Parnassius apollo

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 30 October 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Parnassius apollo (NL: Apollovlinder / EN: Mountain Apollo / DE: Rote Apollo, Apollofalter / FR: Apollon) is a butterfly of the Papilionidae family. It is found on mountains in Europe usually above 1.000 metres up to 2.000 m , preferring flowery meadows and mountain pastures. This species is of interest to entomologists due to the variety of subspecies, often only restricted to a specific valley in the Alps. Parnassius apollo is a beautiful large (wingspan between 60 and 88 mm), white butterfly, decorated with large black "eye" spots on the forewings and red eye-spots on the hindwings. These striking red eye-spots can vary in size and form depending on the location of the Apollo butterfly, and the bright red colour often fades in the sun, causing the eye-spots of older individuals to appear more orange. The wings are shiny, with slightly transparent edges, and some individuals are darker (melanistic); a general phenomenon common in many butterflies. The beautiful Apollo butterfly has long been prized by collectors, who aim to possess as many of the variants as possible. While over-collecting is believed to have caused populations to decline in some areas, such as in Spain and Italy, habitat change is thought to be a far more significant threat to this species’ survival. The Apollo is on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals.

Image: Val Morteratsch (CH) - 21/07/2011

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Jaytee from Fresno, California, United States

Great shot! Very neat.

30 Oct 2011 5:05am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Prachtig !

30 Oct 2011 7:36am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

j'adore regarder les yeux

30 Oct 2011 9:11am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Wow this is simply superb shot.

30 Oct 2011 9:41am

Bhushan from kudal, India

Exquisite!! 5*****

30 Oct 2011 5:03pm

Lia from Zwolle, Netherlands

Een prachtige opname Johan!
Je hebt mooie soorten gezien daar in Zwitserland.

30 Oct 2011 8:34pm

Jac from Alfena, Portugal

fabulous!!!

30 Oct 2011 9:12pm

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Beaucoup de netteté sur les yeux pour cette superbe photo .... félicitations

30 Oct 2011 10:34pm

Maggy from Liège, Belgium

Toutes vos photos de papillons sont splendides avec une lumière, une netteté et un cadrage parfaits.

1 Nov 2011 8:06am

Canon EOS 400D
1/640 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
150 mm

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