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Mountain, or Northern Argus

Mountain, or Northern Argus
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 100 mm F2.8L IS Macro USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/180 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-06-18 8:39
Viewed: 3091
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mountain Argus, Aricia artaxerxes allous
Swedish name: Midsommar blåvinge, meaning ‘midsummer blue’

A species of butterfly not often seen on TN.

This is both a northern and S. European species of Lycaenid, that is absent from the northern part of continental Europe and S. Britain.

In Sweden it is widespread but absent from the very South, where it is replaced by Aricia agestis, the Brown Argus.
Like its close relative, it is one of those species of ’blues’ that is entirely brown.

The two species are not easy to distinguish when viewing the closed wing position but the male Mountain Argus has less orange spots on the upper side of the wings (see WORKSHOP)

The larval host plant is Helianthemum

This is a freshly emerged male resting on a Vicia flower. It flies in June- July

This was taken with the camera hand-held in the late afternoon. After moderate cropping and size reduction this image was slightly sharpened, adjusted for levels and converted from RAW.

IronM, goatman04, marius-secan, maaciejka, buscape, Marco2010, Ishi, KOMSIS, bungbing, josediogo1958, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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hello Ivan
verynice and sharpness pose with great details
i like the beautiful colours to
great shot
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-18 8:43]

Hello Ivan,
Very nice to post a macro of a butterfly with your own TN name. Taken in high quality. Very beautiful!

Salam Ivan,

An outstanding macro with such fine colors, sharpness & intricate details. very nicely composed & presented with a great POV.

Well done & TFS!

Salam & best wishes


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2012-06-18 9:02]

Hello Ivan,
there are so many beautiful pictures of Lycaenidae at TN. But I must say: There will never be enough.
Again, you demonstrate us the beauty of these creatures by your fascinating picture.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-18 9:02]

Hi Ivan,a very very rare capture,a first time it's always a great satisfaction,especially when made in the country home,the quality of the pic and WS are absolutely fantastic,the best way to understand the particular desing of this rare specie,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Ivan, great macro of lovely little butterfly, beautiful blurry BG, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-06-18 10:07]

Hello Ivan.
Very nice macro of this tiny beauty. I like POV, delicate colours and blurred BG. Excellent note. Great post my friend.Best regards Siggi

Hello Ivan,
A wonderful capture of a splendid species. Outstanding focus, details, sharpness and light. All the tiny details are shown.
Very nice low POV.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Ivan,
beautiful colours. Very good point of view. Interesting butterfly.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Ivan. Good POV wonderful colours and good details. Lovely compo for the small one.


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

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-06-18 11:24]

Hello Ivan,

Splendid photo of this interesting species of Butterfly, great colors and details, TFS!

Ciao Ivan.
Molto bella macro con dei colori stupendi,eccellente la nitidezza ed particolari bene la composizione complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-06-18 22:42]

Lovely Argus, "Argus"!

The details are very fine. So are the colors and the composition.

TFS! Have a pleasant and productive day,



Bom dia Ivan
Excellent macro of this wonderful bfly.Great composition,wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.Congrats!
Thank You
Have a good day!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-06-19 2:47]

Hej Ivan,
Very good macro ..
This composition is very lovely with butterfly. Beautiful photo in good sharpness and natural colours.
Best wishes,

Hello Ivan,
Lovely picture of this cute butterfly, fantastic clarity, good point of view, great composition and beautiful colours, a very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

Great photo Ivan! The composition, the colours, the BG and the sharpness are excellent!

Hello Ivan

I have to tell that i love much more the photo
of the WS because of the pose of the butterfly
with the wings wide open and also because
i love the light of that image of the WS, TFS


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