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Map (butterfly)-First spring generation

Araschnia levana


The Map is unusual in that its two annual broods that look very different: levana and prorsa, which represent the spring and summer broods, respectively. Levana individuals are primarily orange in colour, giving them the appearance of a small fritillary, whereas prorsa individuals look more like a very small White Admiral. The eggs are laid in long strings, one on top of the other, on the underside of stinging nettles, the larval foodplant. It is thought that these strings of eggs mimic the flowers of the nettles, thereby evading predators. The larvae feed gregariously and hibernate as pupae.


It is common throughout the lowlands of central and eastern Europe, and is expanding its range in western Europe.

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29 Comments (1–25)

VitoSarancha 8 years ago

Ideal first-brood spot of this one!!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Congratulations Marta. Gorgeous butterfly.

LeanneGardner 8 years ago

How beautiful! Congratulations Marta :)

RickLampman 8 years ago

Beautiful Capture !!

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Thanks, Pieter (and the others). I keep thinking that I have to talk to Natuurpunt to see if, for example, they would like to make more missions about Belgian wildlife in Project Noah.

PieterColpaert 8 years ago

Congrats Marta! Long live Belgian nature!!:)

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

Congratulations, Marta!

arlanda 8 years ago

Beautiful, congratulations!!

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 8 years ago

What a stunning butterfly Marta, congratulations on the SOTD!

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Thank you for the SOTD (yesterday?). As always I find out a bit later :-)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Congratulations Marta !!

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 8 years ago

Congrats Marta!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Congratulations Marta :) Awesome spotting it is :)

Telse 8 years ago

A real beauty Marta. Congratlations on SOTD.

Congrats Marta!

Beautiful and congratulations on SOTD!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 8 years ago

Congratulations, Marta !!

JC_Forester 8 years ago

Congrats!!! :-)

Congratulations Marta !

Amazing shots, Marta!
Amazing symmetry!

JillBlack 8 years ago

Beautiful pic. Congrats on SOTD

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 8 years ago

Congrats Marta for the SOTD honors! Lovely spot!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

Congratulations, Marta. It is a great photo of a beautiful butterfly.

KarenL 8 years ago

Congratulations Marta, this unusual butterfly has been chosen as spotting of the day!

The beautiful map butterfly is unusual in that its two annual broods look very different; the spring generation shown here is predominately orange, whereas summer brood is brown and white, resembling a white admiral.

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 8 years ago

So Sweet!

The MnMs
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Oud-Heverlee, Vlaanderen, Belgium

Spotted on May 9, 2013
Submitted on Jul 10, 2013

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