Hamearis Lucina Duke of Burgundy
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|Direitos de Autor: Tina Dreghici (Tina)
|Data da Foto: 2012-04-29|
|Exposição: f/9.0, 1/180 segundos|
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|Versão da Foto: Versão Original, Workshop|
|Data de Submissão: 2012-04-29 13:32|
|[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista|
Thank you a lot Stefano for the identification ! I found him at the edge of the forest flying in a given territory! Uploaded a picture from an other angle in the workshop !
Found very interesting info on : http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Britain%20-%20Hamearis%20lucina.htm
This attractive species is the sole European representative of the Riodinidae, an incredibly varied and fascinating family of butterflies, commonly known as metalmarks, which has it's headquarters in the rainforests and cloudforests of South America. It is in fact closely related to the genus Audre, from Brazil, so it seems likely that it is an ancient species, possibly dating back millions of years to the time when the present day continents first broke away from the super-continent Pangaea.
The butterfly was originally known as "Mr Vernon's Small Fritillary", and then the "Duke of Burgundy Fritillary". It is of course entirely unrelated to other Fritillaries, so the latter part of the name has now been dropped to become simply the Duke of Burgundy.
The Duke of Burgundy is found in scattered colonies across much of Europe, although it is absent from Scotland, Ireland, southern Spain, Portugal, the Mediterranean islands, Norway, Finland and northern Sweden. Beyond Europe it occurs in temperate Asia as far east as the Ural mountains.
Males are noticeably darker than females. They also have thinner abdomens, with the anal claspers clearly visible, and their forewings have a much straighter outer margin. The easiest way to tell the sexes apart however is to count the legs - females have six legs ( the front pair are very reduced in size ), but males have only four.
The butterflies are most active on sunny mornings. By about midday activity has usually ceased, although they will fly until mid afternoon in cooler or overcast weather. Duke of Burgundies rarely move far from the immediate vicinity of their breeding sites, but in May 2008 I discovered a fresh male that had wandered from it's woodland habitat onto a chalk grassland ridge over aMales divide their time fairly equally between basking, flying and perching on bushes - typically selecting hazel, dog rose or hawthorn bushes. At woodland sites these perches are usually located at ride intersections or at the edge of small sheltered clearings, where the outlooks maximise their chances of intercepting females. The perches are defended vigorously against other intruding males. When the owner of a perch spots another male he instantly flies up to intercept it, and the pair spiral rapidly upwards together until the intruder gives up and flies away. When females are intercepted copulation follows almost immediately. Mated pairs can sometimes be found in mid-late morning, sitting on bushes.
Females are seen less often than males due to their more elusive and sedentary behaviour. They can sometimes be seen basking on the ground on hazy days, but are most often seen investigating cowslips in small glades.
Both sexes normally bask with the wings half or three-quarters open, often settling amongst short grass growing in sheltered pockets of scrubby grassland; or on the foliage of hazel, blackthorn or hawthorn in lightly wooded habitats. They commonly settle on cowslip flowers, but I've never seen them nectar at this plant. It is in fact quite unusual to see them nectaring at any species of plant, although at some sites they visit wood spurge, and occasionally other flowers including blackthorn, hawthorn, wood forget-me-not, wayfaring tree, cow parsley and wild strawberry.
Hope you will enjoy my capture ! Tina
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Fantastic photos, a small but charming butterfly, unique in Europe. This is a Hamearis lucina
Riodinidae Riodininae Hamearini
Hamearis lucina (Linnaeus, 1758)
Duke of Burgundy Fritillary
- [2012-04-29 23:36]
Excellent image of this beautiful species, what colors and design, well captured, even one in the WS looks great, well done. tfs.
- [2012-04-30 0:11]
For Europe, the special butterfly ..
Very sharp details and superb pose, wonderful colors too.
- [2012-04-30 4:27]
Hi Tina,this is a very rare guest of the TN gallery,what a lucky meeting and what a beautiful capture whit great details and colors,a nice gift to all the butterflies fans of treknature! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
- [2012-04-30 4:33]
Great capture, Tina!
Sharp image of this interesting species with perfect POV and good control of flash light;splendid colours and nice contrast with a blurred background. Well done!
- [2012-04-30 4:43]
Un bel exemplaire d'Hamearis lucina, un papillon qui vit aussi chez nous. Belle pose du papillon dans un environnement naturel. Très bonne netteté aussi. Bien vu!
Ciao Tina, great macro of lovely butterfly, fantastic details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Ciao Tina. Vert good managment of the difficult POV. Good colours and details. Amazing environment. Never seen this small beauty. TFS.
A Fantastic macro capture of this Butterfly! The sharpness and detail combined with the natural colours is splendid. I particularly like the contradicting colours between your subject and the OOF BG. This effect always make your subject stand out with more clarity. Extremely well done with this exposure.
Thanks for your comments on my photographs. Please add an intro so that I can identify you and your photographs with a specific region and get to know you better. It always helps.
Enjoy your week.
wonderful capture of this beautiful butterfly against the lush green BG. very sharp and well composed.