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Cyaniris semiaurgus


Cyaniris semiaurgus
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Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-06-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-06-23 10:19
Viewed: 1495
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Lycaenidae

Genus: Polyommatus

Species: P. semiargus

The Mazarine Blue (Polyommatus semiargus) is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. The wingspan of the male and female are similar, at 32-38 mm. The Mazarine Blue's population is distributed throughout continental Europe, even reaching into the Arctic Circle, Asia, the Middle East, and Morocco. There was a large native population in Britain in the early part of the 19th century, which disappeared before the 20th century, though single vagrants have been spotted, and some estimates of British resident extinction are as late as 1906. In 2009, UNESCO was researching a possible British reintroduction of the Mazarine Blue to Britain.Recently, the Mazarine Blue's numbers have been declining in European range (particularly Scandinavia) and the reason currently remains unclear. The main plant the butterfly feeds off of is Red Clover and other species of Trifolium. Its habitats are meadows, pastures, grasslands and flowery areas. It seems to prefer places which are not fertilized and not used for fodder production. The male Mazarine Blue's wings are a deep blue color and are slightly larger in diameter than the female's wings. The female Mazarine Blue is a brown color. In both sexes of the butterfly the Mazarine Blue lack orange markings and have a dark violet or brown body color. The butterfly has been compared to the Common Blue, and the Grecian Helena subspecies which has orange markings. Their flight time is from May to August.


Il semi-argo è comune e diffuso su tutto l'arco Alpino. Frequenta ogni tipo di ambiente erboso, margini e radure boschive. Il maschio ha le ali di colore blu-violaceo scuro con bordatura nera e leggera frangiatura bianca; presenta nervature leggermente nerastre e una leggera stria discocellulare nera nelle anteriori. La femmina è di colore bruno scuro uniforme con leggera stria discocellulare nera nelle anteriori. La parte inferiore delle ali, simile in entrambi i sessi, è di colore grigio- bruno chiaro con leggera velatura azzurra nell'area basale; su tutte le ali sono presenti strie discocellulari e serie di puntini postiscali contornati di bianco. Uni- Bivoltina. Sverna larva. Le uova sono deposte singolarmente sulle piante nutrici, dei generi Vicia, Trifolium, Anthyllis, Melilotus. Le larve sono accudite da formiche del genere Lasiuse si impupano in genere sul terreno, tra la vegetazione, sotto la pianta nutrice.

Note in Italiano da: Le farfalle delle Alpi di Gianluca Ferretti. Edizioni Blu. Giugno 2012

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Ciao Roberto, gran bella femmina, delizioso anche il fiore, ottimi dettagli, splendida nitidezza e bei colori naturali, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hi Roberto,
another really nice photo of butterfly. Amazing colours. Excellent depth of field. A lot of details.
Have a nice week,
Maciek

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-06-23 12:11]

Hello Roberto,
Nice macro of this butterfly in excellent sharp details and beautiful colours. Good DOF and blurred background. I should have cut a piece from the bottom, because the OOF flower is not the best part of the photo. But that's personal.
Regards,
Peter

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6553 W: 89 N: 15640] (65417)
  • [2013-06-23 12:23]

Ciao Roby,questa tua gita sulle colline pavesi ha dato degli ottimi frutti quanto a varieta' di farfalle,bella rarita' colta con la consueta classe,colpo grosso sulla peluria azzurro-argentata.Buona settimana,Luciano

Hello Roberto
Great photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness
Regards,
Christodoulos

Hello Roberto,
Wow what a splendid colorful species.....Remarkable photo with exceptional clarity and details. This is a very interesting species with lovely colors. Very nice composition taken from a excellent POV with perfect light and best clarity. I have never seen this species in my region.
Thanks for sharing!
Marius.

Un pò sotto il tuo normale standard per quanto riguarda la nitidezza : finalmente anche tu entri nel club dei comuni mortali!!
ciao
Stefano

Hello Roberto,
Great presentation.It's looking excellent.Nice sharpness with beautiful POV against grren BG.Details of colour splendid too.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,
Srikumar

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2013-06-24 6:33]

Hello Roberto,
Your butterfly with modest colours is taken very well. This plant spoils a little view.
Regards, Pawel

hallo Roberto
super good sharpness and nice details also the beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

bella specie montanara,Roby
catturata con ottimo dettaglio....
ciao sERGIO

Ciao Roberto
Belle posture, et très bonne netteté : Bravo et merci
Amicalement
Laurent

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