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Darwin's Heath?

By livinglevels  
This small but stunning insect would appear to be Darwin's Heath (Coenonympha darwiniana), based on all the literature I can find. Alternative views welcome.

In comparison to our Small Heath, this is a very vividly coloured insect but equally shy!

I am beginning to think that the Col des Fillys (where this image was taken) in the Alpes de Haute Provence is perhaps one of the best butterfly spots I have found for diversity.

Tags: Alps Butterflies Insects France Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Col des Fillys Darwins Heath Coenonympha darwiniana

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Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
23 Sep 2013 7:30PM
A cracking close up of this beautifully marked and coloured little butterfly

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23 Sep 2013 7:36PM
Beautiful capture.
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
23 Sep 2013 7:39PM
it is a very nice Coenonympha arcania-pearly heath. Please compare here
July looks right, I saw the last one then.
And you are right they are very easily scared away.
Mike_Smith Plus
10 490 1 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2013 7:45PM
Wow what a beautiful shot, stunning Butterfly
mattberry 13 259 14 Greece
23 Sep 2013 8:10PM
Pearly Heath. Darwin's doesn't have such a pronounced broad postdiscal band, which is very evident here.

Agree about the area, which is why we've got a guided tour there and in Mercantour for July 2014, with Roger Gibbons - the authority on the butterflies in that area.

Now, waffle over, it is a lovely shot so well done!

23 Sep 2013 8:20PM
Lovely image with great sharpness and colour

Brian J.
23 Sep 2013 9:09PM
Absolutely beautiful.
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
23 Sep 2013 9:43PM
Nice Image!! I like it a lot!!

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