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Erebia melampus.

Erebia melampus.
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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: 2006-08-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Satyrinae - Worldwide, European Butterflies 7, Hohe Tauern National Park [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-13 5:04
Viewed: 4528
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Erebia melampus.
The Lesser Mountain Ringlet.

Erebia melampus (Fuessly, 1775)
Lesser Mountain Ringlet
Kleiner Mohrenfalter
Moiré des pâturins

Wing span 30 – 36 mm.

A cool and rainy day with sunny intervals can be a good day to observe mountain butterflies, and Ringlets in particular. There are so many different ones up there that it needs more cool, rainy, and occasionally sunny days than you could probably get during an average holiday.

The Lesser Mountain Ringlet (Erebia melampus) is an endemite of the Alps, but widespread and common over the whole Alpine chain from French Alpes maritimes to Switzerland, Austria, Southern Bavaria and the Italian Dolomites. The species is reported from alpine meadows within and above the range of forests at elevations between 1500m and 2600m.

Butterflies are on their wings in one extended generation from July to September in one generation. Caterpillars feed on Poa nemoralis, Festuca ovina, etc.

The Location:

Alpine meadows with rich vegetation on the southern slopes of Lesachriegel near Kals am Grossglockner in the Tyrol, at an elevation of 2100 meters.

The Camera:

SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 16mm, F/4, 1/160 sec., ISO-125; handheld, no flash; 22.08.2006, 12:28.


Photoshop Elements. Cropped at the sides, downsized to web, selectively sharpened, levels slightly adjusted.


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.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

Argus, elefantino, sandpiper2, Adanac, dew77, horia, Alex99, ramthakur, batu, Maite, phlr, jmp, marhowie, anel, red45, RAP, loot has marked this note useful
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To anel: ... bis jetzt nur eine gemeinsame Sorte.peter_stoeckl 3 02-26 05:45
To horia: ... another furball :)))peter_stoeckl 1 02-13 09:35
To Argus: ... next Erebia ...peter_stoeckl 1 02-13 09:22
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-13 5:24]
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Hello Peter,
Nice to see the next one in your Erebia series.
The Lesser Mountain Ringlet is also new to me.
Though the DOF is rather limited, I like the comp. and the open wing position that this individual takes to try to warm up.
Thanks for this one.
best wishes, Ivan

Ciao Peter, bella farfalla.
Ottimi colori e composizione.

A very attractive fury-lloking ringlet.
I like the POV and composition.
Great sharpness and colour
Well done

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-13 8:31]

Hello Peter,
You have done it again, with this great capture. the colors, details and composition are all lovely, thanks Peter.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-13 8:34]

Hello Peter,
Lovely close up.POV,colors,BG,framing and composition are wonderful.Have good day too!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-13 8:59]
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Ah haha...another furball :)))
I must tell you that ever since we had that funny talk about these butterflies's nicknames, i have a good laught when i see one from you, my friend!
This is another great macro from you!
I'k quite amazed not to see a WS with another view for it )chuckle) :))
The details and color here are terrific and the contrast with the BG excellent.
Again a wonderful composition!

Bravo and TFS

Quelle magnifique velouté !
Bonne journée.

Hello Peter,

excllent crisp and colorsful photo well composed and capture i really like this pov alot

TFS Kyle

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-13 11:15]

Hi, dear Peter.
What an elegant specimen you have pictured. Delicateness of reproduction of its costume and colours is great as well as the pleasant colour tones of whole picture. Very expressive and interesting combination of smooth part of picture (butterfly on the leaf) and striped part on the top-right side. The stem strips look very nice. Sharpness and details are great as usual. Well done picture and note. TFS and best wishes.

Your Ringlet series has been a delight to watch and this one is yet another impressive capture of this exotic butterfly, Peter.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-02-13 12:15]

Hallo Peter,
hier ist das nächste Exemplar für 'meine Sammlung' - ein Männchen von Erebia melampus. Du lieferst hier eine schöne Aufsicht, so dass die Zeichungen aller Flügel deutlich zusehen sind. Am schärfsten ist der linke Vorderflügel gezeichnet. Komposition und Farben gefallen mir wie immer sehr.
Schöne Grüße, Peter

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-13 12:50]

Excellent shot, Peter!
The image shows a perfect sharpness full of details. The butterfly is really curious with those shaggy hindwings, and very beautiful.
Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-13 14:50]

Hi Peter,
A very dynamic composition for the position and orientation of the butterfly and the 3D sensation that the leave edge produces. Soft and beautiful ligth and colours and excellent details in conjunction with an informative and readable note make a complete and high quality document.
Best regards, José M.

Hello Peter,
Great closeup, very beautiful b-fly with lovely colors and wing patterns.
I like most of all your composition here :)
Well done & TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-14 4:41]
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Hallo Peter,
Diese Serie ist hochinteressant. Habe meine Erebiae mit Deinen Bildern verglichen. Bis jetzt nur eine gemeinsame Sorte. Immer weicht ein kleines Detail ab. Diesen kleinen Mohrenfalter habe ich in dieser Form bei meinen Fotos nicht gefunden. Aber vielleicht nicht fotografiert.
Nochmals herzlichen Dank
Liebe Grüsse

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-02-14 6:58]

Hello Peter!

Very shaggy and beautifull :-) It is very hard to capture, too. Great details and pastel colours, nice composition with lots of green on BG. As always note is perfect!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-14 15:54]

Un amplio (quizás demasiado) cuadro amigo mío con excelente punto de vista y rotación de la mariposa dentro de la escena, con apropiado foco y agudeza, que junto con la iluminación adecuada, brindan bellos detalles y naturales colores de la mariposa y su entorno.
El escaso DOF beneficia la estética de la composición.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

A wide (maybe too much) frame my friend with excellent point of view and rotation of the butterfly inside the scene, with appropriate focus and sharpness that together with the suitable lighting, they offer beautiful details and natural colors of the butterfly and their environment.
Scarce DOF benefits the aesthetics of the composition.
My best regards... Ricardo

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-03-01 10:51]
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Hi Peter

This lesser mountain ringlet gave you such a beautiful pose with fully extended wings and you made good use of the opportunity to capture all the amazing details on those remarkable and colourful wings.

The composition and POV are great. The large format of the photo at maximum frame size (800x800 pixels) adds to the impact of the image. The one half of the photo utilised the leaf as a contrasting and complimentary BG and the other half of the photo used the foliage and vegetation to make this butterfly stand out nicely. Of course the posting was rounded of with your ever informative and complete notes.

Well done and TFS.

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