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Minois dryas.

Minois dryas.
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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: 2006-08-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Satyrinae - Worldwide, European Butterflies 7, Vienna Woods - Biosphaerenpark Wienerwald [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-23 5:12
Viewed: 4198
Points: 34
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Minois dryas.

Minois dryas (Scopoli, 1763)

Blue-eyed Satyr, Dryad
Blauäugiger Waldportier
Skalnik driada
Očkáň ovsíkový
Okáč ovsový
Grand negre des bois
Ojos azules

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Satyrinae

Wingspan: 50 – 62 mm

Minois dryas, the Blue-eyed Satyr, inhabits both humid and dry grasslands and oak forests from Japan through temperate Asia to Europe, where it can be found from the Ukraine through central Europe to northern Spain, but missing in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, the Baltic states, Greece, and southern Italy.

Butterflies can be seen from the lowlands up to 1600m. There is one extended generation of butterflies flying from June to September. Caterpillars feed on Gramineae (Bromus spp., Poa spp., Festuca spp.)

In Greek mythology, Μίνως (Minos), the legendary king of Crete, claimed to be the son of Zeus and Europa. After his death, Minos moved to Hades to start a new career as a judge for the dead.

Dryas is the Greek name for oak. The word “druid” that denotes the priestly class in ancient Celtic societies seems to be derived from the same origin as “derry” (doire), the Gaelic name for oak forest.

You may have discoverd the couple of tiny beetles making love right above the blue eyed Satyr. No idea of their ID.


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. http://www.lepidoptera.neo.pl

The location:

Eichkogel, a solitary limestone hill to the south of Vienna, covered with scrubs and Pannonian grassland, at an elevation of 350 meters.


SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 16mm macro, F/3.5, 1/100 sec., ISO-125; no tripod, no flash; 02.08.2006, 18:02.


Photoshop Elements, cropped to the left and the right, downsized to web presentation, slightly sharpened, brightness, contrast and saturation adjusted.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

Juyona, ramthakur, Alex99, uleko, Adanac, Argus, horia, phlr, dew77, Silke, jmp, anel, cedryk has marked this note useful
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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-03-23 5:18]

Guten Morgen Peter,
ich mache gerade eine 5-Minuten Pause und da trifft dein Super-Bild vom Blaukernauge ein - gefällt mit außerordentlich gut. Über Fokus und Schärfe müssen wir nicht reden - die farblichen Details, die verschiedenen deutlich zu sehenden Braun-Nuancen sind es, die das Bild für mich attraktiv machen ... Pause geht zu Ende.
Schöne Grüße, Peter

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-23 5:22]

Buenos días,
magnífica captura,
nitidez y detalles excelentes,
buen pov.
saludos amigo.

Hello Peter,
I have a feeling you have given us a wide range of dark coloured butterflies in the recent past to admire and appreciate.
This is yet another very exotic dark butterfly. I guess the term blue-eyed refers to those lovely eye-spots with the blue dot at the centre of each of them.
Very fine perspective, colours and sharpness.
And I haven't missed those blue little bugs having fun above the butterfly :-)!
Best regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-23 7:52]

Hi Peter.
I see your next elegant at high range picture of this beautiful butterfly with great pleasure. Its delicate light-green palette, smoothness of the BG and excellent details of the butterfly and leaves at FG create a strong esthetic impression. I like you composition and cropping so much too. Two bugs at highest leaves are simply amazing and decorate the whole scene. Your POV and DOF are brilliant as well as the skillfulness of reproduction of this beauty and nice note. Thank you a lot for your contribution. My best wishes and TFS, dear friend.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-23 8:56]

Hello Peter,
Many thanks for showing this beautiful Blue-eyed Satyr which is new to me! The sharpness and dark colour makes it look so lovely against the soft green background. Your composition is perfect too. - We really must have a holiday in the Alps soon again; from you I've learnt there is so much left to see there!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-23 9:37]

Hello Peter,
Your butterfly images are always second to none and this is no exception, great colors and details in a nice composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-23 10:29]

Hello Peter,
Nice to see one of your Satyrids again! M. dryas is beautifully presented with sharp detail, fine contrasting BG and set in a pleasing composition.
Not long now before you can start photographing this year's butterflies. It will be interesting to see how they are affected by global warming.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Peter,
Nice shot! Interesting thing on the top.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-23 14:31]

Hi Peter

Another very beautiful butterfly shot from you!
The contrast here between the subject and the surrounding vegetation is excellent and i really like the those bright blue spots standing out so well from its wings.
Good sharpness and POV, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-23 15:26]

Hello Peter,
Excellent close up.POV,exposure,clear details,sharpness and visual impact are wonderful.Have a good day too!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-23 16:35]

Hello Peter
A lovely capture of this pretty Ojos azules. You are fortunate with your findings, and have a lot of curious butterflies! I like very much the point of view and composition, and the excellent quality of the image.
Thank you very much, dear friend, and best wishes

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-23 17:36]

superb colours, details and PoV for this! I love the oof foreground and background: they give us a good context for the capture.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-24 15:14]

Hi Peter,
Smart and aesthetic butterfly that goes fine with soft green foliage. Exact dof, perfect lighting and details and a visible while not disturbing background make a very nice portrait.
TFS and best regards, José M.

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2007-03-24 15:51]

Hallo Peter,
das ist eine excellente Aufnahme, wie man es von dir ja kennt.Tolle Bildgestaltung.
Lieben Grúß

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-03-24 17:25]

I see the blue eyes. Such a pretty colour to brighten up the brown butterfly. And your bugs above are oblivious to the blue eyes below.
Good one Peter

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-25 14:33]

Hallo Peter,
Mit ein wenig Verspätung sehe ich diesen schönen Waldportier (dazu noch blauäugig!) Und man stellt auf Deinem Bild noch fest, dass es auf der oberen Etage ziemlich wild zu-und hergeht. Farblich sehr ausgewogenes, lebendiges Bild. Sehr schöne Grünnuancen hat Dein Bild.Ich hab diesen Schmetterling leider noch nie gesehen.
Herzlichen Dank und noch einen schönen Abend

Hello Peter,
Wonderful shot and great informative note. I like this chilly shade of green and the wing details.
Best greetings,

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