Butterflies and Moths
Macro Photography by Altaher Altabet
I am Libyan Macro Photographer and this site is my collection of macro photography photos of Libyan butterflies and Moths (both adult and caterpillars). Among the areas of photography, which became popular with the increased attention over the past decades is close-up and macro photography of insects and flowers and other tiny objects. Macro photography is the art of taking close-up pictures that reveal details which can’t be seen with the naked eye. For example, while we can see the fly on the wall, our eyes aren’t equipped to make out the fine details of the hairs on its face. This is where macro photography comes in. It gives us a glimpse into the world of the very small, which goes largely unnoticed by us as we hurriedly shuffle through our day.
This site is dedicated to the insect and nature lovers, and to my Libyan colleagues, to those who are working very hard to protect our environment. It is my invitation to them to work very hard to preserve and protect our environment which became in great danger due to negligence, intentionally and unintentionally, and because of the conflicts and infighting that have contributed to the destruction of many of the wonderful natural places.
We have a beautiful nature with amazing biodiversity, It is our duty to maintain them. We must protect it and preserve it not only for us but also for the next generation which they have a right and deserve a clean and beautiful environment. I am saying this beacuse I have seen during the conflict in Tripoli in past few years in the absence of law and insecurity numerous old public forests around the city of Tripoli was completely destroyed and turned out and converted illegally and by force of arms to miserable farms and arid lands to build houses. I have found in previous visits to that area before destruction type of moth's caterpillar, which disappeared now because of disappearance of wild trees, which were fed by, I wonder if we lucky to see that caterpillar again or it will be the images of the distant past. If we destroy green area and killed all the trees that the larvae feed on them how we will get butterflies. Butterflies are a hugely important group of insects as they provide important ecological services such as pollination of wild flowers and act as a food source for birds, reptiles and other species. They are also excellent bio-indicators of habitat quality for sites. This my message, Anyway, I hope that you enjoy visiting the site and for any queries, please contact me I will be happy to replay. Thank you, Altaher Altabet
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African Monarch Butterfly
Danaus chrysippus, also known as the Plain Tiger or African Monarch, is a common butterfly which is widespread in Asia and Africa. It belongs to the Danainae ("Milkweed butterflies") subfamily of the brush-footed butterfly family, Nymphalidae. It is a medium-sized, non-edible butterfly, which is mimicked by multiple species. The caterpillar is uniformly cylindrical. Its body is covered with bands of black and white interspersed with thick, yellow, dorsolateral spots. The most striking characteristics are the three pairs of long and black tentacle-like appendages. The first pair is moveable and also the longest. The tentacles are present on the third, sixth and twelfth segments. The head is shiny, smooth and has alternating black and white semicircular bands. The legs and prolegs are black and the prolegs have white bands at their bases. Photos taken in Garboli area, Tripoli- Libya (32.788046, 13.581372).
The Red Admiral Butterfly
Vanessa atalanta is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe, Asia, North Africa and North America. The Red Admiral has a 45–50 mm (1.8–2.0 in) wing span. The species is resident only in warmer areas, but migrates north in spring, and sometimes again in autumn. This medium-sized butterfly is identified by its striking dark brown, red, and black wing pattern. More specifically, the dark wings possess orange bands that cross the fore wings and on the outer edge of the hind wings; white spots on the dorsal fore wings near the front margin; reddish bars on dorsal surface of all four wings. The caterpillar feeds on nettles, and the adult drinks from flowering plants like the Buddleiaand overripe fruit. Photos taken in farm of University of Tripoli, Tripoli- Libya (32.847277, 13.223261).
The Clouded Yellow Butterfly
Colias croceus, Greenish yellow with two silver-white spots. Always rests with wings closed. Upperwings are deep orange-yellow with broad dark wing margins. Colias croceus is a small butterfly of the Pieridae family, that is, the Yellows and Whites. In India and nearby regions it is known as the Dark Clouded Yellow or Common Clouded Yellow to distinguish it from the other species of clouded yellows occurring there; elsewhere it is often simply known as "the clouded yellow", as it was the first and original butterfly to go by this name. Caterpillar Food plants: A range of leguminous plants is used, including wild and cultivated clovers (Trifolium spp.), Lucerne (Medicago sativa), and less frequently, Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus). Photos taken in Agar city, Wadi Ash-Shati, south Libya (27.529654, 14.159466) and in
farm of University of Tripoli, Tripoli- Libya (32.847277, 13.223261).