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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: 2009-07-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-02 3:33
Viewed: 5400
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

In Alpine regions there is a wide variety of fritillaries. At first sight, many of them are looking just pretty much the same. They would reveal to us their differences and identities only when we take the chance to look at their undersides of wings.

In state of activity, many alpine fritillaries prefer to expose their wings widely open to the sun, even when sitting on flowers drinking nectar or licking minerals from the ground. So it is not always easy to see their hidden parts.

There is a species that is showing some phantastic colours and markings underneath. It is not seen very often and in small numbers only:

Boloria titania cypris (Meigen, 1828)

Titania’s Fritillary, Natterwurz-Perlmutterfalter, Nacré porphyrin …

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Heliconiinae
Wing span: 40 – 43 mm

Like many fritillaries, Boloria titania (Esper, 1793) shows a scattered area of distribution: Central parts of the Alps, Southern Poland, Balkan, Southern Finland, Northern Baltic states, Siberia Transbaikal, Mongolia Sachalin, North America. The similar looking Boloria chariclea (Schneider, 1794) of northernmost Fennoscandia, Siberia, Labrador, Greenland is considered by some authors to be an arctic subspecies of B. titania.

B. titania cypris, the boldly marked alpine race, is a butterfly of mountain forests, reported from elevations of 800m to 1600m. Flying in one generation from June to August, its caterpillars feeding on Polygonium distorta.

Taken at an elevation of 1500m at Untenlehn near the mountain village of Gries, Längenfeld, Oetztal valley. The orchid seems to be Dactylorhiza maculata, growing in large numbers this year.

The location.

The upper side.

Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998
Christopher Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe. http://www.lepidoptera.pl/
Xaver Finkenzeller: Alpenblumen, München 2003

The camera:
SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixels, sRGB, 14mm macro zoom (equivalent 78 mm at full size SLR), F/4, 1/160sec., ISO-125, close distance, hand held, no flash. 09.07.2009, 13:02.

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

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

Pour anel.

parasbhalla, maurydv, goatman04, flashpoint, cicindela, anel, Argus, horias, uleko, Noisette, meyerd, buscape, livius, ferranjlloret, goldyrs, ellis49, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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Hello Peter,

Very impressive and beautiful macro capture of the Titania's Fritillary!
The details are grea with nice control on keeping crisp sharpness and taken from a well chosen POV. The shallow DOF works very well here. I like the natural colors of the butterfly and the eyes and antennae are very well detailed and shown. The contrast between the butterfly's dark colors and the light green blurred BG, is superb.
Great composition!

thanks and regards,
Paras Bhalla

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-09-02 3:49]

Very good colors and details of this Boloria titania cypris (Meigen, 1828)! We have Boloria titania transylvanica, very rare Butterfly by us.

Hello Peter,
wonderful dedication to our friend Anne (anel); another fantastic picture of the Boloria titania taken from an excellent POV in a wonderful pose on a Dactylorhiza maculata, superb sharpness with impressive details of the interesting peculiarities of this small butterfly, marvellous colours very well saturated, a very pleasing composition, i also like very much the picture in WS showing very well the habitat; i add this one to my favourite pictures.
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-02 4:46]

Hello Peter,
Wonderful presentation of this butterfly. Light and colours are splendid in a beautiful contrast. Perfect sharp details and a very good composition, OOF BG and POV.

Hello Peter,

An outstanding micro shot with such brilliant colors, sharpness & fine details. Very finely done with great POV.

A well deserving dedication for Anne(Anel)!



Hello Peter!
Long time when I had oportunity to watch your new picture in TN gallery. Very nice come back :)
Photo present a very special species and I really nice the way you showed it. Very nice sharpness/DOF/colours.
Greetings from Lodz,

hello Peter
super composition the butterfly on a orchid
great sharpness with beautiful colours and good light
greeting lou

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-09-02 8:15]

Lieber Peter,
Eine dreifache Ueberraschung heute! Ein schönes Bild von Dir, meine gute Bekannte Titania und Deine so liebenswürdige Widmung. Das ist ja wahrlich Sonnenschein an diesem trüben Tag. Hab herzlichen Dank!
Was das Bild betrifft, ist es farblich etwas ganz besonders, da B.titania sich auf das lila Knabenkraut niedergelassen hat. Interessant für mich dies zu sehen. Auf meiner Wiese gibt es eben dieses Knabenkraut auch, habe allerdings Titania nie darauf gesehen.
Ein ganz spezielles Bild!
Nochmals herzlichen Dank und einen schönen Abend
Herzlich grüsst

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-02 9:26]

Hello Peter,
A superb capture of B. titania. You showed this fresh specimen with its wings closed at its best with great sharpness and colours and the composition as it rests on the Orchis flowers is a joy to see! The BG is the most suitable. This makes a very nice dedication to our friend Anne who we hope has fully recovered from her illness.
Thanks and my best regards to you,

Hello Peter,

I really like this shot of this nice Fritillary! Details are awesome and the whole picture is so colorful with this nice flowers forming a nice diagonal and the green bg. A really impressive picture! TFS!


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-09-02 9:54]

Wonderful capture , very sharp, great colors.
Warm congratulation, sorry, I can give you only 2 points, The shot is for minimum 10!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-09-02 12:09]

Hello Peter,
This Alpine Fritillary is really beautiful and very nicely captured here on the Orchid. I like your POV and details are very sharp. Beautiful colours too and a fine composition.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hello Peter,
Fantastic photo of a Titania, with nice colors and great sharpness. I like also the Orchid. Well done! Cheers,

Hallo Peter
sehr schönes Bild von diesem Titania, jedes einzelne Haar von seinem Körper sind sind deutlich und scharf, die farbe sind auch wunderschön
Mir gefällt auch die Blume und die Komposition
Grüsse aus Frankreich

Lieber Peter,

eine doppelte Überraschung für mich ist der spektakuläre Perlmutterfalter und sein Besuch einer Täusch- Orchidee. Schon Charles Darwin hat ja gemerkt, dass die Blüten von D. maculata keinen Nektar liefern, und sich darüber sehr gewundert.

Deine neue Kamera scheint Dir in allen technischen Belangen entgegenzukommen. Deine ausführliche Dokumentation zu jeder Foto schätze ich sehr und ich stelle fest, dass ich selber auch mehr bei der Dokumentation leisten sollte.

Mit herzlichem Gruss

Hallo Peter,
klasse Macro von diesem farbenfrohen Schmetterling und der Orchidee. Der Natterwurz-Perlmutterfalter war mir bevor ich ihn bei Anne gesehen habe vollkommen unbekannt und die Orchidee ist mir auch neu. Der Schmetterling in deiner Aufnahme ist perfekt fokussiert und offenbart herrliche Details vom Kopf (hier gefällt mir besonders der aufgerollte Saugrüssel) und den Flügelunterseiten. Pose, Farben und der Kontrast zum verschwommenen Hintergrund sind ebenfall sehr gut.
Viele Grüsse,

Hello Peter
è sempre un piacere scoprire tue nuove foto soprattutto per il modo in cui sai interpretare e descrivere l'ambiente alpino che negli ultimi anni ho avuto la possibilità di visitare. Questa Titania è incredibilmente ben ritratta in una cornice in cui tutto è ottimamente bilanciato, dai colori alla luce, dalla cura dei dettagli alla messa a fuoco che più di tutto riesce a farci apprezzare il fascino di questa piccola farfalla. Le sfumature delle sue ali sono bellissime come anche quelle degli splendidi fiori su cui è posata ottenendo un gran contrasto per le differenti tonalità. Un gran bel lavoro. (in italian to express myself in the better way)

Hello Peter,
Has captado muy bien ésta prinecesa preciosa sobre lo que parece una Orchis maculata.
Saludos cordiales. Ferran.

I've said this in the past, Peter, I think your shots stand out for their perfect technicalities, but more for the timing!

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2009-09-27 2:51]
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Hallo Peter, das ist ja wieder einmal ein Spitzenmakro, wie es nicht besser geht. Ich bin begeistert. Da stimmt alles, ein Lehrbuchfoto!
Lieben Gruss Rose

Hello Peter,
this is a very good picture with decent DOF, the subject
is well in focus and the BG in nice OOF so the butterfly stabd out nicely. Good sharpness with fine details. The exposure and clours are excellent.
Well done, mf

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-01-24 9:08]

Hi, my dear friend Peter.
I am very touched with your visit and kind comments. Unfortunately, I also am so busy and cannot take active (now any) participation at TN life. I think such situation will continue whole year or more. However, I wish to you and your family all the best in New 2010 Year as well as more free time for photography and TN.

Simply fantastic by subject and quality shot. Both flowers and butterfly are of exceptional beautifulness. Superb DOF and details of the main subject. Sharpness is ultimate. Colours of the shot are sweet too. I also like fine BG and square cropping. Bravo. Once more masterpiece from you. Thanks a lot.

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