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Erebia ligea.

Erebia ligea.
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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: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-05
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Satyrinae - Worldwide, European Butterflies 7, Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-04 13:07
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Erebia ligea.

The plant:

Carduus personata (L.) Jacq.
Great Marsh Thistle
Klettendistel, Bergdistel

Ordo: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Carduoideae

Growing up to a heigth of more than 150cm, and avoided by grazing cattle, marsh thistles are among the most prominent flowering plants in Alpine mountain meadows from midlevels to approx. 2000m. Quite often their blossoms look like colourful little magnets attracting many different species at the same time.

The fly:

seems to be the common and wide spread "Sarcophaga carnaria".

The butterfly:

Erebia ligea (Linnaeus, 1758)
Arran Brown
Weissbindiger Mohrenfalter, Milchfleck
Moiré blanc-fascié
Górówka boruta
Očkáň čiernohnedý
Okáč černohnědý

Genus: Erebia
Subfamily: Satyrinae
Family: Nymphalidae

Wing span 44 – 54 mm.

Black and white fringes on the wing borders are a helpful sign for proper identification, same as the rather conspicuous white marking on the underside of hindwings the German names are referring to. Peter (batu), thank you for the confirmation of ID.

The species can be met in mid level forest areas of the Auvergne, the Alps and mountain areas of eastern and south eastern Europe, temperate Asia to Kamchatka, and Japan. In Scandinavia the species inhabits the lowlands.

A report from the Scottish island of Arran has never been confirmed yet. So the English name “Arran Brown” is a bit of a mystery.

Butterflies are on their wings in one extended generation from the end of June into August in one generation. They prefer well sheltered humid grassy spots with flowers within forests. Caterpillars feed on various species of grass (Carex silvatica, Carex strigosa). In Fennoscandia, life cycle may take two years.

The location:

Hemerach, a steep meadow with plenty of flowers at an elevation of 1500m, a one hour's walk from Gries im Sulztal, overlooking the village of Längenfeld and the Oetztal valley.


L.G. Higgins, N.D. Riley, W. Forster (bearb.): Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas, Hamburg und Berlin 1978²

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

C. Jonko: European Butterflies.

The camera:

SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 15mm, F/4, 1/640 sec., ISO-125; 05.07.2006, 11:32.

Postwork: Photoshop Elements, slightly cropped, downsized for web, selectively sharpened, brightess, contrasts and saturation slighty adjusted.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

oki, ramthakur, cicindela, jmp, XOTAELE, phlr, Juyona, Adanac, marhowie, coasties, Alex99, jcoowanitwong, sgo, uleko, SkyF, RAP has marked this note useful
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Hallo Peter,

wieder ein super Bild was Du uns da präsentierst! Die Farben sind spitze und die Schärfe beeindruckend. Immer wieder sind es die kleinen aber feinen Dinge im Leben, die es so lebenswert machen!
Danke auch für den Taxt,
bis bald,

This is once again a butterfly not commonly seen, Peter. It has interesting wing patterns and colours.
The image is immaculate as usual. The other character in the composition, apparently a common fly, adds added interest to it.
You have a rich archive and thanks for sharing another lovely image from it.
Best regards,

Hello Peter!
Another very nice and intersting picture :)
Nice composition, good DOF and POV. I like also the contrast between the butterly and flower and the BG.
Note as always is very informative.
Best regards,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-04 14:33]

Hi Peter,
Really beautiful colours in this butterfly. Perfect pov, exposure and composition. Flower is wonderful too and the fly add and extra interest.
Have an excellent week mf,
José M.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-02-04 14:47]

Guten Abend Peter,
das ist ein 'fransenreines' Männchen von Erebia ligea: Die schwarz-weiß gescheckten Flügelränder sind sehr schön zu sehen. Aber nicht nur der Falter ist brilliant dargestellt, sondern auch die Blüte der Nektarpflanze - die Fliege kommt auch noch 'obendrauf'.
Ich plane gerade den nächsten Alpenurlaub und bin gespannt wie sich der bislang milde Winter auf die alpine Schmetterlingsfauna auswirken wird?!
Schöne Grüße, Peter

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-04 15:28]

Another excellent shot with a wonderful butterfly and wonderful composition.
I had never seen this kind of butterfly.
Thank you very much for sharing and for the information.
Best wishes

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-04 17:16]

Hola Peter, excelente momento y agradable compo... buen disparo, saludos

hi peter!
very fine macro with nice
pov and dof
sharp and great composition
well done!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-04 17:42]

Hi Peter,
WOW, Another fantastic posting. The colors are fabulous, details are tack sharp and composition is a real winner, thanks.

Hello Peter.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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  • Swats Silver Star Critiquer [C: 37 W: 0 N: 3] (151)
  • [2007-02-05 0:11]

Amazing capture Peter! Nice colours, composition and details. The fly is adding to the image.

Hi Peter

Brilliant camera work. Two insects in the one capture with both sharp and clear. Congrats! :-)

Dear Peter.
I like your new composition so much.
First of all about my workshop. This is my personal subjective impressions. The most bright and wonderful at its reproduction at your shot is flower. Its beautifulness is simply fantastic: colours, illumination, details, sharpness, etc. The reproduction of the fly is too great. Brightness of these objects draws attention to themselves. However, the main subject is butterfly. Moreover, I can see that its beautifulness is also so great. But this beautifulness is damped up by light tone a bit. Therefore, I have decided to correct light balance. May be I am wrong. The main thing, that I have done it with love to the original (and to you, my dear Peter).
As usual for your pictures this shot is composed amazedly. Separation of the main subject from BG and colorfulness and blurriness of the BG are outstanding. My best wishes and TFS.

P.S. I have never written such long note yet. Ufff. : ))

Hi Peter,
A new species to me. Nice composition, sharp and well exposed picture. The fly add beauty to this picture. Very well done and tfs.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-05 5:47]

Hello Peter,
Let me congratulate you on an excellent presentation of E. ligea. This shot is sharp, has excellent Bg, well composed and even includes a fly on the scabious flower.
I'm waiting to take a shot like this this year as they emerge on odd years, having a two year cycle in Sweden.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hello Peter,

excllent colors bG POV DOF verywell composed, I really like this POV alot excllent work

TFS Kyle

Hola Peter. Dos por un sólo disparo.
Buenos detalles y estupenda nitidez. Muy agradables los colores.
Perfect shot!
Saludos, JL.

Dear Peter,
I've tried to let both the lovely butterfly and the gorgeuous blossom in this masterly composition of yours share the focus without either one of them dominating the center but instead harmoniously collaborate and together draw the attention of the viewer - the cute little fly being the moderator on the stage. This I've done by cropping it the way seen in WS, slightly reducing the dimensions, and adding a frame so as to make the eyes of the spectator stay within the borders of the scene. I've also tried to ameliorate the problem with light balance by adjusting highlights and levels somewhat. I can do no better than quote Alexei to justify my audacity: "The main thing, that I have done it with love to the original (and to you, my dear Peter)".
Thank you very much for this idyllic and engaging picture and the accompanying note!
With best regards,

Hola Peter.
Magnifico trio,la mariposa, la mosca y la flor.Muy nitida con una luz preciosa, una bella imagen.Un saludo.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-06 10:21]

Hello Peter,
This is a really wonderful composition. Great sharpness and wonderful colours. Everything is nicely in focus including the little big-eyed fly! I really like the way you've left a bit of space around the edges! Very nice indeed!
Many thanks, Ulla

bonjour peter
toujours un bon POV,les couleurs sont vives et les deux insectes sont nets.
le BG clair laisse bien ressortir le premier plan.

This is some nice macro work Peter. It is an interesting shot with both critters sharing the same flower. I admire your patience.

Evelynn : )

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-07 6:38]

Hallo Peter,
da hast du ja schon wieder gezaubert. Eine herrliche Aufnahme, da steckt so viel Licht und Sonne drin. Wunderschoen ist dein Schmetterling and die Details sind sagenhaft. Mir gefaellt diese Bildgestaltung sehr gut. Farben, Schaerfe und Perspektive sind einwandfrei.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-07 7:32]

No había visto el día de su publicación esta imagen Peter... realmente estética captura por el esplendor con el que nos muestras a los 3 protagonistas con bellos colores y buena agudeza.
La profundidad elegida, beneficia el despegue del primer plano sobre el fondo de la escena con agradable punto de vista y acertado encuadre.
Los intensos colores son buenos, aunque la mariposa aparece algo oscura con respecto al resto de la escena.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

I had not seen the day of their publication this image Peter... really aesthetic capture for the splendor with which you show us to the 3 protagonist with beautiful colors and good sharpness.
The elected depth, benefits the takeoff of the forefront on the bottom of the scene with pleasant point of view and right framing.
The intense colors are good, although the butterfly appears something dark respect to the rest of the scene.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Hi Peter,
A very nice and intersting picture :)
Nice composition, good DOF and POV.


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