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Argynnis paphia

Argynnis paphia
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Copyright: Oana Otilia Saracutu (oanaotilia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 529 W: 28 N: 964] (3416)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-29
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-13 9:06
Viewed: 2803
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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. It preferred habitat is thin, sunny deciduous woodland especially oaks but 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.



This picture was taken in Bicaz Gorges, this summer. Unfortuntlly, I could not capture this butterfly with completly open wing,he was moving too fast for me. So, I decided to make this colage.I know that on the image with the most open wings there is a shadow on the butterfly head reducing from the quality of the picture.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-09-13 10:29]

Un colaj splendid al acestei Argynnis pahia! Culori, detalii, floare, fundal, totul este excelent.

Ce idee interesanta de a prezenta o captura,
Si eu am asemenea clisee cu acelasi fluture din mai multe pozitii, insa am omis ca exista aceasta posibilitate de a prezenta un exemplar.
Felicitari si iertare , daca voi incerca sa te copiez.

Hi Oana,

Lovely collage of the same butterfly 'in action'! Great sharpness and nice POV make this a wonderful capture. The contrast between the blurry BG and the colors of the butterfly, is superbly shown. Well seen!

Thanks for posting.
kind regards,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-09-13 21:49]

Buna Oana
Frumoasa realizare. Detalii foarte bune si culori vii.
O saptamana placuta.

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  • cris Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 22 W: 3 N: 31] (789)
  • [2009-09-14 3:04]

Buna Oana,
Imi place foarte mult ce ai facut. Ai reusit sa te apropii
foarte mult de culoarea reala a acestui fluturas. Eu am reusit sa-l prind cu aripile deschise, dar datorita faptului ca reflecta sau impumuta culorile din jur, l-am fotografiat avand o culoare spre verde.

Felicitari si numai bine...

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-14 6:53]

Salut Oana,
splendid acest colaj. Il vazusem de aseara, dar din pacate nu mai aveam punctulete si vroiam neaparat sa-ti rasplatesc munca ta. Atit de putin cit pot, sau cu mijloacele care le am la dispozitie.
Felicitarile mele incaodata.
O zi linistita si o saptamina usoara,

  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-09-17 2:39]
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cred ca spoecia este Argynnis paphia nu Argynnis pahia. ai mancat o litera :)

Hello Oana,
You have beautifully placed this butterfly's various profiles in one frame. Very well done collage.
Best wishes-Subhash

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2009-09-24 14:36]

Siemanko Oana!
Splendid collage. Super snapshot I have met him several times, but unfortunately I didn't shoot and any way it is a very nice spinnaker. I am greeting Slawek

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