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The Map Araschnia levana

Measuring approximately 4 centimeters the Map Butterfly is one of the smaller members of this family. It is named after the underside of the wing, which gives the impression of a map. This species has even more variations than the Comma. The first generation resembles somewhat the Small Tortoiseshell. The summer generation, which is depicted below, is almost black. And the generations in between have their own colours and patterns which is a mixture of those of the spring and those of the summer generation. At this moment we do not have any pictures of a representative of the spring generation. :-(
More detailed information about this species in the near future.