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SILVER WASHED FRITILLARY (ARGYNNIS PAPHIA) AND QUEEN OF SPAIN FRITILLARY (ISSORIA LATHONIA)
SILVER WASHED FRITILLARY (ARGYNNIS PAPHIA)
This butterfly is a large fritillary and gets its name from the beautiful streaks of silver found on the underside of the wings. The bright orange male is quite distinctive as it flies powerfully along woodland rides, pausing only briefly to feed or investigate anything with an orange hue that could be a potential mate. The male has four distinctive black veins on its forewings that contain special "androconial" scales that are used in courtship. These veins are known as "sex brands". The female is paler than the male, has rounder wings and more-prominent spots. In England and Wales, the Silver-washed Fritillary is found in woodlands.
QUEEN OF SPAIN FRITILLARY (ISSORIA LATHONIA)-OPEN WINGS
The Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia) is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae.
It occurs throughout the Palaearctic from North Africa to Japan (Bretherton, 1990). It is distinctly migratory in Western Europe, reaching almost as far north as the Arctic Circle; however, it is resident in southern Sweden and Finland, and on the coastal sand dunes of the Netherlands (Bretherton, 1990). A map of its distribution is given at Lepidoptera and some other life forms (2009).
The adult is a strong flyer, and may be found anywhere but forests.
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- [2017-06-16 13:40]
Hi Marius,welcome back after longtime,it's nice to see someone of old friends that are gone! And the pic is very very nice,it's a pity for the blurred paphia under the couple,but it's a great thing to take 2 differents species so close in the best sharpness on the top,well done. I hope to see you more and more times in this summer! Have a nice weekend,Luciano
- [2017-06-16 19:29]
Hello Marius, nice to see a post from you once again.
A beautiful shot of the two top butterflies in excellent detail. I believe I would have cropped out the blurred one, but I'm sure there is a reason you didn't.
Very bright and colorful presentation with just the right amount of exposure. The Silver Washed Fritillary and the Queen of Spain have such bold markings, You were fortunate to capture them both in the same frame. I like the way you were able to isolate the butterflies from the BG.
Ciao Marius, nice see you again on TN, great macro of fantastic trio, lovely composition with two different species, wonderful bright colors, for the couple in BG fine details, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Welcome back, Marius!
Your come-back picture is fabulous with three butterflies within the frame.
With daisies to perch on, they make a very beautiful composition.
Superb colours in their most cheerful outlook.
Beautiful natural habitat picture and I like the way you have used "ODD NUMBER"; 3 butterflies as composition. Beautiful light and colour.
Thanks for sharing,