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Argynnis paphia

Argynnis paphia
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Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-10-17 5:43
Viewed: 1791
Points: 32
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Dominio: Eukaryota

Regno: Animalia

Sottoregno: Eumetazoa

Ramo: Bilateria

Phylum: Arthropoda

Subphylum: Tracheata

Superclasse: Hexapoda

Classe: Insecta

Sottoclasse: Pterygota

Ordine: Lepidoptera

Sottordine: Glossata

Infraordine: Heteroneura

Superfamiglia: Papilionoidea

Famiglia: Nymphalidae

Sottofamiglia: Heliconiinae

Trib¨: Argynnini

Genere: Argynnis

Specie: A. paphia

La pafia (Argynnis paphia (LINNAEUS, 1758)) Ŕ una farfalla appartenente alla famiglia delle Ninfalidi, particolarmente diffusa in Europa e nelle zone dell'Africa settentrionale a clima pi¨ mite. Specie in declino particolarmente negli anni '70 e '80, sembra ora in fase di ripresa. Dotata di una apertura alare di circa 54-70 mm, Ŕ facilmente riconoscibile per il colore arancione scuro delle proprie ali che presentano un disegno a righe e a punti neri. Predilige le boscaglie decidue, comunque in posizioni ben illuminate e soleggiate, anche se pu˛ essere rinvenuta, pi¨ raramente, nei boschi di conifere.
Lunghezza ala anteriore: 30-36 mm
Distribuzione in Italia: tutta Italia isole comprese.
Habitat: specie sciafila, frequenta i margini dei boschi e le radure del piano basale a quello montano, sino a circa 1800 metri s.l.m.
Generazioni annuali: una sola, con sfarfallamento in giugno-luglio
Piante nutrici: Viola reichenbachiana, Viola Canina.

The Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) is a European species of butterfly, which was in decline for much of the 1970s and 1980s but seems to be coming back to many of its old territories. The Silver-washed fritillary butterfly is deep orange with black spots on the upper side of its wings and has a wingspan of 54ľ70 mm, with the male being smaller and paler than the female. The underside is green and unlike other fritillaries has silver streaks instead of silver spots, hence the name silver-washed. The caterpillar is black-brown with two yellow lines along its back and long reddish-brown spines. Adults feed on the nectar of bramble, thistles and knapweeds and also on aphid honeydew. The silver-washed is a strong flier and more mobile than other fritillaries and as such can be seen gliding above the tree canopy at high speed. It preferred habitat is thin, sunny deciduous woodland especially oaks but has been known to live in coniferous woodland. The male possesses scent scales on the upper side of the forewing that run along veins one to four. The scent produced from these scales attracts females and helps to distinguish it from other species. Unusually for a butterfly, the female does not lay her eggs on the leaves or stem of the caterpillar's food source (in this case violets) but instead one or two meters above the woodland floor in the crevices of tree bark close to clumps of violets. When the egg hatches in August, the caterpillar immediately goes into hibernation until spring. Upon awakening it will drop to the ground and feeds on violets close to the base of the tree. The caterpillar usually feeds at night and usually conceals itself during the day away from its food source but during cool weather will bask in the sunny spots on the forest floor on dry, dead leaves . It will make its chrysalis amongst the ground vegetation and the adults will emerge in June.

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Hello Roberto,
nice picture of this butterfly with good sharpness and beautiful colours. I also like your composition and the blue sky in the background.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-10-17 6:15]

Ciao Roby,la tua foto mi fa' venire in mente questa pianta che ieri era ancora in fiore ma desolatamente disabitata,stagione al termine...o quasi....composizione deliziosa,posa delicatissima e qualita' eccellente e saturata alla perfezione.Buona serata e complimenti,Luciano

Hello Roberto
super good sharpness and great details with beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Roberto,
A terrific close-up with beautiful colors, details & a very attractive POV. Very nicely composed & presented. Great work & TFS...MF! Regards & best wishes!


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-10-17 6:31]

Fine composition and lovely butterfly on these flowers..good viewpoint to get the blue sky. tfs.

hello Roberto,
an amazing picture with great sharpness, fantastic colour and well composed picture.
best wishes.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-10-17 7:41]

Very nice picture and presentation. Great information about the specie too. Congratulation. Saludos.

Hello Roberto
A strong photo from a nice point of view.
Perfect focus and excellent detail.
Nice composition with the arching flower.
regards yiannis

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-10-17 8:12]

Ciao Roberto,
Excellent photo composition with this Butterfly, nice Flower and blue sky, TFS!

Olß Roberto boa tarde
Magnificent capture MF.Great POV and composition,wonderful bright saturated colours and excellent sharpness.Congrats!
Have a nice day!
Um abrašo

Ciao Roberto, bella paesana su uno splendido fiore, gran contrasto col cielo azzurro, magnifici colori e splendida nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Ciao Roberto.
Bellissima foto un vero capolavoro,splendidi colori sia della farfalla che del ramo fiorito eccellente nitidezza,bella la composizione complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-10-17 11:24]

Hello Roberto.
A beautiful butterfly positioned so nicely on the lovely flower. The colors of the wings are amazing. Excellent detail and a superb background.Best regards Siggi

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2012-10-17 19:17]

Hello Roberto,

Lovely flowery platform for presentationof this Silver-washed Fritillary. I like the freshness of the composition and the contrasting colors that bring out the butterfly's finely focused features - very well!



beautiful image of the butterfly. excellent angle. good contrast and framing. tfs.

Hello Roberto
Impressive photo with interesting composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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