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The White-letter Hairstreak

The White-letter Hairstreak
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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: 2011-06-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/750 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-17 6:33
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ulla and I have now moved to a flat 200 meters from the Baltic on the outskirts of the town of Kalmar, close to the island of Öland that is famous for its special wildlife.
This shot was taken before we decided to sell our house and all the bother that goes with it.

White-letter Hairstreak, Satyrium w-album

Swedish name: Almsnabbvinge, meaning ‘elm hairstreak’.

The English name refers to the w-shaped white line on the hind-wing.

Like the Green Hairstreak this species is only seen resting with the wings closed.
As the Swedish name suggests it is entirely dependent on Elm, in Sweden Ulmus glabra.
Not only is Elm the larval host plant but it spends most of its life near elm. Since the advent of Dutch elm disease it has become less common and more confined to where elms survive.
Fortunately it is often the case that though the main tree dies the roots send up shoots that are not attacked by the disease-spreading bark beetle until the trees are large enough.

This species is often to be found taking nectar from flowers such as thistles but it also flies around the crowns of deciduous trees that have leaves covered by sticky honeydew, secreted by aphids. This one was seeking nectar on the flowers of a Cruciferous species that flowers throughout the summer and is common on sandy soils.

It flies during the whole of July and into August and is to be found locally where there are elms nearby in most of Europe and S. Sweden.

I had to crouch low to get this shot with my long lens hand-held.

After slight cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened, adjusted for shading and converted from RAW to JPEG.

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very fine composition and background, with great colors, a nice performance Ivan!

Hello Ivan,
Like others captures from your gallery and this one is beautiful. The colours, details, POV and blurred BG are excellent. Well done!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-12-17 6:46]

Splendid composition, Ivan!
Excellent sharpness and detail; perfect POV and beautiful shades of colours; very nice soft background. Very well done!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-12-17 6:50]

Hej Ivan,
Composition of a beautiful butterfly ..
Nice blurred background. A nice capture of this Satyrium w-album. Good sharp details and a nice colours.
Have a nice weekend,

Hi Ivan,
really interesting and nice butterfly. Amazing colours. Very good composition. Perfect point of view.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-17 7:10]

Hello Ivan,
Congratulations on your new house. Kalmar is a very nice place to live, I think.
Fantastic to see a new photo.
Great sharpness, details and beautiful colours, as always. Beautiful blurred background too. Excellent composition.

Hello Ivan,
fine capture of this butterfly with good sharpness and a lovely pose on the white flower. I especially like the nicely blurred background and the beautifully naturfal colours.
Best wishes,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-12-17 8:26]

Beautiful species with fine composition and lighting, and interesting english name, hope to see fine images from you from your new place. tfs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-17 8:45]

Hi Ivan,great close-up of this butterfly that i seem me too for the first time this summer,great pic whit the usual impressive sharpness and colors,excellent light balance too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Perfect background, setting and detail.
A lovely butterfly with beautiful colours and markings.
regards yiannis

Ciao Ivan, great macro of lovely little butterfly, rare in my country, I never see in nature, wonderful natural colors, beautiful blurry BG, fine details and splenddi sharpness, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

Hallo Ivan
A lovely, brightly coloured image that has lots of joy and sunshine that surrounds it. White-letter Hairstreak is a striking butterfly with warm colours and pretty detailed patterns on its wings. I am however fascinated by the flat shaped flowers. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Ivan,
Another superb macro with great focus and very good clarity.
Incredible sharp details.
Wonderful contrast against the background.
I met this species very rarely in my country.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Ivan,
What a beauty you have here tonight. Fabulous colours and composition in excellent quality. Only a pleasure to view. Very well done.

Ciao Ivan. Not easy light here. You've obtained so good colours results. Good contrast too.


Nice capture of this Hairstreak. Wonderful composition and well seen with soft background. Looking forward for the sharing of new species around your new place.

Hello Ivan
Impressive photo with excellent composition, wonderful BG, fantastic colours and good sharpness.

Hi Ivan

Wow, gave up the house for a flat, that must have been a big decision; good luck with the new place.
Great shot of this hairstreak. Wonderful composition and great sharpness as usual.


Beautiful Hairstreak, Ivan.
A fine composition with the butterfly perching on white flowers. Lovely plain BG that makes the subject stand out crisply.

hallo Ivan
very nice picture with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou


Well composed image showing excellent POV, lighting, sharpness, detail of the subject, DOF, BG and clarity of the image.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-12-18 11:02]

Hi Ivan,
Lovely shot. Nice colours with excellent details and good composition.
Excellent background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-12-18 12:51]

Hello Ivan.
Very good shot of this very beautiful butterfly with such lovely colours and details on its wings. A classic pose captured on that flower with perfect lighting and exposure. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.Best regards Siggi

Hola Ivan, espero que todo vaya bien.
Tu toma preciosa y fiel al macro.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-12-20 17:58]

Hello Ivan,
another lovely view of this butterfly. The tips are so pretty and the feelers are well emphasized in excellent sharpness.
Exciting isolation in attractive image.


It has been a while, Ivan and your delivery is as good as ever. This butterfly is something I haven't seen in my area and you have shared with us a wonderful capture. Thanks and kind regards.

Hello Ivan

Excellent photo of this butterfly, with fine POV
and framing, excellent focus sharpness details,
beautiful bokeh of the background, TFS


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