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Leptotes pirithous open wings

Leptotes pirithous open wings
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/8, 1/4000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-24 0:38
Viewed: 4738
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Points: 68
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Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Leptotes
Species: L. pirithous

Leptotes pirithous is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found from southern Europe to the Himalayas and in most of Africa. Its common names are Lang's Short-tailed Blue and Common Zebra Blue
The wingspan is 21–29 mm for males and 24–30 mm for females. The butterfly flies from February to October depending on the location.
The larvae feed on Fabaceae, Rosaceae and Plumbaginaceae species, including Plumbago capensis, Indigofera, Rynchosia, Vigna, Burkea, Mundulea, Melilotus, Crataegus, Quercus suber, Medicago sativa, Trifolium alexandrium, Arachis hypogaea, Lythrum, Calluna, Genista, Dorycnium, Lythrum salicaria, Calluna vulgaris, Onobrychis viciifolia, Ulex and Melilotus alba.

Leptotes pirithous.

Leptotes pirithous è una farfalla della famiglia Lycaenidae.
La superficie dorsale delle ali è di colore blu violaceo nei maschi, bruno grigiastro con macchie violacee nella femmina. La superficie ventrale è in entrambi i sessi di colore biancastro, con macchie brune disposte secondo un disegno geometrico complesso. Le ali posteriori, che hanno una esile coda in corrispondenza della seconda nervatura cubitale, presentano due caratteristiche macchie nere contornate di verde e di arancio.
Può essere confusa con le seguenti specie: Lampides boeticus e Cacyreus marshalli.
E' presente in Africa del Nord, Europa meridionale e Asia minore.
In Italia è abbastanza comune in tutte le regioni, isole comprese.
Tra le specie vegetali preferite dalle larve ci sono diverse specie di Fabaceae (Melilotus officinalis, Melilotus alba), Lythraceae (Lythrum salicaria), Polygonaceaee (Polygonum aviculare), Plumbaginaceae (Plumbago spp.), Ericaceae (Calluna vulgaris).

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Hi Luciano,

neighbour today, you have been here an very nice macro from this little beautiful butterfly.
Good pov and sharpness with nice dark bg.
Fine colors.


Good to see the uppersite of this butterfly. Excellent composition with the dark background and the green plant on the side. regards yiannis

Another GREAT photo Luciano. The composition is excellent The colours and the lighting are fantastic. The sharpness for one more time is impressive.

Ciao Luciano,
the exposure and focus is perfect here
good sharpness, vivid colour and details in it
very well composed and well done

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-07-24 1:46]

Hello Luciano,
An excellent work with great sharpness and nice colors.Very good POV,black BG abd composition...
Have a nice day!...

Hi Luciano,
Beautiful shot of this lovely butterfly, sharpness details and colours are looks really good against the dark background, point of view and composition are very good,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice Sunday,
Best Regards,

my friend Luciano, the light performance is great, the photo result... excellent!

Hi Luciano,
really beautiful photo of this butterfly. Great sharpness and composition. Many details. Amazing colours. Of course suitable backgroung.
Have a nice Sunday,

Hi Luciano,

Breathtaking photo! I can't believe it could get any better than this! Every aspect of your photo takes maximum points by me.... Light control, contrast, detail, clarity, sharpness,... Great!!! Congratulations!!!

Ciao Luciano,

Fabulous capture of this splendid Butterfly, amazing lighting with good use of fill in flash, love the dark background that makes the Butterfly stand out of the frame, superb sharpness and lovely colours, wonderful work here Luciano Bravo! and have a nice Sunday my friend,
Best regards,


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-24 3:05]

Hello Luciano.
Outstanding shot with such fantastic brown-blue colours and sharpness on its wings. Nice pose captured and the dark BG works wonders here in highlighting the subjects perfectly. Great DOF and well chosen POV to portray it.Best regards Siggi

hello Luciano
great sharpness picture with great details and beaytiful colours
Very nice BLACK!! BG to
thanks greeting lou

Tu parli di schiaffi morali ma questa fantasia di colori e luce è uno di essi. Si perchè io non ce l'ho nel mio carniere. Super dettaglio e nitidezza immersi nel black dello sfondo!


Ciao Luciano, le hai fatto il solletico per far aprire le ali così bene?
Altra magnifica piccola marocchina, splendidi colori e ottima nitidezza, magnifica macro nell'inconfondibile Luciano's style, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-07-24 4:45]

Hi Luciano,
Excellent macro work this beautiful butterfly.
Nice colours with excellent detail.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Luciano,
Perfect macro! Wonderful colors, perfect sharpness, fantastic shot.

Hi Luciano,
In one word excellent...
Wonderful colour.
Great sharpness and details.
Nice timing and composition..
Well done


Hello Luciano,
What a splendid species of butterfly. Amazing clarity, very good focus and outstanding sharpness.
The contrast against the dark background is great.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-07-24 10:37]

Hi Luciano. An excellent capture. Very impressive clean and razor sharp details and wonderful colors. Dark background worked here very well. Pleasant centered composition and best of angle of view. Precise work, as usual, my friend. Thank you for sharing. Have a nice evening.
Best regards

interesting butterfly, TFS Ori

This is a beautiful shot with the dark background. Makes the butterfly really stand out. Excellent capture. Bill

Hello Luciano!
Great shot as usually! It is very impressive with this dark BG.The butterfly is amazing! Bravissimo Luciano! You can be very proud of yourself.TFS
Nice week!

Ciao Luciano,
bellissima macro, straordinaria nitidezza e fantastico contrasto di luci e colori, magnifica composizione
Grazie e complimenti
Buona giornata
Ciao Maurizio

Hola Luciano.

Excelente macro.gran nitidez y una magnifica luz.preciosa composicion.Gran trabajo.
Saludos y que tengas un buen dia.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-25 3:43]

Bonjour Luciano,
Tous mes compliments pour cette magnifique prise! Un petit Lyacenidae pas trop commun, les ailes parfaitement déployées et une netteté parfaite. Une très belle présentation, ici l'arrière-plan noir convient parfaitement.
Bon après-midi

Ciao Luciano,
Sfondo nero, esemplare stupendo, composizione ricercata... ecco un altro grande scatto di Luciano! Non serve saper leggere... si riconosce anche solo guardando la miniatura!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-25 6:42]

Excellent image with fine details, wish the blues here too open the wings like this. tfs.

Gran bella foto con splendidi colori che risaltano sul fondo nero e la solita strabiliante nitidezza!

Bonjour Luciano,

Les feuilles aident au cadrage du papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir avec précision les détails et les couleurs du papillon Leptotes pirithous. La lumière de l'après-midi a un bel effet sur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


Ciao Luciano,
open wings of L. pirithous are rarely seen - and very rarely to be seen with such opulent details and bright colours in a pose that seems to be intended to present itself with maximum impact to the viewer. The good Sony HX1's integrated flash has provided really good natural colours and wide depth of field. The dark background is quite helpful here to draw all the attention on the butterfly. Thank you!
With all my best wishes to you,

Hello Luciano
Great details and colors, but I especially like the dark background and the composition. Well done and have a nice Sunday!
Regards Hedesan

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2011-08-03 12:13]

Hi Luciano,
We were in Morocco last December. Unfortunately we did not see any butterflies.
This one is beautiful. Love the colors, and the light on it.
Sharp details are well shown against the dark BG.
Lovely shot, and TFS. : )

Hello Luciano,
Excellent art piece you have here with fine details against the dark background. Love the dust colors on the back and wings of this fine specimen.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Luciano

Great use of the flash with darkening
the background and with the light
putting in evidence the foreground,
beautiful color tones, great contrast, TFS


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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2015-03-21 21:38]

Hi Luciano
This picture is a work of art!
The dark background nicely enhances the butterfly and allows to appreciate the texture, pattern and colours.

Regards and TFS

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