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Pyronia tithonus - birth station

Pyronia tithonus - birth station
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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1998-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus OM2N, Olympus 20mm f/2.0 bellows lens, Kodachrome 25
Exposure: f/16
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Satyrinae - Worldwide [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-31 12:41
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pyronia tithonus (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae, Satyrinae):
Hatching caterpillars. - A picture of the pre-digital-era.

The picture shows different stages of hatching Pyronia tithonus caterpillars. Some empty egg shells are seen, partially consumed as a first meal by the 'newborns'. On the left side, two eggs are seen with a narrow slit produced by the caterpillars inside. From here, it will take about further 15 to 30 min to the stage seen in the middle of the picture, where the small larva tries to leave the egg.
The diameter of the eggs is about 1 mm and the freshly hatched larva (when not stretched) measures 1,5 to 2,0 mm.
The Pyronia tithonus-butterfly can be seen on several pictures posted to TrekNature. The species is widely distributed in Europe, Turkey and regions around the Black Sea.
Females attach their eggs on the food plants, i.e., Poa and other grasses.

An Olympus Autobellows was used.

The slide was scanned with Reflecta silver (1800 dpi).

REFERENCES: There are no reference books showing so-called first instar larvae of butterflies.

jcoowanitwong, TAZ, peter_stoeckl, extramundi, gitirana has marked this note useful
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Hello peter excellent close up perfect details nG, POF, Great Job, TFS Kyle

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  • pgmoni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
  • [2006-05-31 14:29]

A rare and interesting document, extremely well photographed. An entomologist's delight ! Thanks

Hello Peter,
Well observed of these minute caterpillars. Excellent captered and clearly seen. TFS

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-01 1:53]

What a nice and interesting macro that you have well done ! I never see it before. I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Peter and thanks for sharing.

hi peter
tres sympa cette eclosion de chenille,j'aime beaucoup.
merci pour le partage.

hervorragende Detailwiedergabe, die Eihüllen wirken sehr plastisch in ihrer glänzenden Transparenz vor neutralgrauem Hintergrund.
Erstaunlich die hier sehr gut dokumentierte Synchronizität der einzelnen Individuen, die offensichtlich binnen weniger Minuten wie auf Kommando ihre Hüllen sprengen und in ihr neues Leben krabbeln.
Sehr eindrucksvolles und berührendes Dokument.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

This is a very nice moment you captured.
I like very much the composition with a good POV which lets us see everything.
Really TN stuff, well done.

Oi Peter
You captured a great moment.So nice those litlle boxes with the pyronia´s babies.Great photo, excelent composition.Congratulations for a great shot.
Jandira Gitirana

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