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Argynnis aglaja

Argynnis aglaja
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Copyright: Harm Alberts (Harm-digitaal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 7 N: 1968] (7604)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-11 15:40
Viewed: 2930
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Argynnis aglaja female / Grote parelmoervlinder vrouwtje / Dark Green Fritillary female / Großer Perlmutterfalter weibchen / Le Grand Nacré femelle.

Range declining in some areas.

This large and powerful butterfly is one of our most widespread fritillaries and can be seen flying rapidly in a range of open sunny habitats. The males look similar to the High Brown Fritillary, which is far rarer but sometimes flies with them on bracken-covered hillsides. The two can be distinguished from the underwing markings, visible when they are feeding on flowers such as thistles.

Although the Dark Green Fritillary is still locally abundant in some regions, it has declined in many others, notably central and eastern England.

Conservation status
UK BAP status: not listed
Butterfly Conservation priority: low
European threat status: not threatened

European/world range
Throughout Europe as far north as the Arctic Circle and eastwards across Asia to China and Japan. Range appears stable through much of Europe, but declines reported in at least eleven countries.

Common Dog-violet (Viola riviniana) is used in many habitats but Hairy Violet (V. hirta) is used on calcareous grasslands, and Marsh Violet (V. palustris) on moorland and wetter habitats in the north and west. Other violets may be used occasionally.

The butterfly occurs in a range of flower-rich grasslands, often with patches of scrub, including: coastal grassland, dunes and scrub; chalk and limestone grassland; moorland and wet flushes; acid grassland with bracken; and occasionally woodland rides and clearings.



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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-08-11 15:50]

Hallo Harm,
the summer goes by and the butterflies found now are not more so 'fresh'. You show a beatiful picture of this slightly worn Argynnia aglaja. As on your prvious posting (B. dia) colours and light are nice.

Hi Harm

Well done on a lovely shot. Complimentary OOF BG to enhance the image. Nicely composed. Lovely saturation of of colours. :-)

It's really wel done picture. Unfortunatelly the butterfly is not "fresh" but the picture is great. Thanks


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