Spotlight Photography – Insects Photo Click 48 – Silver-washed Fritillary (2) – A Photo by Michael Sammutt @ The Adventures of…

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Argynnis paphia

Female photographed in Estonia.

This beautiful, variable butterfly is distributed over most of the Palearctic, including; Europe, Algeria, temperate Asia and Japan.

It is a strong flier and a very active species.

The male has scent scales on the upperside of the forewing, that run along veins. The scent is used to attract the females and helps to distinguish it from other species.

Male photographed in Spain.

Unusually for a butterfly, the female does not lay her eggs directly on the food plant, in this case violets, but instead, it lays them in the crevices of tree bark, generally located close to clumps of violets.

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Spotlight Photography – Insects Photo Click 37 – Scarce Swallowtail (2) – A Photo by Michael Sammut @ The Adventures Of…

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Iphiclides podalirius

Photographed in Sicily, Italy.

The Scarce Swallowtail is one of Europe’s most elegant and showy butterflies.

Contrary to it’s name, it is rather common and widespread. It is distributed in most of Europe, except the extreme northern parts, the East Palearctic, east across Asia Minor and Transcaucasia, the Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan, India and western China. The name ‘scarce’ is related to it’s relative scarcity in the United Kingdom.

However and very Unfortunately, like many other butterfly species, the trend is that it is declining too, and in many countries it is now protected.

Female laying eggs, photographed in Spain.

Two interesting facts about this butterfly, concern the pupae and the larvae. It has two colour forms of the pupae. A green form, which is formed on the host plant and a brown form, which is produced in leaf litter. The latter are generally predominant after August, when most…

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Spotlight Photography – Butterflies & Moths – A Photo by Michael Sammut @ The Adventures Of…

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Delicate and beautiful, they colour our planet.

A collection to illustrate the natural beauty of Lepidoptera from around the world.

Click on the link below to view the whole collection.

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