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Tarucus balkanicus

Tarucus balkanicus
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-26
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-09-28 4:53
Viewed: 2553
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tarucus balkanicus (Freyer, 1845)
Little Tiger Blue

Tarucus balkanicus is a very small butterfly in the family Lycaenidae with a wingspan of 17-23 mm. The underside is white with black markings. The upperside is blue-mauve in the male and light brown in the female.

Its range includes the eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East, central-western Asia, northwest Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

Tarucus balkanicus is a common butterfly in Cyprus, found in areas where the host plant Ziziphus lotus grows. Such areas are the entire Mesaoria plain, the lowland areas around Larnaka, the hills and foothills on the northern side of the Troodos massif and some areas around Lemesos and Pafos.

The adult butterflies are on the wing from April to November in successive, overlapping broods.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-09-28 6:28]

Hello Christodoulos,
A macro of this butterfly in splendid colours, superb sharpness, details and an excellent composition. The background is marvellous too with a great DOF.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-09-28 6:28]

Lovely species on those small flowers...find details and exposure..fine image. tfs.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-09-28 7:13]

Giasou Christodoulos,
A perfect capture of the Little Tiger Blue ..
Excellent focus, very good sharpness and light.
Have a nice weekend,

Hallo Christodoulos
The backlighting is terrific and the closeup of this butterfly is magnificent. This photo is sharp and what I love most is the simple composition. The flower this butterfly is resting on is a sheer pleasure to look at. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

hallo Christodoulos
This is super good !!
i like this composition and the soft BG
the colours and light are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-09-28 9:02]

Hi Chris,great macro of this small lycaeneide! A lucky meeting whit this rare specie and the usual top quality capture whit an excellent exposure and the best details,very interesting specie! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Mr.Christodoulos,
Beautiful butterfly.Nice POV with good details and sharpness.Like its majestic pose.Like it.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice Sunday,

Ciao Christodoulos, great macro of fantastic butterfly, splendid light, fine details, superb sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Christodoulos
照的清晰 很漂亮的蝴蝶
花更是美麗 色彩鮮豔襯托著蝴蝶更是漂亮

Hello Christodoulos,
Wonderful closeup of this Little Tiger Blue,taken from the best PoV,great details,clarity and a perfect balanced composition.TFS.

Mind blowing macro of a tiny black and white butterfly, Chris.
The markings on the light coloured wings really give the impression of a tiger.
Even the perch of this little one has a character of its own.
Thanks and regards.

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-09-28 10:27]

Hi Chris,
amazing macro of this beauty , wonderful composition,
excellent sharpness for outstanding details, beautiful colors !
Best regards !

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-09-28 10:34]

Hello Christodoulos.
What a beautiful little butterfly.Very nice capture with excellent detail and sharpness.The BG is perfect.Regards Siggi

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-09-28 11:42]

splendid capture with great detail and well mastered DOF .. tack sharp where it's necessary; .. well done Christo

best regards,

amazing specie
splendid capture
perfect macro!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-09-29 5:37]

Hi Christodoulos,
Excellent macro shot of a beautiful butterfly. Amazing colors, nice composition and sharpness details with perfect blurred background.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Christodoulos
A superb image of this blue with great sharpness and colour.
nice composition.
best wishes,

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-09-29 8:07]

Another excellent picture Christodoulos!! Perfect control of the light with the white color. Amaizing sharpness, I can see the little details on the wings. Color, background and also the moment are great. Congratulation and thank you for sharing it. Saludos.

don't know if the flowers or the butterfly is more beautiful

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-09-30 0:27]

Bonjour Christodoulos,
Nice to be your neighbour :-). Lovely shot of this cute "Little Tiger" posed elegantly on a fine purple flower and in front of a fine colored background. Perfect as usual!
Have a nice week

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-10-01 0:50]

Hello Christodoulos
excellent sharpness and splendid presentation.
Nice details and splendid composition.


Giasou Christodoule
Superb detail for such a small butterfly. Excellent composition with lovely flowers.
Perfectly focused.
regards yiannis

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2013-10-04 5:05]

Hello Christodoulos
One of the good images of this small butterfly.
Great sharpness with all the small details
Good BG and color


Hi Christodoulos,

You're capturing well this bitterfly by a good composition, a good focus and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the beautiful butterfly with black spotted patern/outline to white wing in which is stopping horizontally on buds of red flower. The blurring background draws out well this butterfly. It looks like an excellent art work.

Kind regards,

Hi Christodoulos,

The flowers are helping to frame the insect. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Little Tger Blue butterfly. The good luminoaity is enhancing the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


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