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Coenonympha pamphilus

Coenonympha pamphilus
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Copyright: Ka Lis (avallaunius) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 8 N: 44] (230)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Satyrinae - Worldwide - 2 - [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-22 0:32
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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Lepidoptera
Family Satyridae
Genus Coenonympha
Species Coenonympha pamphilus
Size Wingspan: 26 � 28 mm, Body length: 10 mm


This species is essentially a grassland butterfly, but it has a preference for short grazed turf and heathland. It likes sandy or well-drained soils, but can also be seen on roadsides, parks and sometimes in gardens.


The small heath is quite a conspicuous butterfly despite its size. They fly only when the sun is shining and can be seen throughout the summer months. The butterfly produces two broods, a fact that explains its long flight period, from April to October if the weather allows. Its foodplants are grasses, especially the fine grasses of the Fescue and Poa genera. The eggs are laid in June and the caterpillars are a clear green in colour with a darker green stripe down the back, which helps to camouflage them from predators. The chrysalis is yellow-green and is suspended from the underside of a grass stalk or blade.

Eggs laid in June usually hatch into adults in August and provide a second population of butterflies, some of which will overwinter to breed the following spring. Some pupae, however, do not hatch until the next year.

The larva lives on Gramineae.

(from www.arkive.org)

check this also http://www.eurobutterflies.com/species_pages/pamphilus.htm

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-08-22 2:11]

Hello Nikos,
this is a phantastic picture of the small pamphilus.
Focus and sharpness are excellent. Scales and 'hairs' are nicely visible.
Furthermore, the light is well balanced and the colours appear very natural.
I will include your picture in my Theme on Satyrinae and mark it as a favourite.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-08-22 14:25]

Nicely composed, very sharp. Technically and artistically I think this is an excellent picture. Gary

Kalimera Niko,

A very beautiful, well-composed and sharp macro shot!

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