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Black Hairstreak Female

Black Hairstreak Female
Photo Information
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: 2012-06-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 100 mm F2.8L IS Macro USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-06-21 22:43
Viewed: 3254
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Black Hairstreak, Satyrium pruni
Swedish name: Busksnabbvinge, meaning ‘bush fast-wing’

A species of butterfly not often seen on TN.

This is an uncommon species of Lycaenid, that is very rare in Britain, only found in a few localities in SE Sweden, but slightly more common in Öland. It occurs sparsely in N and C Europe.

This is a freshly emerged female. The male, looking a little worn, can be seen in the WORKSHOP. It leads a secluded life feeding on honey dew secreted by aphids on various leaves and rarely visits flowers.

The female lays her eggs singly on new growth of sloe (Prunus spinosa) and the larvae over winter in the egg to feed on the flower buds, flowers and leaf buds in the spring.

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

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Beautiful butterfly and beautiful photo Ivan! Very good composition and wonderful lighting. The sharpness is impressive.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-06-21 23:36]

Very colorful species with fine touch of orange colors, simple composition and well captured. tfs.

Hej Ivan,
this is a very beautiful butterfly, never seen this reality.
I have missed that you now have a macro-lens, very nice.
Great sharpness and fine DOF, colours are natural and fine.
Well done, mf.
Jag får passa på och önska er en riktig Trevlig Midsommar

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2012-06-22 0:14]

Hello Ivan,
The photo was taken in poor light but you obtain very good result. I don't know if in my country this species occur anything but I haven't met it.
Regards, Pawel

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-22 0:29]

Hi Ivan,magnificent capture of this pruni,i never seen it but only his brother w-album.The light of sun very well managed helped you to have a very bright pic and spectacular colors,great details too as usual,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hi Ivan! Hope life has been treating you well. This is a wonderful image with tons of details ! I love the colors as well. You have very sturdy hands :-)
Goutham R

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-22 0:56]

Hello Ivan,
Awesome sharp detailed photo of this Black Hairstreak. Very beautiful bright colours. Taken from the best possible POV in a pleasing composition.

Hello Ivan,
fine capture of this butterfly with good sharpness and lovely details. I also like the beautiful colours and the nice lighting.
Best wishes,

hello Ivan
very good composition to see this beauty very good
sharpness and colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hi Ivan,
You have certainly got the hang of your new lens, impressive sharpness, good colours and white balance. A butterfly that is not so common.
Have a nice weekend and TFS regards Bill.

Ciao Ivan. TFS this small one taken in good details and excellent sharp. Exciting light/colours.


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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2012-06-22 4:26]

Hello Ivan, your photo is an absolute delight for the sense of sight ! Thanks !

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-06-22 4:33]

Bonjour Ivan,
A perfect specimen of this most beautiful and rather rare butterfly-species! An excellent picture too, well framed and shown in a fine classical manner.
Un grand merci!

Salam Ivan,

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

Great work & TFS!

Regards & best wishes!


Hi Ivan,
I like this butterfly - really beautiful. Amazing colours and composition. Perfect sharpness.
Have a nice weekend,

Ciao Ivan, great macro of lovely little butterfly, I never see in nature, perfect focus, fine details, excellent sharpness, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

wonderful picture for this beautiful butterfly, congratulations Ivan !

ciao, tino

Ciao Ivan.
Cosa dire di una macro così eccezionale meravigliosa complimenti.
Ti auguro un buon fine settimana ciao Marco.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-06-22 14:05]

Hello Ivan,
this is an superb Picture of this Hairstreak. Great colours, sharpness and a very nice composite. Well done.Best regards Siggi

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-06-23 3:30]

Hej Ivan,
Excellent presentation of the butterfly ..
Very good capture. Excellent sharpness nice natural colours and DOF. Kırklareli Turkey for the first time we saw last weekend. But I did not get recorded. Register here:" http://www.trakel.org/kelebekler/[email protected]&tur=Kara%20sevbeni "
have a nice weekend,

Hello Ivan,
A marvelous composition. Wonderful butterfly. Excellent light......The details are fantastic. Very sharp and lovely natural colors. I never have the chance to take a photo of this wonderful species, maybe this summer.......
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Ivan

2 beautiful photos with fine POVs, beautiful warm light,
excellent focus, sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Ivan,
Another pin sharp macro with explicit detail and colours. Good contrast and light management from a perfect POV. Excellent work my friend.
Best regards,

Hello Ivan,
Lovely buterfly,
It has really good coloor and nice detalis.
well done.
Have a good weekend.

Hello Ivan,
A beautiful sharp photo of this lovely butterfly, great point of view, good clarity, lighting and colours are wonderful,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

merhaba Ivan
Nice to see your posts again. But I see you have been far from TN for several months. I hope you come back like me.
all the best

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-17 2:41]

Hi Ivan
lovely hairstreak with superb details. I love to see the sharp hairy body with strong light enhancing its beauty.
The green leaves offer a wonderful background to perfect the view.


Hello Ivan.
Thanks for sharing with us this fine specimen. You have capitalized on the opportunity of meeting this butterfly well delivering sharp image and the tonal contrast is beautiful. Beautiful all around presentation and thanks for sharing.

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