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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: 2010-08-24
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Masterpieces with Bridge or Compact cameras [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-26 9:52
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Points: 46
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Neptis sappho (Pallas, 1771)

Common Glider*, Pallas' Sailer,
Schwarzbrauner Trauerfalter, Bělopásek hrachorový, Kis fehérsávoslepke, Lathyruszwever, Pasyn debrak, Bielopásavec hrachorový, Сапфо, …

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Limenitinae

Wing span: 42 – 44 mm

Common Glider? Come on, glider: reported to be “extinct in Austria”, and just recently said to be spreading there again. It never gave me the chance to see it Austria yet. Finding it described to exist “very locally” in parts of Southeast Europe, I thought it might at least give me a chance to meet it in Romania this summer.

Luckily enough, it did. With unmistakable elegance, Neptis sappho was gliding along our path in the shade of trees when I was hiking with a group of friends guided trough the splendid unspoiled nature of the densely forested valleys of river Cerna and Danube near Portile de Fier in Southern Romania.

So here it is, obviously a rare documentation, presented just once before on TN by Anghel Eliz. A rare species at least at the western fringes of its area of distribution stretching from Southeast Europe through Central and Southeast Asia to Korea and Japan, Neptis sappho may be found in Europe in Northeast Italy (Gorizia), in Slovenia, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Northern Serbia, Romania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Northern Greece.

Neptis sappho is an inhabitant of damp deciduous woodland associated with river valleys, flying in two generations: Mid May to late June, and July to August. Larval host plants are Lathyrus vernus, Lathyrus niger. Obvioulsy, the rapidly spreading neophyte tree Robinia pseudoacacia is also accepted as a host plant, giving the species a good chance to spread again.

* The English name “Common glider” seems to address the closely related and very similar “Neptis hylas (Linnaeus, 1758)”, that indeed seems to be common in Southern and Southeast Asia.

Cerna Valley near Baile Herculane, at an elevation of 400m.

Here you may have a look at wings open.

Christian Stettmer, Markus Bräu, Patrick Gros, Otmar Wanninger: Die Tagfalter Bayerns und Österreichs, Laufen/Salzach 2007
Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Collins Butterfly Guide, London 2008
Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998
Christopher Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe. http://www.lepidoptera.pl/

The camera:
SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixels, sRGB, 15mm macro zoom (equivalent 84 mm at full size SLR), F/4, 1/1000sec., ISO-125, bias: -0.3, hand held, no flash. 24.08.2010, 14:33.

Postwork: Photoshop CS4, slightly cropped, levels adjusted, selectively resharpened after downsize to web.

Specials thanks to our guide Cristian Badiou from Timisoara, and to my hiking friends who were patient and careful enough not to step in between me and the glider.

Thank you for your visit.
Have a very good week.

CatherineD, uleko, Argus, cirano, mkurtel, haraprasan, Alex99, matatur, Noisette, anel, flashpoint, eng55, maurydv, Miss_Piggy has marked this note useful
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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-10-26 9:57]

Hello Peter,

As neighbour today see I a wonderful butterfly.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
We see all drawings in the wings, this is fantastic.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

hello Peter
super good 3D picture with great sharpness and beautiful colours
very nice light to
greeting lou

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-10-26 10:47]

Hi Peter,
Splendid photo of this Butterfly, TFS!

Hello Peter,
Interesting butterfly, shares some characteristics with some of our tropical species. My special congratulations for the low POV is very good and creates a nice visual sensation.
You handle your Sony Bridge wery well MF! Congratualtions!
Regards, TFS

Hello Peter,
Very pretty butterfly! Congratulation for posting this rare species. Your POV is excellent and details fine too. Good detailed note too. Cheers,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-10-26 12:31]

Hello Peter,
An excellent capture of this pretty butterfly taken at a beautiful location! I'm glad you were successful in your search! I like its pose at the edge of the leaf and details are very sharp. Wonderful light and colours too.
Many thanks and best regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-26 12:46]

Hello Peter,
Neptis sappho is a nymphalid species that I have never had the pleasure of seeing in the wild state and I congratulate you on this fine second photo of it on TN!
Technically this is great, the butterfly being porrtrayed with excellent sharpness and natural colours while resting in the closed wing pose. The OOF contrasting leaf BG helps to emphasise it well in a pleasing composition.
Thanks, this is the next best to seeing it im the wild myself!
Kind regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-26 13:44]

Hello Peter,
What a beautiful photo! The sharpness and details are fantastic. Evenso the DOF and splendid light and colours. Taken from a very good POV in an excellent composition.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-26 13:44]

Hi Peter,
This is a very good macro with splendid colors and wonderful shaRpness.TFS.

Hello Peter,
A beautiful butterfly species in your country, what the nice shots, thanks for sharing

Hi Peter,
A nice capture of this beautiful common glider. Excellent composition and good sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-27 0:43]

Hello Peter,
this is a very clean and simple shot. The scenery is so exciting of nothing but the subject and its undisturbing smooth surroundings.
The pattern isso sharp and the colour contrast works out so well to give a pleasant view.
The curving of the leaf too render a good graphical composition.
Nice job and well presented composition.


Ciao Peter, great macro of fantastic butterfly on a lovely blurry BG, fine details , wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-10-27 6:18]

Hi Peter.
Fantastic image and produced by it esthetic effect. This simply stunning butterfly looks like among big ocean waves. Outstanding reproduction of all features and details of the insect. POV is the best I have ever seen. Once more butterfly masterpiece from you. My congratulations and the warmest wishes.

A beautiful specimen and such a fine presentation Peter, partly side-lighted underwings of the b.fly demonstrate their pretty sculpturings to a perfection from this vantage point. Good job my friend.

Hallo Peter,
ist das aber ein schöner Schmetterling ! er zeigt so stolz seine wunderbare Flügel, und mit so feinen details abgenommen,
mir gefällt aber auch die umgebung, und der excennete 3D Effekt
Grüsse Jacqueline

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-28 4:50]

Lieber Peter,
Mit Verspätung stelle ich fest, dass Du wieder ein Bild auf TN zeigst und dazu eine grosse Rarität! War in Zürch um meinem Sohn zu helfen. Dieser Trauerfalter gleicht mit seinem gestreiften Muster eher asiatischen oder südamerikanischen Faltern. Glück hast Du gehabt! Ich wusste gar nicht, dass es in Europa diese Sapho gibt. Und der Schmetterling hat sich an einem geigneten Ort niedergelassen, auf eine Blattkante balancierend und vor schönem Blättergeräusch und Himmelblau. Interessante Bilder auch im WS. Das Cerna Tal sieh ja gar wild aus!
Ich wünsche noch eine schönes Wochenende und hoffe nicht in allzu langer Zeit wieder ein Bild von Dir zu sehen.
Herzlich grüsst

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-11-04 4:31]

Hi Peter,
Very beautiful capture.Details,lighting.POV and colors are perfect.Like 3D!
Thanks for posting..

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2010-12-13 11:22]
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Hi Peter!
Through a chain of steps I came across TrekNature and I wanted to visit your outstanding gallery.
I can see that your photos shine as usual: perfect pov, sharpness, colour, light, dof...
Best regards,
José Miguel

Hallo Peter,
a fantastic capture of this rare butterfly, outstanding sharpness and marvellous bright colours, excellent POV and composition, very interesting pictures in WS too.
Best regards

Hallo Peter
You posted this image a few days after our first grandchild was born and therefore I have not been active to much at the time. I am sorry I missed out.

This image is just magnificent!I very much like the point of view to catch the beautiful pose of the butterfly. You managed the light and the exposure so well to get all this clear and sharp details on the butterfly, especially on the wings and the pretty patterns and colours.

The butterfly is really a beauty, so gorgeous!I also like the natural sunlight in the image very much. My compliments and thanks for sharing.All the best for you and your family for 2011. Best regards.

Hy Peter
I am glad to discover another extraordinary image from my homecountry. Excellent sharpness and incredible details in the b utterfly.
My kind regards,

Hallo Peter,
An excellent closeup,very nice colors and stunning sharpness and details,

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