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Melitaea cinxia

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 9 July 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Melitaea cinxia (NL: Veldparelmoervlinder / EN: Glanville Fritillary / DE: Wegerich-Scheckenfalter) is a medium sized orange, black and white "checkerspot" butterfly inhabiting open meadows. The males patrol along roads and habitat edges, on the lookout for the less conspicuous females which remain in dense tussocks for long periods. Mating occurs around mid-day, and as the female often continues to fly from flower to flower, mating pairs are conspicuous. Throughout most of their range they have one generation per year, overwintering as larvae. In warm regions they have two generations per year. In her lifetime, a female lays several clusters of up to 200 eggs on the underside of the larval food plant. She feeds on nectar (with her proboscis) from surrounding flowering plants. The larvae feed on several species of plants in the genera Plantago and Veronica. They live in gregarious family groups in characteristic silken webs ("nests") throughout most of their larval stage. When alarmed, a feeding group of Glanville Fritillary larvae will jerk their heads in unison, probably to distract their enemies. Melitaea cinxia inhabits open grassland throughout Europe and temperate Asia. Severe population declines are reported in many European countries.

Image: Visé (B) - 13/05/2011

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

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Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Brilliant macro, what a great POV

9 Jul 2011 6:24am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Deze vlinder is zeer mooi in beeld gebracht !

9 Jul 2011 7:16am

Veronique from Hautes-Pyrénées, France

nice posture on the edge

9 Jul 2011 8:33am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Great perspective!

9 Jul 2011 8:51am

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Impressionnante .... presque dans les yeux ... compliments

9 Jul 2011 10:09pm

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