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Coenonympha pamphilus

Coenonympha pamphilus
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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: 2019-04-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-04-21 12:56
Viewed: 416
Points: 20
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The Easter butterfly!

The Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus is a butterfly species belonging to the family Nymphalidae, (subfamily Satyrinae, commonly known as "the Browns"). It is widespread in Eurasia and northwestern Africa, preferring drier habitats than other Coenonymphae. The larval host plants are grasses, notably Sheep's Fescue, Rough meadow grass Poa trivialis.The butterfly loosely resembles a small Meadow Brown, but the brown colour of the wings appears noticeably paler in flight. Unlike the Meadow Brown and other common members of Satyrinae, the Small Heath is a lateral basker, only ever resting with its wings closed and angled at 90 to the sun.
The larvae have lifespans of varying length, even within the same climate, thus the imagines of one generation may be seen over a long period. The butterfly usually has two, occasionally three, broods and is on the wing from mid May until early October (late June to mid August in colder climates). The insect overwinters in its larval stage.
The Small Heath, like its cousin the Wall Brown, has been in serious decline across much of southern England for reasons unclear, and was accordingly designated as a UK BAP Priority Species (research only) by DEFRA in 2007.

Coenonympha pamphilus.

Piccolo lepidottero (apertura alare di circa 30 mm) dalle ali color giallo-camoscio brillante con bordature grigie marginali. Le ali anteriori presentano sopra un piccolo ocello cieco apicale, che inferiormente si ripete con pupilla e cerchiato di giallo. Le parti inferiori sono fulve anteriormente e con una linea postdiscale marcata; posteriormente, evidenziano marezzature chiare e fascia postdiscale biancastra.

Dai bruchi svernanti si hanno, a partire da aprile, i primi sfarfallamenti con una successione di diverse generazioni (anche quattro), che si protrae fino ad ottobre. Il bruco ha tegumento verde su cui spicca una linea medio-dorsale verde scura e una banda biancastra a livello degli stigmi; si nutre di Graminacee dei gen. Poa, Cynosurus, Anthoxanthum, Festuca ecc. Le crisalidi sono sospese.

Distribuzione ed ecologia
Con alcune sottospecie il suo areale abbraccia l'Europa, il Nordafrica e l'Asia. La forma presente in Sicilia, ha parti inferiori con disegni brillanti. Comune in estate in tutto il territorio, ove frequenta ambienti aperti e terreni sabbiosi coltivati.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2019-04-21 13:07]

Hello Luciano,
Another image in fantastic sharpness and details. Gorgeous light and colors. Great quality!

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2019-04-21 19:17]

Wow the new spring guest, here too I see butterfly but these are fast and well charged that I can not reach also need much patience.
Well exposed and composed, the sharpness counts and TFS.

Hello Luciano,
Lovely capture with a nice specie common in my region. The details are excellent.

Hello Luciano,
Very nice capture of Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus. The details are excellent.


Hello Luciano,
Wish you have a nice Easter, bit late ūüėČ
Excellent shot with great detail and exposure.
Perfect background too, and Luciano
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Luciano, comunissima, ma quando la qualità è questa è sempre un piacere vederla, bravissimo, buona Pasquetta, ciao Silvio

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2019-04-22 12:12]

Hi Luciano
Very beautiful specimen, sober and soft colors, sharp details.
The dof works well to isolate it.


Hi Luciano,
Color-wise probably a touch more cyan than the optimal, but the composition's fabulous! Great sharpness and exposure as well. Beautiful image, a real Easter gift! Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

Another 3D by an excellent BG the colours and lights by details are stunning well done LUCIANO GOLLINI

Bonjour Luciano,

La végétation aide au cadrage de l'insecte. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Fadet Commun. La lumière met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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