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Melitaea phoebe

Melitaea phoebe
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-04-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-06-30 13:06
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Melitaea
Species: M. phoebe

The Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found in the Palearctic ecozone, except the Northernmost locations. It used to include Melitaea telona, recently revalidated as a distinct cryptic species.
The wingspan is 34-50 mm. The butterfly flies from April to October depending on the location.
The larvae feed on Plantago and Centaurea species (including Centaurea jacea).


Dimensioni: apertura alare 45-50 mm. Descrizione: dorso delle ali di colore arancione-giallo con reticolato di linee e fasce nere molto variabili. Rovescio bianco crema con fascia submarginale, dell'ala posteriore, gialla con macchie arancioni. Molto simile a Melitaea cinxia, si distingue per l'assenza di macchie nere sulla parte superiore dell'ala posteriore. Distribuzione e habitat: diffusa in tutta l'Italia continentale e Sicilia in ambienti fioriti dal limite fino a 1500-2000 metri di quota. Le larve si sviluppano su Centaurea e Plantago. Periodo di attività: gli adulti si possono osservare da aprile a ottobre.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2017-07-01 1:23]

Detailed NOTE that provide much more about the species also the contrast turns this more attractive, nice catch.

Ciao Luciano, bella Febe, ottima nitidezza, splendidi colori e magnifici dettagli, bravo, ciao Silvio
PS stamattina a Gavelli volava di tutto e di più, 496 foto...

First rate image of a Fritillary with open wings, Luciano.
Pin sharp focus and really attractive colours and pattern on the wings.

Hi Luciano,

A superb image of this butterfly. The colors & patterns reminds me of the hide of a tiger. Beautiful vivid color and super sharp image.


Warm Regards,

Hello Luciano,
One of the species I found also here in my area....Lovely details, colors and very nice contrast against the green environment.

Hello Luciano,
Well captured this beautiful butterfly. Well focused on its eyes. Good details and sharp well.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Luciano,
Surgical accuracy in capturing this beautiful specie. I especially emphasize the incredible sharpness of the eyes.

Bonjour Luciano,

La végétation cadre bien l'insecte. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Mélitée des centaurées. La qualité de la lumière embellit les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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