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Copyright: GEORGE KOTSIS (geokot) (29)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-10 2:24
Viewed: 3709
Points: 8
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Issoria lathonia
Queen of Spain Fritillary

Rare migrant
The beautiful Queen of Spain Fritillary is an uncommon visitor to Britain and Ireland, despite having a migratory habit and the presence of permanent colonies just across the English Channel.

In flight, it may be confused with the Dark Green Fritillary, but it is smaller, its wings have a more angular shape, and the large silver patches on the undersides of the hindwings are unmistakable.

Sightings have increased in recent years and it is possible that a temporary breeding colony became established in Suffolk.

European/world range
Throughout continental Europe as far north as southern Scandinavia, with migrants occurring almost to the Arctic Circle. Resident in North Africa and eastwards through Turkey and the Middle East into Asia. Declining in north-west Europe, but stable or expanding in other European countries.

Species in the genus Viola (violets and pansies) are used in continental Europe. Northern populations rely mainly on Wild Pansy (Viola tricolor) and Field Pansy (V. arvensis) and it is assumed that the butterfly is restricted to these two species in Britain.

The butterfly is found in a diverse range of habitats in continental Europe, but in the north of its range is associated predominantly with dry, open habitats such as limestone pavement, heathland, and dunes.

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Preciosa imagen la que nos muestras con preciosos colores y una buena pose de la mariposa. Correcto encuadre.
Saludos George.

Hi George,
nice Shot.
I like the composition and colors.
The face of the butterfly is very sharp. It seems to be cross-eyed ;)

Well done

Hola George.
Muy buena la composicion.preciosa imagen.Un saludo.

amazing! the change of colours is great!

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