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Erebia neoridas - ssp. sibyllina -

Erebia neoridas - ssp. sibyllina -
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Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 11 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-02-05 5:04
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Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Nymphalidae

Genus: Erebia

Species: Autumn Ringlet

The Autumn Ringlet (Erebia neoridas) is a member of the Satyridae subfamily of Nymphalidae.It is a high mountain butterfly found in the Pyrenees , Alps and in Italy.

Erebia is a Holarctic genus of brush-footed butterflies, family Nymphalidae. Most of the about 90–100 species (see also below) are dark brown or black in color, with reddish brown to orange or more rarely yellowish wing blotches or bands. These usually bear black spots within, which sometimes have white center spots. This genus has found it easy to adapt to arid and especially cold conditions. Most of its members are associated with high-altitude lands, forest clearings or high latitude and tundra. Erebia species are frequent in the Alps, Rocky Mountains, subarctic and even arctic regions, and the cooler parts of Central Asia. In fact, the North American term for these butterflies is "alpines". Eurasian species are collectively known as "ringlets" or "arguses". However, none of these terms is used exclusively for this genus. The genus Erebia was erected by Johan Wilhelm Dalman in 1816. As type species, the Arran Brown—described as Papilio ligea by Linnaeus in 1758—was chosen. This is a very complex genus with over 1300 taxa, but a massive proportion of these are junior synonyms. Some of the available names are listed by Vladimir Lukhtanov. A fully comprehensive taxonomic checklist (i.e., without discussing synonymy and relationships) was published in 2008.Only three years after the genus' inception, the known species were reviewed by Jacob Hübner. He established no less than five new genera for a fraction of what would eventually be named as "species" of Erebia. But things hardly improved as more and more of the diversity of these butterflies came to note. In Europe, a large number of Erebia taxa was described from the Alps. In the 19th and early 20th century the Alps were a popular destination for butterfly collectors and specimens of Alpine butterflies were very profitable for dealers. The dealers, mostly German, not only sold specimens, but were entomologists, entomological book dealers, entomological authors and publishers. Examples are Fritz Rühl, Alexander Heyne, Otto Staudinger, Andreas and Otto Bang-Haas and, in Paris, Achille and Émile Deyrolle. This, together with the then-popular, even obsessive study of variation by entomologists—examples are James William Tutt, George Wheeler, Felix Bryk and Brisbane Charles Somerville Warren—led to very many names being applied to what may be or much more likely may not be biological species or subspecies. A further problem is the use of the term "variety". Authors of that time used this for an individual variant, a group of individuals morphologically but not otherwise related, seasonal forms, temperature-related forms, or geographic races; it was later usually taken to mean the last subspecies though this is often suspected to have been premature. Eventually, it became common to arrange supposed species and subspecies to "species groups" (not superspecies, but an informal phenetic arrangement) as pioneered by B.C.S. Warren, and attempt to resolve their true nature by and by. As molecular phylogenetic studies add to the available data, it is becoming clear that most "varieties" that have at least been commonly considered subspecies in the latter 20th century are indeed lineages distinct enough to warrant some formal degree of recognition. Another result of recent research is confirmation of the theory that this genus contains many glacial relict taxa, e.g., in the "brassy ringlet" group (E. tyndarus and similar species). The number of currently recognized Erebia species is given variously around 90-100, as developments happen so fast that it is hard for authors to remain up to date regarding the newest changes.

Lunghezza ala anteriore: 19 -22 mm
Distribuzione in Italia: Alpi e Appennino centro-settentrionale.
Habitat: frequenta i prati e le pendici del piano basale e montano, da 600 sino a circa 1900 metri s.l.m.
Generazioni annuali: una sola, con sfarfallamento agosto.
Piante nutrici: poa annua - Digitaria sanguinalis - Festuca sp.

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Ciao Roberto,
splendida macro dai dettagli straordinari, belli e luminosi i colori, una piacevole composizione
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

Hi Roberto,
another beautiful butterfly. Amazing colours. Great sharpness.
Have a nice Sunday,

This is a beautiful species with rich colours.
Excellent detail and good light, nice setting and composition.
regards yiannis

Ciao Roberto, fantastica macro dell'erebia di casa nostra, splendida luce, magnifica nitidezza, ottimi dettagli e bei colori naturali, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-02-05 6:35]

Ciao Roby!
Bellissima immagine; composizione accurata e grande sfondo.
Ottimi i dettagli della farfalle e splendidi colori.
Un saluto e un augurio di buona settimana.
Ciao! Vanda

another exquisite brown on brown display

Ciao Roberto
Great macro my Friend.Perfect composition, wonderful colors and details. Well done!
Thank You.
Have a nice Sunday!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-02-05 8:21]

Hello Roberto,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly with very impressive sharpness, colours and details on its wings. Fine pose captured with perfect POV, light and DOF. Very nicely composed.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Roberto.
Stupenda macro come al solito con dei colori stupendi,eccellente la nitidezza con particolari in evidenza,molto bene la composizione bravo.
Ti auguro un buon fine settimana ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Hello Roberto,
Wonderful image with great clarity and very nice colors.
It is a perfect photo taken from a good POV.
The details and colors of this lovely butterfly are great.
Thanks for sharing!

Interesting butterfly Roberto! Great photo too! Excellent composition, fantastic colours and impressive sharpness!

Hello Roberto,
Excellent macro with sharp and detailed features!! Superb POV with a stunninf DOF my friend. Beautiful colours and light balance.
Best regards,

hello Roberto
very nice picture with great details and beautiful colours
nice composition
thanks greeting lou

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-02-05 12:10]

Hi Roberto
Great macro with perfect sharpness and great colors, everything perfect except the bg, the whitish twigs are very disturbing and should or be cut away or eliminated by ps

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-02-05 12:25]

Hello Roberto,
Fantastic sharp detailed butterfly, as usual. Beautiful saturated colours and a very nice composition.

Ciao Roberto, Wow what a fabulous macro image yet again my good friend, superb composition, excellent sharpness with good clarity, impressive lighting control and what a splendid out of focus neutral background, impeccable quality here Robby Bravo! and very well done,
Best Regards,


Ciao Roberto,
Consueta maestria nel scegliere il POV perfetto e gran bel accostamento cromatico! Nitidezza elevatissima e bel sfondo.
Complimenti Roberto,

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-02-06 4:34]

Excelente Roberto. Una preciosa mariposa, muy bien presentada, natural y con una información muy buena. Enhorabuena.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-02-06 4:37]

Bonjour Roberto,
Comme j'aime beaucoup les papillons de la famille Erebia, je viens saluer cette sous-espèce sybillina que tu as captée avec beaucoup de netteté. Des espèces pas faciles à photographier.
Probablement intéressant pour GL Ferretti ;-)

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