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Thecla betulae

Thecla betulae
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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: 2013-08-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm 30exr, Sandisk Ultra II 4Gb
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-08-25 10:27
Viewed: 1713
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Brown Hairstreak
Thecla betulae

Distribution: N Spain, Ireland and S UK and eastwards through S Scandinavia, Central Italy and N Greece.

Identification: Distinctive. Rich underside browns with a wedge of darker brown bordered by white. Dark brown upperside with bright orange brown patch on forewing, usually absent in the male. The tails on the upperside are red in both sexes.

Flight time: July to September, most frequent from August to mid September but may be regionally and seasonally variable.

Habitat: Woodland or open places with hedges or scrub near good stands of Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), the larval food plant.

Behaviour: Secretive butterfly (usually). Most colonies cover a large area and adults of both sexes spend most of the time hidden around tree tops. Males congregate around certain "master" trees, usually Ash, where as females drop down looking for egg laying sites and also for dispersal. Thus most of my encounters have been with females. Both sexes can be found feeding on flowers (Hemp Agrimony is a favourite) but it is recorded that honeydew excreted by aphids is the preferred source of sugars - way up in the trees.

Eggs are laid singly at around 1 or 2 meters above ground level. They are located at forks in the outer twigs of Blackthorn or at the base of buds where they can be found fairly easily throughout the winter.

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Hello John,
Nice colour butterfly.Quite well captured.Nice colour and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Ciao John, great macro of fantastic butterfly, I never see in nature and a try fot it for a long time, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, congratulations my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi John,
intresting butterfly between some forest plants. Excellent point of view.
Nice natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi, John
This is usually a very difficult species to photograph, and well done getting this one! The posting would, in my opinion, have benefited from a little more brightness and sharpening, but it's a very nice image of this tiny butterfly.
Best wishes, Nigel.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-08-27 5:39]

Salut John,une photo qui est pareil a un demi miracle,vraiment difficile capturer cette rare espece avec les ailes ouvertes,tu as exploite' au mieu cette opportunite',qualite' parfaicte des details,couleurs et exposition.Mes compliments et belle journee',Luciano

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