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Polyommatus Icarus

Polyommatus Icarus
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Copyright: Rafaila Florentina (Danye) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 20] (90)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 70-200 f/4L
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-15 3:37
Viewed: 3084
Points: 10
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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.

Recently, Polyommatus icarus was discovered in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada by Ara Sarafian. An amateur entomologist, he had been observing the butterfly from 2005 to 2008. He contacted the Canadian National Collection of Insects in Ottawa where the butterfly was identified as P. icarus, a new alien butterfly to Canada and North America. The butterfly seems to be well established and is extending its range from year to year

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Ce minunata captura...imi place mult calitatea detaliilor, fundalul extrem de placut. Te felicit pentru realizare i mai atept asemenea realizari. Felicitari!

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
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Salut Florentina,
frumoasa captura. Iti doresc bun venit pe TN, puncte multe si comentarii frumoase.
O seara frumoasa,

Rafaila, this is such a good photo. Great job. Thanks for commenting on my Bluebirds. I appreciate it very much. You have a great week. Bill

Check out my website:
Bill Houghton Photography

Very abstract image using the green grass blades and cute blue with excellent pose. tfs.

A unique and most interesting post! Composition is outstanding and the light is beautiful. I really like the contrasts. Such a clean and clear photo! Bravo
Best wishes

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