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|Lasiommata megera (Linnaeus 1767)|
Common name: Wall Brown
Lasiommata megera is a very common butterfly of cretan fauna. This lovely 'brown' butterfly gets its common name from the habit of resting on walls with its wings open, enjoying the warmth of weak sunlight so that it is able to fly. (In very hot weather the Wall Brown seeks shade.) In practice you are even more likely to come across a Wall Brown resting on the ground, particularly on stony coastal cliff-top paths. Here it rests on a small stone under sunlight at noon between pine needles in a small forest. It is often one of the earliest species to emerge in spring when it sits in the sunshine absorbing heat from the sun and the rocks. It is usually very alert and hence difficult to approach for photographs.
It has 3-4 generations per year. Flight period is March-December. It overwinters as 3rd stage larva which it completes it development early spring. Wing span is 36-50mm and it can be found from 0-3000 altitudes.Habitats include forest edges and clearings, shrubby areas in ravines and river valleys and sparse woodlands.
Main hosts are many plants of family Poaceae.
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Nice to see this Wall Brown species. Well captured and nicely composed.
Thanks for showing,
- [2015-10-22 14:40]
Hi Nikos,very nice capture of this butterfly very common in my country too,taken in the classic pose looking for the warm sun of the last days before winter,very bright colors and fine details too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
this is a late butterfly
good details and nice light
the colours are beautiful
thanks gr lou
- [2015-10-26 1:13]
Well composed and good detail and sharpness of the subject. The POV and Lighting are also great. Regards Sigi