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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1736 W: 291 N: 4004] (11526)
Boloria pales (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775).

Shepherd’s Fritillary
Moor-Perlmutterfalter
Hochalpen-Perlmutterfalter
Herdersparelmoervlinder
Perlada alpina
Nacré subalpin
Dostojka pales
Perlovec vysokohorský
Perleťovec vysokohorský

Genus: Boloria
Family: Nymphalidae
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Order: Lepidoptera
Class: Insecta
Phylum: Arthropoda
Kingdom: Animalia


Wingspan: 35 – 40mm

When you walk up alpine meadows above the range of forests in summer you will meet this quick moving, sun loving little fritillary that loves to sit on a rock or a flower to spread its wings to the sun, and immediately seeks shelter when clouds arrive.

This one was taken during a descent from the slopes of Grossglockner, at an elevation of about 2400m, with a rapidly approaching thunderstorm darkening the sky.

Please click here to see the upperside of wings.

Distribution: Austrian, Bavarian, Italian and Swiss Alps, Tatra, the High Carpatians, from 2200m to 2700m above sea level. June to August in one generation.

Caterpillars feed on Viola calcarata.


The plant:

Aconitum napellus (Linnaeus 1753)
Monk’s Hood, Wolf’s Bane,
Eisenhut

Genus: Aconitum
Family: Ranunculaceae
Order: Ranunculales
Class: Magnoliopsida
Division: Magnoliophyta
Kingdom: Plantae

Species: A. napellus

An extremely poisonous herbaceous perennial plant growing to 1 m tall, with hairless stems and leaves. The flowers are dark purple to bluish-purple, narrow oblong helmet-shaped, 1-2 cm tall, native and endemic to western and central Europe. Plants native to Asia and North America formerly listed as A. napellus are now regarded as separate species.

Extremely poisonous, the plant generates enough cardiac poison to be used to tip spears and arrows for hunting and battle in ancient times, also earning A. napellus its name.

Aconite is a medicine in homeopathy.

To see some more of the plant, please click

>>> here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aconitum_napellus


Camera:

SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 16mm macro (= 96mm at 35mm SLR), F/4, 1/200 sec., ISO-125; no tripod, no flash; 23.08.2006, 16:31.


Postwork:

Photoshop Elements, cropped, downsized to web presentation, slightly sharpened, noise removal on BG, brightness, contrast and saturation adjusted.


References:

L.G. Higgins, N.D. Riley: A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Europe. London 1970,
Deutsche Ausgabe: L.G. Higgins, N.D. Riley, W. Forster (bearb.): Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas, Hamburg und Berlin 1978²

C. Jonko: Europäische Schmetterlinge.
http://www.lepidoptera.neo.pl/show.php?ID=40&country=PL

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1736 W: 291 N: 4004] (11526)
Similar shot, uncropped.
Edited by:peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1736 W: 291 N: 4004] (11526)

Similar shot, uncropped - to show some more of the plant.

Aconitum napellus (Linnaeus 1753)
Monk’s Hood, Wolf’s Bane, Eisenhut.

Butterfly:
Boloria pales (Denis & Schiffermüller 1775)
Shepherd’s Fritillary.

Camera: SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 16mm macro (= 96mm at 35mm SLR), F/4, 1/200 sec., ISO-125; no tripod, no flash; 23.08.2006, 16:31. Postwork: Photoshop Elements, uncropped, downsized to web presentation, slightly sharpened, slight noise removal on BG, brightness, contrast and saturation adjusted.

Hope you enjoy.

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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1736 W: 291 N: 4004] (11526)
Boloria pales, the upper side.
Edited by:peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1736 W: 291 N: 4004] (11526)

Boloria pales (Denis & Schiffermüller 1775)
Shepherd's Fritillary.

To be met in the European Alps above the range of forests in summer at elevations beween 2200 and 2700m, this quick moving little fritillary loves to sit on rocks or a flower to spread its wings to the sun.

Taken at an elevation of approximately 2400 meters near Lucknerhuette on the slopes of Grossglockner, Kals, Tyrol.

Camera: SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 16mm macro (= 96mm at 35mm SLR), F/4, 1/800sec., ISO-125; no tripod, no flash; 23.08.2006, 11:32.

Postwork: Photoshop Elements, cropped, downsized to web presentation, selectively sharpened, brightness, contrast and saturation adjusted.

Hope you enjoy.