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Argynnis paphia

Argynnis paphia
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Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-08-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-12-19 10:06
Viewed: 1725
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Con questa auguro a tutti voi un sereno Natale. Buone Feste.

Ci sentiamo per capodanno.....

Marry Christmas to all. Have good days!

Dominio: Eukaryota

Regno: Animalia

Sottoregno: Eumetazoa

Ramo: Bilateria

Phylum: Arthropoda

Subphylum: Tracheata

Superclasse: Hexapoda

Classe: Insecta

Sottoclasse: Pterygota

Ordine: Lepidoptera

Sottordine: Glossata

Infraordine: Heteroneura

Superfamiglia: Papilionoidea

Famiglia: Nymphalidae

Sottofamiglia: Heliconiinae

Tribù: Argynnini

Genere: Argynnis

Specie: A. paphia

La pafia (Argynnis paphia (LINNAEUS, 1758)) è una farfalla appartenente alla famiglia delle Ninfalidi, particolarmente diffusa in Europa e nelle zone dell'Africa settentrionale a clima più mite. Specie in declino particolarmente negli anni '70 e '80, sembra ora in fase di ripresa. Dotata di una apertura alare di circa 54-70 mm, è facilmente riconoscibile per il colore arancione scuro delle proprie ali che presentano un disegno a righe e a punti neri. Predilige le boscaglie decidue, comunque in posizioni ben illuminate e soleggiate, anche se può essere rinvenuta, più raramente, nei boschi di conifere.
Lunghezza ala anteriore: 30-36 mm
Distribuzione in Italia: tutta Italia isole comprese.
Habitat: specie sciafila, frequenta i margini dei boschi e le radure del piano basale a quello montano, sino a circa 1800 metri s.l.m.
Generazioni annuali: una sola, con sfarfallamento in giugno-luglio
Piante nutrici: Viola reichenbachiana, Viola Canina.

The Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) is a European species of butterfly, which was in decline for much of the 1970s and 1980s but seems to be coming back to many of its old territories. 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.

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Hello Roberto,
As always a perfect photo. Lovely image with a gorgeous species which I meet this summer a few times around my hometown. The details and colors are excellent.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-12-19 10:54]

Hello Roberto,
Great photo of this butterfly in impressive sharpness, details and a nice composition.
Beautiful contrasting colours against the dark background.

hallo Roberto
super good sharpness picture
i like this beautiful colours and great details
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Roberto, 'mazza che bellezza, gran macro della bela e collaborativa pafia, gran profondità di campo, fantastici colori e ottima nitidezza, bravissimo, grazie degli auguri, poi ce li rifacciamo di persona, ciao Silvio

Hello Roberto,
Great photo of this butterfly in impressive sharpness and light. Very useful note.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-12-19 15:00]

Ciao Roberto,Buone Feste anche a te,saluta tutta la famiglia,e grazie per quesa nuova spettacolare meraviglia! Luciano

Hi Roberto,
beautiful memory of summer :)
Excellent presentation. A lot of details. Amazing colours. Very good point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Robe,
happy to b my neighbour..fine details of the subject and excellent sharpness. Contrast and the BG us amazing.


Another impressive photo Roberto! Excellent composition, wonderful BG, fantastic colours and very good sharpness!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-12-19 23:01]

Beautiful species on lovely flower..good to see its semi opened wings..fine colors and details. tfs.

Hello Roberto,
照的清晰 很漂亮的蝴蝶
顏色鮮豔 光線亮麗 花朵也很漂亮
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hello Roberto,
Excellent picture of this butterfly's,Nice sharpness with splendid colour on wings.I like its pose against such dark green BG.Nice attractive composition.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice day,

Hello Roberto,
Wonderful composition with fine details and lovely harmony of colours.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-12-20 5:37]

Hi Roberto.
Great composition of the image created by charming butterfly and fine small flowers. I think you have used fill flash. In any case lighting is very impressive as well as details of the main subject. Low POV gives some charm of the scene too. Warm regards and TFS.

Hello Roberto
Beautiful capture.
perfect colour and sharpness.
best wishes,

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2013-12-20 15:42]

Hai catturato i colori di questa paphia Argynnis con estrema sottigliezza, le più delicate sfumature di cactus tornazolados ali manifesti modo, meravigliosi dettagli, non ho nulla da dire, complimenti amico "Bob" Innocenzi!

Da Argentina, questo paese pazzo,
tuo amico argentino, Hernán Bortondello.

Hi Roberto, Another butterfly photo with lovely colours and lights.
A perfect angle to get to the sharpness and details of this image.
Great colours contrasts. Best regards,

bella immagine estiva con questa maestosa pafia
intenta a cibarsi....ti auguro un Felice Natale,Roby..nella tua terra con il calore dei tuoi cari

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