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Polyommatus icarus

Polyommatus icarus
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Copyright: Horia Scubli (horias) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Horia's favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-29 4:32
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of Europe's most widespread butterflies it is found from the edge of the Sahara to northern Scotland and northern Scandinavia to Greece. It occupies many habitats and is found from sea level to high mountains (upto 3000m). Not surprisingly there are many variations across this range. The constant feature that greatly helps separate this species from several others is the presence of a black spot in the underside forewing cell. This distinguishes it from the otherwise very similar Chapman's Blue, A. thersites, and the larger brighter Escher's Blue, A. escheri. In northern Greece the Phalakron Blue, P. andronicus but this is so rare and local that it is unlikely to be encountered without specific expeditions to look for it. It is much larger than icarus. Confusion with other species is unlikely.

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lovely captured, nice detail , beautiful bokeh

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-29 7:22]

Hello Horia.
Magnificent shot of a beautiful butterfly. Lovely blue tones, great POV and the DoF is excellent. Lovely work. Congrats.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-29 7:29]

Hello Horia,
Beautiful sharp detailed photo. You can come very close. Pleasing contrasts in form and colours. Good composition and POV.

Hello Horia,
Precise focus, super macro.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-05-29 8:18]

Hi Horia!
What a beauty! Amazing details of this marvellous butterfly. Splendid light and colours.
Have a nice Sunday.
Ciao! Vanda

hello Horia
beautiful picture with great sharpness and good details
super shot
greeting lou

Hi Horia,
Good heavens! what I can say about this picture? ... the detail is so good that almost sneeze to see the lint from the butterfly! bravo! better impossible! WHAT A CLOSE-UP MF!
Happy Sunday for you,

Ciao Horia, lovely little butterfly in a beautiful diagonal composition, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Buna Horia,
Bine surprins cu niste culori bine redate.
Reusita captura si detalii pe masura.

hello Horia

excellent macro shot of this butterfly with very fine POV and
the way it is framed, fine focus excellent sharpness details, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-29 15:36]

Hi Horia,one of the most blue polyommatus never seen...what a fantastic macro and what a beautiful colors...excellent work,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Ce macroHoria! Sincer, oricat as incerca, nu cred ca o sa reusesc un asa perfect macro. Detalii incredibile, nu am ce zice!
Poate mi-ar fi placut ca imaginea sa fie mai luminoasa,insa adevarul e ca si monitorl meu nu e foarte deschis.
Numai bine

Ciao Horia. Perfect close up for thi little butterfly in perfect natural colours and very good details. Well compsed too. Bets compliments.


Buna Horia,
Compozitie frumoasa, culori placute, fundal verde blurrat si detalii de invidiat toate acestea pentru o imagine excelenta.
Numai bine,

your image leaves me without words,
I forgets the erudite technique which you deployed.
This butterflie become soft like the cuddly toy of our childhood,
You involve us in your Lilliputian universe full off tenderness and delicate colors…
The small fairy irisgwen is respectful in front of such beauty!

salutare....frumoasa captura a acestui mic icarus, foarte frumoase culorile si detaliile acestui micut lycanid .....felitari!!!


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