Aricia agestis #1 - Brown Argus
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|Aricia agestis from Fleeting Memories From Summer -06, a female of the 2nd generation delicately balancing on a "straw sp.".|
On the uppersides of the forewings the female A. agestis is marked with fuller orange spots than the male, otherwise the two sexes look fairly similar when wings are folded and it is therefore hard to differentiate them with the naked eye. But once the uppersides are seen - with the characteristic black discal spots carried by both genders (will be seen in coming illustrations) - the ID of the female becomes undisputable, so I patiently sat waiting for them to open up in order to confirm gender!
This little beauty of "Brown Blues", for whom I've taken a special liking, is quite small with a wingspan of about 24-28 mm and can be sighted in arid meadows with calcareous and sandy soil. Its host plants are above all Geranium molle ("Dove-foot Cranesbill"), Erodium cicutarium ("Common Stork's-bill") and Helianthenum nummularium ("Common Rock-rose"). The locus where this shot was taken was covered with "Dove-foot Cranesbill"; the A.agestis can be very numerous in small areas rich in flowers.
The A. agestis always produces two generations each season, flying mid May - late June and then again beginning of August - mid September. It is not common in Sweden and can be found only along the coastal areas of Scania, but I have, to my surprise, also observed it a bit off the coast-line proper. It can also be seen in Denmark and the southern parts of England - otherwise it's quite common in continental Europe and can be found all the way to the Tian Shan mountains in the Far East!
Genus: Aricia, Aricia, the proper name of a girl who was the sole survivor after the Pallantides had been killed by Theseus (we don't know much more about her, fantasy has to do the rest of the job here...) (The interpretation given in 1: p. 211 doesn't make sense.)
Species: agestis (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) - [also astrarche ἀστράρχη "Queen of Stars" (Bergsträsser, 1779)]. Agestis is an epithet of uncertain derivation; due to lack of space an interpretation will follow tomorrow.
For names in most European vernaculars, distribution maps, etc., the interested student is recommended European Butterflies.
1: Nationalnyckeln till Sveriges flora och fauna: Fjärilar - Dagfjärilar. Hesperiidae - Nymphalidae (2005),
2: Bo Söderström: Svenska fjärilar. En fälthandbok (2006).
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nice shot of this tiny butterfly,
well composed with fine pov, very good sharpness, lovely colours,
nice blurred bg,
tfs & regards
- [2007-03-02 23:13]
I especially like the colors in this shot. The colors in background contrast very well with the beautiful colors of butterfly. Outstanding DOF, sharpness, and exposure. Nice composition.
- [2007-03-03 1:18]
the 'little brown blue' is well-focused and clearly presented against the smooth and nicely coloured blackground. Composition is pretty good.
Best wishes, Peter
- [2007-03-03 2:08]
Fine presentation of the Brown Argus u/s, our Scanian butterfly. Though this second gen. individual is a bit worn, the image shows excellent detail against a pleasing bokeh BG and the composition is first class.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan
- [2007-03-03 7:48]
Again a wonderful artistical shut. I now see the continuity of your idea to make a very homogen and poetical "ensemble" of your nature observations. That could be the idea for a book.
- [2007-03-03 10:21]
What a wonderful picture!! I love the butterfly and the composition! Excellent sharpness, colors and background. The note is a very thorough piece of work. Very good that you included also a bit of mythology and etymology.
I'm looking forward to the next.
My best wishes
This is a brilliant capture, Goran.
The little cute thing is delicately poised on the straw and you have shot it from a perfect angle, showing its lovely wing and head.
The blurred BG suits the subject very well.
A good butterfly shot...with nice colours.