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Lasiommata maera

Lasiommata maera
Photo Information
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: 2007-07-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Satyrinae - Worldwide - 2 -, Haraprasan's Favs, European Butterflies 10 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-23 9:08
Viewed: 6469
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The species shown is a male of
- Lasiommata maera (Linnaeus, 1758)
- Nymphalidae, Satyrinae,
- tribe: Elymniini
- subtribe: Lethina

Common names:
English: Large Wall Brown
German: Braunauge

Species information
Although L. maera can largely resemble species of the genus Erebia by the upperside wing markings, it is not closely related to the genus Erebia. Based on morphological but also molecular data, the genus Lasiommata finds its position within the tribe Elymniini (Miller, 1968)

L. maera is widely distributed in Europe, in middle Asia and also found in North Africa.
It prefers dry open habitats with grass and rocks.
In the Alps, it can be found from the lower regions up to 2000m. The higher altitude forms lack the bright orange-brown markings of the wing upperside and look more like an Erebia (I will show a picture later). This form is also called f. monotonia,

Forewing length: about 22 - 28 mm.

Close relatives of L. maera are:
L. petropolitana, L. meadewaldoi, L. adrastoides and L. maerula.

The picture was taken at the slopes of the 'Großer Laugen' (close to the Gampen-Pass. Altitude: about 1500 m.

- natural light
- ISO 200
- handheld

* Miller L.D. (1968) The higher classification, phylogeny and zoogeography of the Satyridae (Lepidoptera). Memories of the American Entomological Society 24, 1 - 174.
* Bozano GC (1999) Guide to the Butterflies of the Palaearctic Region. Satyridae part I. - 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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Hello Peter,
I do like the image especially in terms of content.
I mean this is a beautiful butterfly and the flower
is quite special.

Ciao Peter,
in queste settimane non riesco a frequentare molto TN.
Volevo però farti i miei complimenti per questa bella immagine di L. maera.
Il contrasto fra i colori della farfalla e quelli del cardo è veramente piacevole.
Un saluto,

Bonsoir Peter
Je te remercie pour cette magnifique prise de vue, de ce papillon, que je n'ai jamais rencontré.
Les détails sont parfaits, les couleurs aussi.
a bientôt

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-04-23 12:02]

Hello Peter !
Excellent shot of this beautiful butterfly, I love all these eyeson his wings, they look great. Excellent details, nice natural colors, beautiful composition and POV, great pose of the butterfly, with the head down, and the flower he is siting on is beautiful too. Very well done !

Hi Peter,

Love the insect, flower, over & above the BG.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-24 4:14]

Hello Peter, Lovely position. Great clarity superb angle. The composition is perfect and also the lighting. Ganesh

Woow, what a fine specimen on a thistle flower, both in fine focus and high detail Peter, pattern and colouration details of the underwings are clearly depicted against a pleasantly blurry greenish BG. Thanks for sharing this fine scene my friend.

Hi Peter,
WOW! what a lovely butterfly. It is going to my favs. Very well composed image with a very good POV and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing this.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-04-24 12:18]

Hello Peter,

Sorry no time. Only marking.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-04-24 22:22]

Hello, Peter.
Absolutely gorgeous markings on the wings of this butterfly.
Patterns are so complex and the colors so subtle.
You captured them in excellent details and light.
A rather unusual pose... makes the shot all the more interesting.
TFS. : )

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-25 2:09]

Hi Peter,it's beautifull as your style,very excellent sharpenss and note very interestinf,my best compliments and thanks for share your preciuos work,Luciano

Hi Peter, beutiful butterfly on a lovely flower with wonderful details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter !
Excellent shot of this beautiful butterfly.

Beautiful details of the wings of this butterfly and combination with a beautiful flower.

Ciao Francesco

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