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Niobe eris.

Niobe eris.
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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: 2009-06-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vienna Woods - Biosphaerenpark Wienerwald [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-26 14:35
Viewed: 6128
Points: 54
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Fabriciana niobe f. eris (Meigen, 1829)
Fabriciana niobe (Linnaeus, 1758)

Niobe fritillary, Mittlerer Perlmutterfalter, Duinparelmoervlinder, Klitperlemorsommerfugl, Väike-pärlmuttertäpik, Rinnehopeatäplä, Chiffre Niobe, Ниобе ...

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Heliconiinae

Wing span: 45 – 50 mm

Wide spread in Europe and temperate Asia, Fabiciana niobe may not always be common but still quite regularly be seen in uncultivated open areas near forest borders. In the southern parts of the European continent, the species seems to prefer rather dry and warm habitats. In the lowlands of Austria it may be seen flying from the end of May into July in one generation.

Niobe would also go up into the mountains to approximately 2000m above sealevel, and up North to 62° in Scandinavia.

Like with many other species of European fritillaries, Niobe caterpillars would feed on various species of Viola.

Due to the decrease of uncultivated areas in the agroindustrially dominated parts of Europe, Niobe is becoming rare, and considered to be severely endangered in many parts of Central Europe.

Like many others of its subfamily, Niobe is showing mother-of-pearl spots on the underside of hindwings. But there is a variation that is showing pale yellow spots without any silvery iridescence instead – as shown here. According to my observations, this variation called “eris (Meigen, 1829)” is more common in the southern parts of Europe than the variation with silver spots.

Rain clowds were arriving that afternoon in June when I took the picture - peferably good weather conditions to take pictures of butterflies peacefully at rest with the sky as a canvas in the background.


Seewiese, Perchtoldsdorf, Vienna Woods, at an elevation of approx. 600m.


Christopher Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe. http://www.lepidoptera.pl/
Christian Stettmer, Markus Bräu, Patrick Gros, Otmar Wanninger: Die Tagfalter Bayerns und Österreichs, Laufen/Salzach 2007
Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Collins Butterfly Guide, London 2008
Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998

The camera:

SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixels, sRGB, 17mm macro zoom (equivalent 95 mm at full size SLR), F/4, 1/500sec., ISO-125, bias: -0.3, hand held, fill flash. 11.06.2009, 17:01.


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

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

ramthakur, Argus, maurydv, cloud, vijeeshbabu, flashpoint, KOMSIS, aruntp, Miss_Piggy, marius-secan, Alex99, meyerd, anel, ellis49 has marked this note useful
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hello peter thanks
this is also a very good picture with great details and beautiful colours
i send more picture of orchids from holland
thanks greeting lou

Hallo Peter,
tolles Macro von diesem schönen Schmetterling im Profil. Bestechende Schärfe mit vielen kleinen Details auch bei der Blume. Die Zeichnungen der Flügelunterseiten sind schön und mit kräftigen Farben. Ein klasse Bild, mein Kompliment.
Beste Grüße,

Great to see you posting off and on, Peter.
This picture of a lovely butterfly is a class unto itself.
Your dexterity at shooting your subjects against the sky is once again on display here.
Thanks and best regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-26 22:17]
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Hello Peter,
Really great to see such a fine shot of the eris form of niobe!
You must have been lying down to take this on white clover, and doing it without scaring the butterfly! This in itself is an achievment, but you have also managed a sharp shot with well controlled use of flash to provide natural colours against a fine clear sky.
A fine one from your archives that is a joy to view!
Thank you and have a great summer,

simple and very beautiful, TFS Ori

Fantastic photo Peter!! The POV, the composition and the colours are excellent. The focus is perfect.

Hallo Peter,
what a fantastic macro shot of Argynnis niobe, i once photographed this species, it is rare in Italy too, superb sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent ideal point of view showing perfectly the underwing features, a very pleasant harmonious composition, very well done
Thanks for this beauty
Have a good day
Ciao Maurizio

This little Sony is an impressive camera indeed Peter! Superb point of view and awesome detail. The colors are brilliant as well and the simplicity in your composition outstanding! Bravo! Great work indeed!
George Veltchev

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-06-26 23:42]

Hello Peter,
Great sharpness, very nice bright colours, very good POV and overall view is wonderful.
Regards, Pawel

Great shot with beautiful natural colours and excellent light. Great work.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Vijeesh

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-06-27 1:13]

Hallo Peter,
Excellent close-up photo of the Senegal Niobe eris..
I like at this image are excellent details, and lovely colours. Well composed with perfect POV and DOF.
Best wishes,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-06-27 2:14]

Good composition and beautiful butterfly, looks like you got sky as background which looks good. tfs.

great macro of the species with wonderful background. thanks for sharing.

Peter my dear friend, an image with quality so perfect can only be yours. I am always so glad to see a posting from you and Alexei because then I know I look at quality and perfect workmanship. It is always a pleasure to look and appreciate what you bring forth with your camera and todays Duinparelmoervlinder is no exception. It is a lovely specimen which you once again photographed and presented so beautifully. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-27 8:47]

Hi Peter,a great gift to all the butterflies fans of TN,this pic is a great beauty and the specie too,magnificent choice of point of view and top quality of sharpness,light balance and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Wonderful capture of a superb butterfly and with amazing colors.
Very nice image. Perfect focus, details and excellent sharpness.
Impressive contrast against the blue sky.

Ciao Peter, great macro of fantastic beauty, lovely composition with beautiful flower, nice blurry BG, wonderful colors, superb sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter,

Nice butterfly & very well photographed against the sky. Excellent POV & great sharpness. Well done & TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-27 13:45]

Hello Peter,
Wonderful photo in splendid colours and great sharpness and details. Amazing clarity. Excellent POV and composition. How can you wait so long to show us this beauty?

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-06-27 21:30]

Hi Peter.
Blameless and charming butterfly picture from you as usual. Great low POV, amazing square composition, lovely flowers and insect at whole. I welcome superb flash work, precise details of the entire subject and nice colours of the scene including delicate coloration of the sky. Eye of the butterfly is simply sweet too. Bravo. Well done.
P.S. Many thanks for heartfelt congratulations. I am very touched.

Lieber Peter,

wenn Du auf TN erscheinst, dann nicht wegen banaler Bilder. Einfach umwerfend photographiert, der Perlmuttfalter. Und das mit Deinem Cybershot!

Mit herzlichem Gruss

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-01 2:57]

Hello Peter,
as said simplicity is the best. I like this view shot in excellent simplicity.
the strength is in its simple composition supported by the well defined colors, sharpness and angle of view. The soft blue sky works wonderfully here.
congratulations for such a pretty naure shot.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-02 4:15]
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Lieber Peter,
Zurück aus Südfrankreich, entdecke ich mit Freude dieses typische Stoeckl-Bild. Von grosser Feinheit der zart-blaue Hintergrund und ein Exemplar von F. niobe in fast göttlichem Glanz. Ein schöner Fund aus deinem Archiv! Ich hoffe, andere werden folgen!
Herzlichen Dank auch für Deinen Besuch bei meinen Bildern, die sich immer über Deine liebenswerten Worte erfreuen. Weiss jetzt auch, dass Du das Exemplar der Staudenfreunde bekommen hast. Ich hatte es Frau Bosshardt nochmals in Erinnerung gerufen. Mein Deutsch ist natürlich nicht perfekt, da ich die Schulen in französischer Sprache absolviert habe.
Ich wünsche Dir noch einen schönen Sommer, den Du sicher auch in naturnahen Gegenden verbringen wirst.
Mit herzlichem Dank und lieben Grüssen

PS Wenn Du zufällig auch in der Schweiz bist, melde Dich doch!

Hello Peter,
Nice to see you again, I hope you are fine.
A very fine close-up shot of this beautiful butterfly. The butterfly is sharp with fine details and standout nicely from the BG.
I really like the composition and the low POV.
Well done, old friend.

Hallo Peter,
Excellent DOF and POV.The colours are rich and vivid.Perfect focus with sharp details and lovely textures.

Hello Peter,
Exceptional capture with great sharp details and wonderful natural colours. The butterfly stands out against a superb blue sky. I also like composition and POV. Well done!

Very nice shot Peter. Very strong details in remarkable focus. Great soft colours for an overcast shot. Well framed and just the right POV. A great shot! TFS Trevor

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