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Leptotes pirithous

Leptotes pirithous
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Copyright: Marcello Romano (marcellr) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 38 N: 1012] (3514)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-23 2:58
Viewed: 3330
Points: 12
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Leptotes pirithous (Linnaeus, 1767)

Sono stato da sempre particolarmente attratto dai rappresentanti di questa Famiglia di Lepidotteri.
Il particolare fascino che esercitano su di me, nasce non solo dall'intenso colore blu o arancio della parte superiore delle ali, ma anche dal disegno, spesso assai complesso, che riesce a svilupparsi sulla superficie inferiore, in uno spazio talvolta ridottissimo.
Leptotes pirithous è, in questo senso, una delle specie dove più si può apprezzare questa incredibile miniaturizzazione del disegno.
Qui le macchie di colore bruno grigiastro definiscono un disegno reticolare complesso, quasi un prezioso merletto naturale.


Diagnostic features. Hindwing tailed. Underside hindwing white markings confused.

Distribution. Resident and common in Nord Africa and Sud Europa, rare and occasional north of the Alps, strongly migratory. Range extends to Crimea, Caucasus, Himalayas.

Biology. Larva food plants Leguminosae, brooms etc.


* Higgins L, Hargreaves B (1983) The Butterflies of Britain and Europe. - Collins, London.

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Hello Marcello,
Sharp macro. Beautiful pink flower. Very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.
- Nirmal

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2007-10-23 5:07]

Hi Marcello,
Very good shot with natural colors and very good details.

Ciao Marcello, questa non l'ho mai vista dalle mie parti, bel licaenidae, splendida la composizione con i magnifici fiori, bella e nitida, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-10-23 15:19]

veramente una bella composizione lepido-floreale,veramente azzeccata,complimenti.Luciano

Hi Marcello,
the tiny little Blue in this opulent natural garden of Epilobium blossoms sticks out very clearly by means of precise focussing. Almost made invisible by its grey colours and contour dissolving patterns, there is this pair of blue centred red framed eyespots on its hind wings that is drawing my attention here.
Normally we would expect more room in front of the butterfly than behind it to call an image well composed. This case is different. With the tail endings and eyes perfectly working as a false head to predators, the chosen composition has been done perfectly well here.
The miniaturization in design as you call it is impressively advanced in this drab coloured little blue that is overlooked so easily. A special merit that it is shown so clearly here.
With thanks, and best regards,

FANTASTICA_______________Gran naturaludad de los colores, buen enfoque y belleza impresionante de todo el conjunto.

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