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Green-underside Blue

Green-underside Blue
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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: 2010-05-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-08-26 22:44
Viewed: 3137
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Green-underside Blue (Glaucopsyche alexis)

Swedish name: Klöverblåvinge, meaning ‘Clover Blue’.

This is the first time I have posted this species of Lycaenid butterfly, though it has featured on TN several times before.
I took this male at the same place I took the Chequered Blue, that required a 400 km (250 miles) trip.

Like most Blues it is best identified by looking at the underside of the wings. The turquoise blue-green powdering on the hind-wing varies but the large black spots on the forewing are characteristic and easily separate it from the Small and Mazarine Blues.

I enclose an image showing this male resting with the wings open in the WORKSHOP.

The female has a broader black border on the forewing that varies in breadth.

It is widespead and fairly common in most of Europe except the UK. In Sweden it occurs sparsely in a band across the southern central part of the country. The larval host plant is Lotus corniculatus and other Leguminous plants

This was taken with my long lens hand-held at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6ft) in the morning light. What in my opinion is a correct exposure of the butterfly has caused a dark BG.
After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was selectively sharpened

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Good morning Ivan, beautiful shot of this clover blue with nice details and composition.
TFS and regards,

Hi Ivan,
Simple yet very nice photo - first or last in the row (of Blues), an interesting and effective image. Great sharpness - a pity sunshine didn't really help You while doing the photo. WS photo has better colors - but I think this same thing happened to me with my today upload. :(
Tfs the pic and the note, friendly regards, László

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-26 23:17]

Hello Ivan,
Superb composed and focussed close-up capture of this Glaucopsyche alexis with delihgtful composition, pose and excellent exposure.
Best regards Siggi

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-26 23:58]

Very simple composition for this lovely blue, the blue green color is very special, this looks more beautiful with open wings too, well captured. tfs.

Hello Ivan,
Very harmonious shot, with fine details of this pretty uncommon lycanid. Colours are very subtiles. Have a nice day,

Hej and Good Morning dostum Ivan,

Great macro capture, the focus looks perfect and dark green BG also nicely isolate the subject. Fantastic subtle lighting and details too.
TFS and have a nice day and WE MF!


Hallo Ivan
a superb macro shot of this interesting species, outstanding shaprness and very beautiful natural colours, very useful picture in WS too, excellent POV and composition.
Best regards

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-27 1:32]

Hi Ivan,
Splendid photo of this interesting Glaucopsyche alexis, very good-useful presentation too, TFS!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-08-27 1:53]

Hi Ivan! Two differents point of view to discover at the best this little lyceaneide,my prefered butterflies family.A great sharpness also in a difficult low light,another beautifull and interesting work in your fantastic gallery! Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hallå Ivan,
A nice capture of this beautiful Green-underside Blue. Very good sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-27 5:21]

Bonjour Ivan,
Une présentation très fine légèrement en diagonale et avec des couleurs très subtiles. Une espèce que je n'ai pas encore publiée non plus. Très beau papillon avec sa coloration bleue au bas des ailes. J'aime beaucoup.
Meilleures salutations

Ciao Ivan. Razor detaisl and top sharp for this small beauty. Interesting compo.


Ciao Ivan, lovely diagonal compositionm with beautiful G. alexis, great macro with fine details, good natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan,

this specie never been seen, great shot and sharpness with beautiful dof and bg.

Fine colours.
I thought first is a Holly blue one.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-27 8:59]

Hello Ivan,
Another fantastic photo with the light just there where it belongs, very beautiful! Sharpness, details and composition are outstanding. The photo in the WS is another beauty!
Have a good weekend,

hello Ivan
a super good pose with great details and beautiful colours
great sharpness
greeting lou

Hello Ivan,
What a great capture with nice details and fine colours.
Lovely composition. Great background.

Hello Ivan,
Great composition with very good sharpness and soft light.
Ciao, Melania.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-27 16:09]

Hi Ivan,

Two more beautiful Blues to add to your collection. This male is posed so nicely showing off it's delicate beauty. The colors and details of the wings and body are excellent. The simplicity of the composition is elegant. He looks wonderful against the green. I enjoyed seeing the female in the workshop in the lovely open-winged pose.


Hola Ivan

Gracias nuevamente por tu ayuda.

Una imagen muy agradable, de esta mariposa en esa especie de hoja en diagonal, y con ese fantastico brillo en su ala. Realmente bonita.

Un saludo de Antonio

You have given us a vast variety of butterflies in the Blues family, Ivan.
This one is a marvellous capture of the species that justifies its name. That subtle sprinkle of green at the base of its wings is like ornamentation adding to the beauty of this specimen. The OG green plain BG does wonders in making the subject stand out beautifully.
Thanks and regards.

Well taken macro, good detail, nice comp, excellent close up.


iyi akşamlar Ivan dostum
Glaucopsyche alexis is a very beautiful lycaenid and I also like it very much. I have seen it in several times.
you greatly captured it resting on green leaf from lateral POV. sharp details of focus great. dark spots, especially ones on forewing, show it very beautiful. symetric feets and striped antenna also very nice.
I also looked at the workshop. it is also great with open wings. nicely composed and presented with good informative notes.
çok teşekkür ederim dostum. sağolasın.
God kväll

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful composition with good details, nice colours and excellent POV. Well done!

What a rare shot, Ivan!
I've never seen the 'green' underside actually.
You illustrate it perfectly!

Hi Ivan,
Very nice macro of a Green-underside Blue butterfly .Great details and nice composition.


Hello Ivan

Beautiful photo of this butterfly, with fine POV
and framing, excellent focus, sharpness, details,
being framed diagonally it adds dynamism to the image, TFS


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