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Colias Crocea

Colias Crocea
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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: 2017-07-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-07-28 9:09
Viewed: 778
Points: 16
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Colias Crocea.
A regular migrant to the Uk from Europe, and although seen in most years it is well known for occasional "mass" migrations, sometimes called "Clouded Yellow years". Usually seen from March to October. Found in fields, meadows and grasslands over much of North Africa and Southern Europe to the Middle East, occasionally reaching the Scandinavian region when migrating. Feeds on leguminous plants, including the Clovers (Trifolium), Lucerne (Medicago sativa) both found in Brickfields Park, and occasionally, Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus). Breeds in the Uk but does not overwinter. The caterpillar is bright green and hairy with a broad pale yellow / white stripe along its upper side. Capable of two broods per year usually in June and August.
With a wingspan of 50-65mm (2-2.5in), when settled it always has it's wings closed so the greenish yellow undersides with central silver spot outlined in red are the usual view of this butterfly, however the wing upper sides are an orange-yellow with broad dark brown borders, in the female ♀ these borders contain yellow or pale white spots. A small proportion of females are pale yellow and can be confused with the rarer Pale (C. hyale) and Berger's Clouded Yellows (C. alfacariensis). Females are larger than the males ♂, both having a dark brown spot to the upper forewing whilst on the upper hind wing the females have the same central silver spot outlined in red as the underside which is absent in the male.

Lepidottero di media grandezza dalla livrea giallo-arancio con larghe fasce marginali nel cui interno, ma solo nelle femmine, sono comprese macchie gialle. Le parti inferiori sono di colore giallo-citrino con una coppia di punti bianchi contornati di rossiccio sulle ali posteriori. Queste ultime presentano, inoltre, una serie di punti scuri nella regione postdiscale. Non di rado si osservano femmine dalla colorazione bianco-verdastra ascritte alla forma "helice", fissata geneticamente.
Sverna come bruco nascosto tra anfratti e sotto le pietre. In primavera avviene la metamorfosi in crisalidi succinte provviste di un appuntito processo cefalico. A partire da maggio e fino all'autunno, si susseguono varie generazioni. Piante nutrici sono diverse Leguminose e soprattutto le vecce, sulle quali vengono deposte uova rosso-arancio.Distribuzione ed ecologia
Diffusa in Europa centro-meridionale, Nordafrica e Asia minore. Ovunque in Italia, dalla pianura ai 2400 m. Specie tra le più comuni nel territorio, ove si riscontra con frequenza nelle campagne coltivate e al limitare dei boschi.

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Ciao Luciano, gran bella coppia di sporcaccione, colori fantastici, brillanti ma naturali, fresche fresche, dettagli al top e splendida nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano,
Nice specie and a great opportunity to take 2 members in one shot....
Thanks for your kind words about my photo posted today....It was a rare moment to meet a splendid colorful specie almost extinct....I meet this specie in a forest called now ''Bazos Forest Preserve'' located just 20 km from Timisoara my hometown. The entire property belonged to count Ludovic Ambrozy, the Habsburg Empire ambassador to United States.
Have a nice weekend.....

Ciao Luciano
une très belle composition, la capture du couple est une chance que tu as su saisir. Bonne observation
Bon W-E

Hi Luciano,

Another lovely couple captured by you. The photo is sharp and the details are recorded nicely.


Warm Regards,

Hello Luciano,
Very well captured butterflies in their mating moment. Good focus and details on wings. BG could have been better, atleast in my test. I prefer OOF BG when taking butterfly picture. Otherwise it's OK.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-07-30 14:13]

Hello Luciano,
I have been on vacation for the past two weeks and haven't been able to get on site. I am at the airport ready to board for home and just checked your photo, what a beauty.
Two lovely butterflies in perfect focus and captured in a fantastic pose. Excellent exposure and displaying wonderful color tones. Well done!!

Very well captured image of these mating butterflies, Luciano.
Excellent sharpness and attractive natural colours.

Bonjour Luciano,

Les insectes sont bien placés dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails des papillon Souci. La lumière fait ressortir la beauté des couleurs. Bonne journée.


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