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Callophrys rubi

Callophrys rubi
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-30 9:05
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Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The Green Harstreak is no very common in Belgium. Like many other butterflies species, it suffers from the disparition of its natural environnement.

Callophrys rubi Linnaeus, 1758
Family : Lycaenidae
Common names : Green Harstreak [En], Thècle de la ronce, Argus vert [Fr], Groentje [Nl], Grüner Zipfelfalter [De], Zümrüt [Tu]

The Green Hairstreak is a small butterfly, which is still widespread across Europe and North Africa and eastwards through Asia well into Siberia. The upperside is a uniform dull brown with two paler patches on the male's forewings made up of scent scales. The undersides are a bright green with a thin white line, often reduced to a faint row of dots or even missing altogether. They never rest with their wings open.
This butterfly can be found in a wide variety of habitats, including hillsides, moorland, chalk downland, heathland, railway embankments and valley bottoms. A common feature of all these habitats is the presence of scrubby plants and hedgerows.
Early butterfly collectors thought that the only foodplant was Bramble (blackberry) Rubus fruticosus hence its scientific name, but as its habits became better understood the list grew and will probably continue to do so. Depending on the habitat it will use Common Rock Rose Helianthemum nummularium, Bird's-foot trefoil Lotus corniculatus, Gorse Ulex europaeus, Broom Cytisus scoparius, Dyer's Greenweed Genista tinctoria, Bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus, Dogwood Cornus sanguinea, Buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica, Cross-leaved Heath Erica tetralix and Bramble.
The eggs are laid singly and the caterpillars are green with yellow markings along the back. Like other members of the family they are rather sluglike. They are not known to be tended by ants like some lycid larvae but the pupae, which are formed at ground level, emit squeaks which attract ants and it is thought that ants will always bury any that are found. Green Hairstreaks overwinter as pupae and have one brood a year.

Wikipedia/Green Hairstreak
UK butterflies

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Ciao Catherine, Fantastic little butterfly against a wonderful blurry BG, fine details, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-05-30 9:32]

Hi Catherine
What a great shot! Wonderful! Details and colors are perfect!
Today I run after one like that too!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-05-30 9:38]

Hi Catherine. Firstly thanks for the interesting notes about the Green Harstreak . Which you have taken with your usual sharp focusing and fine detail . Your side POV lets us see all of the wing markings. Taken with natural colours. TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-30 9:49]

Bonsoir Catherine,
I saw several Green hairstreaks on my recent butterfly trip but none were in as good a condition as this one! I think they must have been worn by the rains. We are having a cold rainy spring! :(
This a fine capture technically and I like the way you included the green leaved stem to form part of the composition.
Thanks and have a good week,

hello Catherine
so beautiful picture
great pose and great sharpness
very nice light and good BG.
greeting lou

Hi Catherine.. Very nice catch of this pretty butterfly...
I like the pose on leaf, color and details are perfect.
TFS.. Regards

Merhaba Catherine

A few weeks ago I took a photo which belongs to the same butterfly, in my "garden". But your photo is better than mine. You have done a great work wit this lovely and beautiful butterfly. Cangrattulations!

Bravo and TFS!

With my best wishes

ohhh i know someone who is really envious of you, one of my friends was chasing this one there for ages and didn't get a clear shot

nice one


Hi dear...

An awesome macro capture of this Green Hairstreak from wonderful lateral POV with flawless details and impressive clarity. Perfectly managed exposure with subtle lighting!
TFS and have a nice night/week!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-05-30 23:56]

Hello Catherine,
There are not many green butterflies and I think that's why this one is so special and very beautiful! Your capture shows a very fresh-looking specimen very clearly. I like its pose and the smooth background. Lovely details and colours and well composed.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hy Catherine
Impressive capture of this butterfly, very good details , and funny equilibrium exercise for the insect.
All the best,

Ciao Catherine. An impressive one! Best light and metallic colours in razor details and sharp. Very good POV too in a winner compo.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-31 4:27]

Bonjour Catherine,
Une image présentée de manière originale, le petit Argus vert perché artistiquement sur une vesce probablement. Un papillon que j'affectionne tout particulièrement et tu l'as capté dans une lumière fine qui met en exergue son vert si particulier.
Merci et bon après-midi

Hello Catherine
good pose for this Callophrys rubi on a beautiful neutral background. Optimal the details and the contrast. Great light and metallic glares.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-31 8:34]

Salut Catherine,c'est mon papillon preferee' et je te remercie de le montrer,les couleurs de cette petite qui changent selon la lumiere sont fantastiques,excellente nettete' et tres belle composition,bonne semaine et merci,LUCIANO

Good composition again with blur BG and fine details.

ciao Catherine!
composizione molto bene eseguita dove hai saputo domare la luce dura,rendendola efficace nello splendido dettaglio delle verdi ali della rubi...grazie sERGIO

A superb Green Hairstreak shot, well done!


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