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Callophrys Rubi

Callophrys Rubi
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Copyright: Ruta Saulyte Laurinavicie (rsaulyte) Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 26 N: 26] (284)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-17 3:58
Viewed: 3913
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Or Green Hairstreak

The sexes are very similar in appearance, but males can be distinguished by the presence of a small pale spot on each forewing. The plump caterpillar grows to 1.5 cm in length, and is flattened at each end. It is green in colour, with a brown head, has a dark line passing along the back and rows of diagonal yellowish-white markings.

Found throughout Europe, parts of North Africa and across Asia to Siberia. It is stable in most of Europe but has declined in several countries.

Common foodplants: Rock-rose (Helianthemum nummularium) and Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) are used on calcareous grassland, while Gorse (Ulex europeaus), Broom (Cytisus scoparius), and Dyer's Greenweed (Genista tinctoria) are used on heathland and other habitats. Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) is used almost exclusively on moorland and throughout Scotland. Other foodplants include shrubs such as Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea), Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), Cross-leaved Heath (Erica tetralix), and Bramble (Rubus fruticosus).

Green Hairstreak colonies may be found on calcareous grassland, woodland rides and clearings, heathland, moorland, bogs, railway cuttings, old quarries, and rough, scrubby grassland. This species occurs on a wide range of soils but is strongly associated with scrub and shrubs, which are usually present at sites where it breeds.

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Hi Ruta,

A very nice image with harmonious colors.The composition is splendid, well-arranged exposure makes the image impressive one.Nice shot.

Well Done & TFS.

Hi Ruta

Good colours and perfectly composed shot. Wonderful camera work. TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-10-17 5:54]

Hello Ruta,
That's an excellent shot of the Green Hairstreak, very sharp and good natural colours. I like the composition and the way the butterfly is clinging on to the leaf!
TFS, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-17 5:55]

Hello Ruta,
Though this is a worn specimen you have composed a fine sharp shot with good BG.
Well done!
TFS, regards, Ivan

Very attractive little butterfly, don't think I've seen this one before on TN.

Great sharpness and composition.

Salut Ruta
Elle est très jolie cette prise de vue avec ce beau macro de ce beau papillon,les couleurs et la présentation tout est joli.
Bravo et merci....JP

Beautiful clear detail and nice exposure.


Belle composition pleine de finesse. Le détail des ailes est bien visible.
Bonne journée.

Hi Ruta
Great photo. Polish (Centraleurpean?) population has more green parts on underwings.
Best wishes

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