Monday, 28 July 2014

His Eminence and Her Majesty.


The Cardinal  Argynnis  pandora (Nymphalidae)  

 

The hindwing is pale green with silver stripes.

 

The ground colour of upperwings is buffish orange with an extensive greenish suffusion..

 

Similar to the Silver-washed Fritillary, but with more pronounced wing markings.

 

It's wing span is 7-8cm, and flight period from May -July.

 
The Queen Of Spain Fritillary    Issoria lathonia (Nymphalidae)


 

Orange ground colour with bold black spots. The large silvery spots on the hindwing underside are unique to this species.

 



 

The wing span is 4,2cm, and flight period from Febuary to October.

 

16 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful! i like that greenish tone.

Trollstubben foto said...

Beautiful pictures.

stiefbeen said...

geweldig mooi.

Irene Alves said...

Chego aqui e fico simplesmente
extasiada com as suas fotografias.
Fantásticas!!!
Desejo que esteja bem.
Irene Alves

NickMorgan said...

Great pictures. I was lucky enough to see both of these species this year in Spain. I didn't manage to get such good pictures though!

Adam said...

nice moth

orchid Miyako said...

Wow, Wow; what magnificent pictures of Cardinal Argynnis pandora♡♡♡ They are so BEAUTIFUL with flowers, Sonija Truly breathtaking(^_^)v
And I also LOVE the way you explained about the butterfly. I never knew the word 'buff' has the meaning of light yellow and loved to read the suffusion which really fits for description. Haha, I only knew 'pronounce' in the sense of sound.
Thank you very much for the GORGEOUS pictures and learning.

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Gail Dixon said...

These are beautiful and interesting specimens. Some I have not seen before.

sussn jsne said...

You certaintly have very important and beautiful visitors!!!! love Sue

Maria said...

I love the sharpness, and as usual, the colors.

Teresa said...

Están preciosas. Saludos.

Stewart M said...

These are such splendid pictures - butterflies are wonderful to watch, and often hard to photograph!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Mike Attwood said...

I was dissapointed I thought you had met the Queen. Mind you, the photo's are fit for a queen. Beautiful.

Bob Bushell said...

Outstanding butterfly images, the first is my favourite, absolutely superb.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Awesome shots of the butterflies!

vitorchuvashortstories said...

Hi Sonjia!

As an exception to the rule, in this case cardinal and queen make a most fitting match...

With a hug

Vitor

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