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Last pic from Petaloudes

Last pic from Petaloudes
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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: 2012-09-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-09-19 11:24
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last pic with a large view to give you a complete idea of the impressive spectacle create by these moths.

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Arctiidae
Genus: Euplagia
Species: E. quadripunctaria
Subspecie : rhodosensis

In the western side of the island of Rhodes, approximately five kilometers south east of the village of Theologos (or Tholos), lies the Valley of the Butterflies (Petaloudes). This is one of the most attractive destinations on the island. During August, thousands of butterflies of the genus Panaxia (species Quadripunctaria Poda) overwhelm the valley in order to reproduce. During the rainy period, the Butterflies in the caterpillar stage remain in the Mediterranean thicket (arbutus, myrtle and rush) feeding on the foliage. As the end of the wet season approaches, towards the end of May, the final stage is concluded and the butterfly in all her perfection makes her appearance in the form recognizable to us all. They move constantly towards areas of highest humidity is greatest, always following the "water ways", as the dry period progresses, they finally arrive at the valley.
The Jersey Tiger, Euplagia quadripunctaria, is a day-flying moth of the family Arctiidae. The adult wingspan is 52–65 millimetres (2.0–2.6 in), and they fly from July to September, depending on the location.They tend to fly close to Eupatorium cannabinum, where they are hard to notice because of their camouflage.
The larvae (caterpillars) are polyphagous, feeding from September to May on nettles (Urtica) and raspberries(Rubus),dandelion (Taraxacum), white deadnettle (Lamium), ground ivy (Glechoma), groundsel (Senecio), plantain (Plantago), borage (Borago), lettuce (Lactuca),and hemp-agrimony (Eupratoria).The insect overwinters as a small larva.
Large groups of adults of subspecies E. q. rhodosensis can be found on occasion aestivating (sheltering from the summer heat) in Petaloudes, on Rhodes, in a place that has become known as the 'Valley of the Butterflies'.

Ultima foto con una visuale larga per darvi una idea dell'impressionante spettacolo offerto da queste falene.
La vallata delle farfalle, o Pelekanos, si tratta di un biotopo unico al mondo a soli 5 chilometri da Tholos che vive una sua dimensione particolare in un habitat fatto di altissimi platani, edere lunghissime, corbezzoli, carrubi, lentischi, allori, ulivi selvatici, lecci, con acqua che scorre dappertutto. Attraversata dal fiume Pelekano, viene intersecata verticalmente da piccole cascate. Un vero paradiso per le farfalle! E' infatti un richiamo mondiale per una specie rara di farfalla la "euplagia quadripunctaria" . Le ali vellutate sono di colore scuro con strisce gialle e bianche che appena si aprono lasciano intravedere guizzi arancione tra bolle nere. Le farfalle vi giungono ogni estate alla ricerca di umidita e di refrigerio. Arrivano in giugno, si accoppiano alla fine di agosto e ripartono a settembre spostandosi talvolta anche di 30 chilometri per covare le uova. Nei mesi di punta, ossia luglio ed agosto, le farfalle sono vari milioni...E' un vero spettacolo vedere i tronchi degli alberi tappezzati di farfalle.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-09-19 11:28]

Hello Luciano,
Wow, that's a full carpet. Very special.

hello Luciano
this is very special
great moment for you to find so many
great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-09-19 11:39]

Hello Luciano.
A beautiful scene! that carpet of moths with their delightfully colours looks very good against the BG.Best regards Siggi

Hello Luciano,
Nice clarity,composition and harmony of colours,My regards,_Joy.

Ciao Luciano. Bravo a sfruttare ancora quasta meraviglia a cui hai assisitito e di cui ci hai reso partecipi. Ancor una volta luce magnifica così come la resa dei colori. Dettaglio da paura.


Hello Luciano,
Fantastic photo of this interesting and beautiful group.Good even light and excellent details.

Ciao Luciano.
Interessante foto di queste farfalle ,splendidi i colori ed un’eccellente nitidezza interessanti le note. Molto bella complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Ciao Luciano, eh, veramente impressionante, fantastico anche il WS con l'albero tutto pieno, eccezionale la nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hi Luciano,
I can tell you - incredible! Amazing photo. How many of them? Hundread? More? Excellent point of view!

Amazing scene Luciano! Beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful lighting and good sharpness.

Hello Luciano,
Gorgeous carpet with a colorful species moth. Excellent contrast and superb vivid colors. It is a lovely composition. The details and colors are excellent.
Thanks for sharing this beauty!

Bom dia Luciano
What a fantastic meeting my Friend.Wonderful composition and colours.Amazing moment.Thank You.
Have a good day!
Um abraço

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-09-20 2:15]

Truly spectacular! The WS pic is great, too!



hello Luciano,
Amazing! it is beyond my imagination, such a huge number of moth in a small area.
thanks for this great picture.
best wishes,

Hello Luciano,
A great capture with beautiful colors, details & composition. Well done & presented with a great POV. TFS & best wishes!


Hello Luciano,
Very, very spectacular image. It's just unbelievable!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-09-22 16:59]

Hello Luciano,
I have never seen such a sight as this..quite incredible!!
Love your WS and previous images of this unique spectacle.
This reminds me of the way the Monarchs gather together in large groups on trees down in Mexico in the late fall.

Hello Luciano

WOW ! you are leaving in the paradise of
moths/butterflies, special and sensational
moment you lived to view this and photograph, TFS


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