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Polyommatus icarus female

Polyommatus icarus female
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-04-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D5200, 90mm Tamron AF SP f/2.8 VC USD
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2016-04-07 2:22
Viewed: 1085
Points: 16
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Polyommatus icarus female (Rottemburg, 1775)
Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae
Common name: Common blue

Polyommatus icarus is a very common lycaenid butterfly of Cretan fauna. This is a female. The male has brilliant blue wings.Common blue males have uppersides in an iridescent lilac blue with a thin black border. Females are brown above with a row of red spots along the edges and usually some blue at the base of the wings; the upperside may be mostly blue, especially in Ireland and Scotland, but it always has red spots. Undersides have a greyish ground colour in the males and a more brownish in the females.

Both sexes have a row of red spots along the edge of the hindwings and extending onto the forewings, though they are generally fainter there, particularly in the males, where they are sometimes missing altogether. There are about a dozen black-centered white spots on the hindwings, nine on the forewings. These usually include one in the middle of the forewing cell, absent in Chapman's and Escher's blues. The white fringe on the outer edge of the wings is not crossed with black lines, as it is in the Chalkhill blue and Adonis blues. I posted two other image in WS.

Larva foods: The larva feeds on plants from the family Leguminosae (Bean family). Recorded foodplants are Lathyrus spp., Vicia spp., Vicia cracca, Oxytropis campestris, Lotus corniculatus, Trifolium pratense, Oxytropis pyrenaica, Astragalus aristatus, Astragalus onobrychis, Astragalus pinetorum, Medicago romanica, Medicago falcata, and Trifolium repens.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-04-07 2:26]

Hello Nikos,
Excellent and very beautiful presentation of this butterfly. Gorgeous pose in fine sharpness and details. Attractive composition with a nice blurred background.

hallo Nikos
very nice shot of this beautiful butterfly
thanks gr lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-04-07 9:47]

Hi Nikos,
Beautiful butterfly. Nice colours and perfect details.
Good composition and excellent background.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Nikos,
Beautiful colored butterfly of this Common Blue. Color of wing is really attractive. Well captured and like the way you have composed it. Good details too. It's natural from such angle closer wing would be soft if you go very close to the butterfly. Perfect BG.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-04-07 15:19]

Hi Nikos,very good capture of this female,born from few days watching its colors so bright! Not easy to take with the open wings,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-04-07 17:48]

Hello Nikos,
A real beauty showing nice wing detail and gorgeous markings. The contrasting brown, orange and white colors contrast very well. I like the framing and exposure is perfect.

Lovely specie Nikos,
I like the excellent capture from above. The colors are shining. What a nice photo with superb clarity.

Ciao Nikos, great macro of lovely small butterfly, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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