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Holly Blue

Holly Blue
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Copyright: William Jacobs (oldferret) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 395] (1837)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7 D+Battery Grip, Canon EF 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 L IS USM, Kingston 16GB 266x, 67mm UV Filter-Hoya
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-08-23 6:11
Viewed: 2372
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A first for me this Holly Blue female (Celastrina argiolus) was visiting my Raspberry canes.

It has a wingspan of 30mm, silvery in flight with violet-blue upper-wings which are seldom seen well. At rest showing white,black dotted under-wings.

Seen mainly in S England and Wales. It has two broods, flying April-May, laying it eggs on holly and August-September then laying its eggs on ivy.

Photo has been cropped about 45%, slight high pass filter 1.2 applied.

Thanks for viewing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-08-23 6:42]

Hello William,
Excellent photo of this butterfly in superb sharpness and details. Nice contrasting colours against the background. Fine POV and composition.

hello William,
a very well composed and captured picture of this Holly Blue (female).
great light condition.
good colour and sharpness.
best wishes,

Hello William,

Lovely composition of this Holy Blue perched within pristine light on leaf. Th pov is choice and had provided the ultimate profile view for species ID. Very well presented.



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-08-23 8:59]

Hi William,beautiful capture of the small holly blue,very common in my country too especially on this season.Magnificent exposure to take so well the colors,great details too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-08-23 10:17]

Hello Wiliam.
Good sharp detail and good POV. Nicely exposed and superb colours. Good composition.
Well captured, thanks for posting.Best regards Siggi

Hallo William
These tiny butterflies are always a delight to look at, your Holly Blue female no exception. I like the clarity of the zebra striped antennas and the point of view showing the butterfly's full profile from the side. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2012-08-24 0:04]

Hello William,
Nice photo this modest butterfly. I've taken this species first time this year. They are very shy.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Bill,
I haven`t come across any of these pretty butterflies in our part of the world,it is a little beauty and you have captured it very well,nice pose and true colours,lovely.
Regards Les.

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