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Erebia euryale.

Erebia euryale.
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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: 2006-07-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Satyrinae - Worldwide, European Butterflies 7, Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-05 12:52
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Erebia euryale.

Erebia euryale (Esper, 1805)
Large Ringlet
Weißbindiger Bergwald-Mohrenfalter
Liten skogsgräsfjäril
Grote erebia
Montanesa Ribeteada
Moiré frange-pie
Górówka euriala
Očkáň červenopásy
Okáč rudopásný

Genus: Erebia
Subfamily: Satyrinae
Family: Nymphalidae

Wing span 38 - 42 mm.

Easy to mistake for the previously shown Erebia ligea, Erebia euryale inhabits mountain forests of the Pyrenees, the Auvergne, the Alps and southeastern European mountains, Ural, and Altai, but not Fennoscandia. In Alpine valleys, it can often be seen at the same locations as Erebia ligea. To tell those two species from one another it needs a close look at both the upper and the undersides of wings.

You further need some good, well illustrated literature, and a good friend and specialist like Peter Roos (batu) is always helpful, too. Peter, thanks again for the identification.

Males of E. euryale do not show scenting scales on the upper sides of upper wings, E. ligea do. The underside of hindwings of E. euryale does not show the white markings as clearly as E. ligea.

Butterflies are on their wings in one extended generation in July and August. They prefer grassy spots with flowers within forests and meadows above the range of forests. Caterpillars feed on various species of grass (Fesstuca ovina, Poa nemoralis, etc.)

The location:

Untenlehn, at the side of a forest road leading through shadowed forest with dense vegetation from Längenfeld to the remote village of Gries im Sulztal, at an elevation of 1450 meters.


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, 17mm, F/4, 1/250 sec., ISO-125; no tripod, no flash; 10.07.2006, 12:46.

Postwork: Photoshop Elements, cropped at the sides, downsized for web presentation, brightess, contrasts and saturation slighty adjusted.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

jeanpaul, ramthakur, cicindela, herve1993, phlr, horia, coasties, Adanac, TAZ, dew77, Argus, jcoowanitwong, Alex99, RAP, Merlin, SkyF, uleko has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Merlin: separating them is tricky ...peter_stoeckl 2 02-07 14:45
To Argus: softness / sharpness - correct reading.peter_stoeckl 1 02-06 05:31
To Argus: sharpnesspeter_stoeckl 2 02-06 05:30
To batu: E. euryale - Unterseite.peter_stoeckl 1 02-05 16:27
To batu: Erebia - rätselhaftes, doch schönes Bestimmen.peter_stoeckl 1 02-05 13:48
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It is a sheer delight to look at your butterfly pictures, Peter.
This is the fully-open-wings view of the same species you posted yesterday, I believe.
Grand POV, superb details and lovely colours.
Thanks and take care.

Salut Peter
Une superbe prise de macro vue de dessus.
Les couleurs sont belles et la netteté est très bonne.
Merci pour la note et au revoir...JP

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-02-05 13:05]
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Guten Abend Peter,
die Erebia sind schon eine interessante aber auch 'schwierige' Gruppe von Augenfaltern.
Du zeigst die Flügelzeichnung inklusive des grün schillernden Flügelrands wieder 'zu gut und deutlich'. Somit werde ich auch dieses Bild in den Themenordner schieben dürfen?!
Das Bild zeigt:
- Erebia euryale
Unterschiede zu ligea finden sich vornehmlich auf der Hinterflügelunterseite, zudem ist euryale kleiner und gedrungener. Aber auch die Vorderflügeloberseite verrät die Artzugehörigkeit. Unterschiede zu ligea sind:
- Äußerer Rand der Flügelbindenflecken konvex.
- Flügelbinde mehr in einzelne Flecken unterteilt.
- Ozellen nicht weiß gekernt.
Einen schönen Abend noch, Peter
P.S. Erebia können frustrierend sein - aber auch schön!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-05 14:42]

Lovely shot, you have captured a lot of detail n those dark wings. Lovely colours and nice POV



Bonjour Peter,
C'est une magnifique photo de moiré frange-pie, qui nous offre tous les détails des couleurs et de la texture des ailes du papillon. L'exposition est parfaite et le fond très agréable. Merci.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-05 17:22]

Hi Peter

Another wonderful butterfly shot from you, my friend!
Have you ever considered making a book about tham? I mean you probably already have have about 80-90% of the total pictures you need and looking at your notes you pretty much all it needs to be known about them, so... :)
Again another shot, from an excellent POV to show us the lovely colors and patterns of tihs charming large ringlet. And, for the even curious ones of us, another shot in the WS, with the other side of the wings...just so we wouldn't have really any nits to pick on :))
Lovely work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Peter!
At fist I would like to say that it is a pleasure to watch you pictures with butterfly because of the rarity of presented species. Moreover, very informative notes provided by you allow to learn a lot about these species.

Now a few words about the picture (-s): I like the POV which (thanks to 2 pictures) allow to see both sides of betterfly's wings. This is really very important because allw to see all important morphologocal features of this species. It was also a great idea to show (as a link to earlier picture) the similar species - Erebia ligea.
As always bravo for names in different languages too.
The only thing which for me would be better is a DOF :)
Anyway, I like this presentation very much.
Best greetings,

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-02-05 17:51]

Que exelente inseto muito boa imagem parabéns pela tecnica aplicada nesta foto.

Hi Peter

A delightful shot of this pretty butterfly. Lovely colours and a great wing pattern. It is quite amazing how many different species of butterfly there are. Lovely camera work again. :-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-02-06 1:56]

Hello Peter,
What a nice species of Alps. This Erebia euryale is so similar to the Erebia ligea, I had difficulty to find difference, thanks for the second view...
The "+++" : subject, composition, sharpness, colors, exposure, useful complementary note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations my friend and TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-06 4:00]

Hello Peter,
Wonderful butterfly capture.POV,clear details,cross framing and composition are excellent.Have a good day too!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-06 4:29]
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Hello Peter,
With the possible exception of sharpness, this shot of a male Large Ringlet comes up to your high standard. Excellent comp.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hello Peter,
Nice composition in this diagonal pose. With untrained eyes this butterfly looks exactly the same as your previous pose. Great color contrast and off background gives depth. Congratulations to your collection of this family of butterfly.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-06 5:36]

Hi Peter.
I have been really mistaken. Thank your note.
I like extremely well detailed and illuminated image of this beauty also as well as the amazing diagonal structure of the picture, wings position of the butterfly and perfect selection of the DOF. A bit soften well detailed BG is very impressive and underlines
the naturalness of pictured scenery. TFS of this wonderful piece of nature.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-06 5:51]

Tradicional perspectiva y punto de vista para mostrar este espécimen Peter con buena agudeza y foco, gracias al apretado DOF que brinda un buen OOF y el maravilloso contraste de colores entre la mariposa y su entorno.
Como siempre la presencia del workshop de tan buena calidad en este caso como el original.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Traditional perspective and point of view to show this specimen Peter with good sharpness and focus, due to tight DOF that offers a good OOF and the wonderful contrast of colors between the butterfly and their environment.
As always the presence of workshop of so good quality in this case as the original.
My best regards... Ricardo

Hello Peter,

well done and a excllent capture erfect details very crisp nicly composed and capture photo colors stunning

TFS Kyle

Hi, Peter
Just catching up after another absence and working backward through your collection. A lovely image of euryale here, with the downy wings and iridescence preserved very well. These Erebias are very approachable, but separating them is tricky - I find myself studying the field guides quite often with this genus (we don't get much practice in the UK).
Regards, Nigel

Hi Peter
Very good photo of these Erebia with open wings. Now we can see all the details and the identifiction will be easyer.

Great identification atlas to european Erebia species.
I am waiting for more

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-08 7:25]

Hallo Peter,
mit diesem Photo zeigst du uns einen sehr schoenen Gebirgsfalter, wusste gar nicht dass es so schoene Falter in Tyrol gibt. Super hast du den eingefangen, die diagonale Bildgestaltung wirkt hier ganz prima. Die Farben und Schaerfe ist einfach herrlich.
Dein Archiv scheint voll von so tollen Flattermaennern zu sein.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-13 13:11]

Hello Peter,
This is a brilliant shot of the Large Ringlet.
Very sharp details and lovely dark colours. Looks very fine in this composition. These species must be hard to identify.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Peter,
Superb colors and a well composed picture. I like the position of the butterfly and the sharpness.
Goutham R

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