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Erebia tyndarus

Erebia tyndarus
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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: 1989-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus OM2N, Olympus 50mm f/1.8-16, Kodachrome 25
Exposure: f/16
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 3, Satyrinae - Worldwide, Butterflies of Switzerland, Schmetterlinge Schweiz [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-21 5:30
Viewed: 5857
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another contribution from the pre-digital-era!
In the European Alps there are many different species of the genus Erebia, some species occuring up to an altitude of 3000 m (Erebia pluto). The species shown is Erebia tyndarus (swiss brassy ringlet), which belongs to a subgroup of Erebia, the Erebia tyndarus-group, which includes a number of similar species. Species which look very similar to tyndarus are E. cassioides and E. nivalis. Two further species occur in the Alps, E. calcaria (east) and E. ottomana (Lake Garda-region) which are more easily distinguished from tyndarus and, furthermore, do not overlap in distribution with tyndarus.
Erebia tyndarus inhabits a narrow stripe crossing the Alps in north-south direction. In either side of this areal, E. cassioides is found. It is found in altitudes of about 2000 m. Its wing span amounts to about 30 mm. Then freshly hatched wings appear green iridescent when the light comes in from a suitable angle.

- In addition to the lens a combination of two extension rings was used.
- Slide scanned with Reflecta silver (1800m)

- Schweizerischer Bund für Naturschutz (1982) Tagfalter und ihre Lebensräume. - Basel.
> Higgins L. and Hargreaves B. (1983) The Butterflies of Britain and Europe. - Collins, London.

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Hi Peter

A lovely shot. Good light, nice colours, excellent POV, crisp, clear and sharp. Well done. :-)

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-05-21 6:44]

Very good Peter!
A bit darker on the center of the photo.
Very good POV with wings wide open!
Good DOF and details!
Good colours too!

Hello Peter, Great colors, BG, POV, details, are really crisp, Great Job, TFS Kyle

Hi peter ,

a lovely macro , the colours and DOF is really good , try ur hand on PS and reduce the effect of BG on this pic so the subject could stand out. Lovely composition and sharpness.



Hallo Peter,
erfreuliche Begegnung! Erebia tyndarus mit metallischem Grünschiller, der im grellen Sonnenschein für überraschende Regenbogenreflexe sorgt - oft gesehen, oft daran erfreut, und doch noch nie im Bilde festgehalten. Die komplizierte Taxonomie der Gruppe so gut erklärt, dass ich nun zum ersten Mal einigermaßen verstanden habe, wo ich welcher Art begegnet sein könnte.
Vielen Dank für diesen sehr gut gewählten und kommentierten Beitrag, der auf weiteres aus dieser interessanten und wenig fotografierten Familie neugierig macht! Beste Grüße,

Nice shot of this rare butterfly. I was trying to modify the colours but with no good results ;-)
Thank for sharing.


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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-06-15 10:11]

Great picture of this butterfly. Great color with sharp details and good BG.


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