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Early morning blues

Early morning blues
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Copyright: steve weeks (weeksy) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 30] (120)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, 105mm 1:2.8 Sigma
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-15 10:55
Viewed: 3226
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We've been having quite a poor summer here so far, however this morning was bright and sunny. The previous clear night had been quite chilly, so there was a heavy dew on the ground this morning.

These two common blues (Polyommatus icarus) were basking in the morning sun, trying to warm up enough to fly. Fortunately for me this meant they were very approachable.

I think both are females (the back butterfly was not obliging enough to open it's wings!) of the most widely distributed lycaenid butterfly in Britain. Common blues will use a range of larval food plants, most commonly bird's foot trefoil, but also including lesser trefoil, black medick and various rest-harrows.

Common blues can have up to three broods in a good year, starting in mid-May going through to October. It tends to be a butterfly of open grassland, but can be found in sunny woodland rides and some road verges.

Cheers, Steve

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Hello Steve,
Thanks for this fine shot of the two blues. It is interesting to see the dew still on the one with its wings shut. Good details and colours, cool BG.

  • Great 
  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-08-15 13:30]

Hello Steve,
you selected just the right point of view and positioned the focus plane also perfectly
so that the eye-catching parts of the two butterflies appear very clear and sharp.
In spite of differently bright surfaces you achieved balanced exposure of the wings.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-08-25 2:23]

Hi Steve
very nice composition
well done.

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