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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-06-26 13:50
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Order: Lepidoptera

Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Lycaenidae

Subfamily: Polyommatinae

Tribe: Polyommatini

Genus: Polyommatus

Species: P. icarus

The Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) is a small butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.Male uppersides are an iridescent lilac blue with a thin black border. Females are brown with a row of red spots along the edges. They usually have some blue at the base of the wings and, especially in Ireland and Scotland, are mostly blue but always have the red spots. Undersides have a greyish ground colour in the males and more brownish in the females. Both sexes have a row of red spots along the edge of the hindwings (extending onto the forewings though generally fainter, particularly in the males where they are sometimes missing altogether). There are about a dozen black centered white spots on the hind wings, nine on the forwings. The white fringe on the outer edge of the wings is not crossed with black lines as it is in the Chalkhill and Adonis Blues, an important difference when separating these species, particularly the females.
It is Britain's (and probably Europe's) most common and most widespread blue, found as far north as Orkney and on most of the Outer Hebrides. Males are often very obvious as they defend territories against rivals and search out the more reclusive females. A range of grassland habitats are used: meadows, coastal dunes, woodland clearings and also many man made habitats, anywhere where their food plants are found.It is widespread in Europe, North Africa and temperate Asia.The main food plant on most sites is Bird's foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus). Others used include Black Medick Medicago lupulina, Common Restharrow Ononis repens, White Clover Trifolium repens and Lesser Trefoil Trifolium dubium. Eggs are laid singly on young shoots of their food plants.
The caterpillar is small, pale green with yellow stripes and as usual with lycid larvae rather slug-like. Hibernation occurs as a half grown larvae. They are attractive to ants but not as much as some other species of blues. The chrysalis is olive green/brown and formed on the ground where it is attended by ants which will often take it into their nests. The larvae creates a substance called honey dew, which the ants eat while the butterfly lives in the ant hill. In the south of Britain there are two broods a year flying in May and June and again in August and September. Northern England has one brood flying between June and September. In a long warm year there is sometimes a partial third brood in the south flying into October.

Piccolo lepidottero dallo spiccato dimorfismo sessuale. I maschi con ali superiormente blu e con riflessi violacei, margini soffusi di nero e contornati di frange bianche. Le femmine hanno livrea marrone con riflessi bluastri. Le parti inferiori, in ambedue i sessi, sono grigiastre o marrone chiaro, con macchie nere contornate di bianco e serie complete di lunule arancioni puntate di nero.La specie, svernante allo stadio di bruco, compare da aprile in poi con due o tre generazioni annuali. Le larve vanno alla ricerca di varie Papilionacee (gen. Medicago, Genista, Trifolium, Lathyrus, Ononis, Lotus, ecc..); si presentano verdi con linea medio dorsale più scura e fianchi percorsi a livello degli stigmi da una fascia biancastra. La ninfosi dura circa due settimane.L'areale abbraccia Europa ed Asia temperata, presente anche in Nordafrica e Anatolia. In Italia è specie alquanto diffusa dal livello del mare ai 2000 m. Nel territorio è tra i più comuni lepidotteri, lo si riscontra in cespuglieti, siepi e margini boschivi.

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Ciao Luciano,
Right now I thought you didn't use flash. :-) But I'm glad you did, besides your great compositions this is what makes your style so unique, recognizable from thousand other photos. Incredible sharpness on the b-fly, I like the DoF, too - although probably you should have opened to 3.2 or even 2.8 to mish-mash the bg more. A nice, pleasant image overall. Congrats and of course, tfs - probably a very common species on TN, but unique photos like this always give something new.
Best regards, László

Boa noite Luciano
What a beauty my Friend. Fantastic colours and light. Superb composition and the usual top details. Thank You.
Have a good night!
Um abraço
J. Diogo

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-06-26 14:04]

Hello Luciano,
Great quality in this macro. Very beautiful in colours and fantastic in sharpness with incredible details. The composition, POV and DOF are also splendid. A beauty!

Hello Luciano

Its pose of this butterfly, your POV on it
and the way it is framed it gives dynamism
to the photo, with beautiful light,
excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2013-06-26 18:30]

Hello Luciano,

Suberb color saturation and sharpness in this profile of the Common Blue. The powder blue is particularly notable in this specimen and the light and flash fill are very well managed. Choice pov and perfect bg for this species.


Hi Luciano,
I like this butterfly and warm colours. Excellent presentation. Perfect point of view.
Have a nice day,

Hello Luciano. This must be the perfect time of day for your camera because the light is perfect. Love how well the colours come through with the best focus. The iridescent lilac blue is so magical looking. Very well photographed an framed. TFS Trevor

TN pictures look good on my Mac Pro screen, Luciano.
However, a picture of high technical excellence such as yours looks like magic.
The Common Blue in your picture is just beautiful.
Thanks and regards.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-06-26 23:43]

Fine composition for this lovely Blue..details and colors are good. tfs.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-06-27 0:41]

Ciao Luciano,
so beautiful ..
Colors, contrast, POV, composition and details are very good.
Best wishes,

Hello Luciano,
Excellent macro of this beautiful butterfly.Nice color with great details.Splendid composition with beautiful BG.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Hallo Luciano
Super good pose with great details and beautiful colours
the sharpness and light are very good
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Luciano,
蝴蝶照的清楚 也美麗
構圖漂亮 謝謝分享

Excellent capture with natural colors


Beautiful image of the speice, good details and colors, busy background is not bothering much I feel.tfs

Ciao Luciano, delizioso piccoletto, sempre un piacere vederlo quando la qualità è questa, fantastica macro, splendida luce, ottima nitidezza, magnifici dettagli e bei colori naturali, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Dear Luciano,
many times, when we suppose to have met a less common blue, the picture turns out to show Icaro once more. But Icaro never fails to be a charming encounter.
With the butterfly's habit of visiting blossoms deep down in dense vegetation, it is often quite hard to isolate its portrait from a busy background, however. Very well detailed, well lighted, sharp and lively presentation!
With best regards and greetings from Austria to our dear neighbours in beautiful Italy,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-06-28 5:02]

Bonjour Luciano,
Il me semble aussi que chez vous il y a moins de papillons cette année. Chez nous c'est carrément la misère...
Icarus est resté le plus fidèle et tu en as pris une bonne photo. Excellente netteté, un arrière-plan un peu chahuté, mais là tu n'y peux rien.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-06-28 11:01]

Hello Luciano.
Wonderful shot of this tiny butterfly with lovely colours and Details. Nice pose captured with perfect DOF. Excellent POV and composition. Thanks for sharing.
Regards Siggi

Bonsoir Luciano,

La fleur aide au cadrage du papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du papillon Argus bleu. La bonne luminosité fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne soirée.


Ah ah! La mia di oggi non regge il confronto con 'sto capolovoro. Poco male. Bravo.


non mi dilungo vista la lista di tributi al tributo di questa piccoletta che pero' io non la riscontro nei cespuglieti.....
Pacio...hai gia' acquistato la maglia del nuovo numero dieci della Juve..
se vuoi venire a trovarmi domani che e' la festa del paese,ti porto sui calcinculo!!!!!
sciao sERGIO

Liked this. Great composition and framing. Adds up to you collection. Very nice shot.Cheers!

Hi dear Luciano ,
So beautiful macro with amazing colors and nice light.

Great photo Luciano! Excellent composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

Ciao Luciano, Bellissimo esemplare, mi piace la composizione da dinamicità. Bella definizione e sfondo.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-07-06 23:26]

Truly beautiful! The details and colors are perfect! Excellent composition, too.

Enjoy your Sunday, Luciano,


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