Searching the sun
this is clearly the shy HIPPARCHIA FATUA which rests nearly invisible on tree trunks or on the ground and quickly flies off when disturbed. Pictures of live specimens of fatua are rare. Thank you for posting.
- red45 (31094)
- [2006-06-15 6:02]
I like brown mood of this picture. Dry soil, dry leaves, butterfly also looks like dried. Great details, POV and desert atmosphere.
- thistle (9282)
- [2006-06-15 17:00]
Nice shot! I know from cirtiques of others that it's a rare shot, so congrats for catching it. The POV and framing are nice. I just think you missed focus a bit. There's a lack of sharpness.
WELL DONE on this one!
- Harm-digitaal (7604)
- [2006-06-15 18:26]
Yes! This is for sure Hipparchia fatua or Freyer's Grayling.
Dutch name is donkere heivlinder.
This species lives only in Greece and Turkey and in the south of Bulgaria , BosniŽ`Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania. Not on Korfu or Krete! Also outside of Europe in Transkaukasia , Israel, Jordania, Libanon and Syria!
The quality of the picture could be better; Sharpness is not optimal! But anyway a rare species we don't see very often on Treknature. Bravo!
It's a Satyridae.
The specie could be a Hipparchia fatua (Freyer, 1844), from the Satyridae Satyrinae family, nown as "Freyer's grayling" in english. Or could be Hipparchia statilinus (Hufnagel, 1766), known as "Tree grayling" in english. But the side POV do not show well the underside wings to get right ID.
- OzBY (1355)
- [2006-07-21 10:25]
Great picture of this butterfly.
Great color and BG
- Christopher_PL (2685)
- [2006-08-05 15:34]
Yes, it's Hipparchia fatua - very rare butterfly. You're really lucky man that you can make the pictures like that ;-D