<< Previous Next >>

Icaro, Medick, and Vetch.

Icaro, Medick, and Vetch.
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Vienna Woods - Biosphaerenpark Wienerwald [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-20 6:09
Viewed: 5411
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Icaro, Medick, and Vetch.

Plenty of rain in May and June created carpets of dense vegetation filled with blossoms even in the dry parts of eastern Austria in early summer this year.

Medicago lupulina (Linnaeus, 1753)
Medick / Hopfenklee

Medicago lupulina has very small yellow flowers grouped in tight bunches. A common flowering plant that is distributed through all of Europe, a great part of Asia, North Africa, Canaries, Madeira, North America, it is growing in dry limestone grounds and coastal sand dunes. It is a common sight in natural pastures, and a pleasant source of nectar.

Vicia angustifolia (Linnaeus, 1759)
Syn.: Vicia sativa ssp. angustifolia (Gaudin, 1829)
Narrow-Leaved Vetch / Schmalblättrige Wicke

Vetches are nitrogen fixing leguminous plants, often sown as fodder for cattle and horses, still growing wild in areas that have been taken out of cultivation since decades. They have also been part of early human diet as remains found at early Neolithic sites in Syria, Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovakia tell us.

Both Medick and Vetches are favoured feeding plants for the caterpillars of various species of blue butterflies, like the one shown here. Some blues are hard to identify, and I often end up with mistaking the

Common Blue
Polyommatus icarus (Rottemburg, 1775)

for another species. Here, the undersides seemed to indicate Amanda’s Blue to me - but I was wrong. Ivan (Argus) just sent me a convincing documentation of P. amanda from Sweden for comparison. He considers my posting's butterfly to be a variation of P. icarus. I am grateful for his expert advice. Thank you, Ivan.


Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas, Stuttgart 1998.

C. Jonko: European Butterflies. http://www.lepidoptera.pl

Walter Schön: Portal für Schmetterlinge und Raupen

E. Vitek., A.Ch. Mrkwicka, W. Adler, E. Horak., W. Fleck, B. Haslehner: Wiens Pflanzenwelt, Vienna, 2004


SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 18mm macro-zoom setting (equiv. 110mm at conventional 35mm SLR), F/4, 1/640 sec., ISO-125; -0.3 bias, no tripod, no flash; 20.06.2008, 09:51.


Photoshop Elements, slightly cropped, downsized to the web, selectively resharpened, levels slightly adjusted.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

flashpoint, eng55, uleko, sranjan, ellis49, siggi, Noisette, gracious, jignasi, phlr, anel, Miss_Piggy, pilonm, ramthakur, jconceicao, marhowie, Alex99, DarioM has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Miss_Piggy: ... flowers or the butterflypeter_stoeckl 1 12-26 02:59
To Noisette: Merci Jacquelinepeter_stoeckl 1 12-25 11:23
To anel: ... wie aus Amanda ein Icarus wurdepeter_stoeckl 1 12-21 12:34
To Argus: ... a variation of a male icarus.peter_stoeckl 1 12-20 08:36
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Hallo Peter !
Noch einmal ein wunderbares Bild, so bunt une do farbig, da ist es Frühling in meinem Komputer ! :-) Une wie immer mit scharfe Details, und so schön komponiert, so freundlich. Das ist so angenehm für die Augen, nach dem ganzen grauen Wetter, dass wir hier haben. Vieln Dank, une schöne Grüsse vom Frankreich.

hello Peter!
good composition with vivid colors of spring,
excellent details of this Lycaenidae
species with great sharpness and perfect resolution ....thanks sERGIO

very good photo , beautiful colours and clear subject!

  • Great 
  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-20 6:57]

Hi Peter,
Very nice capture of this butterfly.POV,clear details,vivid colors and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!
Have a great day too!
Thanks for posting.

  • Great 
  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-12-20 7:05]

Hi Peter,
There is riot of colors here and beautiful blue to enhance the image further. tfs.

  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-20 7:14]

Hello Peter,
I can imagine the Alpine meadows after the rain although I expect many butterflies failed to emerge. This is a lovely colourful image that cheers me up on a dreadfully dark, stormy and rainy afternoon. I've just been out with our little dog and he was in a hurry to get back home!!
Excellent view of the Common Blue showing sharp details of the typical markings of the underside. Lovely colours of butterfly and flowers in this fine composition.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

  • Great 
  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2008-12-20 7:31]

Bonjour Peter, c'est très rafraichissant ce cliché!! bravo pour les couleurs et la composition. Le pois de senteur rouge en haut de la photo est peut être de trop!! mes félicitations and Happy Christmas, Didier.

Hello Peter,
This is a very fine and technically excellent image, well composed with the Vetch and medic flowers to make it an attractive posting. To me it shows a variation of a male icarus. I have taken a fresh P. amanda that I overlooked in my archives and not posted before but I send it to the WS for you to compare and see if you agree with me. You notice that there are less orange marks on the amanda's hindwing and the narrow black wing border is less marked than that of icarus.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,
Best regards,

Dear Peter,
It is no doubt a very well composed shot by you. The sharpness, details & colors are perfect. I like your notes on the subject. TFS.

Hello Peter,
this is a great reminder of summer. A fine picture with lovely colours and nice lighting.
Good sharpness and well composed with good POV.
Well done, mf.

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-20 8:13]

Hallo Peter,
Wonderful colours in beautiful contrasts. Fantastic sharp details and a great POV. Very good composition.

Hi Peter,
dieses Bild duftet mir förmlich in die Nase - sooooo zart, so frisch. Man kann den Bläuling trinken sehen, die Farben sind eine Freude, ich bin restlos begeistert - und wenn man rausschaut ist alles grau in grau und holt mich in die kalte Wirklichkeit zurück.
Vielen Dank für den kleinen Ausflug in den Sommer den ich mit Deinem Bild unternehmen durfte, tschüssi und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

  • Great 
  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-12-20 9:04]

merhaba peter
wonderful macro photo of this beautiful butterfly with your compact machine
composition, POV, light, colours, sharpness and details are great

  • Great 
  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-20 11:39]

Hallo Peter,
Die Sabine hat schon alles geschrieben was ich auch im Ausdruck bringen wollte. Das ist wirklich ein wunderbares Bild, ich liebe diese kleine Schmätterlinge, sie sind so schön. Perfekte Details, jedes kleine Härchen is scharf. Das Bild ist auch sehr schön komponiert, mit natürliche Farben, une einene schönene Hintergrund.
Grüße Siggi

Merhaba Peter,muhteşem renklerle donanmış nefis bir makro,kelebek çiçeklerle beraber harika görünüyor,ellerine sağlık :)

hallo peter
Das ist ein wundervolles bild das sie uns da zeigen, Die Farben sind so schön und der schmetterling ist so scharf. Eine super compositon

Ciao Peter,
splendida ed armoniosa composizione con la piccola e bella P. icarus in una cornice di fiori dai colori stupendi e con un magnifico OOF BG, la definizione è straordinaria con fantastici dettagli. Bellissima immagine.

Hello Peter,
The different flowers in colouration makes this image so alive!
the bg colouration as well makes the subject also very outstanding in it's sharpness and details
a high standard presentation
many thanks for the sharing

Hi Peter, Very nice background nicely complimenting the beauty of the butterfly

Hola Peter,

no solamente nos deleitas con un excelente enfoque, sino que como es habitual en tí, creas un pequeño mundo con ese juego de colores tan hábil.

Un trabajo técnico y artístico a la vez !

Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Peter,

Superb composition. Excellent sharpness. Wonderful colours.

  • Great 
  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-21 7:33]
  • [+]

Lieber Peter,
Da hat sich die Amanda in einen Ikarus verwandelt! Auf TN ist ja alles möglich:-) Aber eben Namen hin oder her, die Farbigkeit dieses Bildes sticht in die Augen, welch ein Kontrast zum heutigen Grau.
Mir gefällt ganz speziell die Pose des kleinen Falters und der Hopfenklee, der so eine aparte Form und Farbe hat.
Nochmals Frohe Festtage
Herzliche Grüsse

  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-21 15:20]

Hi Peter,
a superb shot of this beautiful butterfly.
Very, very sharp and detailed.
Excellent soft light.
Great DOF.

Very well done,

Hallo Peter
An absolutely marvellous capture filled with a display of colour and feeling of absolute serenity. I cannot say which I like the most, the flowers or the butterfly. Both are really amazing but each has their own qualities to value. The patterns and markings on the wings of the butterfly is delightful and spectacular. The flowers appear sunny and bright. A great image with a fine arrangement of colours, which is a definite feast for the eye. Kind regards and thanks for sharing.
Best regards
I also want to thank you for adding me to your list of favourites. It is indeed a great honour receiving such a gesture from a gentleman and fine photographer like you. It is much appreciated and will be treasured.

Hello Peter,

One more time, you present us an excellent portrait of a small but so nice butterfly! The colors are natural and so nice to look at! I'm just wandering if you had closed a little bit more instead of using f/4, you should have been able to get both antennas in focus. The wing details are astonishing and the exposition perfectly mastered!

A great picture and a wonderful job!



I was delighted to read your kind critique on my recent butterfly picture, Peter. Hope you are keeping well.
At this juncture, I also wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
In your image, we not only see a small butterfly in perfect focus but also numerous richly coloured flowers. The entire composition is so beautiful it lifts the spirit in these grey and dull days of winter.
Thanks for sharing this beauty and warm regards.

Hi Peter

Great composition, sharpness and pattern details, which species it is.

I hope you and your family have a safe and happy festive season.


Hello Peter,

Great close up of this wonderful butterfly.
Beautiful colours with fantastic definition.
Composition and sharpness are splendid.
Good notes.


Hi Peter,
Very colorful frame, the little blue is right where it should be.
In the midst of all creation, this one tiny part astounds.
Technically excellent, a great pleasure to view this work of art..
The beauty immutable, it's wonderfully & faithfully offered up for all to enjoy :)

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-01 10:52]

Hi Peter, dear friend.
Now I have an opportunity to express my sympathy and respect to you, your skill, kindness and humanity. Happy New Year to you and your family.

I have missed whole series of fantastic shot. I will start at this one. Amazing rich scene with beautiful butterfly, various and so beautiful flowers and leafs. Details are unbelievable (as usual for you).All even tiniest details of the insect and plants are visible perfectly. POV, framing and composition of the picture are the best too. Bravo. Well done and TFS.

hi peter,
Fantastic picture of this beauty, lovely details!
Best wishes, Dario

Calibration Check