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Green Hairstreaks ( Grönsnabbvinge)

Green Hairstreaks ( Grönsnabbvinge)
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Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D7100, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-18 9:35
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Points: 38
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Thanks for your kind words of my previous post.

Today’s post is mating pair of Green Hairstreaks. These small butterfly seems to have a lot of spring feelings.
The are very small but beautiful. The Green Hairstreak is one of first butterfly we can see in the spring except the ones who wintering as adult.
Hope you like this couple

Callophrys rubi has a wingspan reaching about 26–30 millimetres (1.0–1.2 in). The upperside of the wings is a uniform dull brown with two paler patches on the male's forewings made up of scent scales.[ The undersides are a bright green with a thin white line, often reduced to a faint row of dots or even missing altogether. The iridescent green colour of the undersides is a structural colour caused by diffraction and interference of light by microscopic repeating structures in the wing scales.The caterpillars are green with yellow markings along the back.Like other members of the family they are rather sluglike.
These butterflies can be found already at the end of March, the flight time usually extend until the end of June, but sometime they were seen in July and early August. They never rest with their wings open, in order to keep its green camouflage. The males show a territorial behavior. The eggs are laid singly.The caterpillars are not known to be tended by ants like some lycid larvae but the pupae, which are formed at ground level, emit squeaks which attract ants and it is thought that ants will always bury any that are found. Green Hairstreaks overwinter as pupae and are univoltine, having one generation of adult butterflies per year.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-05-18 10:00]

Hello Gert,
Exceptional sharp detailed macro of these butterflies in an attractive composition and very beautiful colours. A beauty!

Hallo Gert
super good sharpness with very nice light on the 2 beauty,s
nice composition and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Gert, great macro of fantastic maiting couple, beautiful blurry BG, fine details, splendid light, superb sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-18 10:54]

HI Gert,a very vry lucky meeting,i never seen a couple mating of this specie,one of my prefered and one of the most beautiful whit this particular metallic green,you caught very well this opportunity whit bright details and magnificent colors,i like it!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-05-18 10:59]

Very good picture with an excellent composition of this beautiful couple. Congratulation.

Hello Mr.Gert,
First of all thank you very much for visiting my photo gallery.
Nice picture of these 'Green Hairstreaks' specie.Nice sharp focus on subjects with beautiful light.Sharpness is very well.Green leaves showing its natural habitat.Blurry BG helps to concentrate on the subject.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Hello Gert.
fantastic picture of this matting Green Hairstreaks.
great colour and sharpness.
perfect PoV and good DoF.

Green Hairstreaks are very cute little butterflies, Gert.
Extremely attractive mating position in this finely controlled macro.
Thanks for sharing it and warm regards.


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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-05-18 23:20]

wow. what a beauty. interesting macro of mating species. good work.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-05-19 2:16]

Hello Ellis,
You don't post often, but always something special and perfect. This is no exception. Not so usual to see mating C. rubi and the picture is most pleasant with all these different shades of green. Beautiful light too. Thanks and have a nice Sunday

Excellent image with good details and color


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-05-19 6:13]

Hi Gert,
Amazing colors good composition and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Hallo Gert
Your images are always flawless, and a great pleasure to look at and appreciate for their beauty and uniqueness. You have captured couple of mating Green Hairstreaks really beautifully, showing all the striking features in the best possible way. I also like the natural sunlight in the image very much. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-05-20 2:38]

Hello Gert,
Impressive colors, details and light ! TFS Tina

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2013-05-20 3:45]

Hello Gert,
It's pleasant to come back after long period and to meet the old friends. It's very good photo these beautiful small spring butterflies. You showed colours of the wings.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Gert,
Impressive photo with excellent clarity and colors. Nice details of this interesting species of butterfly. Perfect WB. I like the lovely details and colors of this capture. Superb composition....Crystal clear capture.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-05-20 20:27]

Hello Gert,
I have never seen this particular butterfly in the wild, so I will just have to enjoy looking at this fine image. The colors are simply gorgeous and the focus is right on the money. To actually get a photo of them while mating is definitely the icing on the cake. Great job!!

Hi Gert.
I see you continue your experiments with equipment of different brands. I like to see fine camera and lens in your hands. Subject and its reproduction are superb as usual and Irrespective of the used camera. I also am impressed with beautifulness of the BG, isolation of the main subject and ultimate details of the butterfly pair. Perfect job. My kind regards and TFS.
P.S. What is your opinion about D7100 vs Sony A77?

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