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Brown Argus female

Brown Argus female
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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: 2011-07-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-06 9:57
Viewed: 2938
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Brown Argus , Aricia agestis

Swedish name: Brunfläckig blĺvinge, meaning 'red-spotted blue'. This refers to reddish spots on the wings and the fact that though it is brown it is a Lycaenid butterfly that is classified as a blue.
Indeed fresh specimens have a slight blue iridescence in flight.

This is one of my favourite species of butterfly. The Brown Argus is found in most of Europe but in Sweden it is only found in the coastal areas of Scania where it is red-listed as Near Threatened.

It flies in two generations: one in late spring and the second in late summer. The larval host plants are Helianthemum, Rock Rose and various species of Geranium.
This is one of the early ones in the second generation. The large red spots along the edge of the forewing suggest that this is a female. Males have smaller and often fewer spots

This was taken at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6 ft) with my camera hand-held.
After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened and converted from RAW to JPEG.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-06 10:54]

Hello Ivan,
Very beautiful sharp detailed photo of this butterfly in splendid colours and a very pleasing diagonal composition. Good DOF and OOF BG.

Hello Ivan,
Perfect capture of a wonderful butterfly. The composition is great.
Wonderful details and clarity.
Also useful photographers note.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-07-06 10:59]

Hi Ivan,
Splendid photo of Your favourite Butterfly species, splendid ligths and colors, fine details, TFS!

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-07-06 11:11]

Hello Ivan!
Nice pic with thos wonderful butterfly! Beautiful colours and great sharpness.The little purple flower is like a bonus.Very beautilful job! Well done! TFS
Regards from,

Hello Ivan,
Excellent shot of this beauty, Beautiful colours and very nice composition, Great focusing with sharpness details, Informative note too,
Thank for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

Ciao Ivan, lovely little butterfly on a beautiful flower, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Ivan. Good details and beuatiful natural colours for the A. agestis taken from the right POV.


Hi Ivan,
Beautiful image here! Wonderful sharpness and details in the butterfly and the flower! Lovely composition and lighting and I like the framing too! Well done

Fine photograph with good details and nice setting. regards yiannis

hello Ivan
very nice shot with good details and beautiful colours
the details are very good
thanks greeting lou

Hallo Ivan,
a very good capture of the Brown Argus, very good sharpness and splendid natural colours, excellent point of view, a very nice composition
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-06 13:18]

Hello Ivan,
a superb close-up shot of this beautiful Brown Argus. Perfectly focused and composed with nice pose.
Best regards Siggi

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-07-06 13:32]

Hello Ivan,
It's your nickname and look very impressive, excellent colours and very good sharpness.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Ivan, shot with great details and colors. An excellent image. Sincere thanks also for the correct identification of my butterfly. All the best, Paul

merhaba Ivan dostum
very nice to see both of Brown Argus on purple flower and Ivan Argus, again. great POV and focus. colors and composition also very nice. thanks for sharing.
I will start again activity on TN, as soon as possible (single reason that I am busy with academic and other facilities).
best regards
iyi geceler

Hello Ivan friend!
In TN we can said that butterflies unite people around the world! .. yours today is beautiful and eloquent, good work, beautiful image, great POV! Regards, TFS

Hi Ivan,
A great butterfly for you. It's nice and sharp and the colors are wonderful. I like it.

Buena disposición del insecto y colores.
Un abrazo Ivan: J. Ignasi.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-07 2:11]

Bonjour Ivan,
Striking and colorful picture of little Brown Argus. I have seen some of them the day before yesterday in Valais, but it was too windy for good shots.On my meadow they always sit on wild Geranium flowers, which helps for a fast ID.
Thanks for this pleasant posting

Beautiful photo of argus with excellent composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness!

Hello Ivan

Excellent butterfly photo with a different fine POV
and appropriate framing, beautiful light,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Ivan,
very nice butterfly. Amazing natural colours. Good sharpness. I also like this background.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-07 8:57]

Hi Ivan,an excellent capture of one of the most common lycaeneide in my country,but not easy to take whit the open wings,great sharpness,colors and details and nice composition too,just a little out of focus on the sides but this butterfly don't open always completely the wings,impossible to make better.Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano

Beautiful photo Ivan! Excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Hello Ivan,
A beautiful capture taken from perfect POV with natural colours and good details. Well done!

Hi Ivan, this is a beautiful shot of this Brown Argus. Outstanding job capturing it. Bill

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-07-08 2:24]

Hello Ivan,
A wonderful macro of this female beauty in great composition.Nice colors and excellent sharpness and contrast...TFS.
Have a nice day!...

very nice your licenide Ivan, excellent colors, composition and good control for the light,
have a good day,

ciao, tino

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-13 6:59]

Hello Ivan,
such a lovely presentation of this argus. The pattern and the colors are so lively especially the orange patches along the wings.
well shown in splendid details.


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