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Green Hairstreak.


Green Hairstreak.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1736 W: 291 N: 4004] (11526)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Minolta Dimage 7Hi
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Camouflage, Vienna Woods - Biosphaerenpark Wienerwald [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-03 6:14
Viewed: 5521
Points: 42
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Green Hairstreak.

Callophrys rubi (Linnaeus, 1758)

Green Hairstreak
Brombeer-Zipfelfalter
Groentje
Gronnvinge
Gron Busksommerfugl
Björnbärssnabbvinge
Kangasperhonen
Zieleńczyk ostrężyniec
Ostrôžkár černicový
Ostruháček ostružníkový
Cejialba
Tecla del rovo

Family: Lycaenidae

Wing span: 30 – 32mm

Green pigments can be met very rarely at butterflies. This is surprising, as green does provide a very good camouflage between leaves – as can be seen here.

For apparent reasons of camouflage, many Whites show subdued green colours on the underside of their wings – e.g. the Green Veined White (Pieris napi), or the Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines). Their kind of green is an imitation achieved by a mixture of yellow and black scales that looks greenish to the eyes of possible predators, humans included.

The much brighter iridescent green colours on the underside of wings of the Green Hairstreak do not seem to be caused by pigments that are absorbing parts of the spectre, however. They look as if caused by structure scales that are reflecting light selectively by wavelength – similar to the kind of scales that are responsible for the blue iridescence on the upperside of wings of many Blues (Lycaenids), and on the wings of Morpho butterflies.

The pretty species of Green Hairstreak is common and widespread all over Europe, northwestern Africa, temperate Asia to the Pacific coast. There are closely related species in the western parts of North America. In Europe, the species can be met in Andalusia, Sicily, Greece as well as in Northern Scandinavia. Not reported from the northern parts of the British Islands, and not reported from Creta. Butterflies can be met from the seaside up to the mountains at 2000 meters above sea level. In the southern range there are two generations, one from March to June, the other one from July to the end of August. In the north and higher up there is one generation from April/May to July.

Caterpillars accept a variety of feeding plants: Genista, Cytisus, Rubus, Vaccinium, Ledum palustre.

Fore more information:
C. Jonko: European Butterflies. http://www.lepidoptera.bai.pl/
L.G.Higgins/N.D.Riley: A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Europe. Collins Publishers, London 1970.
L.G.Higgins/N.D.Riley: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Parey, Hamburg und Berlin 1971.

The picture was taken in the grasslands of the ice age sand dunes called “Sandberge”, in eastern Lower Austria, near the village of Oberweiden, on June 10, 2004.

Minolta DiMage 7Hi, sRGB, 2560 x 1920 pixels, Macro Zoom 51mm, F/4.5, 1/180 sec, ISO-100, 10.06.2004, 16:14. Handheld, no flash.

Have a very good weekend.
Thank you for looking.

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Well camouflaged and a lucky find.. focus and DOF is good Thanks for sharing :)

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1078 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-06-03 7:30]

Hallo Peter, im grünen Kontext wirkt rubi natürlich unauffällig. Einmal entdeckt, beeindrucken die Feinheiten dieses grünen Bläulings dann trotzdem. Klares farbliches Highlight ist die Spitze des rechten Fühlers. Gut gefunden ... und für gut befunden.
Peter

Hello Peter

Congrat, it seems very hard to see them due to the same green colors, but you did it. well captured with sharp details and nice POV.
well done

TFS
timon

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-03 8:51]

Hi Peter,
Very green :-) I imagine it would be easy to miss this, it's very well camouflaged. Very nicely framed, beautiful detail and great colour. Interesting note too, great post.
Regards,
Adrian

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-03 9:23]

Hi Peter,
This green butterfly -though camouflaged- look very nice framed by a such uniform background. Perfect focus on butterfly and the very good use of DOF transmits a rare and beautiful enviroment. Light and composition are perfect. Well done!
Best regards,
José M.

Hi Peter,
Very good shot.
Nice composition, light, colors and details.
TFS Malgosia

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-06-03 10:07]

Hi Peter,

Excellent shot and note.
Very green composition - i like it.
POV and sharp/details are...
as always - perfect!
Very well done my friend!

TFS :-)
Norbert

Imitation for concealment comes out strongly in some of the species, but not this one. It has a lovely give-away fringe on the wingtips which makes it stand out against the green BG.
Lovely image with a superb POV, DOF and sharpness of details.
The note is very detailed and immensely helpful.
TFS.

Glückwunsch Peter - wieder einmal ein Exemplar das ziemlich selten anzutreffen ist. Der deutsche Name ist aber total falsch gewählt. Lt. Kosmosnaturführer hat dieser Falter mit Brombeeren nichts am Hut. Seltsam finde ich, daß dieser Falter von Mutter Natur mit der grünen Farbe ausgestattet wurde. Normalerweise habe fast alle Falter regelrechte Signalfarben. Dieser kann sich mit seinen grünen Tragflächen sehr gut verstecken. - Sehr guter Bildaufbau, schöne natürliche Farben, gute Schärfe, keine bunte aber eine klare, sachliche Presentation. Danke.
Gruß
Heinz

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-03 14:56]

Hello Peter,
Wonderful capture.I liked use of backlight,details and composition a lot.Have a good weekend too!
TFS...:-)

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-06-03 15:47]

Hello Peter, amazing shot, great camouflage and great harmonize in green colors!! Very well done, Didier.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-06-04 20:01]

Hi Peter
Good butterfly shot. Good composition and great colours.
Well done Peter

osse

Hello Peter,
Delicate and beautiful butterfly you captured! I like its antennaes very much:-) Interesting butterfly shot, all are green! Framing, pov, focusing, bg are great! Thank you and best regards,
Ersin

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-06-05 4:21]

Wonderful Peter!
I never had the oportunity to take a shot of this wonderful Lycaenidae.
Very beautiful green over green!
Excellent DOF and details!
Very good POV too!
5* and TFS!

Hallo Peter,
ich hatte wenig Zeit in den letzten Wochen, gelobe jetzt aber Besserung, habe TN schon ein wenig vermißt. Dieser Falter ist sehr schön, das ganze grüne Arrangement ist toll, man kann gar nicht glauben dass es bei grün so viele Nuancen und Kontraste geben kann. Und auch hier die süßen Zebra-Fühler, keiner kann mir erzählen, warum so viele Schmetterling diese gestreiften Fühler haben ;-)
Am süßesten ist aber der Name - Brombeer-Zipfelfalter, haha, wer hat sich den ausgedacht?
Vielen Dank, schönen Feiertag und lieben Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hi peter
merveilleuse photo,il fallait le voir ici cache dans ce feuillage de la même couleurs.
bonne texture et belle couleur.
laurent

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-06-06 22:40]

Hi Peter.
Great capture, very nice specimen green, very good details, colors and green tones.

Saludos....RICARDO.

The green camouflaged butterfly is well concealed in this wonderful capture, the overall lighting works great for this image. :)

Hello Peter,
Excellent picture. Great camouflage by this butterfly. Sharp, clear, great POV and composition. TFS
JC

Hi Peter,

Exellent capture
its amazing you saw this butterfly.
again a great shot

TFS
Thijs

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-05 8:55]

Hallo Peter,
Bei Deinen "älteren" Bilder gibt es Juwelen. Dies Grün in Grün gefällt mir sehr. Ich habe den Zipfelfalter im Frühling auch gesehen, aber eben das Bild ist nicht sehr gut. Vor einer Woche habe ich ein Weissfleckwidderchen gesehen, das ich dank Deinem Bild auf TN identifizieren konnte.
Wünsche eine schöne Euro-Zeit ;-)
Anne

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