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Eros & Erebia. (28)
peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Eros & Erebia.

Polyommatus eros (to the left),
Erebia cassioides (to the right).


The Blue:

Polyommatus eros (Ochsenheimer, 1808)
Eros blue
Eros-Bläuling
Vlaggewikkeblauwtje
Azuré de l'oxytropide
Niño Amoroso

Genus: Polyommatus
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Family: Lycaenidae

Wing span 26 – 28 mm.

The Eros Blue inhabits the Pyrenees, the Massif Central, the southwestern and central Alps of France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria to Grossglockner, the Apennines, and mountain regions of Bosnia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, northwest and central Asia. The males’ uppersides of wings are of a shiningly bright blue with black border, females are dark brown with little blue, and orange submarginal spots.

The butterflies inhabit flowering grassy slopes over silicate rocks. They can be seen from July to September in one generation. Caterpillars feed on Oxytropis halleri, Oxytropis campestris, hibernating in symbiosis with ants (Formica lemani, Myrmica galliennii).

Same as many Erebia butterflies, male Eros Blues can be seen gathering in large numbers on wet spots. They also seem to enjoy dung, but they do love flowers, too.

For more information on that species, and to see the upper sides of wings, please klick

>>> Eros.


The Ringlet:

Erebia cassioides (Reiner & Hochenwarth, 1792)
Common Brassy Ringlet
Moiré lustré

Genus: Erebia
Subfamily: Satyrinae
Family: Nymphalidae

Wing span 34 – 38 mm.

For more information on that species, and to see the upper sides of wings, please klick

>>> Erebia cassioides.


To see another congregation, please click

>>> P. eros, E. cassioides II.


Literature:

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.
http://www.lepidoptera.neo.pl


The Location:

Hohe Tauern National Park, Grossglockner, ascent to Glorerhütte, at an elevation of 2200m.


The Camera:

SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 16mm, F/4, 1/640 sec., ISO-125; 23.08.2006, 11:27. Hand held, no flash.


Postwork:

Photoshop Elements. Cropped, downsized to web, selectively sharpened, levels slightly adjusted.

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Have a very good day.

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

Mountain Blues and Ringlets may often be seen gathering in numbers on wet spots, and dung is even more attractive.

Here one more blue has squeezed in between, forcing the ringlet to close its wings rather than giving way.

The Blues:
Polyommatus eros (Ochsenheimer 1808)

The Ringlet:
Erebia cassioides (Reiner & Hochenwarth 1792)

Location:
Hohe Tauern National Park, Grossglockner, ascent to Glorerhütte, at an elevation of 2200m.

The Camera:
SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 16mm, F/4, 1/400 sec., ISO-125; 23.08.2006, 11:28. Hand held, no flash.

Thank you for looking.