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Araschia levana-levana (lays eggs)

Araschia levana-levana (lays eggs)
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Copyright: Milos Koudelka (mikou) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K200D, Pentax SMC FA 100 F2.8 MACRO
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-21 6:39
Viewed: 3760
Points: 44
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Today I am sending a photo of this small butterfly. It's The Map (Araschia levana) spring generation.
The female lays eggs on the underside of the leaf nettle.
Best greeting Milos.

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Araschia
Species: levana
Size: wingspan: 2,8-4 cm

The Map (Araschia levana)
Czech name: Babočka síťkovaná

It creates for two to three generations, the butterflies are different color. Spring generation - a form levana has wings reddish-brown and black speckled. Later generations of summer prorsa has dark brown wings with white and red patches. In good years, when the beautiful autumn long, still autumn generation occurs porima whose coloration is intermediate between the spring and summer form.
The emergence of this form depends on the number of days the development of caterpillars. For the longest summer days, develops a form prorsa.
Not so long ago was one of the rare species. Today it occurs in appropriate locations everywhere in large numbers, where nature is still preserved. She flies in the gardens, where there is plenty of blossoms, it attracts attention with its fragrance. Also flies in the woods and meadows full of flowers. They meet her wet meadow vegetation and sparse forests and clearings. It prefers partially shaded habitats in the lowlands and hilly country up to 1000 m.
Habitat: It is very abundant, but in some areas, the local occurrence. Like other small tortoiseshell lives mainly on the nettles in the penumbra. Caterpillar to disguise and is fastened to the plant, on which hangs. There is currently no threat. The first generation of spring but does not live in intensively farmed areas, rather in the shaded areas with nettles, individuals hatched less than the summer generation.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-21 6:45]

Hello neighbour,
What a special moment. Taken in very good sharpness and details. Beautiful contrasting colours with a nice blurred BG. Excellent POV and composition.

Hello Milos,
Superb capture of a lovely butterfly in a very special moment.
The colors and the details are excellent.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Milos,
Extraordinary fantastic moment captured! a great feat of nature, very good sharpness details, very nice contrast against bright background, very well seen, nicely done and well presented,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

Hi Milos,an excellent work in a very difficult position and light,maybe you could try a shot whit flash....but the result is very nice,perfect sharpness and natural colors,and a specie that i never seen in my country.Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano

Hi Milos,

Well what a superb capture of this spectacular moment my friend, great low point of view and impressive sharpness, great camera skills and well done,
Best regards Milos and have a nice evening,


Ciao Milos, interesting macro of lovely butterfly laying eggs details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2011-06-21 11:12]

Hello Milos,
a superb picture and nature document.
Well seen and nicely taken.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Milos
Interesting scene and fantastic photo with excellent composition and wonderful colours. The sharpness is impressive

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-21 11:16]

Hello Milos,
This is an excellent photo!
Not only because it it technically very good ,with fine sharpness and details, but that it shows levana laying eggs in the special way for this species, with its egg strings under the nettle leaf. The colours and composition are excellent too.
Thanks and best regards,

Absolutely immaculate capture Milos Koudelka ...one of a kind as they say! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Ciao Milos. Fantastic POV and excellent colours in difficult light's conditions. Best compliments.


Habilidad... y oportunidad a la hora de captar a este ejemplar desovando.
Una imagen delicada que nos hace reflexionar sobre la naturaleza.
Bellos colores, encuadre y fondo.
Saludos Milos: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Milos,
very nice photo of this butterfly. Amazing colours. Excellent sharpness. Very nice composition. I can see a lot of details.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Milos!
Fantastic moment, fantastic photo!
Very good POV, good DOF, perfect composition, beautiful colors. Sharpness is outstanding as well are the details.
Very good job!

Hallo Milos,
a superb macro shot of the Map laying eggs, excellent point of view and composition, very good sharpness and colours.
Best regards

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-06-21 13:28]

Hello Milos,
A very good macro shot of this interesting butterfly,nice colors and excellent POV.

Hi Milos,
A POV very complicated, masterfully solved! ... Congratulations!

perfect document picture Milos , excellent picture and very very nice moment, excellent details and colors, congratulations !
have a nice evening,


Hello Milos,

an nice capture from this beautiful butterfly.
Good of sharpness and dof, nicely blurred bg.
Fine colors.


Hi Milos,

Great moment captured very finely. The POV is perfect & sharpness is great.
Well done & TFS.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-02 4:20]

Hello Milos,
A very interesting picture of The Map-butterfly in full action of laying eggs. Lucky you to have seen it! Next Spring I will have a look to the underside of Nettle-leaves! I saw this butterfly for the first time in my life this year, and funnily just 5 minutes away from my home.
I wish you a nice weekend
Kind regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-27 9:33]

Hello Milos.
Great capture of the Araschia levana laying its eggs, fantastic moment, great details and nice natural colours.Great focus against a beautiful background and well composed.Best regards Siggi

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