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Parnassius apollo

Parnassius apollo
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Copyright: Giorgos Ntachris (GiorDah) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 24] (150)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 450D, Canon EF 70-300mm IS USM, Hoya 58 mm Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-21 5:40
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Points: 8
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The Apollo or Mountain Apollo (Parnassius apollo), is a butterfly of the Papilionidae family. It is found on mountains in Europe usually above 1000m up to 2000m, preferring flowery meadows and mountain pastures. This species is of interest to entomologists due to the variety of subspecies, often only restricted to a specific valley in the alps. Related species can be found all over the world. The caterpillar's favorite food plant is Stonecrop (Sedum).

In Finland, Apollo was one of the first species of insects declared endangered. The Apollo population in Finland and Sweden decreased drastically during the 1950's. The reason for this is not known, but it is commonly thought to be because of a disease. In Sweden it is since restricted to areas that have limestone in the ground, suggesting that the decrease could hypothetically be related to acid rain.[1]

The Apollo also known as the "great eye" is on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals, in Appendix II in CITES and is mentioned in annex IV of Habitats Directive. It is protected in other states: the Principality of Liechtenstein, Czech Republic (as critically threatened species in Czech code, Decree for implementation, No. 395/1992 Sb. (and No. 175/2006 Sb.)), Poland.

One of the loveliest species of butterfly in the Alps, it is white with two red, black-edged "eye marks" on its wings. The Small Appollo (Parnassius phoebus) is found in the high mountains while the Clouded Apollo (Parnassius mnemosyne) lives in the valleys. The Apollo caterpillar lives on woodlark Spur and rock plants and is a velvety blue-black with small orange spots.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-07-21 6:19]

Hello Giorgos,
The Apollo butterfly is one of my favourites but in Sweden it only occurs in a few places and I haven't seen it for some years. Your composition is beautiful showing it in a diagonal pose on the rock and its markings and colours are shown clearly. A butterfly not easy to capture!
TFS and best wishes,Ulla

Hallo Giorgos
This is a beautiful butterfly and the detail on its wings are very soft on the eye. I like the almost see through tips on the wings. They look almost fragile. The rock it is resting on is a ideal backdrop to highlight the lovely markings and fine features on the edges of the wings and the body structure. I fancy the yellowish flower that is peeping at me on the right hand side of the frame. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Gia sou Giorgo,
Nice capture of this rare butterfly. Impressive colours. TFS. Xairetw,

Ciao Giorgios, great capture of fantastic butterfly, superb details and splendid sharpness, wonderful macro, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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