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Chazara briseis - The Male

Chazara briseis - The Male
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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, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 7, Satyrinae - Worldwide - 2 - [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-25 5:15
Viewed: 5180
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Series: Satyrinae of the North Italian Alps
Picture: no. 6

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

I showed a female of Ch. briseis as # no.1 of this series. I partially repeat the text here:
Ch. briseis 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.

Chazara brisies prefers warm ('hot'), sun-exposed and dry places and likes stony slopes with low 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.

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

Pictures in the SATYRINAE series (species, remark, TRIBE - Subtribe)
# 01 Chazara briseis, female ......... SATYRINI - Satyrina
# 02 Melanargia galathea, couple ... SATYRINI - Melanargiina
# 03 Erebia pronoe, male .............. SATYRINI - Erebiina
# 04 Erebia euryale ssp. adyte ...... SATYRINI - Erebiina
# 05 Coenonympha gardetta ......... SATYRINI - Coenonymphina
# 06 Chazara briseis, male ............ SATYRINI - Satyrina

* 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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Very sharp and clear image of this exotic species of butterflies, Peter.
Thanks for sharing and regards.

nice sharp, clear and well framed shot

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-25 8:04]

Hello Peter,
What a lovely composition with this beautiful butterfly in focus showing great details and beautiful colours. You're wise to have kept some of your lovely butterflies to show us now, I don't have many left!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Ciao Peter,
complimenti per la tua galleria di Satyrinae, che arricchisci ogni giorno con nuove specie e immagini, sempre splendide.
Qui in Sicilia ho fotografato varie volte la Chazara briseis, che nella nostra isola presenta una colorazione di fondo diversa da quella delle popolazioni alpine, meno grigia e più fulva.
Qualche giorno inserirò la foto di uno di questi esemplari siciliani.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-25 9:14]

Hola Perter.- Muy hermoso es esta Macro. La Mariposa de bellos colores posada sobre una lucida flor. Muy buen trabajo.
Saludos Luis52.

Hi Peter,
Another great addition to your series of Satyrinae. TFS.
- Nirmal

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-25 11:16]

i like the pastel's colours in this wonderful portrait,a very good work,bye,Luciano

PRECIOSA ! Buena semana Peter.

hello peter,
another jewel to you great collection, the image is very crisp, excellent dof, lovely colours, nice lightitng, the flower looks as if its glowing, good details of the wing patterns, pleasing composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Peter,
A beautiful capture of this satyr. A very nice composition with very good details and a equally goo POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Peter, great composition with splendid butterfly and beautiful flower, great colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
Splendid shot! Magnificent composition!
Wonderful butterfly with magnicifent colors and details!.
Excellent POV and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing this marvel!
José Roberto

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-27 1:31]

How fantastic and beautiful this capture, Peter!!
The details are so clean and perfect in both the butterfly and the lovely centaurea! I love the white in the heart of the flower and the marvellous colors and pattern of the Hermit.
Magnificent job!
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
My best regards

PT :)

bonjour peter
un BG bien flou qui met agreablement le papillon en valeur,belles couleurs,la netteté est bonne,comme le POV.

Hola Peter,
Preciosa toma de esta bella mariposa, excelente nitidez y detalles que aporta la imagen, bonita luz y color, saludos
José Ramón

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-27 6:38]

hallo Peter,
War ziemlich beschäftigt, möchte aber noch dieses feine Bild kommentieren. Sehr schöne seitliche Ansicht und wieder die so subtilen Farben, die mein Auge erfreuen. Hab herzlichen Dank

Curiosa mariposa que has captado con muy buena nitidez.
Excelentes detalles y contrastes.
Saludos, JL.

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2007-11-27 9:00]

Das ist ja wieder einmal eine sehr, sehr gute Aufnahme und danke auch für die Infos dazu.
LG Rose

Hello Peter,
Beautiful SATYRINAE. A nice series to follow. Sharp and crisp clear image. POV and composition are great. Very well done and tfs.

Hallo Peter,
Lichteinfall, Detailschärfe, Komposition - in diesem Falterportrait der seltenen Berghexe auf einer ebenso gut wiedergegebener Flockenblumenblüte stimmt alles. Sehr schöner Beitrag.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

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