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Colias crocea


Colias crocea
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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: 2009-09-04
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-11 14:50
Viewed: 2477
Points: 46
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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.


Descrizione
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.

Biologia
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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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-09-11 14:57]

Slav Lûcîano,
What a splendid light and excellent sharpness.This is a wonderful macro.Thanks for sharing.
Best regards,
Dûrzan

Ciao Luciano,

Your Clouded Yellow is beautifully captured feeding from the pink flower. Superb sharpness to show the wing, body and flower details. Although the wings are a little ragged, they appear to have a nice backlight on them. The narrow dof really makes the image stand out.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-09-11 16:15]

Hi Luciano,

We "older women" love to see examples of aging but still beautiful. The wings may show wear and tear but the face and eye still show signs of youth. The colors of the flower complement those of the butterfly so well. Wonderful colors, details, setting and composition.

Jane

Luciano good morning
colours full life, a very beautiful luminous composition, marvellously photo
TFS thanks for sharing
Nasos

Hi Luciano, great capture with splendid details and colors, excellent composition.
thanks for sharing,
Özgür

Hello Luciano,

a nice pov on this old butterfly.
Fine warm colours.

Gert

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-09-12 0:21]

Hello Luciano,
Your photo is very good but butterfly is very worn. You took photo in last time its life. In backlight the wings are transparent.
Regards, Pawel

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  • izida Silver Star Critiquer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 0] (1232)
  • [2009-09-12 0:36]

Merhaba Luciano,cok basarili macro cekimi ...
Kutlarim..
Gulsen

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-12 0:40]

Hello Luciano,
Great photo of this oldster in very beautiful colours. Sharpness, details, composition and POV are excellent. Beautiful OOF BG.
Have a great weekend,
Peter

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-09-12 1:09]

Luciano,
What a great sharpness capture!!!
Colors are lovely, details are wonderful.
The flower is amazing.
Horia

Bellissima immagine, molto nitida e con ottimi colori per questa Colias. Peccato per le sue belle ali rovinate!
buona giornata

Matteo

Hi and Good Morning amico Luciano,

Fine macro capture of a worn-out Colias against to sunlight from nice POV with excellent DOF, neat details and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice WE MF!
Cheers,

Bayram

Ciao Luciano,

Perfect macro capture of this adorable butterfly! Nice control on sharpness and taken from a perfect POV along with wonderful use of the shallow DOF, brought great results here. The colors and the textures on the wings of the butterfly, are perfectly shown. The blurry BG is nice too and gives great contrast to the subject. The eyes are beautifull shown too.
Great work!

Thanks for posting!

kind regards,
Paras

Hello Luciano,
excellent capture from a nice POVm great light and sharp details,
TFS and have a nice weekend,
Nikos,
once again i would like to thank you for your kind and warm comments.

Ciao Luciano,

Ma che amplifica la luce in questa foto, è incredibile come si possa registrare la trasparenza delle ali, utilizzando l'incidenza della luce. Eccellenti, molte abilità necessarie per rendere questo tipo di foto!

(NOTA: oggi sto a casa e ho il traduttore di Google a portata di mano, così io scrivo in italiano)

Bravo amico!

Felice Domenica a voi e tutto il vostro popolo!

Saluti,

Jesús

Bellissima, bellissima Luciano! Grandi trasparenze e nello stesso sempo dettaglio impressionante. Grande profondità di campo. Complimenti anche il per il fiore.

Roberto

Hello Luciano,

An excellent macro capture with beautiful colors, sharpness & fine details. This butterfly with torn wing segments...still looks to have plenty of energy left to go.

Great work & TFS.

Umar

Bonjour Luciano
Dommage pour les ailes un peu "usées" mais c'est une excellente composition bien éclairée et riche en couleurs
Bon W-E
Albert

Ciao Luciano, la tua collezione di tardone si arricchisce di un altro esemplare, ma gliel'hai fatta la respirazione bocca a bocca prima di farla mettere in posa?
Come ricordino funebre va bene, che la macro al solito è di qualità splendida, bellissimo anche il fiore, fantastica la luce in trasparenza, bravo, ma la volta prossima cerca di beccarne una un po' più giovoincella:), buon week end, ciao Silvio

Buena luz y gran profundidad, pero ese ojo destaca y le da muchos enteros a la toma. El conjunto de colores y ese semi conttraluz están muy logrados.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-09-12 13:31]

Ciao Luciano,

En voici encore une très belle! Ta photo est transparente et légère; très fine!

bravo!

brigitte

bonjour Luciano
merveilleuse image de ce vieux papillon qui a traversé quelques guerres
la luminosité et les details sont magnifiques
superbe pose sur cette jolie fleur
Passe un bon dimanche
Jacqueline

Ciao Luciano,
con tutte le Colias di questa specie che ci sono in giro tu vai a beccare una allo "stadio terminale", comunque la foto è riuscitissima per i dettagli notevoli della farfalla e le staordinarie bellezza e delicatezza del fiore di trifoglio dai colori ricchi di sfumature.
Graziee complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

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