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Species: L. camilla
The (Eurasian) White Admiral (see also Limenitis arthemis), Limenitis camilla, is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. They are found in woodland throughout southern Britain and much of Europe and Asia, extending as far east as Japan.
Adult white admirals have black wings with white bands. The contrasting colours help to break up the outline of the wing, camouflaging it from predators. They have a wing span of approximately 60-65 mm and have a distinctive, elegant flight consisting of short periods of wing beats, followed by long glides.
The white admiral feeds on bramble blossom and honeydew and the female will lay its eggs singly on wisps of honeysuckle growing in dense woodland. The caterpillars are green with red-brown hairs and are camouflaged on a leaf, by a mixture of their own dropping and silk. As autumn approaches it will form a tent-like structure made of leaf tissue known as a hibernaculum which it then secures to the stem with silk before hibernating. The caterpillar will then awaken the following spring and after a brief spell of feeding will moult, revealing a spiny green skin. It will then pupate during the summer, forming a green and gold chrysalis. After approximately two weeks the adult will emerge.
Nome Volgare: Camilla
Lunghezza ala anteriore mm. 22-30
Descrizione: Elegante lepidottero dalle parti superiori nere, con vistose
macchie rettangolari bianche priva della macchia discale tipica di
Maschio: colore nero. Ali anteriori con spazi postdiscali e submarginali
bianchi. Nelle ali posteriori fascia discale bianca interrotta dalle
Femmina: simile al maschio ma generalmente più grande
Rovescio: colore bruno grigiastro sfumato di bruno arancio. Fasce
trasversali leggermente più ampie che al dritto. Spazio discale bianco
azzurrognolo nelle ali anteriori. Area basale e anale azzurra nelle ali
Distribuzione: Italia settentrionale e appennini centro meridionali.
Habitat: specie sciafila, frequenta i boschi e le radure dal piano basale a
quello montano, sino a circa 1000 metri s.l.m.
Generazioni annuali: una con sfarfallamento in giugno-luglio. In alcune
regioni una seconda parziale in agosto
Piante nutrici: Lonicera xilosteum, Lonicera caprifolium, Lonicera periclymenum.
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A very rare specie in my region...Despite the broken old wings, the colors are natural and the composition excellent done.
In general I do not shot damaged butterflies...I am sorry for them....
But live is going on and the next season this specie will be more fresh and colorful for new post....
Thanks for sharing,
Les feuilles cadrent bien l'insecte. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Petit Sylvain. La lumière fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne soirée.
Ciao Luciano, un po' vecchiotta, ma a trovarla ci farei i salti, vista e fotografata una sola volta in vita mia, ottima nitidezza e bei colori, gran macro, bravissimo, ciao Silvio
Well captured this Admiral even in such unfriendly location. Details look good too.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice weekend
Composition's nice and although the butterfly is a bit too bright in my opinion, it stands out quite well against the busy greenery. Seems like this specimen already had a few battles in their life.
Kind regards from Ireland, László