Find the Butterfly / Such den Schmetterling

These butterflies are quite easy to spot when they almost fly into one’s face in the forest. On the ground it’s a little harder. The species is Limenitis camilla, it’s a Eurasian butterfly.

Im Wald findet man diese Schmetterlinge sehr leicht, wenn sie einem beinahe ins Gesicht fliegen, am Boden sind sie etwas schwieriger auszumachen. Es ist ein Kleiner Eisvogel (Limenitis camilla).

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11 thoughts on “Find the Butterfly / Such den Schmetterling

      • In contrast to my winged little friend I didn’t venture into the underbrush. “Falter” is derived from falten (to fold) a good description of the wing movements of butterflies and moths, I think.

      • Yes, I’d figured out that the noun must be based on the verb, and I guessed that Falter is a colloquial German term for a butterfly, given the way a butterfly folds its wings. I couldn’t resist the cross-language play on words with the unrelated English verb falter. It seems you did falter when it came to venturing into the underbrush, but that was certainly understandable and prudent.

      • Falter is no colloquial term. It is a synonym for Schmetterling and used in compound nouns that we are so fond of in our language. A nocturnal butterfly is properly called Nachtfalter.The entire order of Lepidoptera that includes butterflies and moths can be called Schmetterling or Falter. We commonly use Schmetterling for the colourful diurnal animals and Falter for less colourful moths and nocturnal butterflies. The butterfly on the photo isn’t very colourful, but it is a diurnal butterfly of the Nymphalidae family.

      • Thanks for that good explanation. I knew Schmetterling but had never encountered Falter, which is why I thought it might be colloquial. So much for speculating based on limited evidence.

      • Das weiß ich leider auch nicht, ich habe so ein Exemplar das erste mal hier bei dir gesehen.
        Vielleicht habe ich sie bisher ja auch übersehen … ich werde mal ein wenig besser drauf achten.
        LG Regina

      • Dieses Exemplar habe ich tief im Mischwald gefunden. Ich hatte aber auch schon mal eins auf einem Weg am Fluss vor mir sitzen, allerdings nicht zu weit vom nächsten Mischwald entfernt. In der Stadt habe ich noch keinen gesehen.

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