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Limenitis reducta / South. White Admiral

Limenitis reducta / South. White Admiral
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Copyright: Marcello Romano (marcellr) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 38 N: 1012] (3514)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-21 4:52
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Limenitis reducta Staudinger, 1901

Common English Name: Southern White Admiral

As its name suggests this is a butterfly of southern Europe. It is widespread and often common. It has a lovely blue sheen on the upperside that varies with the angle of light.
It flies in light woodland and along roadsides cutting through denser forests. It glides gracefully with wings flat open between wing beats. It can often be found resting at about head height on shrubs and trees as if it is defending a territory.

Range: Sud Europe, Asia Minor, Caucasus and Transcaucasia, Iran, Kopet-Dagh.

Flight period: May to July.

Foodplants: Lonicera.

Similar species: Superficially it is similar to the White Admiral, (Limenitis camilla).
However, there are many differences. The hindwing basal area of reducta is a bold silvery band and the ground colour is a rich red. In contrast camilla has a pale grey basal area that is broken up by a warmer orange ground colour. The upperside forewings also have an easy distinction - reducta has a bold white cell spot, camilla may just have a shadow here.


Limenitis reducta è presente in tutta Italia, comprese le due isole maggiori.
Si tratta di una specie xerofila, amante cioè delle località secche e assolate: frequenta i margini dei boschi, i cespuglieti e le radure dal livello del mare fino a oltre 1300 metri s.l.m.
In Sicilia ha due generazioni annuali, con sfarfallamento degli adulti in maggio-giugno e agosto-settembre.

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Hello My dear friend,

This is a perfect close-up of this beautiful butterfly with nice composition consisting the umbeliferan folwers. TFS.


Hi Marcello,
a fine close-up with nice colours, especially the wings, who
shimmer in different tones.
Good details, well exposed and composed.
Nice work.

Hello Marcello,

Splendid shot of this butterfly. Very good sharpness. What a superb plant as background also. These flowers seem to be very attractive to insects. Splendid colours.


Che spettacolo questa farfalla, Marcello, elegantissima ed il gillo dei fiori sembra messo li apposta per esaltare la sua bellezza, foto non facile, il riflesso nelle ali di quel colore èmicidiale, magnificamente eseguita, ciao Silvio

hello marcello,
lovely capture of this so beautiful species, i liked the tight cropping and the bg filled with yellow flowers, well composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Marcello,
This is a beauty. The color of upper wing that varies with angle of sunlight is well seen here. Beautiful composition. Very well done.


Great job on this butterfly,
He has wonderful shades of colors,
Very nice,


Great capture! So close and detailed! Great job! Cheers, Klaus

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-21 11:14]

Hi Marcello,

A nice capture of this admiral,well diagonally composed,colors and details looking good,thanks


Hi Marcello,
Very spectacular indeed. Lovely colours and composition, with very fine details Bravo.

Hi Marcello,
Very nice capture. TFS.
- Nirmal

Ottima foto: bellissimi i colori e di dettagli del soggetto!

Ciao e grazie, Emanuele

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-22 4:57]

Hello Marcello,
Thanks for showing this beautiful Southern White Admiral. Interesting to see, and read, how it differs from ours. Excellent sharp details and beautiful colours. I like the yellow flowers in the background as a strong contrast. Well done!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-02-22 9:47]

Hi Marcello,
Beautiful contrast of blue and yellow, excelent composition and great details,
Well done and TFS

Hola Marcello,
Preciosa y magnífica foto de gran definición, con una luz y color fantásticos, la nota informativa interesante y completa. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-22 15:44]

Ciao Marcello,
Bellissima farfalla!
La foto e ben composta con dei bellissimi colori!

Hi Marcello
Very nice picture of this butterfly.
Nice composition and very good DOF. I like also the contrast between dark inscet and bright yellow flowers. It is very good backrgound for it.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Marcello,
A beautiful capture of this beautiful white admiral. Excellent sharp details and a beautiful composition Thanks a lot for sharing.

Por poca cosa que digas, siempre son importantes tus comentarios para mía.
Bella mariposa y bien captada.

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-02-25 20:11]

Hello Romano,

nice capture of this admiral. Blue on yellow is very nice. Details, POV,DOF and composition are great.
Thanks for sharing

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-26 12:29]

Ciao Marcello

A very nice image from you taken last year in the beautiful Sicilian summer :) I wish you the best weather for this year, too!

This is a photo full of colors and details, with a great main subject - the Southern White Admiral - and some other little "actors" sharing the nice flower with the butterfly.
Very nice DOF chosen here and good exposure management, too.

Bravo and TFS

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