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Aporia crataegi duo

Aporia crataegi duo
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Copyright: john vantighem (john1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-06-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm 30exr, Sandisk Ultra II 4Gb
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-06-14 11:10
Viewed: 1563
Points: 14
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Black Veined White
Aporia crataegi

Distribution: Across all of Europe but absent from northern Scandinavia and now extinct in the UK where once it was present across much of the south. It is also in low numbers on some Mediterranean Islands, particularly in the east. North Africa.

Identification: Distinctive. It is the only large white butterfly with all the veins lined black and lacks any other marks. Only the Clouded Apollo, Parnassius mnemosyne, is similar but this has two large black spots on the forewing. See illustration above.

Flight time: May to July.

Habitat: Meadows with scrub or cultivated areas with fruit trees. Larvae feed on various fruit tree species (Prunus) and Blackthorn plus Hawthorns (Crataegus) and a few other bushes.

Behaviour: Often found fighting each other for available space on suitable nectar plants - sometimes this appears to be rather violent, but I'm sure injuries are not possible. Can also be found roosting communally, particularly in open places where suitable low plants can host over half a dozen butterflies.

Additional notes: This butterfly was once common in southern England. Suddenly it disappeared completely and hasn't been seen since the early 1900s. The reason for this decline has never been fully explained. Sporadic sightings in the southern counties may herald a gradual return.

In the Pelopennesos, Greece, it was abundant in June. The numbers there were spectacular. One morning before the cloud cleared we found hundreds settled in groups of upto 8 on one grass stem. Once on the wing their large white forms are very conspicuous against the green herbage and the area seemed to become alive with them.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-06-14 11:14]

Hello John,
A photo in beautiful colours and good sharpness. A pity that the background is a bit noisy. Excellent choice of composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Ciao John, not Pieris napi but Aporia crayaegi, great macro of lovely couple on fantastic flower, fine details, excellent sharpness, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hall John
very nice picture this Pieris on the orchid
beautiful colours to
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-06-14 12:58]

Hi John,as Silvio said this is a Aporia crataegi couple,a common specie in my country but that i never seen in my fields,great capture in the best exposure for a best white and fine details despite the diagonal pose.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello john
Beautiful subject and beautiful photo with wonderful soft colours and good sharpness.

Hello John,
也照的很清晰 尤其是它的黑線條很出色 花也很漂亮

Hello John,
Really soothing for eyes.Nice captured with good light and sharpness.Wings are splendid.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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