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Hipparchia maderensis

Hipparchia maderensis
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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: 2011-07-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-28 2:21
Viewed: 4689
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The island of Madeira harbours only a few butterflies species, currently 16.
Among them is a species of the Sayrinae genus Hipparchia which is considered an endemic species of the small island:

Hipparchia maderensis.
Family: Nymphalidae / subfamily: Satyrinae

Interestingly, the poor butterfly faunas of the Azores include even 3 Hipparchia endemics (H. azorina, H. occidentalis and H. miguelenesis) and the Canary Islands also one (H. wyssii) which, however, belongs to another subgenus in relation to the other above mentioned species.

Madeira, close to the summit of Pico Ruivo at about 1800 m.

* Kudrna O. (1977) A Revision of the Genus Hipparchia Fabricius. – E.W. Classey Ltd., Faringdon, Oxon.
* Sziemer P. (2010) Madeira's Natural History in a Nutshell. - Francisco Ribeiro & Filhos, Funchal.

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hallo Peter
Great composition with good details and beautiful naturel colours
greeting lou

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-08-28 2:58]

Hello Peter,
this is really exciting. not only the butterfly is so well represented in lively patterns, sharpness and clarity. But also the diagonal composition of the rock-line.
Splendid blurry background gives a powerful visual view too.
very well thought and excellent composition.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-28 3:02]

Hi Peter,a great scoop this very rare butterfly,magnificent work in a difficult position,the top of sharpness and light balance and a very nice composition too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Best compliments Peter for the rare one! Good quality in an lovely compo.


Interesting species and fantastic photo Peter! The POV, the composition, the colours. The lighting and the sharpness are excellent. Interesting note too.

Ciao Peter, great macro if beautiful Hipparchia, I never see before, thanks, fine details wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-28 5:52]

Hello Peter,
How nice to see you with a new posting. A butterfly in great sharpness and beautiful natural colours. The diagonal composition works well here. Nice blurred BG.

Hello Peter,
Is good hear from you again friend!... I hope you're all fine!..
Nice shot, making a impressive use of your 35mm macro! Nice species from Portugal (Coincidentally, my wife's father was born in Madeira, he, he) Is very interesting meet a species endemic from this place!

A beautiful photo with subtle colours and an interesting butterfly species. Excellent details. regards yiannis

Bonjour Peter,

Une très belle macro avec de jolies couleurs.
Bien fait

Feels good to see you posting again, Peter.
Thanks for looking at my Grasshopper picture and giving it exact ID.
This is a beautiful picture of a butterfly you shot in Portugal.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Peter,

thanks for ID cicade.
this one Razor sharpness and good pov with nicely blurred bg.
Fine colors.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-08-29 0:51]

Beautiful image of this excellent species captured with good details and composition. tfs.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-08-30 2:43]

Lieber Peter,
Grosse Freude wieder mal ein Bild von Dir auf TN zu sehen! Du warst also auf Madeira und es ist Dir gelungen einen endemischen Schmetterling unter die Linse zu bringen. Bravo! Erstaunlich nur 16 Arten auf der Insel! Hast Du sie alle fotografiert?
Schön aufgebautes Bild mit der Diagonale und feinste Grautöne, gewiss ein sehr subtiles Bild.
War nur wenig in Bürchen und habe nicht so viele Schmetterlinge gesehen in diesem Sommer.
Herzliche Grüsse an Dich und die Deinen

Hallo Peter,
eine sehr gelungene Präsentation dieses raren Endemiten der Bergregionen von Madeira, perfekt in der Detailwiedergabe, angenehm weich in den Farben, vorzüglich komponiert - und mit gut erkennbarem felsigem Habitat des Pico Ruivo im Hintergrund. Bin vor ziemlich genau sechs Jahren einigen vom Wind zerzausten Faltern dieser Spezies auf Paul da Serra begegnet. Eine für mich bis heute unvergessene Begegnung, von der ich keine so guten fotografischen Dokumentationen mitbringen konnte wie die Deine hier. Faszinierende Insel, deren Erkundung oft einiges an Kondition und Schwindelfreiheit abverlangt.
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,

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