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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: 2010-07-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Goldys' Personal Favorites, Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-26 14:37
Viewed: 4964
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Boloria selene (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary, Sumpfwiesen-Perlmutterfalter, Zilveren maan, Brunlig perlemorsommerfugl, Brunflekket perlemorvinge, Brunfläckig pärlemorfjäril, Niittyhoperhopeatäplä, Dostojka selene, Petit collier argenté, Selene, ...

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Heliconiinae

Wing span: 38 – 41 mm

After a long break, I am taking a rainy autumn day’s evening to report that the summer of 2010 has been a rather short and rainy one in the Austrian Alps, same as the summer of 2009. Short periods of hot days were followed by long periods of cool weather with frequent showers of rain. Butterflies could be seen in abundance, however, and cool weather conditions were slowing them down, making them a bit easier to approach for a picture.

Boloria selene is a regular sight up there: Widespread in the temperate zone of the Northern hemisphere, the species is a regular inhabitant of Alpine meadows up to 2200m above sea level, bivoltine with two generations in May/June and July/August in warmer regions, univoltine at higher latitudes and altitudes in July.

Selene loves humid alpine meadows in rich blossom, moorland, meadows in wooded river valleys, marshy areas near lakes. And, like many of its genus, it loves to visit blossoms of raspberry and bramble. Here it is seen on Rubus idaeus (Himbeere) - just before taking off.

Caterpillars feed on Viola.


Untenlehn near Gries, Längenfeld, Oetztal valley, Tyrol, at an elevation of 1500m.


Christopher Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe. http://www.lepidoptera.pl/
Christian Stettmer, Markus Bräu, Patrick Gros, Otmar Wanninger: Die Tagfalter Bayerns und Österreichs, Laufen/Salzach 2007
Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Collins Butterfly Guide, London 2008
Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998

The camera:

SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixels, sRGB, 15mm macro zoom (equivalent 84 mm at full size SLR), F/4, 1/640sec., ISO-125, bias: -0.7, hand held, fill flash. 06.07.2010, 18:49.


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

The upper side.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day to start into the new week.

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Hi Peter,

Welcome back! Amazingly beautiful capture of a Selene!
Effective POV aginst to cloudy blue sky and the lighting has really brought out the natural tones of this beauty. Fine positioning of the beauty in the frame and the DOF perfect!
TFS and have anice night/new week!


Hallo Peter,
what a fantastic capture of Boloria selene taken from an excellent POV showing perfectly the features of the underside wings with outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, wonderful composition with this splendid butterfly against the blue sky.
Best regards

I could say this was your shot, even without looking at the name, Peter!
As usual, the POV is stunning! An amazing composition!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-09-26 22:04]

Hi Peter,
Splendid photo, congratulations!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-26 22:37]

Hello Peter,
It's nice to see one of your butterflies again, so well captured in your characteristic way!
The underside view of the open wings against a fine hazy sky while this B. selene rests on some bramble flowers makes this a very attractive image. The sharpness and natural colours, sharpness, excellent composition and POV contribute to a superb portrait of this Fritillary.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hi Peter,
wonderfull work on this butterfly. Even with this backlight we see every clear detail of it. Great colours too.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Peter,
Great shot when i saw this in the tumbnail i knew it was ur pic:-) Love the clarity and details and POV is "Peter Special".
Goutham R

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-27 1:25]
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Lieber Peter,
Eine grosse Ueberraschung heute morgen! Freut mich sehr wieder mal ein unverkennbares Stoeckl-Bild zu sehen. Die blauäugige Selene ist bei uns nicht sehr häufig anzutreffen und bin froh sie hier mit zwei hervorragenden Bildern dokumentiert zu sehen. Sehr schön das Bild mit dem "himmlischen" Take-off, die Unterflügel fein mit dem Blitz beleuchtet. Habe soeben festgestellt, dass Du einen gar langen Besuch in meiner "Fotogalerie" gemacht hast. Hab herzlichen Dank, dies freut mich natürlich besonders:-)
Ich hatte Dir vor längerer Zeit mal ein Mail geschrieben, betreffend oesterreichisches Künstlerpaar Mediz-Pelikan, ein Schreiben, das Du wahrscheinlich nicht gesehen hast. In der Zwischenzeit bin ich beim Kunshandel Widder in Wien fündig geworden. Der Artikel ist auch geschrieben.
Ich wünsche Dir eine angenehme Woche und freue mich natürlich schon auf die angekündeten Bilder.
Herzlich grüsst aus Bern

Hallo Peter,
beautiful presentation of this beautiful butterfly! Excellent POV against the blue sky, very good DOF, perfect focus, showing us natural colors with great contrast, many astonishing details. Perfect composition.
thank you,

An amazing capture Peter, from a unique viewpoint which shows the underwing details to a perfection against that cloudy sky backdrop. The pattern and colouration are also reproduced quite finely in your pleasant composition.
TFS and cheers,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-27 2:52]

Hi Peter,
It's a magnificent macro taken from perfect point of view.Exposure is spot on,focus couldn't be better.Vivid colors,details and DOF are also wonderful.Have agreat week!
Thanks for sharing..

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-09-27 3:39]

Hello Peter,
I always admire your photos for quality of work and this time it like me very much especially excellent low POV and nice blue sky in BG.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Peter
fantastic colours and details and superb sharpness.
A very nice composition with interesting and particular POV.
Welcome back

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-09-27 6:38]

Fine viewpoint for this beautiful species, great colors and exposure. tfs.

Hallo Peter
Stunning image. Fantastic colours. Excellent details. Spot-on focus. Perfect moment captured. Wonderful point of view. What more can I say? Really a pleasure once again to look at a master photographer's work. Thanks for sharing and great to see you back. Kind regards.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-09-28 10:58]

Hi, Peter, again.
As always I love such POV. It is really amazing and givers unusual and very attractive look. Both butterfly and plants are reproduced precisely. I also like wonderful a bit cloudy sky as a BG. Fill flash is great for such scenes. My compliments and kind wishes.

Very nice Peter, Bravo :)
I especially like your dynamic POV, well done!!

Hallo Peter
schön mal wieder ein Bild von ihnen zusehen, aber es war Wert zu warten, dieser Sumpfwiesen-Perlmutterfalter ist eine Pracht, es ist selten und sehr interressant das man ein Schmetterling von der Unterseite sieht, die details, die Farben und auch der Himmel im hintergrund sind ertst Klasse
Grüsse Jacqueline

Hallo Peter,

Although we previously didn't know each other, I'm glad you're back to TN, because I see you as a great contributor of the site. This photo's quite good, unfortunately sun didn't shine, but in the note you explained why. :) Nice details, well chosen POV, an interesting underside portrait. Well done, tfs.

Best regards from the "neighbourhood" (Ungarn), László

Hallo Peter,
also wie schon gesagt, es ist eine sehr gute Nachricht, dass Du wieder Bilder auf TN bringst. Peter Stoeckl Bilder eben, mit allen den gewohnten Finessen. Hier besticht die Körperhaltung des Schmetterlings und der himmlische Hintergrund mit dem speziellen Licht besonders. B. selene habe ich noch nie bewusst gesehen.

herzliche Grüsse

Hi Peter,
A very good capture of this beautiful Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary. Good composition and very good sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Peter, wonderful POV for a lovely Selene on a beautiful blue sky, splendid natural colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, I like a lot, Happy New Year my friend, ciao Silvio
PS thanks for ID

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-04 4:18]

Hello Peter,
such an amazing shot. I looks as if it not real. Very crisp image and very well detailed shot. The pattern and markings are excellently defined. Again you use the sky as the background, it gives a dramatic and magnificent effect.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-03-22 3:20]

Lieber Peter,
I have not seen yet in my country, I do not have this specimen of ..
Very nice presentation of this butterfly in good sharpness, details and fine natural colours.
Best wishes,

Hello Peter
Superb photo, excellent point of view, perfect focus and detail, nice background.
Good even light with no shadows.
regards yiannis

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