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Plateau des Gras, Bidon, Ardèche, France

Family : Hesperiidae
Subfamily : Pyrginae
Species : Carcharodus alceae

A widely distributed species found in central and southern Europe, parts of North Africa and continuing eastwards across temperate Asia to China in the east. Possibly because of global warming the species is slowly spreading northwards in Europe. It is a small (wingspan 26-34mm) very active skipper, never stopping for more than a few seconds. It is quite territorial and fights off any intruders seen on its territory.
Carcharodus alceae inhabits warm stoney places like calcareous scrubland but can also be found in other open areas of grassland, roadside verges, etc. up to around 1000m asl. There are several generations per year flying between March and October. Larval foodplants are Malva sylvestris and Althaea officinalis. Offspring from the later generations overwinter as caterpillars and pupate the following Spring.
The 'scruffy' look of this butterfly on the underside is not because it is worn but because of the uneven way the wing fringes are formed. You can see this more clearly on the top shot taken of the same individual which I have placed in the first comment box.

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Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Hesperiidae Carcharodus alceae Mallow Skipper Pyrginae wildlife Ardèche Plateau des Gras Bidon live insects France

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Plateau des Gras, Bidon, Ardèche, France

Family : Nymphalidae
Sub-Family : Satyrinae
Species : Melanargia galathea

Found throughout most of Europe, including the UK, and parts of southern Russia and Asia Minor. It is a medium size butterfly with a wingspan of up to 58mm. The male is a little bit smaller than the female but its colours are much bolder. Habitat is wild flowery grassland, particularly downland, but it is also found in woodland clearings and roadside verges. There is just one generation per year and the flight time is June to August.
Unusually, the female does not lay her eggs on the foodlplant but simply drops them on the ground where they hatch out after three weeks. The larvae eat the eggshell and then hibernate without further feeding until the following Spring. When they wake they feed nocturnally low down on grass stems, mainly Festuca sp. (Fescue), Dactylis glomerata (Cocksfoot), and Brachypodium pinnatum (Tor Grass).

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Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Nymphalidae Melanargia galathea Marbled White Satyrinae wildlife Ardèche Plateau des Gras Bidon live insects France

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Mont Lozère, Parc National des Cévennes, Lozère, France

Family : Acrididae
Subfamily : Gomphocerinae
Species : Stauroderus scalaris

This grasshopper is distributed from Spain across southern Europe to the Balkans and Turkey. From there it continues eastwards through the southern Russian Steppe to Central Asia and Siberia. It is one of the largest grasshopper species in southern Europe with a length of 17-28mm, the females being larger than the males. Stauroderus scalaris colonises sunny dry grassland, pastures, and extensive meadows where the vegetation is relatively high. Although it is fairly common in some places, in others it is considered endangered. Agriculture and reforestation are particular threats in some locations.
Females lay their eggs in dry earthy areas and the resulting larvae pass through four stages. The adults appear from June to October depending on location. They are strong fliers and the males generate a loud buzzing noise when in flight. They also have a striking singing voice which can be heard in alpine meadows from the middle of June onwards.

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Tags:   grasshopper saltamontes sauterelle szöcske 蚱蜢 ตั๊กแตน кузнечик çekirge animal outdoor insects insect Orthoptera macro nature Acrididae Stauroderus scalaris Large Mountain Grasshopper Gomphocerinae wildlife Lozère Mont Lozère Parc National des Cévennes live insects France

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Morgan's Hill NR, Wiltshire, U.K.

Family: Cantharidae
SubFamily : Cantharinae
Species: Cantharis rustica

This species is widespread across much of Europe and is usually found in open woodland, uncultivated meadows, and other areas of long grass. It is a small beetle with a length of up to 13mm and is quite common in the southern half of the UK where it is usually seen from mid-May to early July. It is a predator of small insects and usually hunts on flowers like thistles and umbellifers.
Although some cantharids can be difficult to id Cantharis rustica is relatively easy to identify as it has a heart-shaped black mark in the centre of the red pronotum and the femora are partially or fully red. A similar species C.fusca has no red on the legs and the black mark is situated further forward on the pronotum.

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Tags:   beetle scarabée escarabajo scarafaggio Käfer 甲虫 жук animal outdoor insect Coleoptera macro nature Cantharidae Cantharis rustica soldier beetle Cantharinae wildlife Morgans Hill NR Wiltshire live insects UK

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Lamnamkok NP, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Family : Lycaenidae
Sub-Family : Theclinae
Species : Artipe eryx eryx

A rare species distributed from Nepal, through Bhutan, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, and Japan. Although quite widespread this species is very localised. It is a small butterfly with a
wingspan of just 31-39mm and is sexually dimorphic. Unusually the female is the more attractive, as can be seen above. The male is somewhat plainer, without the white flash, and looks similar to the European Green Hairstreak. Both sexes nectar on flowers, usually high in the forest canopy, and are sometimes seen puddling on damp ground. They are very fast fliers.
Habitat is primary and secondary rainforest. Larval food plants include Gardenia jasminoides (Rubiaceae), Punica granatum (Lythraceae) and Randia sp. (Rubiaceae). The larvae feed on the fruit and flower buds of the host trees.

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Tags:   butterfly mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка Con bướm ผีเสื้อ animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Lycaenidae Artipe eryx Green Flash Theclinae wildlife Lamnamkok NP Chiang Rai live insects Thailand Thailand butterflies ผีเสื้อใต้ฉาบหยก


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