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Holly blue

Holly blue
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Copyright: Hans Hendriks (hansh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 7D, Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-30 1:50
Viewed: 2713
Points: 20
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Holly blue (Celastrina argiolus)

blues (Lycaenidae)

approximately 14 mm. The top of the wings in the male watery light blue with narrow black borders and the female blue with broad to very broad black borders. The underside of the wings is silver with small black dots. The rear wing has no eye-spots and no tail.

The blue tree is alive with all kinds of thickets in forests, gardens, parks and agricultural areas. The highest density of butterflies are found in thickets in wet heathlands.

Host plants
Buckthorn, Buckthorn, ivy, Lythrum salicaria, heather, holly and butterfly bush.

Flight behavior and
Late March-early June and mid June-early October in two or three overlapping generations. The butterflies feed on honeydew, nectar and sap of bleeding trees, sometimes they are seen drinking from puddles or feces. The butterflies generally high in the tops of trees and shrubs.

Caterpillar: mid May-late June and early August and late September. Young caterpillars eat the flower buds or the fruit of the host plant, sometimes larger caterpillars eat the leaves. The pupation takes place in the litter layer or in a bark crevice, the species overwinters as a pupa. The eggs are deposited on a one for the upper branches of the host plant.

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Simple and clean image of this Holly Blue butterfly, Hans.I love the non destructive background and diagonally placed branch. Well preserved details and impeccable sharpness! Good job, I think!
George Veltchev

Ciao Hans, beautiful diagonal composition with lovely little butterfly, splendid sharpness, wonderful natural colors, wonderful blurry BG and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hallo Hans,

ik heb de boomblauwtjes nog niet gezien maar mooie foto.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-30 5:14]

Hi Hans,
simple but exciting shot in excellent details and features of this butterfly. you have composed it very nicely with the branch going diagonally across the frame. This indeed gives a lovely visual attraction and graphical impact.
nice presentation of the smooth and neat background.


Hi Hans,

Simple, but a tasteful image!
It's very good on the contrast between the front target and the background with blurred image.
Clear stake that has expanded diagonally draws out a good effect for the whole as well as beautiful butterfly of spotted pattern.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-04-30 8:04]

Hello Hans
Excellent capture taken with perfect focus and great details

hallo Hans
super pose met zeer veel details en super scherp
de kleuren zijn super mooi
groetjes lou

Great macro shot with good DOF and fantastic BG. Perfect detaisl and sharp.


Hello Hans,
Lovely capture with great colours and superb details.
Excellent focus and sharpness. Very good contrast.
Perfect background.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-12 4:19]

Hello Hans,
Very fine picture showing the Holly Blue which is a butterfly quite difficult to photograph. I like the kind of minimalistic presentation you have chosen. Natural colors and fine earth-tones make this shot special and very subtle.
Kind regards

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