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Chazara briseis

Chazara briseis
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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: 2007-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, ZUIKO DIGITAL 40-150mm 1:3.5-4.5
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 7, Satyrinae - Worldwide - 2 - [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-16 8:47
Viewed: 4340
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
With this picture,
I would like to start a series on SATYRINAE
predominantly from the North Italian Alps taken in 2007.

This first one is simply structured but it was very diffcult to achieve.

The species shown is a female of
- Chazara briseis
- Nymphalidae, Satyrinae,
- tribe: Satyrini
Common names:
English: Hermit
German: Berghexe
French: L'Hermit

The species is found very localized. In the narrow habitats, however, often numerous specimens can be observed. The species is very shy and it is nearly impossible to come very close to them. After several unsuccessful trials with my macro-lens which I usually use, I tried my 40-150mm lens in combination with an extension tube. This worked better but was nevertheless difficult because the butterflies were always very busy resting on the flowers a few seconds only:
This is the result of my efforts.

There are two species of the genus Chazara in Europe, Chazara briseis and Ch. prieuri. The former shown on the picture prefers warm ('hot'), sun-exposed and dry places and likes stony slopes with 'short' vegetation and rocky out-crops. On the latter it can be found collecting sun energy exposing its wings in the most suitable angle to the sun. Although widely distributed in middle and southern Europe, it is found very locally only. Towards its northern distribution limits populations are restricted in space and are often vulnerable or threatened due to potential anthropogenic disturbance of their 'small' habitats.

The picture was taken in Val Venosta (Vinschgau) in the vicinity of Tarces (Tartsch). Here you can find a population of C. briseis which is restricted to a small exposed hill. Besides collecting sun-energy, nectar sucking appears also important for this female C. briseis also called hermit.

- bright sunlight
- ISO 200
- handheld
- in addition to the lens a Olympus Digital Extension Tube EX-25 was used.

* 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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Hi peter,
Unusual POV and composition, nice colors and sharpness.

Hallo Peter,
exklusive Spezies, gratuliere! Der schräge Blickwinkel verzerrt zwar die Konturen der Flügel, macht das Foto aber noch lebendiger. Durch die hohe Tiefenschärfe sind auch alle Details der Berghexe in Schräglage noch präzise wiedergegeben. Auch die von oben ins Bild nickende Flockenblumenblüte trägt zur schwungvollen Komposition bei.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-16 9:16]
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hallo Peter,
Von den Farben her so ein subtiles Bild. Es würde einem Maler sehr gefallen. Schöner Blickwinkel auf Schmetterling und Flockenblume. Lieber Peter, könntest Du eventuell auch die deutschen Namen jeweils nennen? Ich wäre Dir sehr dankbar dafür.
Liebe Grüsse

Hello Peter,

Superb composition. Excellent sharpness and great colours! The background suits very well the butterfly and the flower.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-16 9:43]

Hello Peter,
Very interesting and beautiful species in a lovely composition. I like the gentle pastel colours and the butterfly is sharply in focus showing sharp details. The Knapweed flower enhances this lovely capture too.
Many thanks and have a nice weekend, Ulla

Hello Peter
Very intersting spieces to shoot,
Perfect details,lighting and composition,
Superb shot,Welldone.


Ciao Peter,
complimenti innanzitutto per l'ottima foto di questa specie.
So quanto è difficile fotografarla e come difficilmente si lascia avvicinare.
Nelle prossime settimane inserirò alcune foto fatte in Sicilia a questa specie, così potremo confrontarle con le popolazioni dell'Italia settentrionale!
Grazie per le tue belle foto,

Hi Peter, superb butterfly, excellent sharpness, good details and wonderful colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter,
heute zeigst Du mir einen, mir komplett fremden Schmetterling. Ich hab' ihn bislang weder gesehen noch diesen netten Namen gehört.
Wunderbares Licht und erstklassige Schärfe, das macht mich alles neugierig diesen Kerl auch einmal live zu sehen - nächstes Jahr?!?
Viele Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Peter
the Trentino Alto Adige is an inexhaustible source of butterflies
this is really attractive

best regards sERGIO

hello peter,
lovely capture, the colours are natural, focus is spot on, well composed shot, good details captured, precise dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Peter,
Well, I can see the very excellent focusing and details in your shot. You've captured this busy friend very nicely. :-)
Also, very nice composition and natural colours here.
Well presented and TFS,
I wonder the next shot of the series (sub)family Satyrinae. :-)
Best wishes, Kevin
Have a good weekend!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-17 3:24]

Stunning details! You are so much better at butterfly captures than I am!
I love the crispness of the image and the realistic composition
P.S. Thanks for your kid words on "A Royal Luncheon"

Hi Peter,
A beautiful capture of this hermit butterfly. I don't know why it is named so. But looks beautiful and you have captured it with excellent POV and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-17 5:18]

un altro bellissimo capolavoro,mi sa che l'anno prossimo faro' un giro in Trentino..eheheh..ciao buon week end,Luciano

Hola Peter, quiero agradecer tus comentarios
y decirte que me alegra que personas como tú
se fijen en mi trabajo. Eso da ánimos y más
si las críticas, positivas o negativas, son sinceras.
En tu toma también se aprecian colores de
gran naturalidad. Bonito el color de la
Charaza en contraste con la flor.
Te deseo un buen fin de semana.

Un cordial saludo: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

Hi Peter,
Wishing you all the best for your new series on Satyrinae. Your first posting is very nice and representative of the family(subfamily). Congratulations.
Looking forward to seeing many more beautiful butterflies in this series.
- Nirmal

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