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Eros & Erebia.

Eros & Erebia.
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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: 2006-08-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): European butterflies 5, European Butterflies 7, Hohe Tauern National Park [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-22 8:35
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Eros & Erebia.

Polyommatus eros (to the left),
Erebia cassioides (to the right).

The Blue:

Polyommatus eros (Ochsenheimer, 1808)
Eros blue
Azuré de l'oxytropide
Niño Amoroso

Genus: Polyommatus
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Family: Lycaenidae

Wing span 26 – 28 mm.

The Eros Blue inhabits the Pyrenees, the Massif Central, the southwestern and central Alps of France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria to Grossglockner, the Apennines, and mountain regions of Bosnia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, northwest and central Asia. The males’ uppersides of wings are of a shiningly bright blue with black border, females are dark brown with little blue, and orange submarginal spots.

The butterflies inhabit flowering grassy slopes over silicate rocks. They can be seen from July to September in one generation. Caterpillars feed on Oxytropis halleri, Oxytropis campestris, hibernating in symbiosis with ants (Formica lemani, Myrmica galliennii).

Same as many Erebia butterflies, male Eros Blues can be seen gathering in large numbers on wet spots. They also seem to enjoy dung, but they do love flowers, too.

For more information on that species, and to see the upper sides of wings, please klick

>>> Eros.

The Ringlet:

Erebia cassioides (Reiner & Hochenwarth, 1792)
Common Brassy Ringlet
Moiré lustré

Genus: Erebia
Subfamily: Satyrinae
Family: Nymphalidae

Wing span 34 – 38 mm.

For more information on that species, and to see the upper sides of wings, please klick

>>> Erebia cassioides.

To see another congregation, please click

>>> P. eros, E. cassioides II.


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.

The Location:

Hohe Tauern National Park, Grossglockner, ascent to Glorerhütte, at an elevation of 2200m.

The Camera:

SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 16mm, F/4, 1/640 sec., ISO-125; 23.08.2006, 11:27. Hand held, no flash.


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

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

JoseMiguel, Argus, ramthakur, sgo, phlr, Adanac, anel, Alex99, Maite, jmp, shirgold, XOTAELE has marked this note useful
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To ramthakur: Eros, your pants are showing -peter_stoeckl 1 02-22 12:14
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Hi Peter,
Great capture of this couple!
I like the pose, it seems to be having fun under the sun.
Very good illumination, I like the bright shine in the borders that delimits it's silhouette.
Excellent the details got from that same level POV.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-22 9:23]

Hello Peter,
This is an interesting capture. The lighting makes it nearly impossible to get the right exposure for both butterflies. Nevertheless, you have managed a good compromise and made a sharp presentation of this rare occasion. I have never seen these species before, let alone see them together. It looks like the tongue of cassioides is probing for salts in the dung and probably that of eros as well, but the low aperture does not allow a certain view.
I enjoyed seeing this and thank you for sharing.
Best wishes, Ivan

Erebia: Pssst ... hey Eros, your pants are showing!
Eros: What? How can that be? I'm not even wearing them!
Ha, ha, ha! Two lovely butterflies tete-e-tete here, Peter!
With the sun coming from the opposite direction, the undersides of the wings of these butterflies look transparent.
A lovely capture of an unusual moment.
Thanks for sharing this delightful picture.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-22 11:11]

Hello Peter,
Looks like a nice "rendez vous" between two species! I like your workshop too, it looks as if they're having a nice drink together as well! I think we must go to the Alps again, I'm so impressed by all your shots!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-02-22 11:39]

Hallo Peter
Sehr schöne Aufnahme ein richtiges "Rendez-vous"
was mögen sich die beiden wohl geflüstert haben...
Eine eher seltene und gelungene Aufnahme.
Gruss Robi

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2007-02-22 12:06]

Hi Peter,
This is really neat! An idyllic happening to sink into and let fantasy flow for a while after the hard tasks of finding out who they are... Your WorkShops always offer very interesting complementary perspectives and materials. The Alpine world seems to be a haven for socializing with butterflies for I'm sure you've sneaked in and participates as the disguised second eros in that WS-party :-).
Thank you very much for sharing this quite amusing scene!
With best regards,

Great close up, colorfull and details.
Nice compo, too.
Good notes.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-22 18:23]

Hello Peter,
Interesting and beautiful capture, you handle the harsh lighting very well and the colors are excellent. Thanks for the posting and the very good notes, great work.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-23 3:15]

Hallo Peter,
Was haben sie sich wohl zu sagen? Sehr lebendiges, erfreuliches Bild, nicht einfach zu fotografieren. Schön wie die Sonne ihre Flügel beleuchtet. Gestern war ich auf der Moosalp auf 2000m und plötzlich kam ein rotbrauner Schmetterling daher geflogen. Leider konnte ich ihn nicht genau bestimmen.
Wünsche einen schönen Tag

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-23 6:35]

Hi Peter.
It is really unique POV which allows to feel the own participation in the world of these remarkable creatures. Perfect note as always as well as the workshop. I only prefer a bit larger DOF. Remote wings of both butterflies are out of focus. I like your butterfly series so much. My best wishes and TFS. Meet our Ukrainian butterflies soon.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-23 7:35]

Hi Peter
What an excellent capture! Being so different but they seem so good friends!
Beautiful picture with excellent sharpness and wonderful composition.
Thank you very much for sharing.
My compliments and best regards.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-23 11:09]

Hi Peter,
Curious butterfly meeting. It seems that they were talking! Great pov, details, colours and light.
Best regards, José M.

Hi Peter,
Quite an extraordinary capture - having these 2 different species so close together.
Nice and eye catching composition.
TFS - Shir

Preciosas ambas mariposas Peter.
Una conversación íntima.
Muy buenos detalles con una luz fabulosa.
Original POV.
Saludos, JL.

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