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Araschnia levana


Araschnia levana
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-08
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-08-22 0:30
Viewed: 1437
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Map (Araschnia levana) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is common throughout the lowlands of central and eastern Europe, and is expanding its range in western Europe.
In the UK this species is a very rare vagrant, but there have also been several unsuccessful – and now illegal – attempts at introducing this species over the past 100 years or so: in the Wye Valley in 1912, the Wyre Forest in the 1920s, South Devon 1942, Worcester 1960s, Cheshire 1970s, South Midlands 1990s. All these introductions failed and eggs or larvae have never been recorded in the wild in the UK. (Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is now illegal to release a non-native species into the wild.)
The Map is unusual in that its two annual broods look very different. The summer brood are black with white markings, looking like a miniature version of the White Admiral and lacking most of the orange of the pictured spring brood.
The eggs are laid in long strings, one on top of the other, on the underside of stinging nettles, the larval foodplant. It is thought that these strings of eggs mimic the flowers of the nettles, thereby evading predators. The larvae feed gregariously and hibernate as pupae.

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SIR
照的很清晰 就如你說得這是希有珍貴的品種
說真得我也是第一次見到 最近大家PO的蝴蝶真是百家爭鳴
而且都很漂亮特殊 這顏色也真是好看 有點西洋色彩味道
花也很超級漂亮 純潔高雅
構圖漂亮 背景深遂無限美麗
STONE

Hi Siegfried,
Excellent macro of this beautiful butterfly.
Great composition and framing.Nice natural color and details.
Nice point of view.Thanks for sharing.

Arindam

Hello Siegfried,
Another lovely capture taken from a nice PoV and fine details.
Regards,
Joy

Hello Siegfried,
Thanks for visiting my gallery....The image you post are superb. This is a nice photo with a magnificent butterfly specie found also in the forest near my home town. Perfect details as usual and excellent focus.
Thanks for sharing!
Marius.

Czesc Siggi,
bardzo ladny motyl. Oczywiscie swietny punkt widzenia. Dobre szczegoly.
Udanego wieczoru,
Maciek

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-08-22 15:09]

Hi Siggi,this specie is very rare in my country and i never seen live,a beautiful capture in a classic pose whit fine details and perfect colors,a very lucly meeting for you,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Siggi
Beautiful butterfly and beautiful photo with wonderful colours, nice BG and good sharpness.
Regards,
Christodoulos

beautiful specimen with brilliant colours

great profile, TFS Ori

Ciao Siggi, great macro of fantastic butterfly, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Merci Siggi pour cette photo de MAP
Je ne l'ai jamais vu, car elle est plus dans le centre de l'Europe
Une belle réussite : Bravo
Amitiés
Laurent

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