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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-07-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-07-26 1:47
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Colias Crocea.
A regular migrant to the Uk from Europe, and although seen in most years it is well known for occasional "mass" migrations, sometimes called "Clouded Yellow years". Usually seen from March to October. Found in fields, meadows and grasslands over much of North Africa and Southern Europe to the Middle East, occasionally reaching the Scandinavian region when migrating. Feeds on leguminous plants, including the Clovers (Trifolium), Lucerne (Medicago sativa) both found in Brickfields Park, and occasionally, Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus). Breeds in the Uk but does not overwinter. The caterpillar is bright green and hairy with a broad pale yellow / white stripe along its upper side. Capable of two broods per year usually in June and August.
With a wingspan of 50-65mm (2-2.5in), when settled it always has it's wings closed so the greenish yellow undersides with central silver spot outlined in red are the usual view of this butterfly, however the wing upper sides are an orange-yellow with broad dark brown borders, in the female ♀ these borders contain yellow or pale white spots. A small proportion of females are pale yellow and can be confused with the rarer Pale (C. hyale) and Berger's Clouded Yellows (C. alfacariensis). Females are larger than the males ♂, both having a dark brown spot to the upper forewing whilst on the upper hind wing the females have the same central silver spot outlined in red as the underside which is absent in the male.

Lepidottero di media grandezza dalla livrea giallo-arancio con larghe fasce marginali nel cui interno, ma solo nelle femmine, sono comprese macchie gialle. Le parti inferiori sono di colore giallo-citrino con una coppia di punti bianchi contornati di rossiccio sulle ali posteriori. Queste ultime presentano, inoltre, una serie di punti scuri nella regione postdiscale. Non di rado si osservano femmine dalla colorazione bianco-verdastra ascritte alla forma "helice", fissata geneticamente.

Sverna come bruco nascosto tra anfratti e sotto le pietre. In primavera avviene la metamorfosi in crisalidi succinte provviste di un appuntito processo cefalico. A partire da maggio e fino all'autunno, si susseguono varie generazioni. Piante nutrici sono diverse Leguminose e soprattutto le vecce, sulle quali vengono deposte uova rosso-arancio.

Distribuzione ed ecologia
Diffusa in Europa centro-meridionale, Nordafrica e Asia minore. Ovunque in Italia, dalla pianura ai 2400 m. Specie tra le più comuni nel territorio, ove si riscontra con frequenza nelle campagne coltivate e al limitare dei boschi

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beautiful mating image of yellows with brilliant background. really a rare scene any butterfly photographers meet. good work. congrats.

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  • sincap (109)
  • [2013-07-26 2:13]

The two butterflies are very beautiful color over the sharpness fits perfectly. What bothers me a little bit of background, this is a little uneasy. However, this aperture 3.5 was used, the background would have to be a little quieter.
Best Regards, Sincap

旁邊的草穗也很美麗 構圖漂亮 謝謝分享

Hello Luciano,
Great picture.What a splendid light and POV.Well timing with excellent details.Colour is really soothing for eyes.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Hello Luciano,
Great natural moment you have captured.
Excellent composition and lighting.
Nice point of view.
Thanks for sharing.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-07-26 4:09]

Hello Luciano
such a lovely capture. Looks like one but they are mating. Nice moment and splendid light giving a air of beauty to the composition.


Hello Luciano,
Excellent capture from perfect PoV and wonderful display of light,perfectly exposed,well balanced composition and beautiful colours saturation.
Best regards,

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-07-26 4:18]

Hi Luciano,
wonderful capture of this pair in a beautiful lighting,
lovely composed, outstanding details !
Thanks ! Best regards !

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-07-26 4:58]

Hello Luciano,
Very beautiful macro of these mating butterflies in splendid light and colours. Taken from a very good POV. Excellent sharpness, details and a fine composition, although the background is a bit busy.

Ciao Luciano, si dan da fare bene e tu le hai riprese alla grande, favolosa macro, fantastico il giallo, ottimi i detagli, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hi Luciano, the image is so beautiful with perfect exposure :)

Bonsoir Luciano,

La végétation cadre bien le papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs des papillons Souci. L'image est claire et nette. La bonne luminosité fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne journée.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-07-26 8:46]

Hello Luciano.
Superb photo with exceptional clarity and details. This interesting Colias Crocea pair has wonderful colors. The contrast against the background is superb. Very nice composition taken from a excellent POV with lovely light and best clarity.Regards Siggi

hallo Luciano
super good sharpness composition with beautiful colours and great details
i like this picture
thanks greeting lou

Giallone in controluce ben gestito. Forse in oversharp. Grande compo.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-07-27 21:27]

Hello Luciano,
A wonderful capture of these two love birds, or should I say (Love Butterflies):) Exceptional focus and perfectly presented in an attractive composition. I see you also managed to get another tiny insect into the frame just above the butterfly.

Hello Luciano

Superb photo of these lovers in their
lovely color tones, with a beautiful light,
once again you was at the best place the
best time, but as we say « A fox that travel
meet many many things in his route », TFS


Ciao Luciano, questa è davvero notevole, sembra una matrioska! Bei colori naturali e definizione. Sfondo accettabile non sempre si può scegliere quello ideale, ma meglio così che quelli costruiti.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-07-30 1:59]

Very good pictue Luciano. Congratulation. Un saludo.

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