Filming VarWild: Nymphalis antiopa

Life cycle of butterflies in Provence

The Camberwell Beauty (Nymphalis antiopa Linné, 1758)

The life-cycle, the behavior of the butterfly and caterpillars, the courtship-flight, mating, the egg-laying, the egg hatching, the larval food-plant, Salix caprea of the butterfly the Camberwell Beauty has been filmed in the Var, France. Family of Nymphalinae.

    Des centaines de chenilles de Nymphalis antiopa (L.) dans les saules

2011 - Pieter Kan, Brigitte Kan-van Limburg Stirum
Lépidoptères, Volume 19 (2010)- n° 47.

In the spring of 2010, contrasting with previous years, a large number of Nymphalis antiopa were seen in the Callas locality (The Var, 83). During this time, the courtship flight as well as mating was studied. At the beginning of June, more than 14 caterpillar nests were found in willows (Salix alba and S .caprea). In order to study the various stages of the caterpillars' development, some caterpillars were taken into captivity. 


Scelionidae : Telenomus kolbei parasitizes eggs of Nymphalis antiopa

Telenomus kolbei (Mayr, 1879) is an egg parasitoid wasp (Platygastroidae: Scelionidae) parasitizing the eggs of many different insect species.

Identified by Dr. Norman F. Johnson

Photo parasitizing female,
Peter Groenendijk
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