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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-21 9:30
Viewed: 2499
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 60
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) is a small butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.

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.

The main food plant on most sites is Bird's foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus). Others used include Black Medick Medicago lupulina, Common Restharrow Ononis repens, White Clover Trifolium repens and Lesser Trefoil Trifolium dubium. Eggs are laid singly on young shoots of their food plants.

The caterpillar is small, pale green with yellow stripes and as usual with lycid larvae rather slug-like. Hibernation occurs as a half grown larvae. They are attractive to ants but not as much as some other species of blues. The chrysalis is olive green/brown and formed on the ground where it is attended by ants which will often take it into their nests. The larvae creates a substance called honey dew, which the ants eat while the butterfly lives in the ant hill. In the south of Britain there are two broods a year flying in May and June and again in August and September. Northern England has one brood flying between June and September. In a long warm year there is sometimes a partial third brood in the south flying into October.

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George Veltchev

Buna Marius
In seara asta suntem vecini! Ce pot sa spun, doar ca este o imagine perfecta, cu o clariate desavarsita si detalii incredibile. Si nu ma refer doar la fluture, ci si la planta pe care este asezat.

Toate cele bune, Oana

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-09-21 9:43]

Buna Marius,
Polyommatus icarus an unusual ..
Wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details.
Best wishes,

lovely shot Marius, congrats, excellent light, colors and details on this beautiful butterfly,

have anice evening,

ciao, tino

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-09-21 10:05]

Buna Marius,
Splendida fotografie a speciei, culori si detalii minunate, felicitari!
Numai bine,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-09-21 10:32]

Hello Marius.
Fantastic macro. Beautiful colors and patterns on this favorite butterfly of me. The details are very very sharp, and I like your composition very much. This shot is a great success.Best regards Siggi

Superb clatity, even light, excellent detail, perfect composition. A fantastic photo. regars yiannis

Bellissima!! c'è poco da dire con un immagine come questa, belle tutte le tue foto sei uno dei mie favoriti

Hello Marius.This is such a beautiful photo,the colour and sharpness is just perfect.
A top quality shot.
Best regards Les.

Hello Marius,
great capture of this lovely butterfly with good sharpness and beautiful details. I also like the wonderful colours, the nice pose and the blurred background.
Best wishes,

Ciao Marius. Outstanding MF! Indeed a great macro shot.


Hi Marius,
amazing photo of this butterfly. As usually excellent point of view. A lot of details. Many sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Marius
this is SUPER GOOD sharpness and great details with beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hallo Marius,
a very beautiful macro shot, outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent point of view and composition
Best regards

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-09-21 12:00]

Hi Marius,
Fantastic photo of this beautiful butterfly .Nice colours with excellent sharpness details.Good composition and excellent background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-09-21 13:45]

Hello Marius,
Superb macro shot of this little Blue. The colors are true and natural and the detail is awesome!! What a delight to view. Great work!!

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-09-21 13:47]

Hello Marius,
I think it's one from most often taken species but yours is the best. Ideal photo.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Marius,
Superb sharp detailed photo of this butterfly. Great DOF with a nice OOF BG. Beautiful contrasting and saturated colours. Good composition, fantastic details,

Hi Marius,
The focus,lighting, colors, dof are about as perfect as I have seen on a butterfly. I love how you edit and the image turns out so big on the screen, you seem to use every bit of space available. Excellant.

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-21 22:11]

Bonjour Marius,
Superbe ... vraiment superbe cliché.

Fantastic photo Marius! Just fantastic

Hi Marius, Absolutely fabulous, Top draw stuff, love it,


Ciao Marius, nice macro of lovely little butterfly on a beautiful lighting BG, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-09-22 4:15]

Hello Marius,
Perfect picture of this cute Lycaenidae. I'm a little bit surprised by the black stripe on the hindwing, normally there is only a dot. Do you have some explanation for that? Perfect sharpness, you couldn't have done better!
Thanks and kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-09-22 4:41]

Hello Marius,
very clear shot. The excitement is seeing the dark eye so agile and the color contrast is so lovely. I like this close up, as its fine hairs are excellently presented.
well done indeed.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-09-22 5:39]

Excellent image of this lovely species, good colors and details. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-22 7:57]

Hello Marius,
What a perfection! High quality! Even the background is perfect. Fantastic!

Buna Marius,
Frumoasa captura a acestei insecte. Imi plac detaliile, claritatea, culorile, perspectiva si fundalul in egala masura.
Numai bine,

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2011-09-22 8:55]

Beatiful! whata a definition and light. I like it, it is like it is on my computer. Congratulation.

Hello Marius,
I like this capture and amazing details on the wings. Beautiful pattern and nice perch.
Thanks and kind regards,

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