The Map (Araschnia levana)
|Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi)
|Date Taken: 2015-07|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2015-08-19 1:26|
|[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.
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Your close-up capture of a part of this butterfly is well intended, Siegfried. You have successfully demonstrated why it is called a 'Map'. Those lines on the nether wings do suggest a resemblance to a map.
Super sharp picture; I like that curled up proboscis.
Another experimental presentation of this Map butterfly. Very good details with splendid color. I like its BG too.
Thanks for sharing,
- [2015-08-19 8:33]
Beautiful close-up of this butterfly. Great sharpness, details and natural colours. Nice choice of composition.
- [2015-08-19 13:21]
Hi Siggi,very impressive macro looking for the small details close to the head of this specie,never seen in my fields.Super sharpness and correct exposure,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
As usual a wonderful macro with decent colors and a nice composition. Great!