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Erebia pharte.

Erebia pharte.
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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: 2006-07-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Satyrinae - Worldwide, !"Living on the edge...", European Butterflies 7, Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-09 7:55
Viewed: 6045
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Erebia pharte,
the Blind Ringlet.

Blind Ringlet - fortunately the name refers to the eyespots that are missing on their wings. The butterfly does have good eyes. And it has a good furry coat to make it well adapted for the cold climate of alpine meadows at high elevations.

Erebia pharte (Hübner, 1804)
Blind Ringlet
Unpunktierter Mohrenfalter
Blinde bergerebia
Górówka farte
Očkáň tatranský
Okáč tatranský

Genus: Erebia
Subfamily: Satyrinae
Family: Nymphalidae

Wing span 33 – 36 mm.

Blind Ringlets (Erebia pharte) are small sized Browns that do not show any eye spots in the bright orange brown spots of their wings. The species is restricted to the Alps and High Tatra, and does not occur anywhere else. Reports from the Vosges still appear in literature, but according to Peter Roos (batu), these have never been confirmed.

Erebia pharte can be met at elevations between 1200m and 2500m, and it seems to prefer humid meadows.

Butterflies are on their wings in one extended generation from July to September in one generation. Caterpillars feed on Carex ferruginea, Festuca ovina, etc., and take two years to develop.

To see the upper sides of wings, please click

>>> here.

The Location:

Nisslalm – alpine meadows with rich vegetation in the humid northern slopes of Gamskogel, near the village of Gries im Sulztal, at an elevation of 2100 meters.

The Camera:

SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 17mm, F/4, 1/640 sec., ISO-125; 04.07.2006, 14:44.


Photoshop Elements. Cropped, 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.

meyerd, Adanac, Alex99, uleko, ramthakur, clnaef, pvs, RAP, ellis49, horia, jmp, Juyona, Maite, loot, phlr, dew77, anel, volkan, TheMystic, Shoot_Score has marked this note useful
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To Shoot_Score: ... living on the edge.peter_stoeckl 1 02-17 15:38
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Hello Peter.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hello Peter
Very nice shot of this butterfly,
Perfect composition and lighting,
I think you would go for f/8.0,TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-09 8:36]

Hello Peter,
Now you are showing an Erebia species that I have actually seen in the Kärnten Alps on Goldeck. This was about ten years ago and my slides are not good enough for scanning, so it's nice to see your photo of the underside of pharte.
Good sharp shot of the 'woolly' body and excellent comp.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hello Peter,

excllent colors Bg pOV DOF perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo I really like the POV alot, excllent shot,

TFS Kyle

Dear Peter,
the wonderful portrait of this "small brown job" is revealing. Your macro brings us to the same scale like the butterfly. This way we can guess what kind of life this bugger leads!
I see if I'm not mistaken, a stigma on the underside of the forewing. That would make it a male and the stigma would help to attract females with a pheromone. And the fur is surprising: being made of brittle scales or hairs it could be an aerodynamics engineer's nightmare. But maybe these butterflies are quite sedentary what with the harsh winds and use wings mostly for signalling?
If all of what I said is wrong (you will know) I still am of the opinion that this is what TN is for: take pleasure in things natural. You gave me that pleasure.
My best regards to you,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-09 9:11]

Hello Peter,
Once again you share with us a full meal deal, lol.
A superb capture with all the excellent technical aspects, beautiful subject and finally a very informative note, thanks Peter.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-09 9:20]

Hi, dear Peter,
What a beautiful specimen you have shared. Its fur coat is simply amazing. I like your composition so much. Inclined ear with charming butterfly on it looks perfectly. Their reproduction is great too: all smallest details are visible extremely well. It is excessive to say, that DOF and POV are selected excellently and BG is amazing in its blurriness and colourfulness. BRAVO and my best regards.
Yours Alexei.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-09 9:44]

Hello Peter,
You've caught this one with his fur coat on! Amazing butterfly, so well dressed for the cold and with a blue/red eye! Brilliant capture showing sharp details and nice colours.
Good light and background too in this very interesting presentation.
TFS and regards, Ulla

You are right, Peter. This one is well protected from the cold with that furry coat on its body :-)!
Once again, delightful image of a butterfly not seen commonly.
You choice of perspective is ideal in this case.
Thanks and have a nice weekend.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-02-09 10:20]

Beau papillon bien net.
Bonne journée.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-02-09 10:58]

Hi Peter,

A nice picture of a butterfly unknown to me,I think its as well a quite strange name to give a butterfly,but anyway you captured it very nice as always,sharp and well exposed,TFS


Hola Peter.
Bella imagen de esa mariposa,muy nitida con un fondo muy bueno.Un saludo.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-09 12:40]

Una imagen amigo mío que por la sensación que genera esa mariposa tan peluda parece pintada a mano.
La composición es muy agradable con la percha sobre el margen de la escena y un punto de vista que brinda muchos detalles del insecto.
Buena iluminación, apropiado foco y perfecto post procesado.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

An image my friend that is hand-painted by the sensation that generates that so hairy butterfly.
The composition is very pleasant with the hanger on the margin of the scene and a point of view that it offers many details of the insect.
Good illumination, appropriate focus and perfect post processed.
My best regards... Ricardo

Hej Peter,
a very good macro of a beautiful butterfly.
Good details and DOF, the subject standout nice from the blurred BG, But IMO you could a some more contrast.
Well done, my friend.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-09 13:09]

Hello my fellow contribuitor to the PES website :))
Another great macro from you!
If i may make another joke: another furball! :)))))
I really like the orange (i think) impression on the wings here - very well shown and nicely contrasting the other darker areas of the wings.
The focus is well managed and the DOF is excellent, blurring the BG beautifully.
Interesting composition, but the calssical wonderful note/presentation.

Bravo and TFS

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-09 13:17]

Hi Peter,
Lovely hairy butterfly well adapted to so high altitude. Very natural colours and excellent details.
TFS, José M.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-02-09 14:39]
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Guten Abend Peter,
doppelter Volltreffer! Ein sonniges Bild von Erebia pharte, die sofort und blitzartig von der Bildfläche verschwunden wäre, wenn die Sonne sich hinter einer Wolke versteckt.
Die Details sind wirklich gut getroffen. Die Farben sind 'echt' - so wie ich sie kenne. So sieht man die leicht verschiedenen Orangetöne in der Vorderflügelbinde recht gut.
Ich habe deinen Text studiert und bemerkt, dass sich die fälschliche Verbreitungsangabe 'Vogesen' hartnäckig hält - selbst in den neuesten Büchern. Ich habe in den Vogesen selbst danach gefahndet. Tatsächlich findet man dort äußerst pharte-ähnliche Tiere, die sich bei genauerer Untersuchung aber als ungefleckte Formen der ansonsten gefleckten Erebia epiphron herausstellen - wirklich täuschend ähnlich; ich bin zunächst auch darauf hereingefallen. Also, Vogesen streichen. Dies als kleine Geschichte zu pharte in den Vogesen, nachzulesen bei Arnscheid & Roos (1981) Entomol. Z. 91, 66-69.
Einen schönen Abend noch, Peter

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-09 14:54]

Maravilloso pov. Peter, agradable encuadre y luz, nitidez y colores... saludos

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-09 15:17]

What a curious butterfly so shaggy! It's just beautiful.
The shot is excellent with a perfect sharpness and fitting dof. The second picture with the upside is just superb! I love it.
My compliments and thank you very much for sharing.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-09 17:24]
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Hi Peter

Who has gone and dyed the cotton wool black? Oh no, it’s moving (well so I thought for a moment anyway) and it has wings and antennae attached to it, so it must be a butterfly I presume. Obviously not just any butterfly, but one presented by one of TN’s foremost lepidopterists and photographers of these exquisite and colourful insects.

Another superb posting from you MF showing the undersides and the body of this beauty in such amazing details and well defined contrasts. Lovely colours, great exposure, and a BG that is totally OOF and perfectly removed from the subject gives this photo the visual edge I’ve so much became accustomed to see from your well employed lens.

Great work and TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-10 3:45]

Hello Peter,
Magnificent close up.POV,blurred BG,natural colors,clear details and composition are excellent.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-11 4:31]

Hallo Peter,
Das Auge auf uns gerichtet, mit seinem pelzigen Aussehen, ist er doch etwas Spezielles, dieser Schmetterling. Zur Geltung bringt ihn auch der weiche grüne Hintergrund. Ich bin Dir sehr dankbar für diese Erebia-Serie, da ich auch grosse Mühe habe sie zu bestimmen(habe auch mehrere,leider schlechte Aufnahmen, letzten Sommer gemacht )
Herzliche Grüsse

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-02-11 10:09]

Hi Peter,
Wonderful capture of this beautiful BF.
Nice green blurry BG and details.
Well done

I always marvel at the macro details you bring out. Wonderful study! Great note, as always!

What a beautiful SPRINGlike feeling we get here! I like the
edgy composition! Tfs, J.

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