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Issoria lathonia

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 5 September 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Issoria lathonia (Kleine parelmoervlinder (BE) / Queen of Spain Fritillary (EN) / Kleiner Perlmutterfalter (DE) / Petit nacré (FR) ) is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. Forewing length 19-23 mm. The top of the wings is orange with black spots; in flight, this dot pattern is rather striking. The underside of the rear wing has striking, large oval silver spots. The wing shape is slightly angled. The adults are strong and very active flyers, and may be found anywhere but forests. In Flanders there is only one population in the extreme south-west left but it is still more widespread in the southern part of Belgium. On the red list it is mentioned "threatened". The larva lives on different species of Viola.
The adults fly in two to three overlapping generations a year from early April till the end of October.

Image: Tellin (BE) - 25/08/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/500 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Marilla from Turku, Finland

Nice composition. The other flower makes the bokeh interesting.

5 Sep 2010 2:44pm

@Marilla: I haven't got many good images on this species. It is a very active butterfly who visits flowers only a short time. Very difficult to frame ... Thanks again for your comment, Marilla.

wolfen from Villefranche s/s, France

Superbe compo, bokeh magnifique, un niveau de détails impressionnant... bref
Allons droit au but ! 5 *****
Bravo j'adore !!

5 Sep 2010 11:21pm

@wolfen: Thank you very much for your visit and enthousiast comment.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

I'm studying your exif data now to see how I can better adjust the camera to photograph these little wonders. I'm glad I have managed to capture them at all but now that I know some of their secrets, I need to learn some camera secrets. Very pretty, good dof on it.

6 Sep 2010 7:07pm

@Dutçh: exif data can be a great help, but be aware that they depend mostly on the lens attached to the camera. You just have to "learn" how the lens reacts in different situations (light, dof, etc...) Making an image with the same exiff but a different lens will give totally different images ! I'm working with this lens (150mm macro) for about a year now and there is barely an other lens attached to my camera. Tons of Gigs passed before I realy could predict the way the image will turn out ... But I'm sure you know this !

Mary from PA, United States

Stunning shot Johan!! very beautiful.........

7 Sep 2010 1:13am

@Mary: Thank you very much, Mary.

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Geweldige compo en je hebt het vlindertje weer erg mooi in de spotlight weten te zettten door gebruik te maken van het licht. Knap hoor, want ik lees dat dit een ADHD-vlindertje is en dan heb je wel wat doorzettingsvermogen nodig ;)

7 Sep 2010 6:55am

@Monique: ADHD-vlindertje is een beschrijving die ik nog nooit had gehoord, maar past inderdaad ! Erg leuk gevonden en die noteer ik in mijn "citatenboekje". Bedankt voor al je commentaartjes alweer, Monique.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

wow! stunning

8 Sep 2010 4:33pm

@Magda: Thanks again !

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Oh you were hunting them too ;D Yep, quite agile species, I can confirm.
But a marvellous shot you got out of that meeting!
I´m a bad visitor atm due to work and maybe season too, I do enjoy your pictures so much, have agreat day Johan ;D

9 Sep 2010 6:20am

@daniela scharnowski: Thanks for taking the effort to visit my images even when your time is very limeted right now. I announced my search for this species when you showed me your image - so I had to keep my promise of bringing a good image ... I did not manage to get a good shot on the back of the wings (have some but covered with grass as this species tend to spend more time sitting on the ground than on a flower...) Next time more luck - at least I found a place where they occur in Belgium :-)

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I like the wingspread on the butterfly. A very pretty flower and a great background. I'm behind on your images again, Johan, but I will catch up soon! I like to take the time to study them and read your descriptions.

10 Sep 2010 10:02am

@Julie Brown: I know the lack of time syndrom when scholastic year start again ... No probs, Julie - just take your time :-)

Canon EOS 400D
1/500 second
ISO 200
150 mm