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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: 2008-07-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 10 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-25 8:49
Viewed: 3275
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Getting close to some insects with the camera, sometimes results in a surprising still closer contact - as in this case, where the small butterfly enjoyed sucking fluid from underneath my thumb nail.
He obviously enjoyed it 'undisturbed'.
Although I prefer to show species within their natural environment, I would like to present this picture here. It documents the interaction between animal and man.

The species is
- Coenonympha gardetta (=Coenonympha satyrion)
- family: Nymphalidae
- tribe: Satyrini
- subtribe: Coenonymphina

English: Alpine Heath
German: Alpen-Heufalter

Information on the subtribe
Species of the subtribe Coenonymphina occur in palaearctic Eurasia and in North America (2 Coenonympha). The subtribe includes 3 genera only:
> Coenonympha: 31 species
> Sinonympha: 1 species
> Triphysa: 2 species

Information on the species
Coenonympha gardetta occurs exclusively in the European Alps and a small disjunct area in the French Massif Centrale. It is found on flower-rich alpine slopes in altitudes above 2000 m. Visiting the right place at the right time, you can observe huge numbers of specimens.

Similar species in Europe:
- Coenonympha arcania
- Coenonympha darwiniana

Wing span: about 27 mm.

Location: North Italian Alps, Val Martello, above Lake Zufritt, close to Schwarze Lacke and Ebenes Jöchl.
Alpine meadow at about 2400m

- natural light
- ISO 400
- handheld: the camera and the butterfly

* Bozano G.C. (2002) Guide to the Butterflies of the Palaearctic Region, Satyrinae part III. - 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.

cataclysta, Amadeo, accassidy, nglen, Alex99, siggi, flashpoint, Juyona, gannu, Silvio2006 has marked this note useful
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Hi Peter
Very friendly buttefly ;-) Another nice sharp image with nice OOF background and nice tight (but not too tight) crop I like it very much
Best wishes

Hola Peter, buen macro, con un excelente detalle, luz y color.
El posadero quizá es lo menos natural, pero que hacia la mariposa con su lengua entre uña y carne?
Un saludo

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-25 8:55]

Hi Peter,very nice,curious and unusual pic,not common butterfly too,impressive quality of sharpness and details,very very wonderfull shot,my best compliments to found the name too..ehehe...have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Amazingly detailed close-up. That's a terrific lens, especially for a shot presumably taken with one hand!! Compliments, too, on your immaculate manicure. Best wishes.

bonjour peter
rien redire sur le piqué de l'image en revanche et mêm si c'est amusant de le voir ainsi posé sur votre doigt,j'aurais preferé le vois sur une fleur.affaire de goût!!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-25 9:40]

Hello Peter. As you say the butterfly is happy on your thumb. You have got very close with this one which has given fine detail in the markings with natural colours. Stands out well from the plain BG. Well done TFs.
Nick.. Good notes too.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-25 9:50]

Hi Peter.
You have shown actual size of the butterfly by so attractive and rare way. I will not comment a thumbnail but image of butterfly deserves few words. Image is brilliant in all respects. Stunning details and sharpness. BG is great too. Well done. Cute work.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-08-25 10:11]

Hello Peter,

Excellent sharpness for this little butterfly. To take a picture of something which sits on one hand is not the easiest. Splendid colours.

I had the same idea but not the same note, the same sharpness...
your shot is very good..

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-25 10:58]

Hej Peter
Great shot. Great colours, light, sharpnes, details, BG, DOF and POV. Also very good note.
Well done

interesting capture Peter,is rare
to see this species of Coenonympha
excellent sharpness and alive details

best regards sERGIO

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-08-25 15:52]

Hola Peter,
perfecta macro,
interesante captura y senscional foco y detalles.
saludos Peter.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-08-25 20:43]

Hi Peter,
Excellent shot of this tiny butterfly sucking your finger - hahaha. Immaculate sharpness and clarity with the hairy body looking great. Nice angle and perspective you show here. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-26 4:30]

Hello Peter,
Of course we don't really want to see parts of our bodies when showing a particular species of butterfly, but when a butterfly chooses to make use of the salts under your thumbnail the obvious thing to do is to photograph it!
The result is excellent and shows the underside of the wings of this Alpine Heath sharply and to the best effect, while your thumb gives us some idea of the size of this small Satyrid.
Thank you!
Best wishes,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-26 8:29]

Hello Peter, This is brilliant and superb. I like the view and also the caption and the composition. Superb sharp picture Ganesh

Hi Peter, you are very lucky to take this little friend, amazing macro with splendid details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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