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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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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 4 years 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.

Viana do Castelo, Portugal

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

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