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Melitaea didyma


Melitaea didyma
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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: 2015-09-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-11-04 11:07
Viewed: 884
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Nymphalidae

Subfamily: Nymphalinae

Genus: Melitaea

Species: M. didyma

The Spotted Fritillary (Melitaea didyma) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found primarily in Southern and Central Europe.
The wingspan is 35-50 mm. The butterfly flies from April to September depending on the location.
The larvae feed on various plants, including Linaria, Plantago lanceolata, Veronica, Centaurea jacea and Digitalis purpurea.

Descrizione
Questo ninfalide ricorda molto la Melitaea Athalia, dalla quale differisce oltre che per le minori dimensioni, anche per alcuni disegni quali le lunule subeguali sul margine dell'ala anteriore e , inferiormente, per il disegno discale arancione dell'ala posteriore che appare del tutto aperto, ossia non racchiude alcun elemento giallo.

Biologia
Compare a maggio e presenta due o tre generazioni. Il bruco, che ha come piante nutrici piantaggini, veroniche, linaiole e artemisie, è biancastro con tratti neri; dorsalmente, due linee di macchie arancioni con escrescenze bianco-grigiastre. Quelli dell'ultima generazione svernano per impuparsi in primavera: gli adulti sfarfalleranno dopo quindici giorni.

Distribuzione ed ecologia
È tipica dell'Europa media e meridionale. In Sicilia è presente la sottospecie "occidentalis", diffusa anche in Nordafrica. Rispetto ad altre sottospecie, appare con disegni neri più piccoli e macchie postdiscali raramente presenti.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-11-04 11:28]

Hello Luciano,
Very elegant pose of this Spotted Fritillary.Superb composition and colors.
Regards Sigi

Hello
this is a good quality documentary
framed ideally
tfs
bw

Ciao Luciano, favoloso faccia a faccia, magnifica macro, ottimi dettagli, luce splendida, bella nitidezza e magnifici colori, bravissimi, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-11-04 20:00]

Hello Luciano,
A neat shot of this pretty Spotted Fritillary, taken from an interesting POV. Nicely focused while giving us a great look at it's intricate underside wing markings and rich colors. I love it's facial features with those big spotted eyes. TFS.
Ron

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-11-05 5:45]

Hello Luciano,
Excellent picture of this Spotted Fritillary taken from an original POV. Great sharpness, details and beautiful colours.
Regards,
Peter

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2015-11-05 12:08]

Bonsoir Luciano,
Ton papillon a des yeux qui sortent de la tête...qu'a-t-il pu voir? C'est toi qui lui a fait peur :-)
Anne

ciao Luciano
superbe photo de ce papillon s'agripant sur cette fleur fanée, les details sont excellents, très jolie vue de dessous des ailes
passe une bonne nuit
Jacqueline

Hallo Luciano,
Nice image of this Spotted Fritillary in natural colours .

Biswarup

What a delightful capture with your compact, Luciano!
The frontal POV shows the glorious colours and patterns on the nether wings of the butterfly.
Thanks.
Ram

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

Hello Luciano,

Well captured this beautiful butterfly. Nice color and well details. Very close shot. Feather color details are well visible.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice WE,
Srikumar

hallo Luciano,mostly we see butterflies from above,so it is very interesting to have a look under the wings and see the legs how they keep the old flower. Very close with beautiful colours. Thanks for sharing. - Monique -

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