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Zerynthia polyxena

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 22 May 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Zerynthia polyxena (NL: Zuidelijke pijpbloemvlinder / EN: Southern Festoon / DE: Osterluzeifalter / FR: Diane) is a striking butterfly belonging to the Papilionidae family of butterflies Its flight time is from April to June in a single brood. The species is widespread in the middle and southern Europe (southeastern France, Italy, Slovakia and Greece) covering all the Balkans and reaching the south of Kazakhstan and the Urals. Although they are widespread they occur only locally. Zerynthia polyxena can reach a wingspan of 60–80 mm. The females have slightly longer wings, usually lighter colored than males. The basic color of the wings is yellow, but they have a complicated pattern of several black bands and spots. On the edges of the hindwings they have a series of blue and red warning spots to deter potential predators. The body is dark brown and bears red patches on the sides of the abdomen. The adults are active for no more than 3 weeks. The females lay their eggs singly or in small groups at the bottom of the host plants.

Sortino (IT-SI) - 11/04/2012

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

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omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & so beautiful!

22 May 2012 12:15pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Wonderful wing decorations! Your butterfly photos are really wonderful.

22 May 2012 5:36pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Diese Osterluzeifalter sind eine Pracht. Ich konnte Ende April meinen Ersten dieser Art fotografieren. Ganz nahe bin ich ihm gekommen und erst nach fast zehn Minuten habe ich bemerkt, dass er nicht mehr lebt. Er ist nie zum Fliegen gekommen - irgendetwas muss ihn daran gehindert haben. Später habe ich auf dem Foto gesehen, daß ein Flügel sich nicht ganz entfaltet hat. Ich werde eines dieser Fotos in zwei Tagen zeigen.

22 May 2012 5:58pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


22 May 2012 11:00pm

Suchi from Tanjavur, India


23 May 2012 1:56am

Geta from Romania

It is a beautiful image, this butterfly has wonderful decorations.

24 May 2012 1:47pm

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