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Paphos Blue

Paphos Blue
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Lycaenidae Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-18 7:05
Viewed: 4267
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This species is an endemic: that is to say, it is only found on the island of Cyprus and nowhere else in the world.

The Paphos Blue (Glaucopsyche paphos) was the most common blue butterfly that Ulla and I saw during our week's stay on Cyprus. We saw several every day. They fly from March to May.

This is a male: the female is brown (WORKSHOP). It has a wingspan of about 30 mm. Ulla is posting a mating pair showing the undersides of the wings.

It is probably the most common blue butterfly in Cyprus but we also saw the Short-tailed and Common Blues. The Paphos Blue is not mentioned in any of the current European butterfly books.

The larval host foodplant is not known but we often saw them near or on a kind of gorse bush (Leguminous).

Camera hand-held at a distance of about 2 meters.
ISO 200
Image cropped by about 50%
After size reduction and sharpening it was treated for noise using Neat Image.

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Superb shot Ivan.
Great sharpness and details.
Good composition.
I'm in nearly in the market for a DSLR and the 400D is probably what I'll get.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-18 7:25]

Hi Ivan,
Like Ullas' I think color is the highlight in this capture although it has great details as well, thanks for sharing.

This is a superb specie Ivan that you captured in such a nice pose! This male looks more vibrant than the female by its amazing color! Like birds do most of the time too. I like this composition a lot and this beautiful BG. The subject is well isolated and it gives a fantastic result! Well done with interesting note and picture in WS. Thanks,

Beautiful color highlights this capture with nice details and interesting subjects

Hello Ivan!
It is nice to see that your trip to Cyprus was succesful :) This is a very nice picture with great DOF and POV, I like also colouration of this photo.
Nice that you showed also a female specimen.
Best greetings,

Hi Ivan,
Excellent! I love the sharp details and especially the colors.
Perfect BG!

Hello Ivan nice shot ,right and contrasted I like it have nice day Dany

Revoilà ces jolis papillons qui sont de retour...quelle chance !
Bonne journée.

Hi Ivan,
You were priveleged to see and take this image of a beautiful butterfly. It is lovely as is your image of it. The quality of the image is superb with a colourful background. Nice.

Hej Ivan
Nice blue one... is the only thing I can say :) thats all I know about butterfly's :)
Details (specially on antennas) and colours are really good, pose is not bad @ all :)

...På väg till NY... Vi hörs.

Hi Ivan,
Nice compo with green and blue colours.
Beautiful butterflies...

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-18 10:23]

Hi Ivan,

Beautiful butterfly! The details are wonderful - as are the colors. I love the comp on the blurred green bg.


Hello Ivan
Excellent shot of this Paphos Blue,
Perfect compo and lighting,
Great sharpness and BG,Superb shot.


Hola Ivan.
Una mariposa bellísima, muy delicados colores con un buen BG.
Fantástico encuadre.
Saludos, JL.

Wonderful, Ivan,
I love the glittering of the blue wings, excellent work, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

The Blues are my favourites, Ivan, and this is a lovely species endemic to Cyprus.
Excellent capture that shows this butterfly in its most pleasing aspect.
Best regards.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-18 13:57]

Hi Ivan.
This is beautiful capture of this very nice small butterfly.I like amazing and very well saturated colors as well as good light too.Very good sharp details on almost whole butterfly.And good blurry BG.Superb done and well composed picture.Thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • lee Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 23] (84)
  • [2007-04-18 14:08]

Hi Ivan, this is a pretty one. The blue has such a soft and gentle look. The lighting gives a nice effect. Displayed very nicely against the green background. Good job, thanks.


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-18 15:42]

Hi Ivan

Wonderful capture of the Paphos Blue, very nicely composed with a great POV and superb pose, the details are excellent and i love the Blue against the green BG. I am so jealous as I have never seen any of the Blue Butterflies.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful blue color. Impressive picture from distance of 2 meters. Very nice pov and composition. All settings are perfect.

Hello Ivan,
Blues are among my favourite butterflies. They look like small flying jewels. I like very much the way you presented the wing surface in this one - shiny, yet not overburnt. Also it contrasts nicely with the background. Composition is also appealing.
And additional plus for showing the endemic. But how to tell it apart from other species. Most of the blues are so much similar to each other :-)
Best greetings and TFS!

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