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Mountain Apollo

Parnassius apollo

Description:

A strikingly beautiful butterfly of mountainous regions of Europe and Central Asia, the Mountain Apollo is now listed as Vulnerable. Victim of urbanization, climate change and greedy collectors, its numbers have declined and it has disappeared from some alpine valleys. The red eye-spots vary in size and form depending on location and subspecies, and wings are transparent at the edges.

Habitat:

Alpine meadow. alt. 1700m. Last shot shows the general habitat. The map pin has been moved out of the exact spotting location.

Notes:

Typical of altitude, its range is from 400 metres (1,300 ft) up to 2,300 metres (7,500 ft); it is far more present above 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) where habitats are now more suitable. This species requires specific climatic conditions (cold winter, sunny summer). I saw more more of them this summer than during the past few years; possibly due the the last harsh winter. The species also requires wide open spaces. The presence of the host plant for the caterpillars is critical: stonecrop (Sedum sp.) and houseleek (Sempervivum sp.). Strictly protected in several countries including Switzerland and France.

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35 Comments (1–25)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks for your comment Caleb!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

wow@ so interesting...

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks Caleb. These are large butterflies; the females can reach 90 mm in wingspan. You can hear their wings flap in flight!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

very pretty, danielle! do you know roughly how big this butterfly was?

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thank you Mona :-)

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 7 years ago

Beautiful !! I love this so much !!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks again Adi! These have become rare and it was my luckiest find last summer.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

So so so beautiful :) Loved this spotting :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thank you srimanta!

srimanta
srimanta 7 years ago

excellent captured,,,,love the color and detail and composition,,,,regards.... :)Sri

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thank you all!

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

Exquisite!!

Seema Swami
Seema Swami 7 years ago

Beautiful photographs ! Thanks for sharing !

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks Viv!

VivBraznell
VivBraznell 7 years ago

Beautiful series of images Daniele

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks Kathleen!

Stunning! both the butterfly and the scenery!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks Maria and Luis!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Beautiful series Daniele! All your spottings are so sharp looking.

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Beautiful series, Daniele!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks you dotun55!

dotun55
dotun55 7 years ago

Beautiful photo of this special butterfly! And an lovely landscape view back in the series!! Just great!!!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks for your kind words António!

Amazing capture Daniele,gorgeous series,perfect spotting,the landscape is just stunning,super,congrats and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thank you Rieko!

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Valais/Wallis, Switzerland

Spotted on Aug 14, 2013
Submitted on Nov 26, 2013

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