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Tomares ballus

Tomares ballus
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Copyright: Jose Cobo (Cobo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-03-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: fujifilm finepix s1500
Exposure: f/6.4, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-05-09 11:48
Viewed: 1204
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tomares ballus female.
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Tomares
Species: T. ballus

Its size is usually 1.5 cm. You can find them from February to May. They usually live in an altitude of 300 to 1,500 meters. Their larvae feed on legumes, especially the genus Lotus, also of Astragalus, Onobrichis, Mediacago, Dorycnium, etc. Larvae mutualisms establish relationships with species of ants.
They are found in Spain, France and North Africa.
Un saludo.

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Spain and France have the MOST LOVELY butterflies.
I've never ever seen this species.
GREAT WORK and presented with taste.
Most kind regards from Mario in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Hello Jose,

Useful NOTE,

Thanks for visiting my picture.
About this picture I must say about superb BG which is really attractive to me.Beautiful butterfly,mainly details are excellent on wings and it's glittering too.Well captured,although you didn't get stunning angle.
Thanks for sharing,
Best regards and have a nice WE,

Ciao Jose, lovely composition with nice butterfly on beautiful flower, splendid light, fine details, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, Have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-05-09 14:26]

Hi Jose,very very lucky meeting with this specie very rare! And you caught in the best way this great opportunity with a top quality despite the diagonal location and its small size,great macro with fine detail and bright colors,a very interesting post! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano


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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2014-05-11 4:34]

Hi Jose,

Excellent capture of the butterfly, great détails and sharpness of the wings.
Splendid compositon with the flower, light and focus are perfect.
My best regards.

Ciao Jose. Never seen this fantastic Lycaenidae. Good details and sharp with brilliant colours despite the difficult angle.


Hallo Jose
This is really a beautiful picture. If it was mine I would have it blown up to a real large picture and put it on my bedroom wall. The colours are just gorgeous. All beautifully highlighted by the sunlight that is so well seen. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-05-12 9:05]

Hello Jose,
Back from a two weeks vacation on Lesvos, Greece.
Very nice sharp detailed macro in a fine composition. Taken from an attractive POV with a nice background.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-05-18 2:16]

Hello Jose,
Even if the picture is not perfect, thanks to show this rarely seen butterfly-species on TN. You had a difficult point of view.
Bonne journée

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