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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/7.8
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Europe, Insects (Insecta), My Purple Obsession 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-03 16:12
Viewed: 4190
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
Today something really special and - I believe - also interesting. A small butterfly photographed... far North from the border of Swedish Polar Circle!!! :>

This is (if my ID is correct) Idas Blue - Plebeius (Plebeius) idas lapponicus (Linnaeus, 1761) (Lycaenidae). This subspecies is endemic to Scandinavia, but the species in general is known from great part of Europe, Turkey, Middle East, Asia and even from America, where it forms at least 9-10 subspecies often restricted to small areas.

Flight period: univoltine of bivoltine, according to locality and altitude (June-August or May-June + July-August).

Habitat: bushy and grassy places.

Life history: hibernates as ovum. Larvae are strongly myrmecophilous and live and pupate in ant's nest (Lasius niger and Formica species).

Caterpillars' host plants: Cytisus vulgaris, Genistra pilosa, Lotus corniculatus, Calluna vulgaris.

Picture was taken during exploring Stora Sjofallet National Park.

And last, but not least, I would like to dedicate this interesting and cute butterfly to our very good TN Friends from Sweden and great nature lovers - Ulla (uleko) and Ivan (Argus) :>

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-03 22:12]
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Thanks a lot Radomir!
Yes the Idas Blue is to be found well north of the Arctic Circle as ssp lapponica and you have taken a fine macro macro to show its closed wings on the attractive flowers of Astragalus alpinus with excellent sharpness and lighting.
Thanks again my friend,
all the best,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-08-04 0:41]

Czesc Radek!

Dobijasz mnie ta roznorodnoscia gatunkowa modraszkow :-) Kolejny bardzo ciekawy gatunek, tym ciekawszy, ze ograniczony tylko do malego obszaru. Jak na kompakt to jest to swietne makro z dobrym uzyciem lampy blyskowej. Nie ma przepalen, wszystko jest ostre i wyrazne. Swoja droga roslina tez bardzo fajna.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-08-04 6:49]

Hi Rado,this is a great scoop and a revolutionnary discovery..ehehe...it seem a brother of our common polyammatus icarus,and found that so near the north pole is a great surprise and you was lucky to meet him! Excellent quality of pic..my best compliments!! Luciano

Hi mate Radek,
What a beauty and pleasant dedication our great friends Ulla and Ivan. Perfect presentation.
TFS and cheers,

ps. i am waiting your trip details:>

hello Radomir
super picture with very good details and beautiful colours
great sharpness and good light
greeting lou

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-07 9:41]

Hello Radomir,
Thanks so much for your kind dedication! This is a beautiful capture of the northern subspecies of Idas blue from far up north!! I like your POV and the pretty flower it has settled on. Great details and natural colours too. I've never been that far up north myself, it must be fantastic if the weather is right!!
Many thanks again and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-08-07 15:14]

Hello Radomir

Wonderful shot with good colors and lightinmg, excellent sharpness of the details, great composition and background.
Well done

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-08-09 11:24]

Hallo Radomir,
Ten jest tak delikatny a ten kwiatek na tym samym artystycznym poziomie.Swietna kompozycja,super kolory,doskonala ostrosc.Wszystko dla mnie perfekt!
Pozdrawiam Siggi

Hallo Radomir
Absolutely marvellous! A little beauty indeed, and because it resting on a flower that is in the colour that is so special to me, it is even more breathtaking. This is just so beautiful, I struggle with the right words to describe this image. Your abilities as great photographer is shown in this image as the image in total is really outstanding. Best regards and thanks for sharing this wonderful dedication.

Ciao Radomir, great capture of artic little butterfly, I never see before, thanks, wonderful composition with lovely flower, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-09-04 2:16]

Hi Radomir,
P.idas beautiful composition ...
Excellent sharpness an perfect details.
Best wishes,

Hi Radomir,
perfect details and very attractive deep colours- Impressingly well made documentation of P. idas lapponicus. Your trip must have been a very awarding expedition to Scandinavia reminding me of C. Linnaeus' journey to Lapponia in 1732. Very nice dedication to our dear TN friends from Sweden, too.
With thanks, and best regards,

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