Natural History Photographs


Today we visited the Mont Blanc, in the far west of the Valle d'Aosta. From the most western town of the valley, Entrève, the 'skyway' cable brings one in no-time to 3500 m altitude. But while the landscape at this height is impressive, for finding plants etc. this is not such a promising place. Luckily, there is a stop halfway at ca. 2200 m, where a rich alpine vegetation is easily reached. I saw one of the truly alpine butterflies, Erebia pluto, but regrettably they didn't cooperate when it came to photographing them.


Pilosella officinarum
Authority:Vaill. 1754
Synonyms:Hieracium pilosella Linnaeus, 1753
Italiano:orecchio di topo, pelosella, sparviere pelosetto
Español:achicoria, árnica, candelaria de los jardines, cepillo, cerrillejo,
coca de Polonia, hierba de la salud, oreja de liebre, oreja de ratón, pelosilla,
pelosilla mayor, pilosella, vellosilla, velosilla

Gymnadenia miniata
Authority:(Crantz) Hayek, 1959
Synonyms:Nigritella rubra (Wettst.) K.Richt., 1890
Orchis miniata Crantz, 1769
Nederlands:rode vanilleorchis
English:rosy vanilla orchid
Deutsch:rotblütiges Männertreu, rotes Kohlröschen, Rotkohlröschen
Français:nigritelle rouge
Italiano:nigritella rossa
Coenonympha
darwiniana
English:Darwin's Heath
Deutsch:Darwins Wiesenvögelchen
Stachys pradica
Authority:(Zanted.) Greuter & Pignatti, 1979
Synonyms:Betonica hirsuta Linnaeus, 1771
Deutsch:Alpen-Betonie
Français:Bétoine des Alpes
Italiano:betonica densiflora
Español:bétoine hérissée
Pedicularis tuberosa
Authority:Linnaeus, 1753
Nederlands:long-beaked yellow lousewort, tuberous lousewort
Deutsch:Knolliges Läusekraut
Français:Pédiculaire tubéreuse
Italiano:pedicolare zolfina
Bupleurum stellatum
Authority:Linnaeus, 1753
Deutsch:Sternblütiges Hasenohr
Français:Buplèvre étoilé
Italiano:bupleuro stellato
Bupleurum ranunculoides
Authority:Linnaeus, 1753
Deutsch:Hahnenfuss-Hasenohr
Français:Buplèvre à feuilles de graminées
Italiano:bupleuro falsa carice, bupleuro ranunculoide
Antennaria dioica
Authority:(L.) Gaertn. 1791
Synonyms:Gnaphalium dioicum Linnaeus, 1753
Nederlands:Rozenkransje
English:Mountain Everlasting
Deutsch:Gemeines Katzenpfötchen
Norsk:Kattefot
Svenska:Vanlig Kattfot
Français:Pied de chat dioïque
Italiano:bambagia selvatica, gnaphalio, sempiterni di montagna
Español:falso edelweiss, perpetua dioica, pie de gato, pilosela con las flores purpúreas,
pilosela menor, sanguinaria, vellosilla menor
Sempervivum arachnoideum
Authority:Linnaeus, 1753
English:Cobweb House-leek
Deutsch:Spinnweb-Hauswurz
Français:Joubarbe aranéeuse
Italiano:semprevivo ragnateloso
Hieracium intybaceum
Authority:All. 1773
Deutsch:Weissliches Habichtskraut
Français:Epervière à feuilles de chicorée
Italiano:sparviere voschioso

Campanula barbata
Authority:Linnaeus, 1759
Deutsch:Bärtige Glockenblume
Norsk:Skjeggklokke
Français:Campanule barbue
Italiano:campanula barbata
Botrychium
lunaria
Nederlands:Gelobde maanvaren
English:Moonwort
Deutsch:Echte Mondraute
Norsk:Marinykel
Svenska:Vanlig Låsbräken
Français:Botryche lunaire
Rhinanthus glacialis
Authority:Personnat, 1863
Deutsch:Grannen-Klappertopf
Français:Rhinanthe aristé
Italiano:cresta di gallo aristata
Saxifraga aspera
Authority:Linnaeus, 1753
Deutsch:Rauer Steinbrech
Français:Saxifrage rude
Italiano:sassifraga spinulosa
Euphydryas cynthia
Authority:([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
English:Cynthia's Fritillary
Deutsch:Veilchen-Scheckenfalter, Alpen-Scheckenfalter
Français:Damier de l'alchémille
Sempervivum montanum
Authority:Linnaeus, 1753
English:Mountain House-leek
Deutsch:Berg-Hauswurz
Français:Joubarbe des montagnes
Italiano:guardacasa, semprevivo montano