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Ilia and Lucanus. (40)
peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Ilia and Lucanus.

Apatura ilia (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
Lesser Purple Emperor, Kleiner Schillerfalter, Petit Mars changeant, Ilia

Lucanus cervus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Stag beetle, Hirschkäfer, Lucane cerf-volant, Cervo volante

The humid deciduous forests of Rohrwald near Vienna are buzzing with life in these days. End of June is the time you should not miss there if you enjoy watching iridescent Emperor butterflies gathering in good numbers at wet spots. Giant stag beetles would also swarm there at sunset, creeping clumsily along the forest borders at daytime - particularly at weather conditions of sunshine, thunder and rain, as we are recently enjoying.

Finding both of them as closely together as here relaxing on an oak tree’s branch might be a rare coincidence, however, so I dare to show that quickly done aim & shoot documentary photo to you:

A male of Apatura ilia in its ochre variaton f. clythie (wing span approx. 65mm), and a well grown male stag beetle (its body length measuring about 75mm – antlers included). The ferocious looking beetle is totally harmless, using its giant antlers in rivalry fights only.

More details on the butterfly: Apatura ilia.

More details on the beetle: Lucanus cervus.


Camera: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FX07, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 5mm wideangle (equiv 28mm at dSLR), F/2.8, 1/500 sec., ISO-100; no tripod, no flash; 27.06.2007, 15:12.

Postwork: Photoshop Elements, 50% cropped, levels adjusted.

Literature:
Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas, Stuttgart 1998.
C.Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe: http://www.lepidoptera.pl/
K.W.Harde, F.Severa: Der Kosmos Käferführer. Die Käfer Mitteleuropas, Stuttgart 2006.

Face to face.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Face to face.
Edited by:peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)

Face to face.

The stag beetle seemed to be more afraid of the butterfly sucking liquids in front of him, than vice versa.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FX07, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 5mm wideangle (equiv 28mm at dSLR), F/2.8, 1/400 sec., ISO-100; no tripod, no flash; 27.06.2007, 15:12.

Hope you enjoy.