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Melitaea didyma

Melitaea didyma
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6568 W: 89 N: 15654] (65467)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-05-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-05-18 12:34
Viewed: 369
Points: 18
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Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Genus: Melitaea
Species: M. didyma

The Spotted Fritillary (Melitaea didyma) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found primarily in Southern and Central Europe.
The wingspan is 35-50 mm. The butterfly flies from April to September depending on the location.
The larvae feed on various plants, including Linaria, Plantago lanceolata, Veronica, Centaurea jacea and Digitalis purpurea.

Questo ninfalide ricorda molto la Melitaea Athalia, dalla quale differisce oltre che per le minori dimensioni, anche per alcuni disegni quali le lunule subeguali sul margine dell'ala anteriore e , inferiormente, per il disegno discale arancione dell'ala posteriore che appare del tutto aperto, ossia non racchiude alcun elemento giallo.

Compare a maggio e presenta due o tre generazioni. Il bruco, che ha come piante nutrici piantaggini, veroniche, linaiole e artemisie, è biancastro con tratti neri; dorsalmente, due linee di macchie arancioni con escrescenze bianco-grigiastre. Quelli dell'ultima generazione svernano per impuparsi in primavera: gli adulti sfarfalleranno dopo quindici giorni.

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Ciao Luciano, capolavoro, tutto perfetto, fantastica macro e la Didima ti si è messa in gran posa, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 90] (9796)
  • [2018-05-18 21:44]

Wow the same lesson from my friend that when the trunk is in for nectar there is chance to click, well shot.

Hi Luciano,
it is very good and you know it certainly. What if you lower the Colour temperature? Maybe the butterly would even more stand out with its interesting colours. And maybe this is a matter of taste and of the reigning light condition. Just a thought.
I wish you a pleasant weekend ! Dietrich

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful coloured butterfly and well captured. Well focus on eye.Good details and exposure. I like background here ☺.
Thanks for sharing your work with us,
Regards and have a nice weekend,

You can do it. Have a nice weekend my friend.

Hi Luciano
A very colourful butterfly and beautifully caught on top of the flower.

Thanks Luciano for the kind comment
you have her a beauty of a butterfly ,this fam is also in Greece
i like the colours of this specie
thanks gr lou

ciao Luciano,
une très belle prise, ce papillon est magnifique et bien cadré.
Belle palette de couleurs.
Bonne soirée

Bonjour Luciano,

La fleur aide au cadrage du papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Mélitée orangée. L'image est claire et nette. La qualité de la lumière embellit les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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