|Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR)
|Date Taken: 2015-02-01|
|Camera: Olympus mini E-PM1|
|Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds|
|Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop|
|Date Submitted: 2015-02-18 7:59|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Pararge aegeria BUTLER, 1867|
Common name: Speckled Wood
Pararge aegeria is a very common butterfly of cretan fauna.This butterfly is widely distributed in Europe but is absent from the sub-arctic areas of Norway and Sweden. Beyond Europe it occurs in the Atlas mountains of north Africa and extends into Asia as far east as the central Ural mountains.
It is often stated that butterflies make excellent "indicator" species, as their distribution ranges and population dynamics adjust rapidly in response to changes in the environment. Today the Speckled Wood is regarded as a common woodland butterfly which breeds in damp areas where dappled sunlight filters through the trees. It can commonly be seen basking on low foliage or on forest paths in deciduous woodland. It is quite tolerant of shade and can also be found in conifer plantations, where it breeds along grassy rides. In recent years it has shown a favourable response to climatic change, having expanded into more open habitats, and can regularly be seen in gardens, along hedgerows, and scrubby areas of open grassland. This particular species in picture was found on my garden feeding on nectar of Dimorphotheca sp flower.
The Speckled hibernates as either a caterpillar or chrysalis.Its larvae feed on soft grasses, principally cocksfoot Dactylis glomerata, couch Agropyron repens, creeping soft grass Holcus mollis, Yorkshire-fog Holcus lanatus, wood millet Milium effusum and wood meadow grass Poa nemoralis.
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- [2015-02-18 9:28]
Hi Nikos,a great preview of the new season,i must to wait some days to see the Pararge me too..eeheh...a good composition,the petals are overexposed and the details are a bit grained,but no problem,this is a great signal to the butterflies fans like me..ehehe..have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Ciao Nikos, great macro of lovely butterfly, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio