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Colias palaeno.

Colias palaeno.
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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: 2007-07-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 7, Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-11 4:39
Viewed: 6365
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Colias palaeno,

Colias palaeno (Linnaeus, 1761)

Moreland Clouded Yellow
Svavelgul höfjäril
Mose Hosommerfugl
Szlaczkoń torfowiec
Žltáčik čučoriedkový
Žluťásek borůvkový

Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Coliadinae

Wingspan: 40 – 50 mm.

A strikingly colourful, fast flying butterfly that may be seen in morelands and humid locations where its caterpillar’s feeding plants Vaccinium uliginosum and Vaccinium myrtillus exist. Male butterflies show bright lemon yellow wings, females show white scales instead of yellow ones on the upperside of wings.

Both sexes show strongly contrasting broad black borders on the uppersides of wings, green eyes, and crimson fringes on wings, crimson legs, and antennae.

The specimen presented here seems to be a freshly emerged individual with wings not completely hardened yet, thus showing a few glimpses of the strongly contrasting uppersides of wings at rest.

Distribution: North America, Sachalin, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Siberia, Europe from 47° to 70° latitude, as far west as Vosges, and French Alpes. Wide spread in its northern range, but very local in the southern parts. Extinct in many parts of central Europe through the disappearance of its habitats, and severely endangered in its still existing isolated colonies in central European mountain regions. Staying closely to their breeding grounds, they may be seen there in good numbers from June to August.

Red List for Austria: 2 – severely endangered
Red List for Germany: 2 – severely endangered


Nisslalm, near Gries im Sulztal, on alpine meadows on northern slopes at 2100m above sealevel.

Sulztal Valley.


Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas, Stuttgart 1998.
C.Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe: http://www.lepidoptera.pl/
Bundesamt für Naturschutz (Hrsg.): Rote Liste gefährdeter Tiere Deutschlands. Münster 1998
Umweltbundesamt: Rote Liste gefährdeter Tiere in Österreich: http://www.umweltbundesamt.at/umweltschutz/naturschutz/artenschutz/rl_tiere/

The camera:

SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 13mm zoom (equivalent 70mm at full size SLR), F/4.5, 1/250 sec., ISO-125, hand held, no flash. 01.07.2007, 15:53.


Photoshop Elements. Slightly cropped, levels slightly adjusted, downsized to web, slightly resharpened.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

smitha, PaulH, JoseMiguel, hansh, uleko, Argus, ramthakur, anel, Christopher_PL, snowfalken, Silke, Alex99, phlr, XOTAELE, marhowie 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)
  • [2007-08-11 5:08]

Hallo Peter,
... den hast du auf dem Rhododendron gut erwischt. Die Art war in Südtirol in diesem Jahr erfreulicherweise an sehr vielen Orten außerordentlich häufig zu beobachten. Die schnellen Flieger haben leider vor meiner Linse nicht so anständig Platz genommen wie dein Exemplar.
1A-Farben und Superschärfe!
Schöne Grüße, Peter

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-11 5:25]

Hi Peter,
Excellent details, colours and exposure and a really good dof that provides a natural oof bg.
Have a good day,
José M.

Hello Peter,
Beautiful picture of the Colias Palaeno.It is a real beauty with yellow wings edged with pink.You have used good POV to show off the beauty of it to perfection. Good sharpness and details and nice blurred background.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-11 5:30]

Hi Peter,
very well done, this is great shot with excellent detail, as usual. The markings on this butterfly are very striking and your composition shows them off to the fullest. Vivid colour and perfect DOF.

Hi Peter,
A very effective POV, that bring us an excellent view of this specimen.
I like so much the rich texture seen on its wings, the little hairs and the curious red strip all along the profile.
You got a beautiful effect with the DOF choice used and the nice gradations at the background.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

This is a little beauty Peter and this is a perfect capture of it. Details, perspective, exposure and composition are excellent. I love this pink line and its wings texture a lot. This is superb! Thanks,

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2007-08-11 6:18]

Hello Peter.
Great shor and perfect of sharpness of a beautiful butterfly. Details are supurb. Very well done.
Gr. Hans

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-11 7:56]

Hello Peter,
I love the Clouded Yellow butterflies but unfortunately they're rarely seen here. Your close capture is outstanding showing very sharp details and lovely colours. I like its pose and the green soft background is perfect. Excellent composition!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-11 8:24]

Hello Peter,
I don't know how many shots I have taken of C palaeno this year but none are to my satisfaction: either not sharp or sharp but the specimen was worn.
In this shot you show both excellent sharpness and a very fresh fine specimen. Ijnterestingly it has not folded its wings correctly, a forewing being bent to show the black border.
First class composition and natural BBG.
TFs and have a nice weekend.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-11 11:10]

Hi Peter,
vivid colours.
Excellent detail.
Well done,

What a fine capture of this Clouded Yellow, Peter! The colours are fantastic.
The image is so very sharp every detail on the wings is crystal clear.
I love the composition as a whole.
Thanks for sharing yet another masterpiece.
Warm regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-12 1:07]

Hallo Peter,
Erstaunlich ist doch die Färbung dieses Hochmoor-Gelblings mit der rosa Bordüre und den gleichfarbigen Fühlern. Gut getroffen mit dem Rhododendron im Hintergrund.
Auch mir ist es noch nie gelungen diesen Schmetterling gut zu fotografieren.
Herzlichen Dank für das schöne Bild.
Einen schönen Sonntag noch

Hi Peter
Excellent shot of this rare Lycaenidae. Perfect colours and composition. Unfortunately the upper wing is broken a little bit ;-)
I've never seen this species - you're very lucky guy!


Hello Peter,

Once again you show us a rare beauty! You must be spending a long time on trips in the mountains to find all these species. It's a shame they are endangered or even extinct in many areas.


As usually your POV and composition are great. The butterfly is presented very well, standing on a plant and having plenty of open space in front of it. I like the slight diagonal placing of the plant and subject. They are perfectly emphasized by the well defocused background.


You captured warm tones of greens and yellows. They make this picture look appealing! I especially like the crimson fringes on wings and the same crimson color on legs and antennae. I think this is a unique mark which helps identifying the species.


I find the contrast to be well adjusted, enhancing the details in the subject. The dark background contrasts nicely with the brighter butterfly! There is also some nice chromatic contrast between red and green which adds even more appeal.


The same excellent control of light as in all your other shots. The details were preserved perfectly in both highlights and shadows. The light is soft and it casts no harsh shadows.


By accurately focusing on the butterfly you obtained sharp details in the subject and deep enough DOF to include the whole body of the butterfly while keeping the background OOF.

Wonderfully captured and presented. The notes are also well written! Thank you for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

Hello Peter
Very beautiful specimen of butterfly
The colors are really splendid.
Clearness is extra.
Thank you

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-08-14 6:10]

Hallo Peter,
ein sehr huebscher Falter stellst du uns hier vor. Prima hast du ihn festgehalten, die Schaerfe und der Focus sitzt genau richtig.
Excellent ist die Bildgestaltung und der Bildschnitt.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-14 6:33]
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simply stunning colours, details and composition! Another addition to that fabulous coffee-table book (I never thought of it as something to relieve boredom! -- A good coffee table book has wonderful big photos in it, so that every day I can open it to a new piece of art!)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-08-17 3:00]

Hi Peter.
I do not know is it possible to reproduce the butterfly better. (I am not quite sincere. I know it is impossible.) Terrific reproduction of all tiny hair and other beautiful details of this charming butterfly and plant. Soft light and perfectly saturated colours are fantastic. Cropping and composition are outstanding as always. Thanks for given pleasure. Bravo.

Fantástico disparo Peter.
Geniales los colores así como la nitidez.
Excelente bg y buen PoV en esta delicada mariposa.
Saludos, JL.

Hi Peter,
So many beautiful images to chose from in your gallery.
Excellent exposure, color, details, and sharpness..Need I say more?
Ok, a real pleasure to view :)
Very well done & have a great weekend!

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-10-02 15:37]

Hi Peter!
This is a real beauty in best POV!
the butterfly is in perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details,
well done !

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