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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Zegris eupheme (Esper, 1804)

Sooty Orange Tip, Zuidelijk oranjetipje, Piéride du raifort, Zegris, Зегрис евфема …

Family: Pieridae

Wing span: 40 – 48 mm

Showing a combination of black and white, yellow and orange, Zegris eupheme is a conspicuously colourful butterfly with a wide range of distribution reaching from Kasachstan to Ukraine, Turkey, Israel into the Arabian penninsula, and two isolated populations in Marocco and Spain. It can be found in dry open ares where its feeding plant, the yellow mediterranean mustard Hirschfeldia incana is growing in abundance during the brief humid period of spring.

After several days of cool and rainy weather in April that made all the spring flowers grow up at once, the lively butterflies were busily flying around on a sunny afternoon, visiting the bright yellow blossoms of their feeding plant that would offer them a background for perfect camouflage when they were seated. Looking quite exotic to me, those butterflies made me really curious to see them from close distance, but they were quick flyers, and really hard to appoach. The captures here were taken during the attempt of approaching without succeeding to get close enough for really good details. The shots presented here are tight croppings from a considerably larger originals, and therefore of rather poor resolution.


Location:

Sierra Nevada, Rio Alhama Canyon, Guadix, Andalusia, at an elevation of approx. 1100m.


Literature:

Christopher Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe. http://www.lepidoptera.pl/
Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Collins Butterfly Guide, London 2008
Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998


The camera:

SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixels, sRGB, 100mm macro zoom (equivalent 560 mm at full size SLR), F/5.2 1/640sec., ISO-125, hand held, no flash. 25.04.2011, 16:11.


Postwork:

Adobe Photoshop CS4, cropped, resized to web, selectively resharpened, levels slighty adjusted.


Wings closing for camouflage.

The location.


Thank you for looking.
Have a very good start into the new week.

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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
The location.
Edited by:peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)

Parque Nacional de Sierra Nevada in spring, at an elevation of approx. 1200m a.s.l.

View at snow covered Picón de Jerez (3144m) from altiplano between Policar and Lugros near Guadix. Highest peak Mulhacen (3481m) in the distance, partly covered by clouds.

The camera: SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixels, sRGB, 14mm zoom (equivalent 97mm at full size SLR), F/8, 1/400sec., ISO-125, bias -0,3, hand held, no flash. 21.04.2011, 11:32.

Hope you enjoy.

Altered Image #1

peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
wings closing
Edited by:peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)

Zegris eupheme would hide its conspicuous upper sides of wings when seated at rest. The marbled yellow markings underneath would provide a good camouflage then among all the yellow blossoms of its feeding plant, the mediterranean mustard.

The camera: SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixels, sRGB, 14mm macro zoom (equivalent 97mm at full size SLR), F/4, 1/640sec., ISO-125, hand held, no flash. 25.04.2011, 16:12.

Hope you enjoy.