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DanielePralong

DanielePralong

Biologist by training. Nature lover and photographer by passion.

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DanielePralong American Red Squirrel
American Red Squirrel commented on by DanielePralong Northwest Territories, Canadaa week ago

You've been to some quite remote place Greg! I always love seeing your squirrels.

DanielePralong Hosta flower
Hosta flower commented on by DanielePralong England, United Kingdom2 weeks ago

Malcolm, are you sure the long thin leaves belong to the hosta plant and not to some vegetation in the background?

DanielePralong Fritillary
Fritillary commented on by DanielePralong Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Tromelin Island4 weeks ago

Thank you!

DanielePralong Fritillary
Fritillary commented on by DanielePralong Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Tromelin Island4 weeks ago

You're welcome! Somehow one of my links below got truncated. Here it is again:
http://www.eurobutterflies.com/sp/pandor...
I would suggest to leave the images of your choice here as part of this current spotting so that this comment exchange is preserved for educational purposes.

DanielePralong Fritillary
Fritillary commented on by DanielePralong Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Tromelin Island4 weeks ago

Hi Zlatan! Argynnis pandora has a distinctive grey-green sheen on top of the orange on the upperside, which can't be seen here. I also think that you're too far north with respect to distribution. In very nearby Switzerland for instance this species is only found in a few discreet sites in Valais. For more images, criteria and information on A. pandora: http://www.eurobutterflies.com/sp/pandor....... You may want to create two additional separate spottings for these images. If you look carefully at the uppersides on images 1+2 and 3+4 you'll see differences. The individual in 3+4 shows two rows of relatively round dark spots along the edges, whereas 1+2 has a row of round spots and a row of chevrons. Based on this criteria, plus the absence of scent scales and the green sheen on the underside, I think that 3+4 is a female Argynnis paphia. 1+2, and 5, are likely A. aglaja, addipe or niobe. There a few criteria to distinguish them from the upperside, but the best criteria concern the underside. The following site offers a complete key to butterflies for Switzerland; it should apply to your spotting location: https://lepido.ch. I hope this helps.

DanielePralong Common blue
Common blue commented on by DanielePralong Norwaya month ago

I agree 100% with female Polyommatus icarus Arne. This species also has spurs.

DanielePralong Common blue
Common blue commented on by DanielePralong Norwaya month ago

Your welcome Arne. Many butterflies species in the families Pieridae, Hesperiidae, Papilionidae and Lycaenidae have spurs on their front leg tibias.

DanielePralong Common blue
Common blue commented on by DanielePralong Norwaya month ago

Hi Arne! This butterfly lacks the silver-blue spots on its hindwings that gives the species its name. It also has a dark basal point on the forewing that is absent in Plebejus and more typical of some other blues such as Polyommatus. If it were male the upper side would show a black border, whereas the female would be show brown with sometimes orange marks on the hindwing.
See some specimen of Plebejus argus here: http://www.schmetterling-raupe.de/art/ar...

DanielePralong Southern six-spot burnet
Southern six-spot burnet commented on by DanielePralong Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Tromelin Islanda month ago

Hi Zlatan! The white antenna tips, as well as the clear separation between spots 4 and 5, are criteria for Z. transalpina.
See more specimen here: https://www.lepido.ch/zygenes/zygaena-tr...

DanielePralong Elephant Shrew
Elephant Shrew commented on by DanielePralong Muchinga Province, Zambiaa month ago

It's a great image Stephen! Congratulations. Please kindly correct the scientific name: Rhynchocyon cirnei