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A future Map butterfly

A future Map butterfly
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-20 13:52
Viewed: 3623
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Map butterfly (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 larvae develop gregariously on nettle Urtica dioica. Overwinters as pupae.

Other caterpillar species feed also on nettles (Urtica dioïca) like Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta), Painted Lady (Vanessa ou Cynthia cardui), Comma (Polygonia c-album), Peacock (Inachis io). (Wikipedia)

If you want to protect butterflies, give a place for nettles in your garden! And you can take a few to make a delicious soup.

Thank you Vinny for giving the exact ID of this caterpillar!
La carte géographique (Araschnia levana) est un insecte lépidoptère de la famille des nymphalidés.
La chenille à son dernier stade atteint une vingtaine de millimètres. Son corps est noir, parfois brun, avec de petits points blancs. Les flancs et le dos de la chenille du carte géographique sont parcourus par des lignes discontinues (une succession de virgules) de couleur jaune/brun, couleur que l'on retrouve également sur les fausses pattes. On peut observer sur la tête (capsule céphalique) de la chenille deux petites protubérances épineuses. Le corps de la chenille est muni de nombreuses "épines ramifiées" nommées scoli. (Source: krisnature.net)

Autres Papillons ayant pour plante hôte de leurs larves, l'Ortie dioïque : le Vulcain (Vanessa atalanta), la Vanesse du chardon (Vanessa ou Cynthia cardui), le Robert-le-Diable (Polygonia c-album), le Paon du jour(Inachis io). (Wikipedia)

Si vous voulez protéger les papillons, laisser un coin pour les orties dans votre jardin ! Et vous pourrez leur en prendre un peu pour faire une délicieuse soupe…

Merci à Vinny pour m'avoir donné l'identification correcte de cette chenille.

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To Maite: Yes, it is deliciousCatherineD 2 11-20 14:40
To Vinster: You are right!CatherineD 2 10-22 12:32
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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-20 13:58]

Hello Catherine,
Superb close up picture of this caterpillar. Greatly captured. Sharp, clear, with nice details. Nice BG. Excellent shot.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Catherine
A really good macro of with great focus and detail. Good use of the flash to bring out the detail of the spines.
I'm not sure this is a Peacock - although they have brown prolegs the body and spines are much blacker than this. Also the spines on Peacocks are less 'branched' and the caterpillars live in large groups. I'm not 100% but this might be Map Butterfly.
Kind Regards

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-21 2:22]

Hello Catherine,

You have made a fine photo of the caterpillar. The colors are beautifull with a perfect match between insect's colors and background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-10-21 3:22]
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Hello Catherine
You did a superb shot to this beautiful Inachis io caterpilar. Magnificent focus showing excellent sharp details and very good DOF. Is it a nettle which it is set on? I had never heard of nettle soup, I didn't know they could be eaten.
Thank you very much for the interesting picture.

  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-10-21 9:32]

Bonjour Catherine
Excellente présentation.Bon PDV et image parfaitement en focus.Le détail et les couleurs ont également tres réussie.
Merci Michel

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-21 12:22]

Hi Catherine. I missed this one yesterday. The focusing and detail is first class. very good use of the flash which has made the caterpillar shine. i like the dark Bg shows it of even more. with rich colours. A nice POV. wel ldone TFS.

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