice day and a good start of the week.

marianas, livius, anel, flashpoint, roges, maurydv, Argus, Noisette, parasbhalla, ferranjlloret, cirano, Alex99, rousettus, vanda has marked this note useful
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What a beauty!!!
Great details colors and light for this wonderful shot.
Warm congratulation!

Hello Peter
composizione eccezionale sia per la varietà dei soggetti raffigurati sia per la qualità degli stessi soggetti. Peccato per la poca luce che avrebbe dato quel tocco in più alla foto, ma è tutto comunque ben bilanciato sia per quanto riguarda i colori sia per ciò che attiene la messa a fuoco. E sono proprio i colori a farla da padrone in questa bella cornice partendo dai vividi colori dei fiori alle tonalità più neutre della piccola Euryale.
Interessanti come sempre le note che ci presenti.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-10-11 4:47]

Hello Peter,
It's not often you see butterflies visiting a Lily but this little Ringlet seems to like them and they're certainly wonderful flowers!
Excellent capture of both Lilies and butterfly showing beautiful colours and details of both.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-10-11 4:50]

Lieber Peter,
Kaum war ich am Computer, tauchte schon Dein Bild auf..und wieder eine Kombination von Raritäten. Du scheinst wohl immer am richtigen Ort zu sein. Der Türekenbund ist auch bei uns nur noch selten zu sehen, man muss wissen wo. Und Deine Gedanken über die Alpenwiesen sind wohl berechtigt. Habe ich doch kürzlich gelesen, dass im Schweizer Alpenraum 50 Resorts (z.B Andermatt) geplant sind!!
So erfreue ich mich doppelt an Deinem leichten und beschwingten Bild.
Mit herzlichem Dank und lieben Grüsse

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-11 5:38]

Hi Peter,

What comeback! Splendid capture. Very beautiful flower, beautiful butterfly. My congratulations and wait and other pictures from you.
Have a nice Sunday,

Hello Peter,
another fantastic picture from you, fabulous Martagon, not easy to see one so beautiful,
superb sharpness and marvellous natural colours, a very pleasing close composition with an interesting Erebia species.
Best regards

Hola Peter,
entre otros resultados espectaculares, consigues siempre gran profundidad, supongo que no te acercas tanto al motivo como alguno de nosotros jeje.
Precioso color y bien marcados los volúmenes de ese lilium, que compite en belleza con los insectos aunque se lleva la palma la flor.
Excelente trabajo.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Peter.
thanks for your kind words and comments.
It's nice to see some of the oldest member still are here.
I will here from time to time.
About the picture:
It's well exposed with nice colours and good sharp details.
Well composed with fine POV.
Well done, mf.


striking pic, nice to see you here agian, TFS Ori

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-11 9:51]

Hello Peter,
A fine capture both of euryaleand the Lily flowers, the the two taken from a nice POV with excellent sharpness in a pleasing composition against a nice neutral Bg. Nice to see both surfaces of the wings of euryale.
Even though we have a Swedish name for euryale it is not found in Scandinavia.
Thanks and best regards,

Hallo Peter
ich weiss nicht was hier am schönsten ist, der Schmetterling oder die Blumen, beides ist wunderbar abgenommen mit sehr scharfen details, sogar die Fliege an der untere Blume was mir sehr gut gefällt sind die zarte Farben vom ganzen Bild
Grüsse aus Frankreich

Hi Peter,

Beautiful macro capture of a lovely butterfly with great looking flowers!
The light green blurry BG works well here, as it gives wonderful contrast to this dark colored butterfly. The sharpness and POV are perfect. The DOF is very well maintained.
Great composition!

best regards,

Hello Peter,
Very excellent composition of this butterfly in Lilium martagon, good POV and sharp.
TFS & Best regards. Ferran.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-10-12 0:34]

Hi Peter,
Wonderful shot of this tiny butterfly on those beautiful flowers. Looks marvellous. Immaculate sharpness and colours with perfect details and DOF. Very nice composition. Kudos.

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture, with very rich colors and beautiful composition. Two rare species and a little fly as bonus: a real successful shot! Best regards,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-10-12 15:16]

Very beautiful macro.Nice natural colors and great sharpness.TFS.


Dear Peter,
A perfect presentation of a beautiful plant.

The details are outstanding - even the little insect (at 3 o'clock of the picture) is in focus!

The drop of water in the top left hand corner of the photo makes me wonder - if it is dew - or if you took the photo after it had rained.

The pattern on the fleshy stem is is interesting - probably designed to attract butterflies...

The subtle colours of the background enhance the vivid colours of the flower.

I wish you a good week-end
Kind Regards

They are both so pretty that you can't really decide which is the main subject in this wonderful capture, even the little insect amkes it exciting. Well done.
Paul :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-02 8:51]

Hi Peter.
What an amazing set of pictured objects. Pictorial beautiful flowers, very cute butterfly and unknown for me fly as well as leaves and grass at the BG create and amazing nature pattern. Soft lighting and terrific details of all pictured impress my imagination. Bravo and all my compliments.

Hallo Peter
Das ist eine Bild mit 2 fabelhaften Mustern: Martagon und Euryale.
Ein Großes bravo für diese fertiggebrachte Zusammenstellung, das freut immer, zu sehen oder das wiederzusehen, was uns die Natur anbietet(schenkt).

hello Peter!
extraordinary beauty of this macro Lilium martagon,with the Large Ringlet and the small insect in search of nectar
I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas sERGIO

Hello Peter
what a beautiful Erebia butterfly on colorful Turk’s cap lily and what a great capture of both of them together. splendid colors and great focus. nicely composed. Thanks for sharing this beauty. best wishes

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-02-17 7:34]

Hi Peter!
Wonderful composition. Great POV with 3D effect. Splendid pastel colours and excellent contrast against the blurred BG. I especially like the soft details and texture...that's makes this picture like a painting!
Ciao! Vanda

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