|Copyright: Miguel Angel Menegotto (miguel5526) (107)|
|Date Taken: 2010-10-23|
|Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1300 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2014-05-14 14:07|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]|
|The female lays a dispersed form under the leaves of specific plants , eggs measuring a size of 2 mm in diameter.|
The larvae or caterpillars of Morpho epistrophus argentinus feed on the leaves of several woody species , especially the coronillo ( Scutia buxifolia ) , yerba de bugre ( Lonchocarpus nitidus ) , inga ( Inga vera ), 1 Ratonia Acacia Sebastiania , Erythroxylum , and Cupania.2
Its tracks are of a length of 65 mm . They have showy, very different from the adult aposematic colors: red to orange in the (non- stinging ) hairs short , long strands of white on the sides and back , and a black dorsal line on which shows gold dots . Processionary larvae are gregarious and during the day are grouped together on the bark of the trunks of the host plant or hanging directly , showy red clusters , the association seeking greater protection from predators . At night , they are separated for feeding. So spend all fall and winter , reaching the spring , at which pupate 3 which is shaped like a small green bell suspended from a twig with silk .
Butterfly symbol of Argentina
In 1944 Bourquin entomologist suggested that lepidopteran nacional.4 After nearly 70 years in Argentina officially declare this butterfly has not yet been made official this consideration , although the media continues to associate is the other biological symbols of the country , such as kapok , the baker , or quebracho colorado .
Draft declaration of "municipal natural monument " Butterfly Argentina flag, to be a landmark in the region and South Coastal Animal Park : with the government of the municipality of Punta Indio , he presented . Buenos Aires Zoo accompanied that effort for greater legal protection of this lepidopteran .
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