A rather alert mustard butterfly

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A rather alert mustard butterfly

Post by MWP admin » Fri Mar 21, 2008 8:13 pm

This species of Lepidoptera (of which ID is kindly requested if possible) is one those butterflies which is always on the alert and difficult to photograph since it notice you and flies away before you are within good range for close-up photography. This week I had some luck :-)
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Post by D. Cilia » Sat Mar 22, 2008 5:43 am

looks like Maniola jurtina. nice photo!

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Post by RB » Sat Mar 22, 2008 1:41 pm

Look out also for brimstones, those are lovely!!

Seem to be extremely localised in distribution despite the fact that they have wings, I think they feed on Rubus and thus tend to hang out where this is plentiful.

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Post by Haas » Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:55 am

To me it looks rather like a Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus.

Usually the size is good indicator, pamphilus is aprox the size of a Common Blue, while jurtina is rather the size of o Small White.

Plus, once you have seen both of them together, they do not look that much alike.

As far as I can see (via the internet) they are both common in Malta.

And i agree, it is a very good photo.

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Post by robcar » Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:28 pm

Haas is right. It is the small heath (Coenonympha pamphilus). Quite a common butterfly. Unfortunately the meadow brown (Maniola jurtina), which was very common and widespread has become very rare over recent years, particularly in Malta (In Gozo it has also declined substantially and is rare, but not as rare as in Malta

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Post by RB » Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:11 pm

Meadow brown always was one of those butterflies that you could not really go looking for. Sometimes there are plenty of them, sometimes you don't see any.

Just like many butterflies IMHO.

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Post by D. Cilia » Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:53 am

Speaking of butterflies, I'd love it if anyone could post a picture of a Danaus taken in Malta. I've never had success in seeing one, so far. Also, has anyone ever come across its caterpillars?

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Post by RB » Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:54 am

Probably seen a grand total of 3. It's a vagrant from Africa IIRC so even more unlikely to see caterpillars here! Unless they come in on a boat :-D :-D :-D

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Post by IL-PINE » Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:18 am

:-D

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