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Mont Lozère, Parc National des Cévennes, Lozère, France

Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Nymphalidae
Genus : Argynnis
Species : Argynnis paphia

A very widespread species that is found throughout most of Europe, the Caucasus, Russia, Turkey, Iran, parts of Central Asia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and India. It is a powerful flier and one of the larger fritillaries with a wingspan of 70-80mm. The species is sexually dimorphic with the upper wings of the male having dark streaks which contain androconial scales that release the pheromones which attract females during courtship. The undersides are very similar in both sexes.
They are a shade loving species and favour woodland habitats, although they are sometimes seen on scrubland and hedgerows. They like areas where brambles, thistles, knapweed, and other nectar sources are in abundance. Both sexes also imbibe aphid honeydew, particularly from the surface of oak leaves high in the canopy where they roost overnight. Males also puddle for minerals at damp patches on the forest floor and sometimes at the side of streams. Eggs are laid in the bark of oaks and occasionally in other trees at around two metres above ground level. Moss-covered mature trees are favoured. When the larvae hatch in late summer they immediately go into a state of diapause until the following spring when they descend to the forest floor in search of Viola riviniana (Common Dog-violet), the primary foodplant. Adults emerge around June and July.

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Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Nymphalidae Argynnis paphia Silver-washed Fritillary wildlife Lozère Mont Lozère Parc National des Cévennes live insects France Viola riviniana Common Dog-violet

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Mont Lozère, Parc National des Cévennes, Lozère, France

Order : Odonata
Family : Gomphidae
Genus : Onychogomphus
Species : Onychogomphus uncatus

This is a fairly large and uncommon species that measures up to 65mm in length. It is found in Morocco, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, and France. Flight time is from late April to September. Habitat is usually near running water or large lakes. This species usually has 13 larval instars and a 3 year life cycle. Research has revealed a high mortality in final instar larvae (up to 99%) during winter.

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Mont Lozère, Parc National des Cévennes, Lozère, France

Family : Nymphalidae
Sub-Family : Heliconiinae
Species : Argynnis aglaja

This is a widespread species that is found throughout Europe and the UK and earns its name from the distinctive green hue on the underside of the hindwing. It is a large butterfly with a wingspan of 60-69mm, the females being the larger. The usual habitat is open grassland or moorland near areas where the preferred larval foodplants, Viola sp., grow. It can also sometimes be seen in woodland clearings.
There is just one brood per year and the adult flight period is from June to early August. It nectars on thistles and knapweed and is best observed during early morning and late afternoon. It is a very active butterfly and flits from flower to flower staying only for a few seconds on each.

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Mont Lozère, Parc National des Cévennes, Lozère, France

Family : Lycaenidae
Subfamily : Lycaeninae
Species : Lycaena dispar rutilus

This species is distributed widely throughout a large part of Europe but sadly is extinct in the U.K. It continues eastwards via the Near East, the Caucasus, Russia, Central Asia, Korea, and China. It is also present in North America. It is a medium size butterfly with a wingspan of 44-52mm. The species is sexually dimorphic and the female has different markings to the male and is also larger in size.
Habitat is damp marshy locations, particularly around lakes and rivers, and damp apline meadows. Eggs are laid singly on the primary larval foodplant Water Dock (Rumex hydrolapathum) and other docks namely R. crispus and R. aquaticus. In northern areas they are single brooded with the adults appearing in June and July. In warmer southern areas there are two broods in June and August.

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