Pupa of Vanessa atalanta
|Copyright: Paulo Henrique Lopes Rodrigues (phlr)
|Date Taken: 2005-06-05|
|Camera: FujiFilm FinePix 6900 Zoom, Fujinon 6x zoom|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/512 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2005-06-11 10:00|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This is a pupa of Vanessa atalanta (Linnaeus, 1758). The common name is "Red admiral". A very beautiful black and red butterfly that flys from Spring throught the winter in Portugal. The larva feeds of Uirtica dioica. The pupa has this gray tone with small golden dots.|
The caterpillar grows to 3.5 cm in length, and occurs in a number of forms of varying colour. Dark forms are greyish-black, and have black spines and yellow patches along each side. Various pale forms also occur; they are either green or yellowish with pale spines and black markings.
The Red admiral is a familiar butterfly, and is easy to identify thanks to its striking patterning; the black forewings feature prominent red bars and white spots. The undersides of the hindwings are delicately patterned with brown and black, which provides excellent camouflage when this butterfly is roosting on tree trunks.
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Very interesting photo. I love this kind of rare shots.
- [2005-06-11 15:46]
Good capture, Paulo. I have Vanessa atalanta, too (butterfly). Here - pupa, next - butterfly. I like it.
- [2006-01-16 4:31]
Otra buena foto de un capullo, buenos detalles.