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Plebeius argus female

Plebeius argus female
Photo Information
Copyright: Harm Alberts (Harm-digitaal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 7 N: 1968] (7604)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths 2, European Butterflies 2, Watle Blue Butterfly [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-06 5:04
Viewed: 5841
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Plebeius argus / Silver-studded Blue / Geißklee-Bläuling oder Heidebläuling oder Argus-Bläuling oder Tiefblauer Silberfleckbläuling / L'Argus ou L'Azuré de l'ajonc ou L'Azuré pygmée / Heideblauwtje.

The charming little Silver-studded Blue Butterfly is a dry heathland specialist and therefore very vulnerable to human pressures as this habitat is often considered to be nothing more than wasteland and ripe for commercial development. In fact heathland is one of the most threatened habitat types in Europe and many other fascinating and rare species will be likely to disappear unless adequate protective legislation and site management are provided. Silver-studded Blues have a strong symbiotic relationship with black Lasius ants, a process which affords mutual benefit as the ants receive a sugary secretion from the butterfly larvae in return for physical protection despite possibly losing some of their own larvae as a consequence of predation by their 'guests' (this is not proven behaviour and the relationship may be far more innocuous). The ants will guard the butterfly pupae which form in their nests and the photographer has seen them in attendance of a freshly emerged imago. This ant-association is termed 'myrmecophily'.


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Hi Harm

A perfect shot that is well composed, with good clarity, depth of colour and sharpness. Detail is spot on. A big tick for this shot! :-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-04-06 5:20]

I have seen some wonderful shots of these 'Blue" butterflies, and your is excellent too Harm. Very beautifully sharp, great colours and a goods pose. A very beautiful butterfly indeed.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-04-06 5:59]

Excellent macro Harm,
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-04-06 6:18]

Hello Harm,
A very good capture.
A nice composition with lots of space but filled with great colours.
Excellent shot.


hi harm
les couleurs du BG sont belles et sans bruit,le papillon est net avec de bons details.c'est tres bien.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-04-06 8:09]

Bonjour Harm, belle composition trés harmonieuse et des couleurs qui se marient parfaitement. Super BG. Regards, Didier.

A beautiful butterfly shot! Great colors and DOF. Love the blurry flowers in the background.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-04-06 14:21]

Very good photo of this Lycaenidae Harm!
Excellent DOF and details!
Very good BG!
Very good POV!
5* and TFS!

Hallo Harm,

This is an excellent photo of a Silver-studded Blue Butterfly! I like your composition and POV! The colors are great and the BG really makes the butterfly stand out! Great note too! A very good job and a complete post! TFS!


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