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Erebia melampus


Erebia melampus
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 584 W: 64 N: 2237] (7529)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/19, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Switzerland , Schmetterlinge CH 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-24 4:27
Viewed: 3127
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From the Moosalp (2'040 m a.s.l.) excursion again:

This is the only picture I have of this Lesser Mountain Ringlet (Lepidoptera; Satyridae; Erebia melampus Fuessli 1775; Kleiner Mohrenfalter). I found it on Arnica montana. For the sure ID it would be necessary to have the undersides as well. This butterfly could also be E. epiphron, but the latter species does not reach the altitude of 2'000 m. With a little help of my two friends that were with me on Moosalp (Anne, anel and Peter, batu) I might nail it down :-)

The Lesser Mountain Ringlet has a quite restricted distribution, it occurs only in the Central Alps. We can be pretty sure that the speciation had something to do with the past glaciation; the butterflies might have survived glaciation on Nunataks (= rocks and mountains protruding from he glacier shield).

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3052 W: 3 N: 8715] (40572)
  • [2010-10-24 5:46]

Lieber Dieter,
Sehe da ein schönes und natürliches Bild von der Moosalpexkursion. Leider bin ich auch nicht sicher, was die ID betrifft. Habe auch mehrere Erebiae, denen ich keinen sicheren Namen geben kann. Musst da wahrscheinlich auf Peters Hilfe warten.
Mir gefällt besonders die Farbkombination zwischen Gold und Braun.
Wünsche noch einen schönen Sonntag Nachmittag
Mit herzlichen Grüssen
Anne

Hi Dietrich,
Nice guest in this flower, good capture. I invite you to see my pictures too
Maciek

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