The Map (Araschnia levana
|Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi)
|Date Taken: 2015-07-12|
|Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II|
|Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2015-10-09 2:01|
|[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.(Wikipedia)
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- [2015-10-09 2:55]
Hi Siggi,beautiful shot about this specie that i never seen in my country.Great profile and very good sharpness and colors too,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
- [2015-10-09 5:24]
Very well composed macro of this butterfly in fine sharpness and natural colours.
great picture with good details and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou
Ciao Siggi, great macro of fantastic butterfly on beautiful lighting BG, excellent clarity, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Beautiful POV against such splendid BG. Very well focus and good details too. Good work....
Thanks for sharing,
it's a long time that i have seen this species in real, so i appreciate very much your shot, very good pose on this leaf, very beautiful BGand sherp details too
Thanks a lot and good night