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|he 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.|
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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- [2012-05-03 12:37]
Hi Marx,one of the most beautiful butterflies of our continent,and one of the best pics never seen on TN of this specie.Magnificent capture whit the best sharpness,colors and composition,a great gift to the buterflies fans like me.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Splendida macro di questa farfalla dalla livrea spettacolare,ottima nitidezza con notevoli particolari stupendi colori,molto bella complimenti.
Very nice photo indeed!