The Mountain Apollo

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Parnassius apollo pyrenaicus – Papilionidae – Parnassius

The Apollo’s mating plug or Sphragis is visible on the photo below: It is particular to the females of this lepidoptera family.It is deposited by a male into the female genital tract and later hardens into a plug assuring the male that only his sperm cells will fertilize each visited female!

Apollon femelle et son sphragis – Le sphragis de la femelle est très visible sur la 1ère photo: C’est le ‘bouchon’ copulatoire de l’organe de la femelle particulier à cette famille de lépidoptères, ainsi qu’à de rares Nymphalidae: Il est déposé par le mâle dans l’oviducte de la femelle pendant la copulation puis se durcit ensuite pour obstruer ses organes génitaux, assurant ainsi au mâle que ses seuls spermatozoïdes féconderont chaque femelle visitée!

Mariposa Apolo (Parnassius apollo pyrenaicus)

Mariposa Apolo (Parnassius apollo pyrenaicus)

Mariposa Apolo (Parnassius apollo pyrenaicus)

Mariposa Apolo (Parnassius apollo pyrenaicus)

The female is easily recognisable by the few red spot at the wing base. La dame est très facile à identifier; contrairement au mâle, on peut lui voir quelques taches rouges près de la base de l’aile postérieure:


Here is male without the red dots near the body:

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Passionate about Wildlife, Photography and Wildlife issues. I live in the south of France at the present, but have lived in Africa for 16 years, in the U.S. for 3 years. With my husband, I created and managed a BIRD PARK in South Africa, raising mainly psittacines; the breeding facility housed over 1000 parrots at any given time. I speak French and English alike and manage decently in Spanish. My photography is about sharing fauna's beauty with other enthusiasts!Equipment: ALL NIKON Cameras: D500, D750 Tele lenses: 300 mm, 500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E, Zoom lenses: 16/80 mm, 80/400 mm, 200/500 mm and: Macro 150 Sigma.* * * My work can be seen HERE:http://1000-pattes.blogspot.fr/* * * NOT ON FACEBOOK

Noushka Wildlife

Noushka Wildlife

Passionate about Wildlife, Photography and Wildlife issues. I live in the south of France at the present, but have lived in Africa for 16 years, in the U.S. for 3 years. With my husband, I created and managed a BIRD PARK in South Africa, raising mainly psittacines; the breeding facility housed over 1000 parrots at any given time. I speak French and English alike and manage decently in Spanish. My photography is about sharing fauna's beauty with other enthusiasts!Equipment: ALL NIKON Cameras: D500, D750 Tele lenses: 300 mm, 500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E, Zoom lenses: 16/80 mm, 80/400 mm, 200/500 mm and: Macro 150 Sigma.* * * My work can be seen HERE:http://1000-pattes.blogspot.fr/* * * NOT ON FACEBOOK

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Jefferson Silva

Very beautitul images. Thanks for sharing.