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Mont Lozère, Parc National des Cévennes, Lozère, France

Family : Nymphalidae
Subfamily : Heliconiinae
Species : Argynnis niobe

This species is found throughout a large part of Europe, parts of North Africa and continues eastwards to the Near East, Caucasus, Russia, Central Asia, Korea, and China. It is similar in appearance but slightly smaller than A.adippe (High Brown Fritillary) with a wingspan of 45-55mm. Both sexes nectar on various flowers and males are often seen basking on rocks while waiting for passing females.
Habitat is hot dry rocky grassland and scrub, alpine meadows, stoney slopes, and light woodland. Found from sea level to about 2000 metres asl and the larval foodplants are Viola species such as V.canina and V.riviniana. Eggs are laid singly on dead grass stems or other leaf litter in the vicinity of the foodplant. The larva forms fully within the egg but remains dormant and does not hatch until the following Spring.

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Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Nymphalidae Argynnis niobe Niobe Fritillary Stiefmütterchen-Perlmuttfalter Duinparelmoervlinder Niobeperlemorvinge Le Chiffre Heliconiinae wildlife Lozère Mont Lozère Parc National des Cévennes live insects France

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Mont Lozère, Parc National des Cévennes, Lozère, France

Family : Nymphalidae
Subfamily : Heliconiinae
Species : Issoria lathonia

Widely distributed throughout most of mainland Europe (except for Scandinavia), parts of North Africa, and continuing eastwards through Turkey, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. It is a small-medium butterfly with a wingspan of 35-55mm, the females being slightly larger than the males. Both sexes are similar in appearance and have a distinctive wing shape compared to other fritillary species. It is a strong flier but usually stays close to the ground. Found in a number of different habitats from woodland to alpine meadows and heathland.
The larval foodplants are specific Viola species, namely Viola arvensis, Viola odorata, Viola hirta and Viola tricolor. In lowland locations there are often two broods (rarely three) per year but only one at alpine sites. Females lay their eggs singly on or near the host plant in warm, dry, and sheltered situations.

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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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