Photo album 2014    
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<< caterpillars of Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus) found on Hippocrepis comosa ; in the photograph below the larva is attended by ants of genus Myrmica. Not all Lycaenid butterflies need ants, but about 75% of species associate with ants in a relationship called Myrmecophily. Another example of this ant-Lycaenid larva relationship is shown down below with a caterpillar of Escher's Blue - Var (France) - 12/04/2014  
    << a female of Southern Festoon (Zerynthia polyxena) - Var (France) - 12/04/2014  
    << larva of a scarce Burnet Moth from the South-East of France, Zygaena cynarae, whose larva feeds on Peucedanum cervaria - Var (France) - 12/04/2014  
<< a female of Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) - Var (France) - 28/03/2014  
    << a fresh Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) - Var (France) - 12/04/2014  
    << a caterpillar of Escher's Blue (Polyommatus escheri) found on Astragalus monspessulanus and attended by ants of genus Lasius. Many thanks to Mr C.LEBAS for his help for identifying this ant - Var (France) - 12/04/2014  
<< close-up of the larva's rear part showing a drop of sugar-rich honeydew produced by the Newcomer's gland (orange arrow). When stimulated by ants the caterpillar produces this secretion which is avidly licked by them. It takes a while before the caterpillar releases a drop of liquid ; as the ants get quite nervous, the larva releases some chemicals as well which calm them down and avoid attacks - Var (France) - 12/04/2014  
<< a mature caterpillar of Zygaena transalpina ssp hippocrepidis found near Hippocrepis comosa - Var (France) - 12/04/2014  
    << a female of Violet Fritillary (Boloria dia) - Var (France) - 12/04/2014  
    << other female of Violet Fritillary (Boloria dia) laying an egg near heads of Viola sp. & close-up of an egg - Var (France) - 12/04/2014  
    << a female of Mallow Skipper (Carcharodus alceae) - Var (France) - 09/04/2014  
    << a mating pair of Clouded Yellow (Colias crocea) [male above] - Var (France) - 05/04/2014  
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