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Boloria dia

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 1 August 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Boloria dia (Akkerparelmoervlinder of Paarse parelmoervlinder (BE) / Weaver's Fritillary or Violet Fritillary (EN) ) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. In Belgium it is a local species only flying in the south of the country.
The upperside of the wings have almost the same color and patternd as the Dark Green Fritillary I showed yesterday, but the series of dark purple spots on the underside of the wings is distinctive. This species is also much smaller: winglength about 16-19mm while the Dark Green Fritillary has a winglenght of about 23-29 mm. This can easily seen in the feeld, but is difficult to see while comparing images without a proper reference.

Image: Viroinval (BE) 24/07/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/160 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Chris Anderson from New york, United States

Wow he looks really interesting next to that flower, great find there. Nice shot.

1 Aug 2010 5:21am

@Chris Anderson: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Chris. Have a nice day.

Julie from Le Cannet des Maures, France

les couleurs et la mise au point sont parfaites. Bon dimanche

1 Aug 2010 7:49am

@Julie: These are realy active butterflies, hard to get a good image. I'm glad this one turned out to be good. Thanks again, Julie.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

excellent composition, the flower and leaf is almost as important as the butterfly

1 Aug 2010 8:32am

@Veronique: Thanks again, Veronique. Have a nice day !

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Hallo Johan ! Diesen Namen habe ich zuvor noch nie gehört und hab gleich im Internet nachgeschaut. Wieder ein schönes Foto, wie wir es von dir gewohnt sind. LG Sonja

1 Aug 2010 7:39pm

@Loner: So you must have found that is the "Magerrasen-Perlmutterfalter". I think this species can be seen in Austria too. Determination on the "Perlmutterfalter" is in the field not easy. I have many images of "Perlmutterfalter" remaining "te be determinated" ... So maybe you even have seen this one without knowing...

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

toujours un regal pour les yeux !
amitiés !

1 Aug 2010 10:35pm

@marc battault: Merci beaucoup, Marc.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Nice composition and background. Interesting that this butterfly is on what appears to be a dead flower head.

2 Aug 2010 3:47am

@Julie Brown: It is indeed sitting on the seeds, so there will be not much nectar left :-) I think this butterfly just chose this one as a resting place. I noticed this specimen always chose resting places on top of "flowers" at least 15 cm above ground level, and most of the time the highest point available in the field. Don't know why.

Canon EOS 400D
1/160 second
ISO 200
150 mm