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Argynnis paphia

Argynnis paphia
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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: 2017-08-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-08-29 10:52
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My first pic from my last trip in Georgia,a couple of males of this common species of Argynnis paphia.

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Argynnis
Species:A. paphia

The silver-washed fritillary (Argynnis paphia) is a common and variable butterfly found over much of the Palaearctic ecozone – Algeria, Europe, temperate Asia and Japan.
The silver-washed fritillary butterfly is deep orange with black spots on the upperside of its wings, and has a wingspan of 54–70 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. Its preferred habitat is thin, sunny, deciduous woodland, especially oaks, but it has been known to live in coniferous woodland.
The male possesses scent scales on the upperside 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.
The main larval food plant of the species is the common dog violet (Viola riviniana).

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Ciao Luciano, la Pafia è comune, ma questa mica parla Italiano, poi una coppia così bella meritava di essere vista, colori brillanti, perfetta messa a fuoco sui due esemplari, dettagli super e magnifica nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-08-29 11:55]

Hello Luciano,
A spectacular shot of these two gorgeous butterflies. I love the way they have posed in opposite directions, one facing up and the other down. Incredible detail and eautiful rich yet natural colors.
Well done!!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2017-08-29 12:01]

Superb pair, Luciano! Great compassion and excellent colors and sharpness.




Hi Luciano,
Fantastic shot, just the way I like it: flash, perfect expossure on the subject and underexposured background to create sharp contrast. There's always a lot to learn from your photos, no matter how common the given species is. Superb composition, great camera angle, vivid colors also, besides your always spectacular light management. Bravo!
Kind regards, László

What a lovely pair of these Fritillaries, Luciano!
Both of them offer a frontal and rear view of their fully open wings.
The light coloured flower makes a contrasting and effective background.

Hello Luciano,
Thanks for visiting my gallery.....
I'm on a short holiday in DANUBE DELTA (heaven on earth for any photographer). I do not have much time for comment.....
Nice specie, popular in my region and with superb colorful wings.

Bonjour Luciano,

Les fleurs aident au cadrage des papillons. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails des papillons Tabac d'Espagne. La bonne luminosité fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne journée.


Tell me how you convinced these two specimens to pose together on those little flowers just so that you can achieve this marvel of photography. Did you do witchcraft, Luciano? Now I realize that you have the same name as the "Brutta Bestia" of my 25 year old nephew rugbiers, Luciano Bortondello (well, he is also a journalist specialized in rugby and future Kinesiologist, I must clarify).
Ciao !!!

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