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Mont Lozère, Parc National des Cévennes, Lozère, France

Family : Lycaenidae
Subfamily : Lycaeninae
Species : Lycaena tityrus

This species is distributed throughout most of mainland Europe but absent in Scandinavia, a large part of Spain, and also the U.K. Continues eastwards to Armenia, Georgia, Russia, and Turkey. It is a small, very active, butterfly with a wingspan of 28-32mm. It is a sexually dimorphic species and the two sexes are very easy to tell apart. The upperside of the forewings on the female contains a large amount of orange whilst this is completely absent in the male. The underside of both sexes is very similar in appearance but again there is an orange flush on the forewing of the female. At high altitudes there is a subspecies - subalpinus - which is quite dark with little or no orange markings in either the male or the female.
Found in a wide range of habitats including flowery meadows, woodland clearings, and alpine pastures up to an altitude of around 2500 metres. It flies rapidly and frequently stops to bask on low vegetation. Larval foodplants are Rumex sp. especially R.acetosa . There are two and sometimes three generations each year between May and September. Caterpillars from the late generation overwinter half-grown and start feeding again the following Spring.

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Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Lycaeninae Lycaenidae Lycaena tityrus Sooty Copper wildlife Lozère Parc National des Cévennes Mont Lozère live insects France

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Mont Lozère, Parc National des Cévennes, Lozère, France

Family : Nymphalidae
Subfamily : Heliconiinae
Species : Argynnis paphia

This is another 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. The adult butterflies 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 Heliconiinae wildlife Lozère Parc National des Cévennes Mont Lozère live insects France

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Mont Lozère, Parc National des Cévennes, Lozère, France

Family : Nymphalidae
Subfamily : Heliconiinae
Species : Brenthis daphne

Distributed throughout most of central and southern Europe spreading eastwards through Turkey, Russia, the Caucasus, and temperate Asia as far as Japan. A medium size fritillary with a wingspan of 35-45mm, it is considered endangered in some parts of central Europe but appears to be spreading northwards in France, probably as result of global warming. Habitat is at forest edges, clearings, and dry bushy grassland, up to an altitude of around 1500m asl and where its larval foodplant Bramble (Rubus sp.) is found.
Flight period in Europe is between May and August. Both sexes nectar on Bramble and other flowers, and the female lays her eggs singly on the leaves of the foodplant where it then overwinters.

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Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Nymphalidae Brenthis daphne Marbled Fritillary Nacré de la ronce Heliconiinae wildlife Lozère Parc National des Cévennes Mont Lozère live insects France

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Mont Lozère, Parc National des Cévennes, Lozère, France

Family : Lycaenidae
Subfamily : Lycaeninae
Species : Lycaena tityrus

Distributed throughout most of mainland Europe but absent in Scandinavia, a large part of Spain, and also the U.K. Continues eastwards to Armenia, Georgia, Russia, and Turkey. It is a small, very active, butterfly with a wingspan of 28-32mm. It is a sexually dimorphic species and the two sexes are very easy to tell apart. The upperside of the forewings on the female contains a large amount of orange whilst this is completely absent in the male. The underside of both sexes is very similar in appearance but again there is an orange flush on the forewing of the female. At high altitudes there is a subspecies - subalpinus - which is quite dark with little or no orange markings in either the male or the female.
Found in a wide range of habitats including flowery meadows, woodland clearings, and alpine pastures up to an altitude of around 2500 metres. It flies rapidly and frequently stops to bask on low vegetation. Larval foodplants are Rumex sp. especially R.acetosa . There are two and sometimes three generations each year between May and September. Caterpillars from the late generation overwinter half-grown and start feeding again the following Spring.

All my insect pics are single, handheld shots of live insects in wild situations.

Many thanks to all of you who continue to view, comment, and favourite my pictures. It really is appreciated. Thank you.

Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Lycaenidae Lycaena tityrus Sooty Copper Lycaeninae wildlife Lozère Parc National des Cévennes Mont Lozère live insects France


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