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Todays post i breeding pair of siver-washed butterfly, rather common butterfly up here.
It's aslso my 11 birthday here on TN, times really flies. :-)
The silver-washed fritillary butterfly is deep orange with black spots on the upper side of its wings, and has a wingspan of 54–70 mm, with the male being smaller and paler than the female.
The underside is green, and, unlike other fritillaries, has silver streaks instead of silver spots, hence the name silver-washed.
The caterpillar is black-brown with two yellow lines along its back and long reddish-brown spines. Adults feed on the nectar of bramble, thistles, and knapweeds, and also on aphid honeydew.
The silver-washed is a strong flier, and more mobile than other fritillaries, and, as such, can be seen gliding above the tree canopy at high speed. Its preferred habitat is thin, sunny, deciduous woodland,
especially oaks, but it has been known to live in coniferous woodland.
The male possesses scent scales on the upper side of the forewing that run along veins one to four. The scent produced from these scales attracts females and helps to distinguish it from other species.
Unusually for a butterfly, the female does not lay her eggs on the leaves or stem of the caterpillar's food source (in this case violets), but instead one or two meters above the woodland floor in
the crevices of tree bark close to clumps of violets.
When the egg hatches in August, the caterpillar immediately goes into hibernation until spring. Upon awakening, it will drop to the ground, and feeds on violets close to the base of the tree.
The caterpillar usually feeds at night, and usually conceals itself during the day away from its food source, but during cool weather will bask in the sunny spots on the forest floor on dry, dead leaves.
It will make its chrysalis amongst the ground vegetation, and the adults will emerge in June.
The main larval food plant of the species is the common dog violet Viola riviniana.
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Ciao Gert, happy birthday on TN, great macro of lovely maiting couple, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
- [2015-07-25 8:10]
Fantastic presentation of these mating butterflies as a celebration of your 11e year on TN, congratulations.
Awesome sharpness, details in splendid light and colours. Fine diagonal composition.
Hope to see a lot of your postings in the coming years.
- [2015-07-25 16:01]
Hi Geet,happy TN birthday first! And what a great way to celebrate this anniversary,it's very difficult to find this specie mating,a very lucky meeting and a great capture,impressive sharpness and bright colors too! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
So you completed 11 years on TN today, Gert. Congrats! It was owing to the presence of nature photographers of your calibre in the beginning that TN got its name and fame. Great to see you posting a wonderful picture on the occasion.
Needless to say, your work like this one always stands apart on sheer quality.
Beautiful photo of these lovers in action, with fine POV and being framed
diagonally in the image it gives dynamism to the photo, wonderful warm light, TFS
You have captured these butterflies pairing in a striking pose. Details of the patterns on their wings are well seen. The point of view is great and I love the beautiful sunlight. Best regards and thanks for sharing.