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Melitaea cinxia

Melitaea cinxia
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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: 2014-05-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-12-21 7:03
Viewed: 1578
Points: 16
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Buon Natale! Happy Christmas!

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Nymphalidae

Genus: Melitaea

The Glanville Fritillary (Melitaea cinxia) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family.
The animal spends most of its life as a black, spiny caterpillar. The orange patterned butterfly lives only a few weeks. The Glanville Fritillary inhabits open grassland throughout Europe (except much of Great Britain, Scandinavia, and southern Spain) and temperate Asia. A subspecies inhabits North Africa. Severe population declines are reported in many European countries. The Glanville Fritillary is a medium-sized orange, black and white "checkerspot" butterfly inhabiting open meadows. The males patrol along roads and habitat edges, on the lookout for the less conspicuous females which remain in dense tussocks for long periods. Mating occurs around mid-day, and as the female often continues to fly from flower to flower, mating pairs are conspicuous. Throughout most of their range they have one generation per year, overwintering as larvae. In warm regions they have two generations per year. In her lifetime, a female lays several clusters of up to 200 eggs on the underside of the larval food plant. She feeds on nectar (with her proboscis) from surrounding flowering plants. The larvae feed on several species of plants in the genera Plantago and Veronica. They live in gregarious family groups in characteristic silken webs ("nests") throughout most of their larval stage. When alarmed, a feeding group of Glanville Fritillary larvae will jerk their heads in unison, probably to distract their enemies. Through the winter (or summer where it is very dry), the caterpillars stop feeding and lie dormant until spring (or fall, where the summer is dry) when they resume eating, and eventually pupate. The inconspicuous pupa hangs from a plant stem or lies in the leaf litter for 2 to 3 weeks, until the next generation of adults emerges, living for only up to three weeks. The Glanville Fritillary is named for Lady Eleanor Glanville, an eccentric 17th and 18th century English butterfly enthusiast – a very unusual occupation for a woman at that time. She was the first to capture British specimens in Lincolnshire during the 1690s. A contemporary wrote: This fly took its name from the ingenious Lady Glanvil, whose memory had like to have suffered for her curiosity. Some relations that was disappointed by her Will, attempted to let it aside by Acts of Lunacy, for they suggested that none but those who were deprived of their senses, would go in Pursuit of butterflies. Moses Harris, 1776

Lunghezza ala anteriore: 17-24 mm
Distribuzione in Italia: tutta Italia, escluse la Sardegna e l’Elba.
Habitat: prati e cespuglietti dal piano basale a quello montano e cacuminale, sino a un massimo di circa 2300 metri s.l.m.
Generazioni annuali: una sola con sfarfallamento in maggio-giugno con tendeza a luglio-agosto nelle localitŕ piů elevate..
Piante nutrici: Plantago lancelolata. Plantago media. Centaurea sp.

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hallo Roberto
super good sharpness composition
nice light and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

Hello Roberto - Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to you too. Beautiful Butterfly against such dramatic back light. Very well captured. Excellent sharpness with great details. I also like blue sky in BG. Thanks for sharing. Regards- Srikumar

Ciao Roby,
A top class image with fantastic lights, colors and at least on the butterfly, sharpness. Perfectly chosen PoV to get a perfect photo against the sunlight. Your DoF is awesome, too, and the color gamut is simply breathtaking. Bravo!
Have a nice Christmas with your loved ones, too. Kind regards, László

Ciao Roby,penso che tu sia in partenza per il paesello,quindi ricambio gli auguri a te e famiglia e grazie di questa bellissima foto con il POV che preferisco,Buone Feste!! Luciano

Ciao Roberto, gran bella Cinzia in posa aggressiva, fantastici colori e ottimi dettagli, bravo, ci si sente quando sei a Spoleto, col, caldo di quest'anno invece della neve ci andiamo a far foto alle farfalle a Castelluccio, ciao Silvio

Hello Roberto,
Excellent composition with love colors and nice details.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-12-24 3:48]

Hi Roberto,
Very nice portrait of a beautiful butterfly.
Nice colours and excellent sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.
Wish You Merry christmas.

Hello Roberto,
Excellent capture!!Beautiful play of light,lovely colours and great details.
Happy New Year my Friend.

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