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Argynnis paphia

Argynnis paphia
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Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-07-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-08-20 12:23
Viewed: 1124
Points: 20
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Dominio: Eukaryota

Regno: Animalia

Sottoregno: Eumetazoa

Ramo: Bilateria

Phylum: Arthropoda

Subphylum: Tracheata

Superclasse: Hexapoda

Classe: Insecta

Sottoclasse: Pterygota

Ordine: Lepidoptera

Sottordine: Glossata

Infraordine: Heteroneura

Superfamiglia: Papilionoidea

Famiglia: Nymphalidae

Sottofamiglia: Heliconiinae

Tribù: Argynnini

Genere: Argynnis

Specie: A. paphia

La pafia (Argynnis paphia (LINNAEUS, 1758)) è una farfalla appartenente alla famiglia delle Ninfalidi, particolarmente diffusa in Europa e nelle zone dell'Africa settentrionale a clima più mite. Specie in declino particolarmente negli anni '70 e '80, sembra ora in fase di ripresa. Dotata di una apertura alare di circa 54-70 mm, è facilmente riconoscibile per il colore arancione scuro delle proprie ali che presentano un disegno a righe e a punti neri. Predilige le boscaglie decidue, comunque in posizioni ben illuminate e soleggiate, anche se può essere rinvenuta, più raramente, nei boschi di conifere.
Lunghezza ala anteriore: 30-36 mm
Distribuzione in Italia: tutta Italia isole comprese.
Habitat: specie sciafila, frequenta i margini dei boschi e le radure del piano basale a quello montano, sino a circa 1800 metri s.l.m.
Generazioni annuali: una sola, con sfarfallamento in giugno-luglio
Piante nutrici: Viola reichenbachiana, Viola Canina.

The Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) is a European species of butterfly, which was in decline for much of the 1970s and 1980s but seems to be coming back to many of its old territories. The Silver-washed fritillary butterfly is deep orange with black spots on the upper side of its wings and has a wingspan of 54–70 mm, with the male being smaller and paler than the female. The underside is green and unlike other fritillaries has silver streaks instead of silver spots, hence the name silver-washed. The caterpillar is black-brown with two yellow lines along its back and long reddish-brown spines. Adults feed on the nectar of bramble, thistles and knapweeds and also on aphid honeydew. The silver-washed is a strong flier and more mobile than other fritillaries and as such can be seen gliding above the tree canopy at high speed. It preferred habitat is thin, sunny deciduous woodland especially oaks but has been known to live in coniferous woodland. The male possesses scent scales on the upper side of the forewing that run along veins one to four. The scent produced from these scales attracts females and helps to distinguish it from other species. Unusually for a butterfly, the female does not lay her eggs on the leaves or stem of the caterpillar's food source (in this case violets) but instead one or two meters above the woodland floor in the crevices of tree bark close to clumps of violets. When the egg hatches in August, the caterpillar immediately goes into hibernation until spring. Upon awakening it will drop to the ground and feeds on violets close to the base of the tree. The caterpillar usually feeds at night and usually conceals itself during the day away from its food source but during cool weather will bask in the sunny spots on the forest floor on dry, dead leaves . It will make its chrysalis amongst the ground vegetation and the adults will emerge in June.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6478 W: 89 N: 15610] (65301)
  • [2014-08-20 12:35]
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Ciao Roby,completamente sparita quest'anno dopo l'invasione dell'anno scorso,la cattura perfetta per un'enciclopeida,il nostro amico Ferretti stara' pensando ad una nuova edizione guardando le tue foto...buona serata,qui c'e' il nubifragio.Luciano

hallo Roberto
Greta sharpness and super good light
the colours are also beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-08-20 12:48]

Hello Roberto,
Brilliant presentation of this butterfly in impressive sharpness and details. Great DOF and splendid colours. Perfect diagonal composition.

Perfect shot Roberto. Nicely framed. Details are perfect. Love the pattern. Can't get better lighting. I like how the flowers add a splash of colour. Excellent shot! TFS Trevor

Hi Roberto!
Great macro of this lovely butterfly in excellent sharpness and beautiful colors. Perfect POV to show this butterfly in a best way. Lovely contrast with a smooth, greenish background. Attractive diagonal framing!
Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

Hello Roberto,
Spectacular capture with splendid natural colors and nice details. The light is great. Incredible sharp details. Great capture of a lovely and colorful specie which I like a lot.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Roberto, grande spettacolo anche dallo schermo piccolo del cellurare, splendida nitidezza e magnifici colori, bravissimo, saluti da Manduria, Silvio

Hello Roberto-No doubt,a stunning picture of a Butterfly.Details and sharpness are excellent.Well light and nicely managed BG.Good Work.Thanks for sharing.Regards-Srikumar

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-08-21 15:53]

Perfect portrait of this paphia argynnis. Exhibition provides a calm light to work. Congratulations, Roberto !!!

A big hug from ARGENTINA.


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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 233 W: 1 N: 534] (5797)
  • [2014-08-22 6:56]

Uauhh! What a great picture of this beautiful butterfly Roberto. Thank you for sharing it. Explendida foto. Congratulation.

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