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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6123 W: 89 N: 15234] (63760)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-08-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-09-14 3:31
Viewed: 109
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A nice and rare surprise on a tent of my house.

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Cacyreus
Species:C. marshalli

The Geranium Bronze or Brun des pélargoniums in French (Cacyreus marshalli) is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.
The wingspan is 15-23 mm for males and 18-27 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round in warmer areas, but usually from August to May in South Africa. At higher altitudes adults are on wing in December and January.
It is brown with a fine black edge interlaced with white and a very thin tail. The underside is grey-brown with dark bands.
The caterpillar feeds on cultivated Pelargonium geraniums.
Larva:
Two grubs in a tunnel they dug in a geranium stem
The species is native of South Africa. It has, however, been introduced (deliberately or accidentally) to Mediterranean Europe (initially the Balaeric Islands), where it has spread as a pest of cultivated Pelargonium geraniums, which also originate in South Africa. It was first recorded in the United Kingdom in Sussex in 1997 (also on geranium), and has been recorded several times since. In the UK, all sightings should be reported to DEFRA. It appeared in Malta on March/April 2007. The first location that established itself was at San Gwann but in a few months took all over the island. Recently it has also been spotted in Mġarr, Xagħra, Gozo and in katerini of greece.

Cacyreus marshalli (Butler 1898) Peste dei gerani

Ali anteriori 10-13 mm

Piccolo licenide con ali orlate da frange bianche con tratti bruni. Superiormente la colorazione è marrone bronzato nei due sessi e non dissimile da quella di altri licenidi, mentre la pagina inferiore mostra un particolare e inconfondibile ( ora che me l'hanno detto) disegno a fasce trasversali bruno chiare con contorni più scuri, interrotte e sfalsate in corrispondenza delle nervature. Le ali posteriori sono fornite di un'esile coda e di una macchia marginale nera.
E' specie termofila, che compie l'intero ciclo nel volgere di circa un mese. Nei paesi caldi di origine dà luogo anche a cinque generazioni annue. I bruchi si presentano di colore verde pallido con linee dorsali rosse. Essi vivono esclusivamente di Geraniacee coltivate (pelargoni) all'interno delle quali in un primo tempo scavano gallerie, successivamente vengono a giorno cibandosi delle parti aeree (foglie e germogli).
E' una specie sudafricana che ha fatto la sua comparsa in Europa a partire dal 1989, nelle Isole Baleari. In Italia i primi avvistamenti risalgono al 1994 (Tivoli). A Roma compare massicciamente nel 1996 guadagnandosi la nomea di "peste dei gerani". In seguito, è stata segnalata in altre aree costiere tirreniche.

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Lucky man! Got the subject right inside your house.
This is a new species for me. Very good capture with sharp and even focus on the entire wingspan.
TFS
Ram

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 318 W: 12 N: 83] (8496)
  • [2018-09-14 8:25]

Here I had assume the location that how come this so close, but this is a chance that allows one to shoot, nice shot.

Bonjour Luciano,

L'insecte est bien placé dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Brun des pélargoniums. La lumière faut ressortir les couleurs. Bonne journée.

Pierre

Ciao Luciano, macro a chilometri zero, bei dettagli e ottima nitidezza, graziosa mangiagerani, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 1 N: 503] (5408)
  • [2018-09-17 9:53]

Hi Luciano
Great picture os this little one.
Be carefull this little one like your geranium plants at home. jeje!
Saludos.
José

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 582 W: 64 N: 2227] (7493)
  • [2018-09-17 12:49]

Hi Luciano,

I am back again, the season for 1/4'000 sec shutter speed has ended, time to see what you guys are doing. You caught surprising species, this Lycaenid with the nice tail. Fortunately we can rely on your extraordinary knowledge of species, even a South African one has no chance to fly under your radar :-) . Thanks for the careful note, too.
Best regards, Dietrich

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