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The Sorrel Sapphire.

The Sorrel Sapphire.
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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: 2012-04-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix HS 20
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2014-01-31 15:52
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Points: 28
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The Sorrel Sapphire,
Heliophorus sena (Kollar 1844),
Lycaenidae (Blues).

Heavy clouds from thunderstorms were hanging over the snow covered rugged peaks of Dhauladhar range, having brought some fresh snow to elevations above 3000m during the night, and a fresh and cool humid breeze to the foothills. A cool morning under a clouded sky often brings good opportunities to capture butterflies that normally would be too busy to get in close contact with on a warm and sunny day.

Like this one: The Sorrel Sapphire, Heliophorus sena, a small but conspicuous butterfly, endemic in the Western Himalayas, a female sitting in the Gardens of the Tara Training and Research Academy in Rakkar village near Dharamsala, at an elevation of approx. 1300m above sea level, at 8:54 in the morning of 7th April, 2012.

Larval food plant: Rumex hastatus. Locations preferred: flower rich steep slopes near rivers.

"H. sena is quite local and will rarely be found more than a few hundred meters from the nearest patch of R. hastatus. Where there is an undisturbed patch of the plant, the butterfly can be very common for most of the year. It is a common butterfly (...), especially in the vicinity of its larval host plant. Since R. hastatus grows abundantly near river banks and waterbodies, the butterfly is commonest in such places. It is on the wing from February to November." - Manari Greeshma: On the presence of Aglais cashmirensis Kollar (Nymphalidae) and Heliophorus sena Kollar (Lycaenidae) in Rupa, Arunachal Pradesh, India. In: Journal of Threatened Taxa | www.threatenedtaxa.org | August 2010 | 2(9): 1165-1166.


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照的清晰 很漂亮的蝴蝶
顏色鮮豔華麗 很新奇
還有這幾多樹葉都很翠綠 非常的搭配
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hello Mr.Peter,
Very nice picture of this butterfly.Nice to see the place is H.P.What an amazing place this region!I hope you liked our country!
Details on wings are really nice.Natiral colour with splendid POV made it an attractive choice.
Thanks for sharing with us,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-02-01 7:11]

Lieber Peter,
Eine grosse Ueberraschung, ein Posting von Dir! Eine sehr schöne Spezies aus Indien, die ich von Ram's Bilder kenne. Schöne seitliche Wiedergabe und neutraler Hintergrund. Wie üblich beste Schärfe auch. Hab mich auch sehr gefreut auf Deinen "abendlichen" Besuch und die schönen Worte zu meinem Hellelabild.Im Moment ist TN fast im Winterschlaf. Hoffe, dass mit den schönen Tagen wieder Leben zurückkehrt.
Wünsche Dir und Susanne noch ein schönes Wochenende. Werde mich wieder melden.
Herzlich grüsst

So you were in Dharamsala in April 2012, Peter! Jammu is just about 4 hours drive from there. What a pleasant surprise and what a pleasure to get to see your work again!
The Sorrel Sapphire you shot there looks beautiful. I too shot a similar species (Purple Sapphire) in Dharamsala some years ago.
Thanks for coming back to TN and sharing your image with us.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-02-01 8:40]

Hello Peter,
Excellent sharp detailed butterfly in this macro from your archive. Beautiful natural colours and a fine composition. Hope to see a lot more.
Herzliche Grüssen,

Ciao Peter, great macro of lovely butterfly, I never see before, thanks, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hallo Peter
super good sharpness and great details
the colours are beautiful to
thanks greeting lou

Beautiful butterfly Peter! Beautiful photo too! Very good composition, wonderful soft lighting and impressive sharpness!

Hallo Peter
It is always good to see one of your postings, just a pity they are so scarce. My time on Trek Nature are also limited and therefore I appreciate good quality images when I see them, as like yours of the The Sorrel Sapphire here.

It is sharp and well presented. Beautiful composition with great light and wonderful colours.

Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-02-05 7:32]

Hi Peter,a very bright capture despite the difficult light,i like a lot this point of view to create this imposing perspective,an interesting rare lycaeneide taken with great detail and bright colors too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2014-03-04 8:25]

Hi Peter.
I am very glad that you had some time to post new charming pictures. This one is so impressive. Low POV, great magnification ratio and stunning reproduction even the tiniest details of the butterfly (we can see every hair and colour shade of the insect) impress the imagination. Leaf pattern may be is the best frame for the whole composition. My compliments and best wishes.

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2014-04-17 12:15]

Hi Peter,
wow what a beautiful spicies,
amazing colors and details !
Thanks for sharing !
Best regards !

Hello Peter

Excellent macro of this butterfly, fine POV and framing
and with its pose giving dynamism to the image,
excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


Hi Peter,
Splendid shot of an endemic species of the Indian subcontinent. Focus on the lower part of the wings is excellent, such as the DoF which kept all parts of the butterfly sharp (except for the left antenna, which became a little out of focus), and even the lovely Rumex leaves also. Lovely composition and white balance, again a very high quality image from you. As I always ask: if you have more time, energy and wish, please come more regularly to TN as we miss you. Thanks.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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