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Erebia gorge triopes.

Erebia gorge triopes.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies of Switzerland , Schmetterlinge CH 2, High Altitude [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-15 3:08
Viewed: 6763
Points: 56
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Erebia gorge f. triopes (Speyer, 1865)

local race of the Silky Ringlet, Seidenglanz-Mohrenfalter, Moiré chamoisé, ...

Family; Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Satyrinae

Wingspan: 34 – 38 mm.

Erebia gorge, the “Silky Ringlet”, occurs in a variety of different patterns in the high regions of the Alpine chain, Gran Sasso, the Velebit, Carpatians, Tatra. The species includes a local race that shows a remarkable row of three eyespots on each forewing: f. triopes.

Triopes was first described from Bernina at the Swiss-Italian border. Also reported from Monte Baldo, Adamello, Ortler, Passo di Stelvio area – where we are here, right now, on Piz Cotschen (3026m).

Piz Cotschen, easily reached from Passo di Stelvio, offers a marvellous panoramic view to

the peaks and glaciers of Ortler

in Southern Tyrol/Alto Adige, Italy, and into Val Müstair, a mysteriously remote and lonesome part of Switzerland. In that region, with neighbouring peaks reaching up several hundreds of meters higher than that, a peak of 3026m is nothing outstanding, and so there is no such thing like the usual “Gipfelkreuz” (crucifix) on top, but just one of those probably ancient heaps of stones on a natural platform of rocks.

One particularly nice thing for us up there was the fact that the final path on the crest at 3000m above sea level was leading right along the Italian-Swiss border.

Another nice thing: To my surprise we could still see a few butterflies up there, one of them resting on a rock right here close to the peak at approx. 3000 meters, allowing me a close approach to notice its three eyespots in a row.

Another one of the same kind on the way back downwards was briefly visiting a lonesome mountain oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum sp.), giving me the chance to capture it from 2 meters distance at an elevation of approx. 2900 meters. That second observation was on the Italian side of Piz Cotschen.

The first one higher up was resting on Swiss territory.

So I am happy to dedicate this posting to our dear TN-friends from Switzerland: Anne Gattlen, Dietrich Meyer, Markus Peissard - Grüezi mitanand!

Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998.
C. Jonko: European Butterflies and Moths.

Top:SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 5mm wideangle (= 30mm at 35mm SLR), F/8, 1/320sec., ISO-100; handheld, no flash; 25.08.2008, 12:53
To the left:SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 18mm tele macro (= 110mm at 35mm SLR), F/8, 1/400sec.,bias -0.3, ISO-125; handheld, no flash; 25.08.2008, 12:35.
To the right: SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 72mm tele macro (= 456mm at 35mm SLR), F/5.6, 1/1250sec.,bias -0.3, ISO-125; handheld, no flash; 25.08.2008, 13:35.

Photoshop Elements, cropped, downsized to web presentation, selectively resharpened, brightness, contrast and saturation adjusted, composed into one frame.

Hope you enjoy the view.
Have a very nice day.


P.S.: Pictures containing human beings are not very much appreciated on TN. In spite of knowing that, I decided to include one here - for three reasons:
1) A human figure may be one of the best scales in regions with nothing around but rocks.
2) The figure ascending the peak in the distance is Susanne, my dear wife. I would never even think of cloning her out.
3) We both deeply felt being part of nature up there.

Something else has been documented here: While my wife always proceeds walking her way steadily as a good mountaineer, I would stop every few minutes prostrating myself flat down on the ground in order to take pictures of some dusty flowers or wary butterflies - always staying behind. Not always funny for Susanne, my generous, brave and patient companion in life. :)

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Ingrid1: ... the layout.peter_stoeckl 2 07-13 11:44
To TheMystic: ... quite a climbpeter_stoeckl 1 08-01 10:37
To matatur: ...rough terrainpeter_stoeckl 1 03-27 12:48
To angybone: ... love to climbpeter_stoeckl 1 03-21 04:40
To sranjan: ... Hats off to Susanne :)peter_stoeckl 1 03-21 04:28
To meyerd: Grenzgängerpeter_stoeckl 1 03-21 03:55
To Heaven: ... Trilogiepeter_stoeckl 1 03-21 03:38
To Miss_Piggy: ... successfully photographing butterfliespeter_stoeckl 1 03-21 03:22
To Miss_Piggy: ...three reasonspeter_stoeckl 1 03-21 03:14
To goutham_ramesh: ...90% of battle wonpeter_stoeckl 1 03-21 02:20
To red45: ... TN's spirit!peter_stoeckl 1 03-15 12:37
To eqshannon: the Jungian Collective Conscious ...peter_stoeckl 2 03-15 12:32
To anel: ... dem Himmel nahe!peter_stoeckl 1 03-15 05:05
To Alex99: bucket full of water :)))peter_stoeckl 1 03-15 05:01
To flashpoint: butterflies or chamois?peter_stoeckl 1 03-15 04:48
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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-15 3:25]
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Lieber Peter,
Was für ein reichhaltiges Posting, das ich beim Reinkommen gerade gepflückt habe. Zuerst herzlichen Dank für Deine Widmung, rührt mich sehr und wird auch Dieter und Markus freuen. Musste auch feststellen, dass Du 2008 im schönen Val Mustair warst!
Zu Deinem Kleblatt-Bild. Bin ganz überrascht über die Existenz dieser dreiäugigen Erebias zu lesen, hatte noch nie etwas von diesen speziellen Kreaturen gehört. Und auf welche Höhen, die sich wagen! Interessant auch, sie über die Grenzen zu treffen.
Und schön auch die Gegend zu zeigen und deine Frau aus dem Bilde zu zaubern, das wäre nicht gerade elegant gewesen...
Da ward Ihr wohl dem Himmel nahe!
Man könnte noch viel über diese Assemblage schreiben, dies lasse ich den andren Kommentatoren
Einen schönen Sonntag und nochmals merci viel-vielmal

Hi, dear Peter.
What a nice and funny a bit story you have told and illustrated with wonderful shots. I have seen many your amazing butterfly pictures but now I am absolutely impressed with your landscape picture. First it reflects an amazing piece of Nature from superb POV. I have never visited mountains and only seen them from far distance. However, I like them so much. And your picture is brilliant in any photo art respect. As usual butterfly shot from nice collage are taken with excellent details and exposure (especially shot with beautiful flower). Many thanks for the post and my warm and best wishes and to you and your wife.
P.S. You also made me laugh. Your logic is blameless. The bucket was full of water. The fact is truth there are usually 3-4 buckets there. Fortunately, there was only one in the frame.

spectacular images in an important documentation in this collage, Peter
the dedication will certainly appreciated by our friends in Switzerland.......
but,..you go in search of butterflies or chamois?
compliments sERGIO

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-03-15 4:22]

Splendid Peter!
An interesting photo. Good surprise.
Have a nice day.

Hi Peter,
Deine Collage ist wundervoll, die Schmetterlinge sind bezaubernd - und dieses Panorama - wow, einmalig schön! Du hattest eine beeindruckende Wolkenstimmung - und dieser Gipfel ist eindrucksvoll.
Herzlichen Dank, gefällt mir sehr gut.
Liebe Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Peter,
what a wonderful collage showing very well the not easy habitat of this lovely butterfly living at high altitude; three fantastic picture taken with superb sharpness and vivid colours, very well done
Best regards

Hi Peter,
What a great collage showing these beautiful Ringlets and their natural habitat in the Alps.
The view is truly stunning,& not unlike some scenery not to far from here.
I think it is quite ok to have your wife in a shot such as this.
As you say,it does show the scale,and it wouldn't feel right to clone her out.
A lovely set of images.
Thanks for sharing them.

How very unusual that you and I use the same and also unusual technique today. I do not believe in coincidence and since ours were so close in compositional style...it must be of the Jungian Collective Conscious!

A superb trio in collage Peter, which shows the nice butterfly in great detail in both under- and above-wing details, together with the rough terrain of their habitat, all finely exposed and in perfect focus. TFS these fine images my friend.

Ciao Peter, beutiful collage with splendid butterflies and wonderful mountain landscape, fantastic colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-03-15 9:57]
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Hi Peter!

Great post with real TN's spirit! Excellent note and very interesting subjects, even human :-) Landscape shot look gorgeus with distant panorama of peaks. I wish I were there... Both ringlets are also very well taken, deatiled and in interesting places with good composition. Superb post.

nice presentation, TFS Ori

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-15 10:58]

Hi Peter,
Beautiful captures and collage.Each frame is well caught and composed.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

Hallo Peter
Drei schöne Bilder auf einmal !
Das photo oben mit den Bergen ist sehr beeindrucksvoll mit einer wunderbaren Sicht
die zwei schmetterlinge gefällen mir auch sehr gut
alle drei Bilder sind sehr scharf mit feine details
Grüsse, Jacqueline

Susanne must be proud of your pics and mind it, it always helps to have a supporting wife who shares your passion and that will be 90% of battle won :-)
From the thumbnail i thought this was one of your signature shots with butterflies and mountains but was surprised to see a collage! An excellent presentation and notes too.

Hallo Peter
This is a very special image to me. For three reasons.
1. It is a beautiful 3 pictured collage, each frame a masterwork on its own. I have lots of respect for people who successfully photograph butterflies. Last week Friday our garden was filled with butterflies, and Loot told me it was the beginning of the new cycle for the butterflies after we’ve seen the beetles eating our plants, and I am sure laying eggs as well. Anyway what I actually wanted to say, after a long struggle I managed to capture 3 different species, whereas people like you make it seem so easily.
2. It is a lovely dedication to Anne, Dietrich and Markus, all members whom I learn to love and respect in the time I have been a part of Trek Nature.
3. This is the one that is the most important for me to say to you. Thank you for loving your wife so much. Your love and adoration for her comes across so strong in your notes, and I appreciate you for giving us a little background about Susanne. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

Wonderful Montage. Great colors and wonderful view. I would love to climb with you and your wife. She sounds like an amazing woman!

Lieber Peter,

vor einer Woche stark an Dich gedacht---und schon wartest Du mit der originellen Bildkomposition auf! Den Falter habe ich noch nie gesehen, danke also für die ausführliche Beschreibung. Dass Du als Grenzgänger uns drei Grenzgängern das Bild widmest, finde ich köstlich, danke auch dafür. Ich habe im vorigen Jahr an der Hauptstrasse in Le Châtelard VS einen Grenzstein (Frankreich- Schweiz) von 1738 photographiert. Hält doch!

Dein Text ist erfreulich persönlich. Die Einsicht, dass Du Deiner Frau beim Wandern nicht förderlich bist, kann ich verstehen, es geht mir auch so. Deshalb ziehen gelegentlich Anne, Markus und ich gemeinsam los.

Die Gedanken an Dich haben mit meiner neuen Cybershot DSC-H10 samt Vorsatzlinse zu tun. Ich wurde zum Kauf durch Deine TN-Bilder inspiriert.

Mit herzlichen Grüssen

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-03-16 14:17]

Hello Peter !
What a nice presentation of this beautiful species, I love the line of black "eyes" on the wings. Nice to see the butterfly from two different POVs, and the landscape picture at the top is just breathtaking ! Very majestic mountains, huge sky, must have been such a great moment for you to stand there ! Thanks you for sharing this with us !

Lieber Peter!

Herzlichen Dank für die angenehme Überraschung. Es freut mich, dass Du diese schönen Eindrücke aus unserer herrlichen Bergwelt mit Anne, Dieter und mit mir verknüpfst. Ich bin auch überzeugt, dass Du richtig gehandelt hast, indem Du Deine liebe Gemahlin nicht einfach aus dem Bild hast verschwinden lassen. Überlassen wir solches doch Puristen. Viel mehr zählt der Gesamteindruck Deiner Trilogie, die sehr schön ist und eine Vielfalt von Eindrücken vermittelt, die tief ins Herz gehen.

Hab vielen Dank dafür, lieber Peter!

As Grüessli


Dear Peter,
Very unique landscape, POV & composition with beautiful collase at the bottom. I like the horizon which is very much similar to the Great Himalayas we see here. TFS
PS: Hats off to Susanne :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-21 12:50]

Hello Peter,
A wonderful collage both of the E. gorge and their habitat, a great combination of panorama and macro. Technically superb images wll put together.
Nice to view and thanks for sharing,
havre a good weekend,
Best wishes,

Hi Peter,

Thanks for reminding me about my 200th post and excellent workshop.

This is a well made collage of the insects and the landscape with beautiful sky. Well lit and very impressive colors and perspective. TFS and best regards,


Hi Peter, an excellent collage on Erebia. Each shot was significantly taken and presented.
TFS and have anice WE!

Hello again Peter!
This is another great Lepidoptera presentation! I like the way you presented this species - with picture of habitat :)
A taxon is really interesting, especially that it is endemic and rarely observed.
Thank you for another entomological lesson!
All the best,

Hi Peter
Very ineresting photo and good, detail and informative note. Nice dedication too. Interstig collage with butttefly and its habitat. Despite some little sharpness problems a perfect presentation

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-05-16 8:02]

Hello Peter,
Many thanks for dropping in on my last posting!! I expect and hope you've gathered some new lovely butterfly captures recently while out in the wild. Hopefully you'll soon have more time for TN again.
This is a remarkable capture from last summer.
I'd never expect that you could find butterflies at that height! Excellent presentation and a beautiful view of the mountains and the butterflies.
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

Hello Peter!
Wow - three super shots in one!
As for prostrating: I probably would just to catch my breath: this looks like quite a climb!

Dear Peter, am I correct in remembering, that some yours ago, you were also involved in marketing? .!? Or do I have my knickers in a knot? :-)

The reason for asking you is the layout of your photo. I have two Swiss posters on the walls in my room about Zermatt and the Gornergrat, and both have the same feeling as your work. ( BTW The stroke affected my body but not my brain :-)) and I seem to remember that previously you taught also Marketing...

Be that as it may, the three layers. Foreground, the middle and the background are very different and at the same time complementing each other. The European alps are so different from any other part of the world. Specifically Africa, and this drew us every year to Switzerland for a month...

You have been able to combine all this into your image, and together with the extensive notes it is an absolute pleasure to view your work

I add your photo to my theme "High Altitude" thank you for sharing.

Warm Greetings from South Africa

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