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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: 2011-04-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/5.2, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-07-03 4:39
Viewed: 5306
Points: 34
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Zegris eupheme (Esper, 1804)

Sooty Orange Tip, Zuidelijk oranjetipje, Piéride du raifort, Zegris, Зегрис евфема …

Family: Pieridae

Wing span: 40 – 48 mm

Showing a combination of black and white, yellow and orange, Zegris eupheme is a conspicuously colourful butterfly with a wide range of distribution reaching from Kasachstan to Ukraine, Turkey, Israel into the Arabian penninsula, and two isolated populations in Marocco and Spain. It can be found in dry open ares where its feeding plant, the yellow mediterranean mustard Hirschfeldia incana is growing in abundance during the brief humid period of spring.

After several days of cool and rainy weather in April that made all the spring flowers grow up at once, the lively butterflies were busily flying around on a sunny afternoon, visiting the bright yellow blossoms of their feeding plant that would offer them a background for perfect camouflage when they were seated. Looking quite exotic to me, those butterflies made me really curious to see them from close distance, but they were quick flyers, and really hard to appoach. The captures here were taken during the attempt of approaching without succeeding to get close enough for really good details. The shots presented here are tight croppings from a considerably larger originals, and therefore of rather poor resolution.


Sierra Nevada, Rio Alhama Canyon, Guadix, Andalusia, at an elevation of approx. 1100m.


Christopher Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe. http://www.lepidoptera.pl/
Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Collins Butterfly Guide, London 2008
Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998

The camera:

SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixels, sRGB, 100mm macro zoom (equivalent 560 mm at full size SLR), F/5.2 1/640sec., ISO-125, hand held, no flash. 25.04.2011, 16:11.


Adobe Photoshop CS4, cropped, resized to web, selectively resharpened, levels slighty adjusted.

Wings closing for camouflage.

The location.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good start into the new week.

anel, yiannis, maurydv, ramthakur, KOMSIS, Alex99, uleko has marked this note useful
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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-03 5:18]

Lieber Peter,
Sehe gerade den so selten gezeigten Schmetterling, den Du in Andalusien fotografiert hast. Ein sehr interessanter Beitrag mit wunderschönen Bildern im WS. Die Landschaft ist atemberaubend schön! War dort vor etwa 20 Jahren. Dein Bild zeigt uns beide Flügelseiten dieses schönen Weisslings. Die Annäherung schien nicht unproblematisch gewesen zu sein, das ist ja auch immer ein Challenge für Naturfotografen.
Herzlichen Dank für diesen wertvollen Beitrag
Mit herzlichen Grüssen

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-03 5:30]

Hello Peter,
indeed it is such a lovely view! Very special and very sharp. very nicely pose for the under and upper side of the wings.
Really pretty.


Good captured and well sharpness.
Good Color Composition and DOF.
Good POV,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-03 6:15]

Hello Peter,
Very nice photo in good sharpness and beautiful colours. Excellent DOF, POV and blurred BG.

Hello Peter,
Very good picture, Really nice colours and sharpness, Nice background and great point of view to show detailed wing markings on both sides, very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice Sunday,
Best Regards,

GREAT photo from an interesting POV Peter! The composition, the colours, and the sharpness are excellent.

Great photo, excellent details and background and good point of view. regards yiannis

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-03 10:27]

Hello Peter,
Very nice indeed!
A fresh male specimen of eupheme taken from a great POV that shows almost all its features with excellent sharpness and colours. Fine comtrast with the dark clean BG
This brings back memories of a visit to Andalucia when I took an analogue photo of this species.
Thank you and best regards,

Hallo Peter,
a superb capture of Zegris eupheme, outstanding sharpness and fantastic colours, excellent point of view and composition, excellent work
Best regards

Ciao Peter, fantastic butterfly on a beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
A really wonderful capture with vivid colours, great sharpness and details. Beautiful composition and OOF BG too. Well done!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-05 8:26]

Hi Peter,our camera work very well as i can see..ehee...and today you show us a fantastic and very very rare specie that remember me a little the Anthocaris cardamines.Magnificent close-up and impressive quality in a difficult light position.I like it!Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano.

Thrilled to enjoy another great creation from your versatile camera work, Peter.
The Sooty Orange Tip looks glorious in this picture showing both sides of its wings.
Thanks for sharing this remarkably attractive image.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-07-07 22:49]

Hi Peter.
You managed to show colouration of both sides of the butterfly wings simply perfectly. POV is really impressive and unusual as well as terrific white tones of the wing. Texture of the butterfly, every hair on the body and head are reflected precisely too. I also am impressed with fine composition of the shot and combination of sharpness (of the main details) and smoothness of the BG. My warm greetings and TFS. Thanks a lot for kind comments for my shot. I work in countryside house (without internet) and visit the city very seldom.
Yours Alexei.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-07-08 6:18]

Hallo Peter,
Next year, I want to see this butterfly ..
Beautiful colours and light. Show well the patterns of the wings for this ”Zegris” butterfly!..
Best wishes,

Buen manejo de la luz y unos bellos colores. Interesante especie.
Saludos Peter: J. Ignasi.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-07-29 5:55]

Hello Peter,
I'm sorry to have by-passed this wonderful butterfly captured in Andalusia! Years ago we saw several of this species north of Marbella - I would love to see them again. In the meantime it's great to discover this one! An excellent capture, well-timed, sharp and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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