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Alpine Heath

Alpine Heath
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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 10 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-22 9:24
Viewed: 3208
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The species shown on the picture can locally occur in high numbers on alpine meadows and makes up the most abundant butterfly species at these places, such as here in the upper Martell-Valley or even more impressive in the nearby Peder-Valley.

The species is
- Coenonympha gardetta (=Coenonympha satyrion)
- family: Nymphalidae
- tribe: Satyrini
- subtribe: Coenonymphina

English: Alpine Heath
German: Alpen-Heufalter

Information on the subtribe
Species of the subtribe Coenonymphina occur in palaearctic Eurasia and in North America (2 Coenonympha). The subtribe includes 3 genera only:
> Coenonympha: 31 species
> Sinonympha: 1 species
> Triphysa: 2 species

Information on the species
Coenonympha gardetta occurs exclusively in the European Alps and a small disjunct area in the French Massif Centrale. It is found on flower-rich alpine slopes in altitudes above 2000 m. Visiting the right place at the right time, you can observe huge numbers of specimens.

Similar species in Europe:
- Coenonympha arcania
- Coenonympha darwiniana

Wing span: about 27 mm.

Location: North Italian Alps, Val Martello, on the way to Eissee-Spitze.
Alpine meadow at about 2600m

- natural light
- ISO 400
- handheld

* Bozano G.C. (2002) Guide to the Butterflies of the Palaearctic Region, Satyrinae part III. - Omnes Artes, Milano.
* Huemer P. (2004) Die Tagfalter Südtirols. - Folio Verlag, Wien - Bozen.
* Tolman T. & Lewington R. (1998) Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. - Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart.
* Higgins LG & Hargreaves (1983) The Butterflies of Britain and Europe. Collins, London.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-22 10:45]
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Hi Peter

Another very beautiful post from you showing us this gorgeous Alpine Heath from an excellent side POV.
Thanks to that, and to the great sharpness of all the details plus the nice magnification, we are able to carefully examine the lovely pattern on its wings. I especially like the circles and the lines right at the tip of its wings :)
A very well taken shot, with good exposure balance and wonderful, well saturated natural colors.

Bravo and TFS

PS: if you are interested in joining us on our TN meeting this year, please feel free to share your opinion on when and where we should meet on the designated forum thread :)

Hi Peter,
A nice capture of this beautiful Alpine Heath butterfly. Sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-22 11:39]

Hello Peter,
Another superb capture of yours from an alpine meadow! This is such a gorgeous butterfly and I love this macro that shows the wing markings very clearly in natural colours. A very nice background too.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Peter,
An expertly captured macro of this beautiful heath which i saw firstly. Great POV, DOF, details and notes.
TFS this beauty and its fine image.


Ciao Peter, fantastic butterfly, I never see before, thanks, fine details and excellent sharpness, wonderful light and colors, very well done, bravo, ciao Silvio

Oooohhh, der ist ja allerliebst.
Hi Peter, da ist Dir eine Schönheit vor die Linse geflattert, einmalig!
Den würde ich gerne mal sehen - muß wohl das Martelltal einplanen - es wäre schön wenn man mehr Zeit hätte ...
Viele Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Peter,
Amazinf capture with very fine details. Great focus on the beautiful butterfly and nice composition.
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-22 14:03]

Hello Peter,
What a perfect sharp details in this photo! Every little detail is so clear. Beautiful colours and an excellent POV, composition and OOF BG.

ciao Peter!
una specie di Coenonympha alpina con una livrea decisamente elegante ,
la foto e' perfetta per definizione e dettagli
grazie per questa interessante cattura

ciao sERGIO

Un ejemplar que no conocia y puedo admirar gracias a esta macro notable con una informacio como debieran llevar las fotos de naturaleza para no ser simples tomas del album familiar

Hi Peter,
Outstanding color, DOF, and details Peter, well composed and a good POV.
I like the velvety smooth BG, and rock substrate here.
Everything works :)
Very well done,

I know different kinds of coenonypha species but this one is tne firts. Sharpness and background is very beautiful. A lovle species.

hello peter,
anothe gem from you, this speices looks very beautiful, i liked the tight composition, the details are good, pleasing natural colour tones,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-01-23 11:33]

Hallo Peter,

Deine Juli- Exkursion in die Alpen trägt reiche und seltene Früchte. Ich habe noch nie einen Alpen-Heufalter gesehen. Und Du hast ihn im Bild wundervoll in Szene gesetzt mit dem Quartz und dem Hintergrund. Du arbeitest perfekt mit Naturlicht. Bei mir wäre mit f/1/80 alles verwackelt.

Herzlich grüsst

Hi Peter,

This is such a fine framing of this beautiful butterfly. You must be pretty close to the subject with this excellent optics. I like the details with fine markings on the wings. The compound eye really pops here and the shallow depth makes the background silenced.

TFS and have a great weekend.


p/s: Thanks for helping me out with the ID

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-24 13:47]

Hello Peter,
what a lovely shot, the details of the wings are just amazing, lovely colours, nice pov, well composed shot,well done,
Best regards Siggi
*Danke für die Hilfe bei Einordnung der Motte*

Hi Peter

I looked into your gallery and I found this picture, that I admire a lot. Very sharp and clear. I like the butterfly against uniform grey background.
I like also that the pattern of the wings is so visible.

Thanks for sharing

Hello Peter
Thank you for this ' Satyrion" , that I never saw.
Like all those of this kind: Coenonympha, they are really remarkable

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