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Colias croceus

Colias croceus
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Copyright: Giorgos Ntachris (GiorDah) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 24] (150)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 450D, Canon EF 70-300mm IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-23 6:49
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Points: 12
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Colias croceus is a small butterfly of the Pieridae family, that is, the Yellows and Whites. In India and nearby regions it is known as the Dark Clouded Yellow or Common Clouded Yellow to distinguish it from the other species of clouded yellows occurring there; elsewhere it is often simply known as "the clouded yellow".
The upperside is golden to orange yellow with a broad black margin on all four wings and a black spot near the center forewing. The underside lacks the black borders and is lighter, with a more greenish tint, particularly on the forewings. In the forewing underside is the same dark spot as on the upperside, but often with a light center; the hindwing underside has a white center spot, often with a smaller white or dark dot immediately above it. Sometimes, a row of black dots occurs on the underwings' outer margins, corresponding to where the black border ends on the upperside,

Females differ from the males in having yellow spots along the black borders on the upperside. In a small proportion of females the golden upperside colouration is replaced by a pale cream colour. These have been distinguished as form helice, but do not seem to be that distinct as intermediates exist and the variation is to some extent related to humidity during development, with dryer conditions producing paler coloration.

In flight, it is easily identifiable by the intense yellow colouring, much brighter than that of the lemon-yellow male Common Brimstone which also lacks black color. Like all Colias species they never open their wings at rest. Pale females can be confused with the rarer Pale Clouded Yellow (C. hyale) and Berger's Clouded Yellow (C. sareptensis). Even the palest C. croceus tends to have more black on the upperside however, in particular on the hindwings.
The Common Clouded Yellow's breeding range is North Africa and southern Europe and eastwards through Turkey into the Middle East but it occurs throughout much of Europe as a summer migrant, in good years individuals reaching Scandinavia. In Asia, its range extends into central Siberia in the north and barely into India in the south; it is not found in Central Asia. In southern Europe and North Africa they breed continuously throughout the year. Eggs are laid singly on foodplant leaves. The caterpillars grow fast in warm weather, sometimes pupating within a month. Pupation lasts for two or three weeks and in good years there can be as many as three generations per year, with adults still on the wing at the beginning of November.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-23 6:56]

Hi Giorgos
What a great shot of this lovely C.croceus.
Details and colors are perfect!
Congratulation for this beauty!

Hello Giorgios,
Good macro, I think the contrast and general balance are very well managed. I know how difficult are shot yellow butterflies posed on dark ground, We have similar species in our country and they also are frecuently posed on ground. Well done, TFS, regards, Jesús

Ciao Giorgios, splendid colias with wonderful bright colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-06-23 11:02]

Hello Giorgios,
An excellent capture of this beautiful butterfly that stands out very sharply against the stony background. Very sharp details and lovely natural colours too! Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hallo Giorgos
You surely know how to warm a person’s heart on a cold winter’s day – This is a beautiful butterfly and the colours are just gorgeous, especially the yellow that has sun, joy and happiness written all over it. The big green eye is just a delight to look at. The combination of yellow, pink and green is just great. Thank you for sharing this beauty. I also enjoyed your notes, and the information given is very educational. It makes the posting much more special. Best regards.

Lovely shot with fine strong colors moderate sharpness and flawless composition, Giorgos! And what a fantastic point of view!
George Veltchev

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