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A glimpse of orange

Image of <i>Gonepteryx cleopatra</i> (Linnaeus 1767)

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Cleopatra (Gonepteryx cleopatra) male.Cleopatra is a species similar to the much more wide-spread Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni). The characteristic trait of Cleopatra is the gorgeous orange on the upper-side of the male's wings, which is quite a spectacular sight when in flight. Unfortunatelly, they never open their wings when settled. I've been trying for quite a while to capture that trait in a photo, so I was quite lucky to find this male which gave me a glimpse of that bright orange, through its partially damaged wing (see the note). It was busy feeding on my mother's Bougainvillea at the time, so it didn't mind me snapping away. I'm quite happy with how this photo came out, although I wish it had a little bit more "air" above the antennae. Best viewed Large, On Black.kingdom: Animaliaphylum: Arthropodasubphylum: Hexapodaclass: Insectaorder: Lepidopterafamily: Pieridae

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