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Satyrium w-album

Satyrium w-album
Photo Information
Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 11 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-01-17 4:27
Viewed: 1833
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Lycaenidae

Genus: Satyrium

Species: S. w-album

The White-letter Hairstreak (Satyrium w-album) is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. A dark little butterfly that spends the majority of its life in the tree tops, feeding on honeydew, making it best observed through binoculars. The uppersides are a dark brown with a small orange spot in the bottom corner of the hindwing. The male has a small pale spot on the forewings made up of scent scales. The undersides are a lighter brown with a thin white line, the 'hairstreak' which gives this group of butterflies their name. On the hindwing this streak zigzags to form a letter 'W' (or 'M') from which this species gets its name. The outer edge of the hindwing has an orange border, but there is no orange on the forewings like the similar Black Hairstreak and there are two short tails on the hindwings. Part of a group known as "lateral baskers", they always rest with their wings closed. Widely but patchily distributed across most of England it is absent from Scotland, Ireland, western Wales and most of Cornwall. The spread of Dutch Elm Disease in the 1970s had a big impact on the British population but it has since recovered well in places and is still increasing its range. It is widely distributed across Europe, including Scandinavia, and is also found in Asia, including Japan. In order to safeguard the future of this butterfly, some conservation organisations within the UK, such as the Hampshire and Isle of Wight branch of Butterfly Conservation, and the Cheshire Wildlife Trust, have planted disease-resistant cultivars, notably 'LUTÈCE', or the beetle-resistant European White Elm. Eggs are laid singly on the girdle scars near the terminal buds of Elm trees. Wych elm Ulmus glabra is preferred, but English Elm Ulmus minor var. vulgaris and Smooth-leaved Elm Ulmus minor var. minor are also used, as are some exotic species, notably Japanese Elm, and ornamental hybrid cultivars such as 'Sapporo Autumn Gold'. The butterfly normally breeds on mature trees, but there is some evidence to suggest that it has now adapted to the suckers arising from the roots of dead elms. Unlike other hairstreak eggs, White-letter Hairstreak eggs are harder to find during the winter months as they turn brown with age and thus far less didtinct on the twigs. The caterpillar hatches in March as the elm begins to flower. It feeds on the flowers and then seeds before moving onto the growing leaves as the season progresses. Pupation takes place underneath a leaf or twig; there seems to be little association with ants. Adults are on the wing from early July until the middle of August in the UK, where there is one brood a year. The butterflies occasionally fly down from the canopies to nectar from flowers when honeydew is unavailable, notably after heavy rains have washed it from the leaves. The much-preferred flower is creeping thistle, but bramble and others are used.

Lunghezza ala anteriore: 15-19 mm
Distribuzione in Italia: tutta Italia escluse la Sardegna e L'Elba.
Habitat: limite dei boschi e radure del piano basale, sino a circa 1000 metri s.lm.
Generazioni annuali: una sola, con sfarfallamento in giugno.
Piante nutrici: Ulmus minor - Ulmus glabra.

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Hello Roberto,
A superb macro of this beautiful butterfly, impressive sharpness details and the butterfly stand out so well against the background, great work!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

Ciao Roberto,
Splendid photo, great sharp and colorful details, very nice composition of this, rare species by us!
Regards, Joska

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-01-17 5:15]

Bellissima immagine, Roberto!
Ottima composizione e POV; il soggetto è nitidissimo e i colori sono resi molto bene grazie ad un perfetto controllo della luce; perfetto il contrasto con lo sfondo scuro. Molto bravo!
Un saluto

Hello Roberto,
A very nice image with a interesting and rare butterfly in my country.
Superb contrast against the dark background. Wonderful natural colors and perfect WB.

hello Roberto
very nice composition with great details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Roberto, l'invidia non è un buon sentimento e non bisognerebbe provarne, splcialmente nei confronti di un caro amico come te, ma sapessi come te la invidio sta farfallina che non sono mai riuscito a beccare...
Macro di gran qualità con la piccoletta su un pappeto di astri, ottima nitidezza, fantastici dettagli, splendida luce e magnifici colori, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Roberto,
Perfect composition, great sharpness caught.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-01-17 6:23]

Ciao roby!
Carina la farfallina, ripresa in modo impeccabile e con una totale messa a fuoco.
Lo sfondo scuro è perfetto per farla risaltare.
Magnifici dettagli.
Eccellente la composizione. Complimenti.
Ciao e buona serata! Vanda

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-17 6:53]

Hello Roberto,
Again a very sharp detailed photo in beautiful light and colours. Taken from a very good POV in a fantastic composition. Splendid contrasting dark background.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-01-17 7:35]

Excellent image, lovely species, great color and texture. tfs.

Hello Roberto,
great capture of this beautiful butterfly with good sharpness and a nice pose on the flower. I also like the wonderful colours and the fine contrast against the dark background.
Best wishes,

Ciao Roberto
Macro da paura con un'eccezzionale profondità di campo,
bella composizione fra soggetto e fiori complimenti.
Ciao Nico

Ciao Roberto, uno scatto ancora una volta di qualità altissima.Favolosi i dettagli dell'immagine e meraviglioso lo sfondo. Un caro saluto, Paolo

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-17 8:51]

Bellissima composizione con sfondo scuro ed una tappeto soft di margheritine,una specie che finalmente sono tornato a vedere anche io quest'anno,la qualita' e' ineceppibile.Buona serata,Luciano

Hi Roberto,
perfect clarity. Very good sharpness and details. Amazing vivid colours. I also like this background.
Have a nice evening,

Hello Roberto,
A great macro capture taken from an ideal POV with lovely colours, nice light, excellent sharp details and beautiful composition. Well done!

Ciao Roberto,
continui a sfornare eccellenze dal tuo archivio, che dire di questa foto ? Sei un grande
Complimenti e grazie per la condivisione
Ciao Vanni

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-17 11:42]

Hello Roberto,
lovely colors and composition on this macro-shot,very great details and very nice background, well done.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Roberto.
Stupenda foto che colori!Molto molto belli,grande la nitidezza ,ottima la composizione ,
veramente una gran foto complimenti.
Un saluto Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Fantastic photo Roberto! The subject, the composition, the lighting, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.

Ciao Roberto,
Lo sfondo scuro è fantastico per far risaltare le piccole appendici alari e le piccole antenne... grande scatto Roberto, ottima composizione e nitidezza totale.

bravissimo Roberto !

complimenti per la foto , splendida la farfalla come anche la foto,

un saluto, tino

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