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Polyommatus bellargus

Polyommatus bellargus
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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: 2017-08-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-09-13 9:01
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Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Polyommatus
Species:P. bellargus

The Adonis blue (Polyommatus bellargus) is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is found in the Palearctic ecozone (Western Europe, Central Europe, South Europe, South Russia, Iraq, Iran, Caucasus, Transcaucasus, Turkey).
It may be found in chalk downland, in warm sheltered spots, flying low over vegetation, seeking females that are rich chocolate brown in color. The male has brilliantly-colored wings that give it its name.
The males are blue in color with a white border. Females are brown in colour becoming blue towards the body, with orange crescents towards the edges of the wings. Both males and females have pale brown undersides with black spots and orange crescents. The caterpillar reaches 1.6 centimetres in length, has a dark green body with dark spines, and yellow bands along the back and sides.
The male has the upper side wings a brilliant sky blue, with a fine black line round the edge and a white margin. The female is chocolate brown with a few blue scales near the base, and with orange spots, bordered by blue scales, around the edge of the hind wing. Look for the chequered fringes in both sexes. The underside is brownish grey with black and orange spots. The wingspan is about 3 cm (1.2 in).The Adonis blue is found across Europe from Eastern and Central Europe across to southeast England and the Iberian Peninsula.
The preferred habitat of the Adonis blue is calcareous grasslands with hot and dry conditions. This is because the larva feeds on horseshoe vetch (Hippocrepis comosa) which is largely restricted to these habitats. This plant flourishes on sheep-grazed pastures and disappears after a few years when cattle graze. Sometimes human-created landforms provide refuges for the plant and the butterfly; an example of this is on Martin Down in Dorset, where horseshoe vetch only occurs on ancient earthworks with thin calcareous soils.
German entomologist S. A. von Rottemburg described the Adonis blue in 1775 as Papilio bellargus, noting it was very rare locally but came to his garden in June.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-09-13 12:06]

Hello Luciano,
Wow!! The butterfly may be common, but your photo is great. What brightness and clarity you have captured and the colors are gorgeous. Taken from an attractive low POV with just the right exposure. A treat for the eyes!!

Ciao Luciano, gran bella macro, ma a me sembra Polyommatus bellargus, ha la scacchettatura sulle ali, ad ogni buon conto, è splendida, colori brillanti, magnifica luce, ottima nitidezza e dettagli super, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano,
Nice details and very good focus. This specie was once common in the fields in my region.....but not this year....

Ciao Luciano
What a beautiful capture my Friend. The composition is very atractive. Great light managment wonderful colors and excellent sharpness.Well done!
Have a good weekend
José Diogo

Bonsoir Luciano,

La fleur aide au cadrage de l'insecte. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Polyommatus bellargus. La lumière met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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