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Map butterfly (second brood)

Araschnia levana f. prorsa


The map (araschnia levana) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. The map is unusual in that its two annual broods look very different. The summer brood are black with white markings, looking like a miniature version of the white admiral and lacking most of the orange of the spring brood.

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Map butterfly (second brood)
Araschnia levana UK Butterflies - Map - Araschnia levana

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HarumKoh 6 years ago

long time no see. :D
the butterfly may be Araschnia burejana. it's in all japan but Araschnia levana is only in Hokkaido.

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks for confirming Shekai and bayucca!

bayucca 7 years ago

Yes, Araschnia levana f. prorsa, 2nd generation or summer form.

pamsai 7 years ago

thanks Daniele... you're doing great! i never heard of a MAP butterfly before. Interesting that many are the same as ones in Europe.

I agree with Daiele its a Map Butterfly.

DanielePralong 7 years ago

I hope someone will confirm it :-) This butterfly is relatively common in parts of Europe, and quite interesting because of its too distinctive forms. I'm proceeding very cautiously with your Japanese spottings as I lack the specific info/library I have for Europe for instance, but it is fascinating to see the species/genera which are shared between temperate European and Asian regions :-) I need to visit Japan beyond Tokyo!

pamsai 7 years ago

Wow, clever Daniele. I've never even heard of a Map butterfly! Thanks...

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中野市, 中部地方, Japan

Spotted on Sep 11, 2013
Submitted on Feb 6, 2014

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