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Colias phicomone (Esper, 1780)
Mountain Clouded Yellow, Alpengelbling, Szlaczkoń phicomone, Verdosa, Candide, ...
Wingspan: 40 – 50 mm.
Colias phicomone is a colourful, fast flying butterfly that may be seen in meadows and clearings at high elevations in European mountain regions: Cantabrian mountains, Pyrenees, the Alpine chain, the Northern Carpatians – from 1000m to 2500m above sea level. Caterpillars are feeding on Hippocrepis comosa, Trifolium repene, Lotus orniculatus. Males’ upper sides of wings are of a pale yellow green, females tend to be grey. Both sexes are distinctly shadowed by greenish grey scales, and therefore clearly distinguishable from other clouded yellows. Flying in one generation from June to August.
Not yet a rare species. Just restless, quick and alert, and therefore hard to capture. Cool and windy summer weather in July gave me the chance of closely approaching a female individual clinging to a blossom of Crepis aura.
Sulztaler Alm, near Gries im Sulztal, on alpine meadows at 1950m above sealevel.
Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas, Stuttgart 1998.
C.Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe: http://www.lepidoptera.pl/
SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixel, sRGB, 16mm zoom (equivalent 90 mm at full size SLR), F/4, 1/500 sec., ISO-125, bias -0.3, hand held, no flash. 05.07.2009, 14:20.
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|Sulztaler Alm, near Gries im Sulztal, on alpine meadows at 1950m above sealevel. The Mountain Clouded Yellow (C. phicomone) just moved to the rock and sat down to have some protection from the wind, and to warm up on the rock heated up by the sun.|
The camera: SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixel, sRGB, 5mm zoom (equivalent 28 mm at full size SLR), F/8, 1/320 sec., ISO-125, bias -0.3, hand held, no flash. 05.07.2009, 14:32.
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