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Erebia tyndarus.

Erebia tyndarus.
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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: 2006-07-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): European Butterflies 7, Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-16 7:43
Viewed: 5518
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Erebia tyndarus.

The Swiss Brassy Ringlet.

Some small ringlets may catch our eyes by a “brassy” metallic iridescence of wings flashing up when looked upon from a certain angle in the bright sunshine.

Individual variability has often confused their identification by indicators such as number and shape of eyespots, undersides and shapes of wings. More recent studies on the numbers of chromosomes have given proof to the existence of six different species of very similar appearance in European mountain regions, each of them usually inhabiting just one location. E. tyndarus, E. nivalis, E. calcaria being endemites of the Alpine chain; E. cassioides from Pyrenees, Alpes and the Balkan; E. hispania from Sierra Nevada and the Pyrenees; E. ottomana from Massif central and the Balkan.

My recent attempts to identify members of the tyndarus group have been based on the location where observation was made - in addition to their visual appearance.

Erebia tyndarus (Esper, 1781)
Swiss Brassy Ringlet
Grünschillernder Mohrenfalter
Zwitserse galserebia
Erebia Metálica Suiza
Moiré cuivré

Genus: Erebia
Subfamily: Satyrinae
Family: Nymphalidae

Wing span 34 – 36 mm.

The Swiss Brassy Ringlet has first been described from Scheidegg, Switzerland. It is reported from Mont Blanc through the central alpine range of Switzerland to the Austrian Oetztal, Ortler in Italy. Brenner is the eastern limit of its distribution.

Young males show a strong greenish metallic iridescence. Blank hindwings without eyespots seem to be a good indicator to tell E. tyndarus from the others of its group.

The species can be met on alpine meadows at elevations from 1800m to 3000m.

Butterflies are on their wings in one extended generation from July to September. Caterpillars feed on grass: Festuca ovina, Nardus stricta.

The Location:

Vernagt, rocky alpine meadows near the village of Vent in the Oetztal mountains of Tyrol, at an elevation of 2400m. For a look, please click

>>> view from Vernagt.

The Camera:

SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 16mm, F/4, 1/400 sec., ISO-125; 16.07.2006, 08:19. Handheld, no flash.


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

Please accept my apologies for the rather short depth of field. The butterfly did not give me another chance that year.


L.G. Higgins, N.D. Riley, W. Forster (bearb.): Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas, Hamburg und Berlin 1978²

T. Tolman, R. Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas, Stuttgart 1998.

Chris Jonko: European Butterflies.

Peter Roos: Erebia tyndarus. http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Europe/Switzerland/photo55499.htm

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

Alex99, JoseMiguel, uleko, Argus, fartash, ramthakur, Maite, Janice, anel, jmp, Adanac, coasties, volkan, phlr, horia, cedryk, SkyF, Necipp, XOTAELE, izler, star74 has marked this note useful
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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-16 7:49]

Hi Peter.
Around of mine country houses I usually see such scenes: butterflies on a dry grass. May be such scene are less pictorial than they are more natural. Amazing colour palette of the butterfly and reflection of ll its cute details. Interesting combination of lights and shadow and as always, complete and full of content note. I am glad to see you and your nice picture again and again. Best regards and TFS.
Yours Alexei.

Hi Peter,
Excellent detailed butterfly!
You catched the nice iridiscent reflections on their wings so good with the appropiated POV and light incidence.
The almost dry background shows the surroundings where it was found.
Beautiful the mountains view showed in the workshop.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
Best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-16 9:10]

Hello Peter,
What a splendid capture of this beautiful Ringlet. You seem to be a real expert on this species! You've caught this at just the right angle. Sharp details and natural colours. Excellent!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-16 9:17]

Hello Peter,
You've caught the 'brassy' sheen of colour very well in this shot. This is another Erebia species new to me, the relevant irridescent side being sharp and the whole presentation well composed.
Thanks for another interesting portrayal in your series.
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-16 11:19]

Hello Peter,
Very interesting butterfly.It's new to me.I liked colors,sharpness,framing and visual impact a lot.Have a great weekend!

Hello Peter
Very nice range of colors on Wings,
Perfect focusing on head,
Excellent colors,Welldone.


A very well researched note along with this rare species of butterflies makes your image immensely valuable, Peter.
The metallic iridescence on the wing is well captured on part of the wing in sharp focus.
The BG does not distract me from the compulsive appeal in the presentation of the subject.
Best regards.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-16 14:20]

Marvellous, Peter!!
What a pretty butterfly, I love the iridiscense on the wing!
Excellent shot with a perfect achievement.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
My best wishes

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-02-16 14:27]

Hi Peter, the irridescent colours are shining so prettily on the wings. The plain brown butterfly becomes a thing of beauty with teh light shining on it. Well captured, thank you

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-16 14:27]

Hallo Peter,
Obwohl dieser Mohrenfalter in seiner Englischen Bezeichnung Swiss heisst, habe ich diesen noch nie" bewusst" gesehen. Erstaunlich wie die Flügel metallisch scheinen, je nach Lichteinfall. Hochinteressant auch Deine Notiz. Herzlichen Dank auch für Deine Hilfe bei meinem weissen Nachbarn.
Herzliche Grüsse

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-16 17:31]

Hi Peter,
Great demostration of iridescence in this butterfly. This physical phenomenon always fascinate me as any other light property. Excellent angle to see both iridescence and normal appearance.
Best regards, José M.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-16 19:01]

Hi Peter,
Very beautiful capture showing fantastic colors and great detail, you have done it once again. Thanks Peter.

Hi Peter

Wow.... the iridescent colours in the wings are shown very well. The composition is spot on. Tack sharp with excellent clarity. A pleasure to view. :-)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-02-17 2:16]

Hi Peter,
Wonderful macro shot. Superb colours and sharpness. What colours really !! Great angle and posture you have caught. Perfect composed. kudos.

Hello Peter,
This buttefly looks like a flower :) It is so beautiful. I love this metallic effect on its wings and great details you caught. Composition, lightning and exposure are superb! I also liked your interesting notes too. Thanks,

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-02-17 13:45]

Hi Peter,
This is a wonderful shot.
The colors and details are so vibrant.
Nice POV and sharpness.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-18 4:39]

Hi Peter

Another splendid butterfly capture from you, my friend!
I really like this one very much (maybe a little more than the past few) because of this sublime metallic iridescence on its wings beautifully shown here!
The POV is excellent for it and the colors and light are just great!
Also teh habitat is just magnificent and it could easily be a wonderful landscape post :)

Cheers and TFS

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-02-18 20:58]

Hello Peter,
Subject: very interesting endemic species
Composition: nice
Focus: the DOF could be a bit deeper but still very good
Light: nice & natural
Color: I like this brassy effect on the wing
Tecnical comments: the grass in the fornt is a bit distracting but it's just a minor comment
Great job!
Best greetings and TFS!

The details are also wonderful and sharp. Very beautiful composition, as well, nice framing.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-19 8:29]

Hallo Peter,
super hast du diesen Falter erwischt, es sieht aus als sei er soeben in meinen Monitor geflattert. Der eine Fluegel strahlt wie ein Regenbogen in allen Farben. Perspektive, Schaerfe und Bildgestaltung sind super.

Hello Peter a nice shot with lovely colours good close macro Interesting DOF nice focus tfs rgds Necip.

Una captura magnífica Peter. La luz es extraordinaria y tu has sabido captar esta mariposa en todos sus detalles.
Muy llamativa y muy bonita.
Saludos, JL.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-19 13:17]

hello peter
this beautiful insect is interesting type for me. i like composition, point of view, colours, lighting, details and informative note in your photo

Hi Peter,
Wonderful macro work here.
Perfect colors
I like the POV and details
Well done

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