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Erebia aethiops

Erebia aethiops
Photo Information
Copyright: Emin Yogurtcuoglu (goldfinchtr) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 22 N: 502] (2603)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-27
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European butterflies 4, Butterflies, Satyrinae - Worldwide [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-19 8:11
Viewed: 5029
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This beautiful Scotch Argus is from Northeast Turkey, widespread in that mountains..

Info about this beauty;
Lat.Erebia aethiops
Tr.İskoç Güzelesmeri
Eng.Scotch Argus

Range stable.

As its name suggests, this butterfly is found predominantly in Scotland where it flies in tall, damp grassland. In sunshine, males fly almost without rest, weaving low through the grass in search of a mate. In poorer weather they perch on grass clumps, flying out to investigate any passing brown butterflies. The females are far less conspicuous and spend most of their time basking.

The Scotch Argus is common and widespread in Scotland but has declined in the southern part of its range, especially in England where it is reduced to just two isolated sites.

Conservation status
UK BAP status: not listed
Butterfly Conservation priority: low
European threat status: near threatened

European/world range
Mountain areas throughout Europe from central France east to the Urals and western Siberia, but not in Scandinavia. It has declined recently in several European countries.

The main foodplant in Scotland is thought to be Purple Moor-grass (Molinia caerulea) and the populations in northern England use Blue Moor-grass (Sesleria caerulea). Though there are few observations from Britain, other grasses may be used, as they are in continental Europe.

The Scotch Argus occurs in damp, acid or neutral grassland up to 500 m in montane regions of Scotland, and around the fringes of sheltered bogs, in woodland clearings, and young plantations. In northern England it is now restricted to two sites that contain a mosaic of sheltered limestone grassland, scrub, and woodland. The butterfly is found only in tall grasslands that are lightly grazed or ungrazed.

source: http://www.butterfly-conservation.org/species/bdata/scotch_argus.html

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-09-19 8:19]

Very nice photo of the lovely butterfly. I like details and colors. TFS

Merhaba Emin Bey,
Özletiyorsunuz kendinizi :) Yine nefis bir kareye imza atmışsınız. Her şeyi ile mükemmel. Paylaşım için teşekkürler.

Hi, Emin.
This is a very nicely taken photograph of this species, with excellent colour and details. It's nice to see that you haven't sharpened it too much, retaining it's soft, velvety texture. I think the frame may be a little heavy, but that's a small point.
Regards, Nigel.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-09-19 9:15]

Hi Emin,
I like this macro. Beautiful colours, superb details. Nice centric composition.
Good work!


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-19 9:33]

Hello Emin

What a superb composition. All those many eyes look stunning!
Very well done here. I love the POV with the wings wide opened, the sharpness and the colors. The DOF is also great, leaving the BG nicely OOF and the framing is excellent.

Bravo and TFS

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-09-19 9:36]

Hallo Emin,
a superb picture of this beautiful Erebia female (?) with its large forewing ocelli. I think it is the colourful subspecies melusina of E. aethiops, of which some authors think that it is even a separate species.
Exellent colours and sharpness. Thank you for presentation.
Best wishes, Peter

beautifully captured butterfly. Great color and sharpeness. TFS
Donna :o)

Beautiful detail and colour here Emin!
I love the soft lighting and the colour of the butterfly is a nice contrast to the background. Very nice
TFS Janice

Hi Emin,
very beautiful iconic capture of Erebia.
Excellent details, rich natural colours, perfect environment.
Thank you! Best regards,

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  • ciccio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 50 N: 338] (2751)
  • [2006-09-19 12:47]

Hola emin, excelente toma de esta bella mariposa. Buena definición y colorido. Enhorabuena y un saludo. TFS.

HI Emin,
just phantastic, wow, I love this butterfly.
Excellent sharpness and brilliant colours on the wide open wings, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-19 13:38]

Brilliant shot of the Scotch Argus showing excellent details, texture and brilliant colours against the green background.
Thanks, Ulla

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-09-19 13:47]

Hi Emin,

Great shot, the composition is lovely with a great pose showing the Butterflies lovely shape and markings beautifully, the sharp detail is great and the colours are nice and natural.

TFS Hilary :o}

Very attractive specimen which you have shot very well, Emin.
I like your straight POV, the depth of focus and colours on the butterfly.
Well done and TFS.

Great butterfly shot Emin. Great sharpness, details, clarity and nice DOF. Great colours and composition too. Thanks for sharing.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-09-19 14:36]

Sharpness and details are great, very good job. Beautiful framing.
gr. paula

Merhaba Emin,
Güzel fotografını paylaştığın ve açıklayıcı bilgiler için teşekkürler.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-09-19 15:57]

Hello Emin,
This a fine clear capture of this satyrid. It is a male Scotch Argus: your picture enables one to see the dark scent scales near the body, as well as the masculine shape of the abdomen.
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-09-19 19:43]

Hola Emin.- Me gusta mucho esta bella mariposa, con exelente contraste, luz y definicion. Tu nota es muy buena tambien.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-09-19 23:07]

Wonderful shot, Emin.
Great POV showing the full pattern and beautiful colors and designs on the wings. Good light and exposure.
TFS. : )

Hi Emin

Beautiful photo of a beautiful butterfly. Well done on the close cropped composition. Clear sharp details with well saturated colours. Nice work. TFS.

Hi Emin,
Nicely named. I like the unique of the species. TFS


Wow - I've never seen so good picture of Erebia species!
Just great colours and composition.
Thank you very much


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Hello Emin.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.


Ciao Emin. Great macro, indeed. Fantastic natural colours and perfect focus. Stunnibg details. Very well done.


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