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Gonepteryx rhamni


Very well disguised,looks like a fresh green leaf in the bushes,she even mimic the ribes of the leafs.They have sexual dichromism in the wings colouration,males have yellow wings and iridescence while females have greenish-white wings and are not iridescent.


Spotted in Serradela Mountain,near a little water dam,surrounded by a mix forest of oaks,betulas,chestnut trees and several pine trees species.


She was feeding in a Echium vulgare flower and i see her while i was photographing the Echium.

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AntónioGinjaGinja 10 months ago

Thanks Tukup,at first site i thougth it was a leave,it was the wing movements that take my atention,first time i see this species,they have a perfect mimetic collour and form,looks realy a green fresh leave

Tukup 11 months ago

Wow António. I expected a writeup about a flower. It took me a minute to figure out where "she" was even with your description. How did you ever see it? Thanks for sharing.

Norte, Portugal

Lat: 41.97, Long: -8.38

Spotted on Jul 21, 2018
Submitted on Dec 24, 2018

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