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Apatura ilia


Apatura ilia
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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: 2014-05-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-05-28 12:27
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Apatura
Species: A. ilia male

The Lesser Purple Emperor, or Apatura ilia, is a species of butterfly native to most of Europe and Asia. It is named for its similarity to the Purple Emperor butterfly.
It is found in woodlands as well as throughout Central Europe and southern Britain. Adults have dark brown wings with white lines and a small orange ring on each of the hindwings. Males have an iridescent purple-blue sheen which the females lack. The caterpillars are green with white and yellow markings and have two large horns.
Females spend most of their lives in the tree canopy coming down only to lay their eggs. Males also spend much of their time in the tree tops, defending their territory from rivals, though they will sometimes descend in order to drink from puddles or feed. Unlike most butterflies, the purple emperor does not feed from flowers but instead on the honeydew secreted by aphids and on dung, urine and animal carcasses.
Eggs are laid in late summer on the upper side of sallow leaves. They prefer the leaves of the broad-leaved sallow. After hatching, the caterpillars will lie on the midrib of the leaf where they are well camouflaged, and feed only at night. During the winter they hibernate in the forks of sallow branches where they change colour from green to brown in order to match their surroundings. The following June they will form a pale green chrysalis that resembles a leaf shoot. The adult will then usually emerge in mid-July.

APATURA ILIA

La farfalla Iride (Apatura ilia Linnaeus, 1758) una farfalla appartenente alla famiglia Nymphalidae.I maschi posseggono brillanti sfumature viola-porpora, che non sono dovute a pigmenti chimici, come avviene nella maggior parte delle farfalle, ma a fenomeni fisici di diffrazione e interferenza della luce; per questo motivo cambiano a seconda dell'angolo di incidenza dei raggi luminosi. Entrambi i sessi sono caratterizzati da una colorazione marrone-scura sulle pagine inferiori, linee bianche e un anello arancione su ogni ala posteriore. Le femmine sono generalmente pi grandi e presentano disegni pi estesi.
La lunghezza delle ali anteriori oscilla tra i 33 e i 42 mm.
I bruchi sono invece verdi con bande gialle e bianche e con due corni. una specie sciafila (che vive nell'ombra).
Le femmine trascorrono la maggior parte della loro vita sui rami, scendendo a terra solo per depositare le uova. Anche i maschi trascorrono la maggior parte della propria vita sulle cime degli alberi, difendendo il loro territorio dai rivali, sebbene discendano di tanto in tanto per bere dalle pozze fangose o per nutrirsi.
Il bruco vive invece sull'olivello spinoso in agosto/settembre e nuovamente in maggio/giugno dopo l'ibernazione. Esiste una sola generazione annuale con sfarfallamento nelle vicinanze del mese di luglio.
A differenza della maggior parte delle farfalle, l'Apatura iris si nutre di sostanze zuccherine secrete dagli afidi, di fiori di rovo, di urina e di carogne.
Abita nelle regioni meridionali dell'Inghilterra e in gran parte dell'Europa centro-orientale.

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Questa per te e come per me, ogni anno, la L dyspar. Non ci tradiscono mai. Colori fantastici ottimo dettaglio. Bravo!

Roberto

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-05-28 12:55]

Hello Luciano,
Fantastic macro again. Incredible sharpness, details and splendid colours. Fine composition.
Regards,
Peter

Fantastic butterfly!
The photo is excellent! very well done my friend!
TFS
ciao
Luis

Ciao Luciano, mi hai distrutto la didima mettendogli vicino sta bellezza, fantastici colori, una delle farfalle che spero sempre di incontrare, favolosa macro, bravissimo, ciso Silvio

Parafrasi: quello che conta non la macchina fotografica, ma l'uomo dietro la macchina.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-05-28 14:53]

Hello Luciano,
A stunning view of this gorgeous male Lesser Purple Emperor.
I just love the way it's wings have that beautiful iridescent sheen to them. You have presented it in an attractive composition with fully opened wings while maintaining exceptionally sharp focus. I hope to someday meet this little beauty in the field. Great capture!!
Ron

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Hello Luciano

Beautiful photo of this butterfly posed at ground, with fine POV to show
its color tones and patterns, excellent light, great contrast of the colours, TFS

Asbed

fantastic colours, have a great day, Ori

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-05-29 4:14]

Ciao Luciano,
Iridescent purple ..
Perfect lighting and detail, natural colours, nice Apatura ilia,
Best wishes,
Seyfi

Hello Luciano,
Excellent presentation of a butterfly in rare colors.
Regards
Lucja

Hello Luciano,
Outstanding!
Marius.

hallo Luciano
this is a super good picture
great sharpness and the colours are beautiful
super picture
thanks greeting lou

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-05-30 2:19]

Bonjour Luciano,
C'est donc dj la saison d' Apatura ilia..chez nous comme il fait frais, pas beaucoup de papillons l'horizon...
Image classique bien ralise. Un papillon de grande beaut!
Amitis
Anne

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2014-05-30 10:01]

Bonjour Luciano,

Une superbe capture de ce grand Mars changeant, pas facile a prendre en photo.
Les dtails sont magnifiques, belle luminosit et nettet.
Un papillon des bois absolument magnifique, merci pour le partage.
John vantighem

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2014-05-30 10:18]

Hi, dear Luciano.
You are happy photographer, you are skill photographer. You managed to meet and picture fantastic specimen of the butterfly. You managed to catch it at a very impressive pose and managed to reproduce its amazing shapes, coloration and other details. Sharp image of the ground supplements the beautiful image of the butterfly perfectly. Both create a superb butterfly picture. Bravo.
Alexei.

Luciano,
A superb MACRO.
Beautifully presented.
Love that background ... 10/10
Great notes!!!
Mario from Canada with regards.

Hi Luciano,
Absolutely fantastic! I mean everything: the composition, sharpness, colors (especially the vibrant purple) and the background which helps to isolate the b-fly so well. Exceptional photo. Bravo!
Best regards, Lszl

Hello Luciano-Beautiful butterfly.The name of butterfly is really appropriate.Excellent captured.Good colour and sharpness.Exposure is perfect to me.Nice presentation.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

Boy this is a really nice image that shows the beauty of this particular butterfly species, the purple really pops! Very nice. :)

Hello Luciano
Ah, the colours are just stunning on this Lesser Purple Emperor, truly remarkable. Thank you for sharing and finding this species. Excellent sharpness and composition.
Janice

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