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Great Banded Grayling

Great Banded Grayling
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Copyright: philippe hornus (amanengone) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 54 N: 412] (2113)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E 30, ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 50 mm 1:2.0, Sandisk Ultra II 8GB
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-06-23 16:59
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The insect:

Binomial name:

Brintesia circe , Fabricius – 1775 (= Aulocera circe)

Common names:

English : Great Banded Grayling
German : Weiße Waldportier
Spanish :
Italian :
Greek :
Arab :
French : Le silène


Embranchement : Arthropoda
Sous-embranchement : Hexapoda
Classe : Insecta
Sous-classe : Pterygota
Infra-classe : Neoptera
Super-Ordre : Endopterygota
Order : Lepidoptera
Sous-ordre : Neolepidoptera
Infra-ordre : Ditrysia
Super-famille : Papilionoidea
Family : Nymphalidae
Sous-famille : Satyrinae
Tribe : Satyrini
Sub-Tribe : Satyrina
Genus : Brintesia
Species : Brintesia circe

Protection status - Conservation:

This taxon is included in the national inventory of natural heritage, but is not protected

Statut de nuisibilité:

Not an invading noxious insect,.

Origin and distribution:

This lepidopteran is typically present in Europe and spreads in Central Asia (to Iran, and even the foothills of the Himalayas). In France, this species is southern and back to the Vosges, in Côte d'Or and all along the course of the Loire.


The insect lives preferably in brownfields dry heaths, dry rocky land rich with grasses (herbs). It can be found from the plains up to one thousand and eight hundred meters. It is also found in the thin forests and orchards (where it can feed on fruits "roten"). Its host plants are various with a preference to Poaceae (including, Bromus, Festuca and many others)

General features:

It is a lepidoptera from seventy to foorty millimeters, recognizable in flight above the brown and cream broadband through the two wings. The female is larger than the male.

It arises with the wings folded. The anterior wing show eyespot on the underside while the posterior wing show alternating bands brown and white very mimetics. This almost perfect mimicry with the environment protect it as shown in the photograph.
Excellent sailing vessel, he alternates long flight plans with the most active periods. It usually arises on the rocks, logs and other sunny. Overcast days, it remains safe.

The body of the caterpillar, gray brown, reduced in is back and wearing dark longitudinal bands, one band clearly defined dark dorsal and two lateral stripes less contrasted and visible. It is approximately thirty-five millimeters. The head capsule transmitted six bands ternes characteristics.
The eggs are scattered in flight, by the wind. The metamorphosis begins in the summer and ended the following spring, after a period of hibernation. Pupation occurs in soil, in a room equipped for that purpose. The cycle of development of this lepidopteran consists of only one generation, from une to September.

Sources :

Encyclopédie de la Pleiade – Zoologie – Tome 2

La camera:

Camera : Olympus E-30
Objectif : Zuiko macro 50mm
Ouverture : f/8
Vitesse : 1/200
Priorité ouverture
Temps ensoleillé
Heure : 20/06/2009 - 08h19 TU
ISO – 100

Le cliché:

Taille initiale : 4032 x 3024 px
Format : raw - orf
Résolution : 314ppp x 314 ppp
Profondeur : 24
Couleur : sRGB
Format final : 800 x 800 jpg
Traitement d'image dans Olympus Master – Encadrement dans Corel PhotoPaint
Recadrage, modification gamma, saturation et netteté.

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Him Philippe
Nice capture.
Great details and good colors.

Hello Philipe,
Very nice capture. Good colours and sharpness. To complete more local names and more info - I would like to invite you to my website: www.lepidoptera.pl


Bonjour Philippe,

Il s'agit d'une macro fonctionne bien. Excellente utilisation d'un trépied, en prenant avantage de réaliser le plein effet de n naturel et de profondeur. Un beau travail, plein de détails et une très inégale.



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