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Meadow Habitat

Meadow Habitat
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX DG HSM, Digital ISO 200, 72mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-05 14:29
Viewed: 3416
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I am posting a picture that moves away from the tight macro format to show a wider aspect of the meadow habitat of the Small Blue, Cupido minimus, near my town.

This is ancient common pasture that has been left alone for decades, if not centuries, used only for occasional grazing and never "improved" by local farmers. It is full of wild plants, many of which are butterfly foodplants.

Of course, there are still some butterflies in the picture... I couldn't do without them. The male is at the top of the plant and the female underneath. I was lucky to catch them both with open wings, so the blue scales of the male clearly show the sexual dimorphism of the upper wings.

Thanks for looking.


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Hello Alan,
I like this idea, good job! we should post more pictures like this in TN! ... light, the environment, the relevance generated by butterflies, everything is very visually appealing and generates a good feeling. Thanks for sharing your work, thanks for exposing this new form of wide view!
Regards, Jesús

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