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Phoebus Apollo - Petit Apollon - Hochalpen-Apollo

Parnassius phoebus

Description:

Near Threatened. This beautiful, partially translucid relative of Parnassius apollo is much less frequently encountered than its larger cousin. It is a specialist of higher altitudes, found above tree level and close to flowing water. Finding its larval host plant (in Switzerland: Yellow Mountain Saxifrage, Saxifraga aizoides) in July will almost guarantee the sighting of this species nearby. It can be distinguished from P. apollo by a red-centered spot on the forewings near the apex, more boldly striped black and white antennae, and its hectic and nervous flight. The very reduced black spot at the center of the forewing indicates this is a male (this spot is much more pronounced in females).

Habitat:

Alpine meadow, east facing slope in sheltered gully, alt. 2200m ASL, proximity of mountain stream and larval host plant Saxifraga aizoides.

Notes:

One of 3 specimen sighted and identified on that day at this location.
Images 1, 2 and 6: ventral view.
Image 3: dorsal view.
Image 4: habitat.
Image 5: larval host plant Saxifraga aizoides.
Classified as Near Threatened due to population decline. Threats come from changes in management of (sub)-alpine meadows. It could get threatened in the future by climate change. http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/summa...
Distribution: Alps, Urals, Siberia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, Alaska and Canada south through the United States to Utah and New Mexico.
See also: http://www.eurobutterflies.com/sp/phoebu...
https://www.butterfliesoffrance.com/html...

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17 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Thank you maplemoth.

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 a year ago

Photos No. 1, 2, 3, and 6: Four, very beautiful, butterfly photos....photo no. 4: is a very beautiful, flower and landscape photo....photo no. 5: is a very beautiful, flower photo....

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

A belated thank you Hema!

Hema
Hema a year ago

Thanks for everything you do Daniele. You are priceless!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Thank you Christine and the MnMs! Keeping this platform going gives me little time for my own images but I hope it'll change in the near future :-)

The MnMs
The MnMs a year ago

Good to see your pics back :-)

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Striking images!

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 a year ago

Sure do! While I thoroughly enjoy looking at the incredible pictures that are shared...I love being able to read about the organism that has been presented as well. So again, thank you :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Thanks Liana! I'm glad you appreciate the information.

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 a year ago

Brilliant series Daniele! I love the third pic. Thank you for the information and for sharing this beautiful butterfly :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Thank you Hema!

Hema
Hema a year ago

Another masterpiece!! lovely indeed!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Thank you Mark!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Perfect.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Thanks for your comments António and maplemoth. These images were taken late afternoon as the weather turned cloudy, so this specimen was settled enough to take multiple shots.

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 a year ago

Six, beautiful photos....

Great series Danièle,perfect spotting,congrats and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Valais/Wallis, Switzerland

Lat: 46.03, Long: 7.47

Spotted on Jul 14, 2016
Submitted on Feb 16, 2018

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