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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: 2009-07-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-02 8:32
Viewed: 5580
Favorites: 1 [view]
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Colias phicomone (Esper, 1780)

Mountain Clouded Yellow, Alpengelbling, Szlaczkoń phicomone, Verdosa, Candide, ...

Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Coliadinae

Wingspan: 40 – 50 mm.

Colias phicomone is a colourful, fast flying butterfly that may be seen in meadows and clearings at high elevations in European mountain regions: Cantabrian mountains, Pyrenees, the Alpine chain, the Northern Carpatians – from 1000m to 2500m above sea level. Caterpillars are feeding on Hippocrepis comosa, Trifolium repene, Lotus orniculatus. Males’ upper sides of wings are of a pale yellow green, females tend to be grey. Both sexes are distinctly shadowed by greenish grey scales, and therefore clearly distinguishable from other clouded yellows. Flying in one generation from June to August.

Not yet a rare species. Just restless, quick and alert, and therefore hard to capture. Cool and windy summer weather in July gave me the chance of closely approaching a female individual clinging to a blossom of Crepis aura.

The location:
Sulztaler Alm, near Gries im Sulztal, on alpine meadows at 1950m above sealevel.

Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas, Stuttgart 1998.
C.Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe: http://www.lepidoptera.pl/

The camera:
SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixel, sRGB, 16mm zoom (equivalent 90 mm at full size SLR), F/4, 1/500 sec., ISO-125, bias -0.3, hand held, no flash. 05.07.2009, 14:20.

Photoshop CS3. Slightly cropped, levels slightly adjusted, downsized to web, slightly resharpened.

Thank you for looking.
Have a good day.

Alex99, Argus, marianas, MMM, flashpoint, maurydv, parasbhalla, hansh, anel, ferranjlloret, cirano, KOMSIS, Miss_Piggy, matatur, Noisette, pilonm, phlr, livius, meyerd, RII, rousettus has marked this note useful
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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-11-02 8:44]

hello sir,
beautiful macro !!!
excellent details and sharpness

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-02 8:47]

Hello Peter,
This is a superb capture, especially considering it was windy!
The features of this Colias phicomone are well shown from a good POV with excellent sharpness on the Crepis flower against a pleasing OOF natural BG.
This is a species that I have never seen but I can imagine it is not easy to get close enough to take such a fine shot.
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-02 8:48]

Hi Peter.
You are great Master to show tiniest and so amazing details of the pictured objects. Butterfly, flower and every its petal as well as inclined stem are reproduced with extreme exactness and beautifulness. BG is fantastic and looks like taken with superb DSLR. Composition and 3D-effect are amazing too. Bravo.
P.S. Many thanks for identification of pictured by me butterfly.

Lovely sharp Colias
Wonderful details and colors.

Hi Peter,
das ist ein wundervolles Bild mit brillianten Farben. Der Moment ist sehr schön, er scheint sich an die Blume zu kuscheln. Dieses Auge sticht förmlich heraus, einfach toll, vielen Dank und liebe Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hallo Peter!

Es freut mich sehr, wieder einen Beitrag von Dir betrachten zu dürfen. Du zeigst uns ein herrliches Bild, so natürlich in den Farben und gekonnt belichtet. Die ausgezeichnete Schärfe liefert feine Details und das ganze Bild ist einfach ein Augenschmaus. Zusammen mit dem sehr ausführlichen und lehrreichen Text leistest Du einmal mehr einen wertvollen Beitrag.

Vielen Dank ù as liebs Grüessli


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-11-02 10:13]

Hi Peter
Beautiful composition.Excellent POV and razor sharp image with excellent detail.OOF BG and colors are just outstanding.
TFS Michel

Ciao Peter,
thank you, i have appreciated your kind comment and i feel honoured that my picture is one of your favourite list, i think you a true Master Photographer and a profound connoisseur of the butterflies world; fantastic capture of the Mountain Clouded Yellow, superb sharpness and impressive details, marvellous colours, i like very much this outstanding composition with an unusual lovely pose of the butterfly on a very beautiful flower against a wonderful BG.
Best regards

Hello Peter,

Superb macro capture of the beautiful Mountain Clouded Yellow butterfly with great details!
I like the sharpness and POV here with great show of the natural colors. Nice contrast can be seen between the colors of the butterfly and the bright red flower.

Very well done!

best regards,

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-11-02 11:47]

Hello Peter.

A very nice, sharp and well colored picture. I like the composition very much.
Thank you for sharing it.

Gr. Hans

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-02 11:50]

Lieber Peter,
Freut mich sehr von Dir Colias phicomone zu sehen, einen Falter, der höchst selten gezeigt wird. Ich dachte auch bei Alexei, dass es wohl nicht diese Spezies sei. Wie sich doch dieser Alpengelbling an den Gold-Pippau klammert! Allerdings hat er farblich nicht schlecht gewählt und Dir erlaubt ein wunderschönes Bild zu realisieren. Das WS-Bild gefällt mir auch sehr. Wie Phicomone auf dem Stein mit dem gelbem Lichen wieder eine ihm nahe Farbe gewählt hat. Schöne Landschaft auch.
Herzlichen Dank für Deinen lieben Worte zu meinen Bildern. Sie haben mich sehr gefreut.
Wünsche noch einen geruhsamen Abend.
Herzlich grüsst

Hello Peter,
Lovely capture of this butterfly in composita flower, good colors!
TFS. Ferran

hello Peter
very beautiful composition with great sharpness and good details
beautiful colours
GREAT shot Peter
greeting lou

Hi Peter

Good shot of this lovely butterfly on a prety flower. Good composition, sharpness, details and OOF background


stupenda cattura di questa specie di Colias d'alta montagna...ottima come
sempre la qualita' e la definizione
mi piace molto l'accostamento di colori
con il giallo delle ali della farfalla e il colore aranciato del fiore che richiama
il profilo delle ali..
grazie e buona settimana,Peter!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-11-02 12:40]

Slav Peter,
Another excellent macro shot from you.
A wonderful composition with excellent sharpness and great details.The POV and colors are very nice.Very well done!..

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-11-02 13:16]

Hallo Peter,
Beautiful, "Colias" and macro-composition ...
Flower and butterfly, colors and crisp detail are excellent.
Best wishes,

Impresionante nitidez y realismo Peter. Una fotografía que marca diferencias: enhorabuena !

Hallo Peter
This Mountain Clouded Yellow is an absolute pleasure to look at and the colours and patterns are breathtaking. You have captured it with great accuracy and your neat work is a delight to look at and to enjoy. This image is super sharp and well focused with a great point of view and composition. I like it a lot. It has brought joy to my heart and eyes. You are very fortunate to capture these beauties with such preciseness. I envy you for this one. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-03 1:12]

Hello Peter,
What a fantastic photo in very beautiful colours. The clarity is superb. Excellent sharpness and details. Composition, POV, BG and DOF are all marvelous. High quality!

Hi Peter,
A perfect combination, a Crepis and a Colias in eye pleasing contrast, captured expertly in good focus and exposure. Not an easy take in windy conditions my friend, thank you indeed for sharing this beauty with us.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-03 4:57]

Hello Peter,
The pretty CLouded Yellow looks really good on the bright orange flower and considering the windy weather it's a wonderful capture with the two nicely in focus. Escellent details and lovely colours against a smooth and beautyiful background.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hallo Peter
ein Herrliches Bild von diesem schönen gelben Schmetterling, mir gerfällt sein haariger Körper den sie mit sehr details zeigen
die Blume is auch bezaubernd
die Farben sind leuchted und ein genuss für die Augen
Grüsse aus Frankreich

Hello Peter,

You present us this week a very nice composition of this Pieridae posed on this nice flower. In fact, both together like to form a new flower specied! I like the yellow-spotted green bg being similar in color to the butterfly wings. Great details on the insect also and really nice composition.

Very well done, my friend!



Hello Peter
absolutely a great capture of this beautiful Colias phicomone .
The colours are well saturated and light very balanced; everything well composed with a very good POV, fine details and optimal focusing.

Lieber Peter,

ich habe Deine Seite nicht mehr konsultiert und sträflicherweise dieses Bild mit dem Alpengelbling verpasst. Also bei Dir gibt es noch Steigerung trotz konstant hohem Niveau, unglaublich. Mit gefällt nicht nur die Komposition und das wunderbare Licht so gut, sondern auch die Tatsache, dass es sich um eine nicht oft gesehene Art von Schmetterling und um eine Wildblume (nicht Zierpflanze im Garten) handelt. Die Farben! Einfach schön hinzusehen. Ich markier das Bild mit einem Stern.

Ich wünsche Dir einen guten Dezember,

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2009-12-14 10:01]

Hi Peter.

Great capture, fantastic tones colors and sharpness, very nice composition and point of view.


Hallo Peter
This is really great macro work in your usual quality with great sharpness of focus, exposure and composition. coloration also superb.
My eyes look for new posts from yours. But I cant find. Keep photographing. best regards and have a good night

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-05 5:31]

Hello Peter,
really appreciate your description of the pollination of my passion flower shot. Thanks for the information.
This shot really indicate a good colour contrast. The eye and the flower works very well,
The flower adds a natural beauty to the sharp shot of the butterfly.
The smoothness of the bsckground add beauty to the pleasant composition.
Excellent excecution of the camera skill.


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