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Provençal Fritillary; Doncella Ibérica

Melitaea deione


Butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. Wingspan of 34–50 mm. The male upperside ground colour is clear orange-yellow with thin black markings, consistent in the male, but the female often has paler bands giving a colour contrast The underside of the extremity of the palpi are orange, as compared to athalia. This is not visible from any of these photographs. The underside has a reddish feel to it, often with a clear reddish filling in each post-discal space.


Eucaliptus and deciduous forest. Reserva de la Biosfera del Río Eo.


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/320 sec.; f/9; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. No flash

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arlanda 5 years ago

Thanks Maria dB

arlanda 5 years ago

Thanks António, very nice of you!

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Lovely series!

Awesome capture Arlanda,congrats and thanks for sharing

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San Tirso de Abres, Principado de Asturias, Spain

Spotted on Aug 28, 2014
Submitted on Dec 10, 2014

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