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Erebia aethiops.

Erebia aethiops.
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Copyright: Horia Scubli (horias) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-08-14 10:54
Viewed: 2713
Points: 32
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Scotch Argus
Erebia aethiops

Distribution: Hills of central and eastern France to Belgium and eastwards to Russia and the northern Balkans. Outlying populations in Scotland and two sites in northern England.

Identification: The usual Erebia identification problems arise with this species. However, helpful features are
- underside hw broad post discal band is pale white or yellowy brown and ground colour is rich chocolate brown
- underside basal area usually distinct (especially in the female) and same colour as post discal band
- wing fringes are dull grey, in the female they are weakly chequered.
- orange markings are bright and the eye spots intense. Overall, rich colouration.
- scent brand in male distinct.

Flight time: Late summer: end of July until September.

Habitat: Grassy places and meadows usually associated with woodland or scrub. Can be found at very low levels for this genus - I've found it at sea level in NW England and 500m in Switzerland. I generally find it around 1000 to 1500m. Larvae feed on various grasses.

Behaviour: Flies over the grasses and frequently visits flowers for nectar.

Additional notes: It emerges later in the year than most butterflies so it appears fresh when most others are worn.

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hello Horia
lovely picture with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-08-14 11:05]
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Hello Horia,
Beautiful and crisp clear image.I liked POV,colors,details and composition a lot.
Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.Best regards Siggi

Hallo Horia
Thank you for sharing this delightful, autumn coloured butterfly with us. Details of the frilly border on the edges of the wings are captured and displayed well. The green colour of the backdrop highlights the special colour of this beautiful butterfly to its best. The image as a whole is very pleasant to look at and there are lot of lovely details to appreciate. Your focus and sharpness here was spot on. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2009-08-14 11:16]
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HI Horia, this is a perfect macro imgae of this beautiful butterfly. TFS
Regards Rose

Hello Horia,
Very good, sharp image of a lesser-known Satyrid. Nice composition with the purple flower, but to my eye the green background is too strong and rather clashes with the muted butterfly. I have made a workshop to desaturate the green a bit. See if you like it.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-14 12:03]

Hello Horia,
Although the butterfly is a bit too much in the center, in my opinion, this is a very beautiful photo in clear, well saturated colours. Excellent sharp details and POV.

Faine nuante si un exemplar mai rar intalnit de mine.
Imagine clara si bine definita. Felicitari!

Hi Horia,

Beautiful macro shot of the lovely Autumn Ringlet. Great details with nice sharpness and wonderful POV. I like the great contrast between the bright purple colored flower and the colors of the butterfly. The green blurred BG is wonderful.
Wonderfully composed capture!

Have a nice weekend,
Paras Bhalla

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-08-14 12:43]
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Hello Horia,
the specimen is well-focused and shown with great sharpness.
However, it is not Erebia neoridas which does not occur in Eastern Europe.
Instead, it is a female of the common Erebia aethiops.
Best wishes, Peter

Excellent depth of field, so much focus on the successful .. Congratulations .. F. Tamer Aktekin

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2009-08-14 13:53]

hi Horia,

Excellent capture of the Erebia.
Good details and color.
Good shot.

hello Horia!
an excellent macro of Erebia aethiops
that show with great sharpness and vivid color

have a good w.end of half August

Hello Horia, today is a pleasure to have you as a neighbor. Beautiful butterfly, you've shot with excellent light and beautiful colors. I like the central composition, which you use, makes the photograph showing the best features of the insect. Good detail in the flower with which the whole. Good work!

TFS! & Happy WE


Excellent capture, very sharp details.The light and the colors are great.The BG improves the subject,thanks for sharing and have a nice day,

Hello Horias
very good capture of this Scotch Argus, superb sharpness, i like the profil view, the pose the green BG, the composition and the rich colors
wonderful DOF with grea 3D effect
Have a very good sunday

Hi Horia,

The subject is well framed. The close-up view is showing the details and colors of the Scotch Argus butterfly working on the flower. The light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


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