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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 80-89 Points I, Blue Things [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-14 1:00
Viewed: 3890
Points: 87
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Peablue (Lampides boeticus), or the Long-Tailed Blue, is a small butterfly found in Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia and Australia that belongs to the Lycaenids or Blues family.

A medium sized tailed blue with a wingspan of 25-35mm. It is very variable in size, with dwarf forms being common in both sexes. The upper side of the male is violet blue and frosted over uniformly. The upper side of the female are dark brown but blue basally. In both sexes, the under side ground color is grayish brown or shades of it.

A widely distributed common species and is found all year round. It is commonest along hedge rows or boundaries of properties with overgrown vegetation, specially with leguminous plants, which are its larval host plant. As might be expected, it is also quite common in farmers fields with leguminous crops, which it prefers over the wild species.

It is an active butterfly and a strong flier and loves the sun. It visits a variety of flowers but show a strong preference for composites. The males frequently settle on damp soil to pickup essential salts and minerals. In the early morning hours it perches on sunlit leaves with its wings half open. Its larval food plants are variable and includes many species of legumes.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lampides
Species: L. boeticus

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-14 1:15]

Hello Sumon,
It is not often we see a blue butterfly from India with its wings open. It must have been relatively cool when you took this fine capture.
The sharpness, POV, composition against the contrasting leafy BG are all excellent.
Well done and thanks for sharing this beauty,

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-01-14 1:23]

Hello Suman,

wonderful capture, POV,DOFand BG are great.



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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-14 1:48]

Fabulous macro!
Superb timing to capture this with it's wings open, revealing that astonishing electric blue colouring.
Very, very sharp and detailed.
Brilliant composition and POV.
Very well done Sumon,

Hi Sumon

Great shot of this beautiful blue. Great sharpness and DOF. I like the composition too.


Hello Sumon,

Beautiful picture of this butterfly. Good focus, very nice detail. The colours are great.
Well done,


Hi Sumon,
a fine butterfly picture, a good reminder about sprint and summer. I longing to the butterfly season.
Beautiful blue colours with fine details and nice light.
Well done.

Hi Sumon Da,
At last you got the opened wing capture of this tiny fast flutterby. But it is not giving me any chance till now. Excellent details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-14 4:13]

Hello Sumon,
Superb image my friend with vivid colors and razor sharp details in a lovely composition. Thanks Sumon for sharing this outstanding image with us.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-14 4:24]

Hi Sumon,one of the best colours never seen.perfect sharpness and details,thanks for share,Luciano

Great macro Sumon, the blue stands out very well in the frame. Excellent detail, color, and light..Luv the comp too :)

I have seen on the net, many images of them which make them look washed out and almost white with a blue cast. Yours however is much closer to natural..it shows the true colours only a person like you can do...I have added it to my theme of special blue's. It is a wonderful, and almost perhaps cultural way of seeing colours...and being able to pass on that sight. Very nice Sumon!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-14 7:43]

Hello Sumon,
Excellent photo of this Butterfly. Amazing DOF. Fantastic details and clear colours. Composition, POV and contrast are wonderful.

Super sharp shot of this worn Peablue Sumon.
Lovely color detail and comp.
TFS, Richard

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-14 8:27]

Hello Sumon
What a fantastic capture with so great sharpness and beautiful details on the butterfly. I love the colors as well as the perfect DOF and excellent composition.
Congratulations and TFS

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-14 8:29]

Hi Sumon,
Great shot!
Good POV/DOF and sharpness!
Nice colors, good composition!

Casi casi perfecta, dando la sensación de estar flotando al captarla desde ese alto ángulo.
Magníficas texturas y colores con un buen encuadre.
Saludos Sumon.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-14 8:39]

Hi Sumon,

I think this is one of the prettiest butterflies I have seen. I love the blue and grey and the wonderful shape of the wings. Just beautiful with the wings wide open. As always, a perfect picture in all ways.


Hi Sumon,
This specie is a little jewel! What a nice little creature this is! This is a very sharp capture, well composed and exposed. As you might know, a smaller aperture could have brought out all the details on all its wings but I know that some settings are not always possible :) Thanks,

Hello my dear friend,
Another outstanding butterfly presentation from you always!
very good closeness in total sharpness, vivid colour and details
very well done again
best regards to you and family

Hello Sumon, Amazing detail syou caught of this beautiful butterfly, and the nice flat pose as well to get the detail across the wings. The colours are amazing, very good pov and superb composition. I like how you chose the head to be spot in the middle, and the butterfly offset to one side. tfs Rgds, Necip

Hello Sumon,
Very interesting to see the upperside for a change. Fine detail, colours and composition. Thanks.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-14 11:24]

Hi Sumon

Another wonderful image. I love the amazing details captured and the beautiful colours. Perfect DOf, it really stands out from the BG. Perfect POV



An exceptionally well composed and technically well processed image. Great job!

Hi Sumon,
fine macro shot indeed,
wonderfull focus with mana ( heuu no, many ...lol ) details on this splendid buterfly,
very nice natural colours and beautifull diagonal composition,

  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-14 14:26]

Hello Sumon, this is superb, it almost looks tridimensional because of the dof blurring the leaves under the sharp butterfly. This is such a beautiful butterfly, it could stand alone in a museum! Once again, great work Sumon, thank you!


will be back with cookies tomorrow!

hello Sumon
another shot of quality my friend
colors sharpness focus is perfect
well done

best regards sERGIO

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-14 20:16]

Hello Sumon,
Excellent capture of this little blue butterfly
Great POV and composition, the colors are very well
saturated and the details are excellent.. Well done


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-14 22:47]

Hi Sumon,
I liked the details, colors, POV and the composition. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Sumon,
Very well composed shot of this beautiful butterfly. Sharp details. Nice colours.
Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-15 5:52]

Hello Sumon,
I'd love to see this pretty Long-tailed Blue! This one is getting old but your capture is excellent with most parts in focus. Beautiful colours too and a fine natural background.
Many thanks, Ulla

Magnifique sur ce fond vert le bleu du papillon est encore mieux mis envaleur.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-15 14:32]

Hello Sumon,
Magnificent close up.Details are amazing.I liked POV and composition also a lot.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-15 14:54]

Hi Sumon
Very nice presentation.Good POV and sharp image .Colors and light are excellent.
TFS Michel

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-15 20:01]

Hello Sumon

This is an excellent capture.I hope people realize how difficult these small blues can be to chase and shoot,and to get them with their wings open can be frustrating.
Wonderful POV and DOF,the focus is sharp with lovely detail.
Excellent colour saturation.


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-01-15 23:00]

Joli contraste qui met bien en évidence le papillon.
Bonne journée.

Hello Sumon,
I like the texture that is reproduced in the wings, very natural!
A well balanced composition with attractive colours, sharp fine details in this fine piece of macro work...
Pablo -

Hola Sumon,
Excelente macro de esta bella mariposa, buen DOF, bonito POV con luz y color muy agradables. Saludos
José Ramón

Such a beautiful color - a powdery delicate blue....lovely. I think there was a crayon called periwinkle that was similar but I can't remember.
Lovely sharpness and great composition! Good stuff.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-16 6:12]

Hello Sumon, great butterfly and great shot (again !) :-) Well detailed picture, good exposure and great background, thanks !


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-16 9:36]

Hi Sumon.
Not the most "fresh" butterfly but it is a life and its is a picture. And I like all of them a lot. Very impressive scene with butterfly and large leaf. Excellent combination of vivid colours. Details and sharpness of the butterfly are perfect too as well as the DOF. Well done and TFS.

Hi Sumon,
Beautiful blue. Wonderful upperside - markings and colors are fantastic. Great shot on this small Peablue.

beautiful contrasted colours and perfect sharpness, well done

Hi Sumon,
ohhh so pretty! Wonderful POV , I like the close up of this beauty lovely color ! TFS

Hi Sumon,

Perfect angle, well focused, excellent shapness, great details, lovely natural colors.

Ben Lakitan

Wonderful shot from the back Sumon. The sharpness and details are well exposed. I like the unique color of this butterfly. It contrasts well against the green leaf. Well done and TFS.


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