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Are These Parasites?

Are These Parasites?
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1984-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax LX, Pentax F 100/2.8 macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-04 7:46
Viewed: 4432
Points: 4
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Parnassius hardwickei

Recently I posted an old photo showing the upperside of The Blue Apollo from the mountains of Nepal, and posted some more comprehensive information on the species.

Looking at other pictures of the same butterfly, I looked more closely at this one and noticed these rather unusual green "baubles" which are apparently hanging from the body of the insect. I had rather overlooked this previously as the appendages are somewhat lost in the surrounding green grassy background.

I was rather hoping that somebody would be able to confirm the nature of these, which I imagine are some kind of parasite. If so, then this character seems to be carrying a particularly heavy load. Whilst this is not the most pleasant thought, it is rather educational.

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Ciao Alan,
sinceramente a me non sembrano parassiti.
Posso sbagliare, ma mi sembra di vedere piuttosto una struttura vegetale, come una spiga, sulla quale la farfalla si è appoggiata.
Ti dico questo perchè mi pare di vedere uno stelo che porta questa specie di spighe.
Anche a forte ingrandimento, non riesco a vedere nulla della morfologia di un parassita e il colore verde è piuttosto insolito per acari o simili.
Che ne pensi di questa mia ipotesi?

Hi Joe, I think that Marcello is right, also for me those green objects are vegetables, lovely butterfly with splendid colors, good details and excellent sharpness, bravo, very well done, ciao Silvio

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