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A special guest in my bar

A special guest in my bar
Photo Information
Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-07-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2015-07-24 11:33
Viewed: 961
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Having no time to go to the field, some butterfly understand the situation and comes directly into my bar.

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Cacyreus
Species:C. marshalli

The Geranium Bronze or Brun des pélargoniums in French (Cacyreus marshalli) is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.
The wingspan is 15–23 mm for males and 18–27 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round in warmer areas, but usually from August to May in South Africa. At higher altitudes adults are on wing in December and January.
It is brown with a fine black edge interlaced with white and a very thin tail. The underside is grey-brown with dark bands.
The caterpillar feeds on cultivated Pelargonium geraniums.
Two grubs in a tunnel they dug in a geranium stem
The species is native of South Africa. It has, however, been introduced (deliberately or accidentally) to Mediterranean Europe (initially the Balaeric Islands), where it has spread as a pest of cultivated Pelargonium geraniums, which also originate in South Africa. It was first recorded in the United Kingdom in Sussex in 1997 (also on geranium), and has been recorded several times since. In the UK, all sightings should be reported to DEFRA. It appeared in Malta on March/April 2007. The first location that established itself was at San Gwann but in a few months took all over the island. Recently it has also been spotted in Mġarr, Xagħra, Gozo and in katerini of greece.

Cacyreus marshalli (Butler 1898) Peste dei gerani

Ali anteriori 10-13 mm

Piccolo licenide con ali orlate da frange bianche con tratti bruni. Superiormente la colorazione č marrone bronzato nei due sessi e non dissimile da quella di altri licenidi, mentre la pagina inferiore mostra un particolare e inconfondibile ( ora che me l'hanno detto) disegno a fasce trasversali bruno chiare con contorni piů scuri, interrotte e sfalsate in corrispondenza delle nervature. Le ali posteriori sono fornite di un'esile coda e di una macchia marginale nera.
E' specie termofila, che compie l'intero ciclo nel volgere di circa un mese. Nei paesi caldi di origine dŕ luogo anche a cinque generazioni annue. I bruchi si presentano di colore verde pallido con linee dorsali rosse. Essi vivono esclusivamente di Geraniacee coltivate (pelargoni) all'interno delle quali in un primo tempo scavano gallerie, successivamente vengono a giorno cibandosi delle parti aeree (foglie e germogli).
E' una specie sudafricana che ha fatto la sua comparsa in Europa a partire dal 1989, nelle Isole Baleari. In Italia i primi avvistamenti risalgono al 1994 (Tivoli). A Roma compare massicciamente nel 1996 guadagnandosi la nomea di "peste dei gerani". In seguito, č stata segnalata in altre aree costiere tirreniche.Fotografata su una sedia del mio bar.

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  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-07-24 12:27]

Hello Luciano,
Although the background is not very attractive, the butterfly looks great. Superb sharpness, details and splendid natural colours in a perfect white balance.
Enjoy the weekend,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-07-24 12:54]

Hello Luciano,
This is wonderful! Colors are impressive and you captured very nice details on this little beauty! You chose an excelllent composition. Regards Sigi

Ciao Luciano, ti ha fatto visita la deliziosa mangia gerani e l'hai onorata con una gran macro, ci hai messo su anche il riflesso, fantastici dettagli, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

hallo Luciano
very nice picture with good sharpness and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

A very artistic POV as always great details and lights also a lovely not
well done Luciano LUCIANO GOLLINI

Hi Luciano,
And what did he want to drink? :-) Interesting shot. Probably a vertical composition, I mean rotated with 90 degrees counterclockwise (left) would result an even more effective photo. Otherwise a good one, quite attractive.
Kind regards, László

Hello Luciano

In the background, isn't Italy's flag's colours or almost :)
excellent macro of this butterfly with seeing also his reflection, the way
diagonally it is framed on the image, it gives dynamism to the photo, TFS


Wow....what a specie.....Brilliant in all aspects.....Incredible clarity, focus and sharp details. The colors are nice and natural.
Thanks for sharing this amazing butterfly specie.

Hallo Luciano
This also nice picture with good sharpness.

Bonjour Luciano,

Le papillon est bien placé dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Brun des pélargoniums. La bonne luminosité fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne journée.


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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2015-08-19 21:42]

Hi Luciano
A somewhat different butterfly, with interesting details on the wings.
Sharp image as aiways.


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