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Searching the sun

Searching the sun
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Copyright: Theodoros Limitsios (limier) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 14 N: 235] (1055)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Zuiko 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-15 4:53
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this one in Almiri of Korinthos. It was a cloudy morning and the sun was hidden for long time. The butterflies were hiding in the forest waiting for the sun to appear.
When this happened some of the butterflies start flying all over the place and when the sun disappears they fell on the ground.
I shot this Satyridae some second before the sun appears and flew away.
Iím not sure for the ID but I feel lucky about this shot

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-06-15 5:15]
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Hallo Thodoris,
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.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-15 6:02]

Hi Thodoris!

I like brown mood of this picture. Dry soil, dry leaves, butterfly also looks like dried. Great details, POV and desert atmosphere.

Hello Theo,
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!

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!

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-06-16 3:51]
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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.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-07-21 10:25]

Hi Thodoris,
Great picture of this butterfly.
Great color and BG


Yes, it's Hipparchia fatua - very rare butterfly. You're really lucky man that you can make the pictures like that ;-D


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