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Leptotes pirithous

Leptotes pirithous
Información de la foto
Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6179 W: 89 N: 15296] (64038)
Género: Animals
Medio: Color
Tomada el: 2018-10-02
Categorías: Insects
Cámara: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposición: f/4, 1/1000 segundos
More Photo Info: [view]
Versión de la foto: Versión original
Fecha enviada: 2018-10-02 9:55
Vista: 187
Puntos: 12
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The first days of autumn are still pleasant and sunny and are reserving many surprises. Today I met this species that I had not seen for many years, and others that I will show in the coming days.

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Leptotes
Species:L. pirithous

Leptotes pirithous is a small butterfly with a wingspan of 21–29 mm in males and 24–30 mm in females. The uppersides of the wings are purple bluish in males, bluish brown in female. The undersides are dark beige striped with white lines. The hindwings show marginal orange and black spots and two small tails. For the design of the undersides of the wings they can be confused with Lampides boeticus and Cacyreus marshalli. These butterflies fly from February to November depending on the location. They are regular migrants.
The larvae feed on the flowers and fruits of Fabaceae, Rosaceae and Plumbaginaceae species, including Plumbago capensis, Indigofera, Rynchosia, Vigna, Burkea, Mundulea, Melilotus, Crataegus, Quercus suber, Medicago sativa, Trifolium alexandrium, Arachis hypogaea, Lythrum, Calluna, Genista, Dorycnium, Lythrum salicaria, Calluna vulgaris, Onobrychis viciifolia, Ulex and Melilotus alba. A life cycle takes about four to eight weeks, depending on the temperature.
This species can be found in southern Europe (Spain, France and Italy), along the Mediterranean coast, in Asia Minor up to the Himalayas, and in most of Africa and Madagascar.


Le prime giornate di autunno sono ancora gradevoli e soleggiate e stanno riservando molte sorprese. Oggi ho incontrato questa specie che non vedevo da molti anni, ed altre che mostrerò nei prossimi giorni.
Leptotes pirithous (Linnaeus, 1767),è una farfalla della famiglia Lycaenidae.
La superficie dorsale delle ali è di colore blu violaceo nei maschi, bruno grigiastro con macchie violacee nella femmina. La superficie ventrale è in entrambi i sessi di colore biancastro, con macchie brune disposte secondo un disegno geometrico complesso. Le ali posteriori, che hanno una esile coda in corrispondenza della seconda nervatura cubitale, presentano due caratteristiche macchie nere contornate di verde e di arancio.
Può essere confusa con le seguenti specie: Lampides boeticus e Cacyreus marshalli.
È presente in Africa del Nord, Europa meridionale e Asia minore.
In Italia è abbastanza comune in tutte le regioni, isole comprese.
Tra le specie vegetali preferite dalle larve ci sono diverse specie di Fabaceae (Melilotus officinalis, Melilotus alba), Lythraceae (Lythrum salicaria), Polygonaceae (Polygonum aviculare), Plumbaginaceae (Plumbago spp.), Ericaceae (Calluna vulgaris).

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Hello Luciano,
What a wonderful specie with amazing colors. Never meet it. My country is far north from the areas this butterfly is living.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 415] (7938)
  • [2018-10-03 1:50]


It has tails like the P,cupid I have been posting recently, Luciano. It is well captured against the sky for a background, which is your specialty.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 320 W: 12 N: 84] (8676)
  • [2018-10-03 7:13]

Interesting view that is very rare too see, well exposed composed with beautiful colors, nice shot.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 522] (5590)
  • [2018-10-04 8:40]

Hi Luciano
An excellent picture of this beautiful Leptotes. Very good definition and details in all the butterfly, good light, color and composition of the scene.
Thank you for sharing it with the ideal information included.

Hello Luciano,
You were lucky to get this butterfly in such attractive mode with composition. But to me result didn't come out well. Distracting background line just over butterfly and dry branch part just over the butterfly (touching).In background OOF buds. Looking forward a shot where there will be no such distracting things in the background. Have a look good butterfly pictures of Professional Butterfly Photographer.
Sorry, I don't comment to please anybody.
Looking forward to see good work.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Luciano, graziosissima piccoletta in una composizione molto piacevole, qualità al top, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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