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Gonepteryx cleopatra (Linnaeus 1767) Cleopatra
Front wings 23-27 mm

Large butterfly with slightly sickle-shaped front wings and, in males, adorned with an extensive orange area. Females are uniformly greenish. In both sexes an orange red midpoint is clearly visible on each wing.
Adults spend the winter hibernating in bushes or attached to tree branches, so they are quite long-lived. At the first warmth of spring, they start flying again, visiting flowered clearings and thickets. The eggs are laid on the alaterno, a small tree found only in some bushy spots in the area. In our climates there are usually two generations, the second of which (in September-October) will face the winter.

It is present in Mediterranean countries. In Italy, in the southern regions and in the coastal strips, preferring the hilly areas.

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  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 18860 W: 130 N: 39830] (212959)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2021-06-12
  • Exposure: 1/21 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2021-06-12 3:32
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