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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: 2019-06-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Leica V LUX Typ 114
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1300 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2019-06-30 14:44
Viewed: 324
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kanetisa circe (Fabricius 1775)

Great Banded Grayling
Le Silène
Weißer Waldportier

Wing span: 60 - 65mm.

The largest species of European Graylings is on the wing from early June to September at dry grassy, bushy places. Widespread and once locally common from the Mediterranean through most of southern Central Europe, now decreasing in numbers, endangered.

Larval host plants: Various grasses, e.g. Festuca ovina, Bromus erectus.

The butterfly's conspicous upper sides of wings would only be seen in flight but hardly ever at rest. After decades, this is my first lucky capture showing Circe with wings widely open.

Tom Tolman, Richard Lexington, Collins Butterfly Guide, London 2009.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-06-30 15:07]

Hi Peter,this is a great post,the butterflies experts knows that it's very very difficult to take this species with the open wings,i seen many times the circe in my country but i haven't an open wings pic in my archive. 2 beautiful view from above to see the secret side of this big butterfly,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Adorable capture, Peter.
It is pleasure to see you posting off and on. Mercifully, you have not withdrawn completely from this rather truncated site.
The focus is pin sharp and the details and colours on the wings are beautiful.

Ciao Peter, great macro of this beautiful butterfly with open wings, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Another great and colourful BG and model...it looks very much so as a 3D-IMAGE well done PETER STOECKL

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2019-07-03 9:48]

Lieber Peter,
Hab mal wieder in Treknature reingeschaut und freue mich sehr ein Stoeckl-Bild zu sehen. Ein Volltreffer, Bildaufbau, Farben, Schärfe und natürlich den Weissen Waldportier mit geöffneten Flügeln, alles top.
Herzliche Grüsse aus Bern

Hi Peter,
Very nice shot. And a very difficult one as well - I myself never managed to make a useful photo of this beauty. I love the focus was taken to the closest square millimetre of the wing, so no out-of-focus closer parts. Perfect exposure, nice details on both blacks and whites.
I understand you rather spend your time in the nature, not in front of a PC, but sometimes please visit us here in the future, too. Like you did now. You're always welcomed here.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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