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Small Satyrine

Small Satyrine
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 10 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-06-05 23:10
Viewed: 3085
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The picture shows a specimen of
- Coenonympha pamphilus
- family: Nymphalidae
- subfamily: Satyrinae

German: Kleiner Heufalter
English: Small Heath

Species information
With a wing span of about 25mm, the Small Heath is one of the smalliest Satyrinae species of Europe. Its relative Coenonympha corinna from Corse and Sardinia is still a bit smaller.
C. pamphilus occurs in Europe except for the far northern areas as well as in northern Africa (Maghreb). Eastwards, it is found through middle Asia to Mongolia.
As is the case for nearly all Satyrinae species, the caterpillars feed on several species of grass.

- natural light, cloudy
- slight wind
- handheld

* Bozano GC (2002) Guide to the Butterflies of the Palearctic Region. Satyridae III: Melanargiina and Coenonymphina Melanargia, Coenonympha, Sinonympha, Triphysa. Omnes Artes, Milano.
* Tolman T. & Lewington R. (1998) Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. - Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-06-05 23:44]

Wonderful details and colors, perfect perch for this beautiful butterfly with fine background. tfs.

Hi Peter
Beautfiul sharp image of this nice, small satyrid. Great field guide POV, nice blured background, good diagonal composition. Nothing to critique ;-)
Best wishes

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-06-06 1:39]

Lieber Peter,
Bei uns habe ich ihn noch nicht gesehen, den Kleinen Heufalter. Kann mich aber sehr erfreuen an Deinem schönen Bild. Feine Darstellung, natürliche Farben, gute Bildschärfe. Ein typisches batu-Bild.
Hab herzlichen Dank und noch ein schönes Wochenende

Beautiful capture Peter,
Very nice exposure,detail and colour.
Good work.
Cheers & TFS

Hi Peter

Excellent shot of this small heath.
Brilliant sharpness and details
Great OOF background


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-06 5:29]

Hello Peter
Excellent sharp details, clear Bg and natural colos.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-06 6:01]

Hello Peter,
Beautiful photo in nice natural colours and excellent sharp details. Fantastic diagonal composition and sharp details. Very pleasant OOF BG and POV.
Have a good weekend,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-06-06 8:45]

Hi Peter,i know this little butterfly (i remeber to have meet it last year and i thought was a baby Maniola Jurtina..ehehe)and i must give you my best compliments for the top quality of your pic.The best point of view and a great sharpness also whitout the light of sun.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO

Hi Peter, good to see it to appreciate this excellent macro, I see that this is an insect of color not so striking, and that the day was cloudy. I Celebrate your talent for this wonderful level of detail and sharpness, under such complex conditions. Very good work!


Ciao Peter, lovely little butterfly in a beautiful diagonal composition with splendid natural colors, fine details and superb sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio
Tomorrow a quiz for you:)

hello Peter
so beautiful !!!
great composition with nice light and good details
a beauty
greeting lou

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2009-06-06 13:24]

Hello Peter,

Wonderful shot of this tiny butterful. Lovely details and excellent focusing and sharpness. I like the composition a lot and the POV too. Nice OOF BG, give the butterfly a lovely contrast. TFS.


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