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Colias phicomone

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 13 September 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Colias phicomone (NL: Bergluzernevlinder / EN: Mountain Clouded Yellow / DE: Alpen-Gelbling, Grünliche Heufalter / FR: Candide) is a butterfly in the family Pieridae. It is clearly a member of the Clouded Yellow family but is one of the palest yellow and most heavily dusted with grey scales. It is found in the Cantabrian Mountains, the Pyrenees, the Carpathian Mountains and the Alps. It flies at altitudes of 900 to 2800 meter. The wingspan is 40--50 mm. The butterfly flies from June to August depending on the location. It flies fast and erratically over open grassy areas where it can be very hard to get close to. I was lucky this one was feeding on Nigritella rhellicani - a species of terrestrial orchid and so giving me a few moments for a nice portrait.

Image: Tschierv (CH) – 13/07/2012

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

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Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom


13 Sep 2012 6:48am

Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Hi Johan, really superb and more with the chance of seeing on an orchid.

13 Sep 2012 7:27am

dang from Atlanta, United States

Usual perfection.

13 Sep 2012 9:00am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Hello Johan! Great color and detail in this lovely composition.

13 Sep 2012 10:06am

Grigore from Bucuresti, Romania

Wow, what wonderful colors! I wish I had a picture like yours! Super photo!

13 Sep 2012 2:03pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & amazing!!!
so beautiful colors!!!

13 Sep 2012 5:29pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


13 Sep 2012 7:21pm

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