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Euphydryas aurinia.

Euphydryas aurinia.
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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: 2007-06-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): European Butterflies 7 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-04 13:56
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Euphydryas aurinia -
back from the mountains.

Euphydryas aurinia (Rottemburg, 1775)
Euphydryas aurinia debilis (Oberthür, 1909)

Marsh Fritillary
Goldener Scheckenfalter
Przeplatka aurinia
Hnedáčik chrastavcový
Hnědásek chrastavcový
Damier de la Succise
Ondas rojas

Nymphalidae Melitaeinae
Wingspan : 36 – 40 mm

That species is distributed through temperate Asia into Central and Western Europe, from the lowlands into the mountains up to 2500m, widespread, but not very common. Butterflies are seen rapidly flying very close to the ground.
Due to low temperature conditions in the mountains, or maybe also due to different feeding plants, alpine specimens tend to be smaller in size, showing less distinctive colours and markings than lowland specimens: forma «debilis (Oberthür, 1909)», as shown here.

Upper side of wings.

Feeding plants: various species of Gentiana, e.g. Gentiana acaulis.

The location: «Mussen», alpine mountain meadows above mixed forests between 1600m and 2200m above sealevel. The meadows are cut in order to keep trees from entering, but they are cut every second year only in alternating patches to allow blossoming plants and insects to sucessfully finish their life cycles. The resulting abundance and diversity of flowers and butterflies is overwhelming. A perfect retreat for life between all those excessively overused and fertilized greenlands of lower elevations that have turned great parts of central Europe into boring green deserts.

The camera: SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 16mm macro zoom (equivalent 100mm at full size SLR), F/8, 1/400 sec., ISO-125, hand held, no flash. 08.06.2007, 16:51.

Postwork: Photoshop Elements, slightly cropped, resized to web, resharpened, levels slighty adjusted.


Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998.

Christopher Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe: http://www.lepidoptera.pl/

Walter Schön: Schmetterling - Raupe: http://www.schmetterling-raupe.de

Christian Wieser & Christian Komposch: Paradieslilie und Höllenotter. Bergwiesenlandschaft Mussen, Klagenfurt 2002

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

JoseMiguel, gracious, Juyona, cataclysta, anel, marhowie, Alex99, pilonm, Silke, phlr, jmp, snowfalken, cicindela, Argus, Jonas_Schmitt_, VeeJayCee, flashpoint has marked this note useful
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Hi Peter,
This is an awesome capture!
It's so good the way you have developed this pictures with the sky as part of the background, that converts it in a real pieces of art.
Not only are good the details, focus and sharpness of the image, but also the amazing way it looks like and high quality.
The slight tilted horizon works great for the composition!
My compliments to you and thanks so much for this new great post.
Warm regards,

Hi Peter
Very nice shot. I like hte perfect sharpness and good diagonal composition.

Buckground is also very good but I am wondering about the down part. (Maybe you could clone some parts of the sky from upper part and paste it in right down corner) Or maybe it is to hevy workshop for TN?

Very best wishes

Beautiful, Peter.
Great light and POV. Excellent sharpness...
Well composed.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-04 15:38]

Hola Peter,
exquisito trabajo,
bello bg, sensacional pov y nitidez.
buenos colores,

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  • Helio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 0 N: 16] (533)
  • [2007-09-04 17:06]

Very good picture.Well composed.

The colours of the butterfly and surroundings are so nice. Details are sharp and the way you captured it with the legs with the shadows looks good.
Informative notes.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-09-04 22:00]

Absolutely gorgeous, Peter, in every way...
The light, the POV, the composition, the sharpness...
The subject stands out so beautifully against the sky.
I love the way the legs are wrapped around that green blade.
TFS. : )

Hello Pete,
Ah! this is really a good shot with the low pov to include the sky as bg!
Perfect sharpness on the subject in vivid colour and details
very well done and well seen
thanks for sharing

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-09-05 1:33]

Hallo Peter,
Schöne, schlichte Darstellung dieses Goldenen Scheckenfalters, den ich wohl noch nie gesehen habe. Sehr interessant, die etwas schräge Perspektive. Ich sehe, dass Du auch Walter Schön mit seinem Schmetterling-Portal aufführst. Er hat auch Grosses geleistet und ist sehr hilfsbereit.
Einen sonnigen Tag wünscht Dir

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-09-05 3:29]

Nice one Peter. Well composed, sharp clear colours and details. Well done

Hi Peter,
My first impressions are that this fritillary is on his rocket launcher, waiting for ignition!
The skies the limit here says it all :)
A unique presentation, with all the technical parameters just about perfect.
Very well done.

Brilliant shot Peter, you handel the H5 with great skill.
Stunning POV and just superb sharpness and pattern detail.
Great background too.

Well done

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-05 6:42]

Hi, dear Peter, rare enough guest of TN this summer.
Whether can the composition be better? Whether can the subject be more charming? I think, no. Once more your terrific butterfly picture reflected beauty of the insect and its surroundings: mountains, meadows, sky and clouds. Stunning details of the leaf and butterfly. All fibers of the butterfly are visible, colours and lighting are the best. Note… Incredible. Thanks a lot for given pleasure. My warm wishes.

Hi Peter,
excellent scene
Great light and POV

Hello Peter,

WOW!!! What a fantastic image with a grep POV and a superb diagonal composition! This POV you took having the great blue sky in the bg complimenting so well the butterfly is a great idea! Details of the insect are remarkable and thank you very much for the link to another great picture from you letting us see the upperside of the wings!

I'm very impressed, Peter!

Great picture and TFS!


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-06 6:40]

The capture is great (colours and details) but it is the PoV and composition combination that makes it totally outstanding

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-09-08 3:53]
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Hello Peter,
A perfect lateral view of the lower side of the wings. Exact exposure, great details, the best point of view and a far, still visible background compose a really good photo. It seems that the butterfly was very collaborative or you have work out how to approach it!
TFS and best regards,
José M.

Hallo Peter,

Wieder ein sehr schoenes Bild von Dir und sehr interessante Informationen. Ich haette nie daran gedacht eine Wise nur teilweise und nur jedes zweite Jahr maehen. Das sollte man ueberall so machen aber umso mehr in den Plaetzen wo bedrohte Schmetterlingarten leben.


Deine sehr gutte diagonale Komposition zeigt uns ein sehr schoenes Profil des Goldener Scheckenfalters. Der Himmel ist oft der besste Hintergrund in Schmetterling Bilder da er das Subjekt richtig auszeichnet.


Die Wiedergabe der Farben ist auch sehr gut gelungen. Die Farbensaettigung wurde richtig behandelt um natuerliche Farbtoenen zu erziehen.


Sehr gute Verteilung des Kontrasts zwischen Vor- und Hintergrund! Die orangen Farbtoenen kontrastieren sehr gut mit den blauen Farben im Hintergrund.


Obwohl Du den Scheckenfalter sehr gut beleuchtet hast ist der helle Himmel im Hintergrund nicht ganz weiss wie es bei mir oft der Fall ist. Trotz dem starken Sonnenlicht wurden die weissen Farben nicht ueberbeleuchtet. Und da wurde kein Blitz verwendet! Ausgezeichnet!


Die ausgezeichnete Details deuten auf eine sehr genaue Scharfeinstellung hin. Man kann deutlich alle Einzelheiten im Auge des Falters oder die Schuppen in den Fluegel sehen. Die Schaerfentiefe wurde auch sehr gut kontrolliert. Obwohl der Hintergrund schoen und unscharf aussieht, wurden beide Fuehler des Schmetterlings scharf wiedergeben.

Ein schoenes Bild von hoher Qualitaet! Hoffentlich sind meine Fehler verzeihlich! Herzlichen Dank!

Mit Besten Gruessen,

Hello Peter!
It is really nice to come back Lodz and to TN adventure, and to see such pictures again :)
Very nice and beauty photo and the artistic one too. I like composition a lot - lack of symmetry is really great in this image. Also DOF and POV are very good, and the note (as always) more that informative :)
I just have only one question: why it is still absent in PES gallery! ;>
My best greetings,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-14 7:59]

Hello Peter,
I like your butterflies against the sky. This shot of the female Marsh fritillary with the wings closed is superb with its sharpness, diagonal composition and OOF natural alpine meadow BG. If I wanted to take an underside shot of this species I can't think of a better way of doing it!
Well done Peter, thanks and have a nice weekend!

bonjour peter
avec ce pov qui le placze devant le bleu du ciel ce papillon est magnifique.

Great picture with fantastic colors making a good contarst to each other ans brilliant sharpness.You chose a good point of view and created deoth with the unsharp background.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-09-25 6:21]

Definitely I don't want to post my pictures after enjoying yours! (If I do that, you can blame me for my lack of wit)
What a marvellous thing!
THANK YOUUUUU! (Sorry for not saying more but I must be flying off)
Best regards

Hi Peter,
ich bin jedesmal erstaunt, wie viele Arten von Scheckenfaltern es gibt.
Ich hab' dieses Jahr 2 verschiedene gesehen und es hat mich Mühe gekostet sie zu bestimmen. Die Zeichnungen sind wunderbar.
Deiner hier hat sich großartig in Positur gesetzt, toll, Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

An excellent image Peter. Sharp and well exposed. The 2 diagonals make a pleasing composition too.

hello Peter
I think it is an of its better photograph
for the nice butterfly and also for the
fantastic pose and alive colors of BG

best regards sERGIO

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