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Cacyreus marshalli


Cacyreus marshalli
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Copyright: Luis alberto (semprempe) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 34 W: 4 N: 140] (974)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 550D, EF 75-300mm III USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-10 11:36
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Points: 6
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Geranium Bronze
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Geranium Bronze

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Cacyreus
Species: C. marshalli
Binomial name
Cacyreus marshalli
(Butler, 1897)

The Geranium Bronze or Brun des pélargoniums in French (Cacyreus marshalli) is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.
The wingspan is 15–23 mm for males and 18–27 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round in warmer areas, but usually from August to May in South Africa. At higher altitudes adults are on wing in December and January.[1]
It is brown with a fine black edge interlaced with white and a very thin tail. The underside is grey-brown with dark bands.


Lycaenidae - Cacyreus marshalli


Lycaenidae - Cacyreus marshalli
The caterpillar feeds on cultivated Pelargonium geraniums.


Larva


Two grubs in a tunnel they dug in a geranium stem
The species is native of South Africa. It has, however, been introduced (deliberately or accidentally) to Mediterranean Europe (initially the Balaeric Islands), where it has spread as a pest of cultivated Pelargonium geraniums, which also originate in South Africa. It was first recorded in the United Kingdom in Sussex in 1997 (also on geranium), and has been recorded several times since. In the UK, all sightings should be reported to DEFRA. It appeared in Malta on March/April 2007. The first location that established itself was at San Gwann but in a few months took all over the island. Recently it has also been spotted in Mġarr and Xagħra in Gozo.

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such an artistic display, really like this! well done and TFS!!!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6568 W: 89 N: 15654] (65467)
  • [2012-03-10 15:16]

Hi Luis,the sharpness is not the best but i know these very little butterflies and how isn't easy to take them so well,good attempt,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-03-10 23:19]

excellent image of butterfly. good lighting and background. tfs.

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