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Spialia sertorius

Spialia sertorius
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Copyright: john vantighem (john1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-05-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Alpha DSLR 350, Sigma 105 F2.8 EX macro, Sandisk Ultra II 4Gb
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-05-19 9:24
Viewed: 648
Points: 4
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A small butterfly that flies very fast and close to the ground.

Identification & Similar species: Very similar to the orbed red underwing skipper S. orbifer which replaces the current species in the east. That species is rather greener on the underside hindwing and the spots are more rounded.

Distribution & Flight: North Africa and western Europe to Germany and Italy. Replaced on Sardinia and Corsica by the taxon S. therapne which is now generally recognised as a full species.

Habitat & Behaviour: It likes settling on hot ground and can be found taking salts from damp patches of earth.

Variation: In north Africa, the subspecies ali flies. This is distinctly different in appearance to the normal form but it doesn't attract the same taxonomic debate as its cousins from Corsica and Sardinia

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Hello John,
Beautiful picture of this "Red-under winged Skipper". Very well managed BG and color. Details and focus look little bit soft, may be due to slow shutter speed or hand held. But it's a nice species and we can cherish its beauty.
Thanks for sharing with useful NOTE,

hello John
une belle prise de vue sur ce papillon, bonne gestion de la profondeur

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