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Green Hairstreak

Green Hairstreak
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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: 2010-04-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 7D, Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-04 8:06
Viewed: 3046
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.

The Green Hairstreak is a small butterfly, which is still widespread across most of the UK, although many colonies have been lost in recent years. Widespread across Europe and North Africa and eastwards through Asia well into Siberia. The upperside is a uniform dull brown with two paler patches on the male's forewings made up of scent scales. The undersides are a bright green with a thin white line, often reduced to a faint row of dots or even missing altogether. They never rest with their wings open.

It has what is probably one of the largest range of foodplants of any British butterfly. Early butterfly collectors thought that the only foodplant was Bramble (blackberry) Rubus fruticosus hence its scientific name, but as its habits became better understood the list grew and will probably continue to do so. Depending on the habitat it will use Common Rock Rose Helianthemum nummularium, Bird's-foot trefoil Lotus corniculatus, Gorse Ulex europaeus, Broom Cytisus scoparius, Dyer's Greenweed Genista tinctoria, Bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus, Dogwood Cornus sanguinea, Buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica, Cross-leaved Heath Erica tetralix and Bramble. This range of foodplants means that it is able to use a range of habitats including chalk downland, heathland, moorland and woodland. The eggs are laid singly and the caterpillars are green with yellow markings along the back. Like other members of the family they are rather sluglike. They are not known to be tended by ants like some lycid larvae but the pupae, which are formed at ground level, emit squeaks which attract ants and it is thought that ants will always bury any that are found. Green Hairstreaks overwinter as pupae and have one brood a year.

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hallo Buurman Hans
super mooie groene vlinder
mooie scherpte en zit leuk op het blad
goed licht en mooi achtergrond
groetjes lou

Ciao Hans, lovely little butterfly with fantastic bright colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Hans,
a splendid picture of the Green Hairstreak, very good sharpness and very beautiful metallic colours, excellent POV and composition, in this season i also took many pictures of this marvellous butterfly.
Best regards

This tiny butterfly has the most fantastic colors imaginable, Hans. Good composition, perfect dept of field and moderate sharpness. Well done!
George Veltchev

Hallo Hans,

zit me hier een beetje jalours te zijn, zoek deze al jaren maar kan hem niet vinden en dan heb jij hem zo practig geportretteerd.
Mooie kleuren, goed pov endetailering.Kortom goed gedaan.


Ha Hans,

Prachtig shot van dit Groentje
Mooie compositie
Schitterend licht en achtergrond
Kleur, details en scherpte zijn prima

TFS Thijs

  • Great 
  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-04 12:43]

Hello Hans,
nice close up shot of the cute butterfly , splendid colours , nice pov, well composed shot, very nice bg and details.
Best reards Siggi

Ciao Hans. Good light and beautiful colours fot thi little one. Excitiong blurred BG.


Hello Hans,
Lovely capture with outstanding colours and excellent background.
Fine composition and POV.

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-04 16:07]

Hi Hans.I know how is little,i know how isn't easy to take,i know how the light change the colors...this is my prefered lycaeneide and i'm happy to see it! Great sharpness and composition,thanks for share,LUCIANO

Hello Hans
superb capture of this little Callophrys rubi taken from an interesting POV, fine details and beautiful natural colours: everything very well composed. Great light management.

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