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Melitaea didyma

Melitaea didyma
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Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio2006) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6690 W: 90 N: 16812] (102073)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2019-09-15
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-09-15 3:27
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Melitaea didyma

Linneus 1778

Nome Volgare: Didima

Famiglia: Nymphalidae

Sottofamiglia: Satyrinae

Tribù: Melitaeini

Lunghezza ala anteriore mm. 17-24

Descrizione: farfalle con ali di colore ocra-arancio con disegni nerastri; le ali posteriori hanno grosse macchie submarginali scure. Il bruco è ricoperto di spine ramificate.
psap con macchie nere submarginali di forma lunulare separate tra loro. Si può confondere facilmente con Melitaea fascelis, che presenta psap con macchie nere submarginali collegate tra loro in un disegno continuo. Caratterizzata da un notevole dimorfismo sessuale e da una grande variabilità di disegni e colori, soprattutto nella femmina.

Maschio: colore arancio con disegno maculare nero più o meno esteso. Ali posteriori con grosse macchie nere submarginali di forma lunulare, staccate tra loro. Velatura basale nera.

Femmina: simile al maschio ma generalmente più grande e con ali anteriori di colore più pallido e talvolta velate di nero.

Rovescio: ali anteriori di colore arancio con apice giallognolo e disegno maculare nero ridotto. Posteriori con spazi basali, ampia fascia postdiscale e fascia marginale giallognole inframezzate da due fasce, più o meno continue, arancio.

Distribuzione: diffusa nell'Europa del sud, Nord-Africa ed Asia centrale tutta Italia, esclusa la Sardegna.

Habitat: prati dal piano basale a quello montano e cacuminale, sino a circa 2100 metri s.l.m.

Generazioni annuali: due con sfarfallamento in maggio-giugno e agosto-settembre.

Piante nutrici: Linaria vulgaris, Stachys recta, Globularia punctata, Plantago lanceolata.

Melitaea didyma

Linneus 1778

Common Name: Didyma

Family: Nymphalidae

Subfamily: Satyrinae

Tribe: Melitaeini

Front wing length mm. 17-24

Description: butterflies with ocher-orange wings with blackish patterns; the hind wings have large dark submarginal spots. The caterpillar is covered with branched spines.
psap with submarginal black spots of lunular shape separated from each other. It can easily be confused with Melitaea fascelis, which has psap with submarginal black spots linked together in a continuous pattern. Characterized by a remarkable sexual dimorphism and by a great variability of designs and colors, especially in the female.

Male: orange color with more or less extended black macular design. Hind wings with large submarginal black spots of lunular shape, detached from each other. Black basal veil.

Female: similar to the male but generally larger and with paler front wings and sometimes veiled in black.

Reverse: orange fore-wings with yellowish apex and reduced black macular design. Hindquarters with basal spaces, wide postdiscal band and marginal yellowish band interspersed with two more or less continuous orange bands.

Distribution: widespread in southern Europe, North Africa and central Asia throughout Italy, excluding Sardinia.

Habitat: meadows from the basal plane to the mountain and cacuminal level, up to about 2100 meters s.l.m.

Annual generations: two with flicker in May-June and August-September.

Feeding plants: Linaria vulgaris, Stachys recta, Globularia punctata, Plantago lanceolata.

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Hi Silvio,

YThe insect is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details of the Melitaea didyma butterfly. The light is enhancing the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Silvio,
Excellent background and POV. Details look perfect and exposure. Personally, I prefer bit tight crop here.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice weekend,

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2019-09-15 8:23]

My thirst for the equipment to know that this amazing shot was done by which TOY, well done.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2019-09-15 9:40]

Beautiful butterfly and excellent picture.
Thanks for sharing it!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-09-15 14:19]

Ciao Silvio,meglio questa di quella di TE senza dubbio,i dettagli sono perfetti e la decentratura è un colpo di classe. Buona settimana,Luciano

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2019-09-15 23:12]


Ciao Silvio,
Interesting image with the little butterfly composed so closed to the edge of the frame, and in the direction of their look is just big blurry space... Great experiment with this type of composition, but as the butterfly's tack sharp, the visual effect works and I like the photo very much. Even with the slight blue overcast.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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