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Lady paphia

Lady paphia
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-08-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-09-20 14:43
Viewed: 894
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At the start of my georgian serie i show us a pair of males,now a lonely female taken in the same place but in a different day.

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Argynnis
Species:A. paphia

The silver-washed fritillary (Argynnis paphia) is a common and variable butterfly found over much of the Palaearctic ecozone – Algeria, Europe, temperate Asia and Japan.
The silver-washed fritillary butterfly is deep orange with black spots on the upperside of its wings, and has a wingspan of 54–70 mm, with the male being smaller and paler than the female. The underside is green, and, unlike other fritillaries, has silver streaks instead of silver spots, hence the name silver-washed. The caterpillar is black brown with two yellow lines along its back and long reddish-brown spines.
Adults feed on the nectar of bramble, thistles, and knapweeds, and also on aphid honeydew. The silver-washed is a strong flier, and more mobile than other fritillaries, and, as such, can be seen gliding above the tree canopy at high speed. Its preferred habitat is thin, sunny, deciduous woodland, especially oaks, but it has been known to live in coniferous woodland.
The male possesses scent scales on the upperside of the forewing that run along veins one to four. The scent produced from these scales attracts females and helps to distinguish it from other species. Unusually for a butterfly, the female does not lay her eggs on the leaves or stem of the caterpillar's food source (in this case violets), but instead one or two meters above the woodland floor in the crevices of tree bark close to clumps of violets.
When the egg hatches in August, the caterpillar immediately goes into hibernation until spring. Upon awakening, it will drop to the ground, and feeds on violets close to the base of the tree. The caterpillar usually feeds at night, and usually conceals itself during the day away from its food source, but during cool weather will bask in the sunny spots on the forest floor on dry, dead leaves. It will make its chrysalis amongst the ground vegetation, and the adults will emerge in June.
The main larval food plant of the species is the common dog violet (Viola riviniana).

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Hello Luciano,
Nice specie this Silver-Washed Fritillary. Is is spread also in my region. In june and july they have wonderful new colors and the wings are superb.

Ciao Luciano, la prima specie che ho fotografato, comune ma sempre bella, magnifico il tappetino di fiori, fantastici colori e splendida nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-09-21 11:22]

Hello Luciano,
Attractively positioned in an open winged pose while displaying vibrant colors and lovely markings. What a special treat for all butterfly enthusiasts . The female is quite the eye catcher, yor have presented her nicely in fine detail and just the right exposure.

A very attractive composition with the butterfly perched on those lovely flowers with its wings open, Luciano.
A perfect exposure with sharp details on the wings.

The contrast in colors between the butterfly and the flower is outstanding. Adds an artistic dimension to another technically superb image of one of your collection of butterflies.

Hi Luciano,
Brilliantly captured in the wild, but IMHO lacks the necessary post-procession (cropping). I mean, the blank space at the left side and at the bottom is a bit too much to my taste. Otherwise an absolutely stunning photograph in your unmistakable style. The way how you use flash is totally unique and is something I continuously learn from you (sometimes with a bit of success, but not that often). Except for the little too central composition, a very spectacular shot.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

Bonjour Luciano,

Les fleurs cadrent bien le papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Tabac d'Espagne. La lumière met en valeur la beauté des couleurs. Bonne journée.


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