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On Her Host-flower

On Her Host-flower
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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: 2010-06-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-08-22 3:54
Viewed: 2871
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Geranium Argus (Aricia (Eumedon) eumedonia)

Swedish name: Brunblåvinge, meaning, ‘Brown Blue’.

This species of Lycaenid butterfly has been shown a few times before on TN but it is my first time.

The Geranium Argus is found mainly in central Sweden and E. Europe with sporadic occurrences elsewhere. It is one of the species of Blues that show very little blue. The upper surfaces of the wings are dark brown in the male. The female has some orange spots at the base of the hind-wing.

The whitish streak on the underside of the hind-wing is typical of this species, but there are forms with the streak.

It is bound to its larval host plant, various species of Geranium. It is very rare in the very S. of Sweden where there is a small colony bound to a small area rich in Geranium sanguinum or Bloody Cranesbill. Further north it is dependent on Geranium sylvaticum. It never wanders far away from the host plant.

This is a female, her abdomen swollen with eggs that she will lay in the flower at the base of the stamens. The small larvae then feed on the developing seeds before hibernating as half-grown. In the spring they feed on the leaves.

As usual for my telephoto equipment I took this shot with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6 ft) with my camera hand-held. After moderate cropping and size reduction this was slightly sharpened.

I would liked to have shown a closer view of this species but the image was not sharp enough, but it is nice to include the flower of her host plant. They happen to be approximately natural size on the thumbnail!

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Hi Ivan,
this is such a colourful arrangement and this tiny butterfly is posing very nice for you amidst the pink flower where we can see the details of the nice leaves so well.
A beautiful post, thanks and enjoy the sunday
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Exquisite detail and color of a very interesting subject. Your description was also very informative.


Hallo Ivan,
a very beautiful picture of the Geranium argus, marvellous natural colours, fine detail, excellent POV, DOF and BG, a very nice composition of a lovely pose of this tiny butterfly on the Geranium flower.
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-22 7:04]

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful photo of this butterfly on the geranium. Both in excellent sharpness and bright colours. Very nice contrasting OOF BG and composition. Taken from an excellent POV.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-22 7:29]

The beautiful blue and colorful flower complement each other, could not be better situation like this, well captured. tfs.

I like the way you refer to "host plant":-) There are times, this being one, when I still wish for my Nikon and lens, however carrying the weight on my arteries became a burden. Leica it shall stay but your perfect images with other cameras is nostalgic.

Hello Ivan,
Great capture with very nice colours and good details.
Lovely composition with superb background. Perfect focus.

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

Hola Ivan

Lo primero gracias por tus comentarios y tu ayuda, seguire poniendote retos, por que yo no conozco ni una milesima parte de lo que pongo.

Vaya cada vez veo nombres diferentes, para estas mariposas que para mi son casi todas iguales por su aspecto, esta queda muy bien realzada con esta flor de color rosa. Perfecta composición y nitidez.

PD. He estado viendo tu pagina Web, y tienes unas imagenes fuera de serie, me ha gustado mucho. Felicidades.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-22 11:07]

Bonsoir Ivan,
D'abord un grand merci de ton aide si rapide. J'ai changé le contenu de ma note.
Toujours intéressant de voir un papillon sur sa plante nourricière et d'autant plus si elle a une belle coloration comme le geranium sauvage. L'ensemble a une coloration très subtile, des beiges et des roses qui se marient à merveille. Et les Lycaenidae sont toujours des sujets charmants!
Belle soirée

Hallå Ivan,

A very good capture of this little Brown Blue butterfly. Excellent composition over the flower. Very good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-22 11:55]

Hello Ivan,
beautiful Geranium Argus. Photographed together with an equally beautiful flower. It's a visually appealing picture and a great handling of light colors arround the butterfly.Best regards Siggi

Hello Ivan,

I have also been a blue one but don't know the specie look on this one.
Good pov and dof with nice bg.
Fine colours.


Hi again dostum!

Impressive tele-macro work! The clarity and focus look impeccable, excellent background too.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


hello Ivan
beautiful coloured picture with greta details and good sharpness
very nice shot
greeting lou

Hello Ivan friend,
Nice Lycaenid, very well managed light and focus! .. I was astonished with the background made for you! ... Excellent !.... This picture is pretty deep! ... Thanks for sharing!
Regards, TFS, Jesús

Hello Ivan,
Wonderful image with nice colours, fine details, beautiful BG, excellent POV and composition. Well done!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-22 16:31]

Hi Ivan,

I'm not sure which is more beautiful - the butterfly or the flower. Colors and details are awesome, background is superb. A wonderful pose on the tilted flower giving the composition a diagonal look. Picture perfect.


merhaba Ivan dostum
Geranium Argus is a very beautiful lycaenids. I also captured it in this summer for several times. I have not go to field for two weeks. Today, I captured several lycaenids on the Taurus Mts (near 3000 m altitude), e.g. L. thetis new to me. After the trip, I came back newly and I saw your this great shot. It is great shot for not only argus, but also for pinky flower. coloration superb. focus, POV/DOF and composition also nice. good informative notes as always
Thanks for sharing, have a good night and have a nice new week.
you gr

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-22 21:24]

Hi Ivan,
Excellent photo of this Butterfly, natural colors and fine details, TFS!

Hi dear Ivan ,
Nice work with great BG.nice composition and lovely colours.

Kind regards

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-08-23 8:10]

Hi Ivan
Excellent closed up and nice composition.Sharp image with good pov.Colors and light are excellent.I also liek the nice oOF BG
TFS Michel

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-08-23 19:51]

Hello Ivan,
Wonderful colours in this superb composition with sharp focus and out of focus background. Your posting also carries a great note as always, thank you Ivan.

Hello Ivan
it's a fine composition, this butterfly have almost the same colors that the BG,
the conrasting purple flower is a great highlight,
great sharpness, DOF and color tones
Have a good night

Buen docuemento por lo que nos explicas; sería interesante una sección con las mariposas siempre acompañadas de su planta huésped, aunque sería un trabajo para expertos.
Sí que le falta la nitidez de otras ocasiones que entendemos por la larga distancia a la que disparaste; es muy dificil enfocar bien a tanta distanci... no se como lo consigues.
Un saludo: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Ivan. Lovely and precise shot of this butterfly. Everyting are wonderful.
Thanks for sharing and best regards.

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