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|A species that I had not seen for many years in my country and that I finally met again.|
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, comune, ma sempre bella, poi è la prima farfalla che ho fotografato e ci ho un rapporto di amore, macro di qualità eccellente, ma non è una novità, bravissimo, ciao Silvio
Luciano very nice picture to see with this beautiful colours gr lou
- [2019-08-01 5:51]
Come al solito un fantastico ritratto di Argynnis paphia. con dettagli a top.
- [2019-08-01 19:41]
Excellent beautiful and I love this, well exposed and composed TSF.
La fleur aide au cadrage de l'insecte. la prise de vue permet de voir avec précision les détails du papillon Tabac d'Espagne. La qualité de la lumière embellit les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.
Another lovely setup-summer life by great lights and details well done LUCIANO GOLLINI