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Chilades trochylus

Chilades trochylus
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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: 2006-10-09
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-20 1:32
Viewed: 3200
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Chilades trochylus (Freyer, 1844).
Synonym: Freyeria trochylus
Grass Jewel

Chilades trochylus is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is a very small butterfly with a wingspan of 10-20 mm. It is the smallest European species.

Chilades trochylus is a species of the eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East, western Asia and central Africa.

In Cyprus, it has been observed ovipositing on Andrachne telephioides, a small plant of the Euphorbiaceae family. Many references give the host-plant as Heliotropium hirsutissimum, but despite systematic investigation this has not been confirmed in Cyprus, even though the plant is very common. The adult butterflies begin to emerge in March (sometimes from February) and are on the wing until November, in at least four broods.

Chilades trochylus is a rare species in Cyprus, although locally it may be quite numerous. Recorded in phrygana, rocky coastal areas, garigue, roadside verges, vineyards, olive groves and pine forests from sea level to 1600 m, almost always in close association with Andrachne telephioides.

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Spotless focus and impressive clarity Christodoulos! The Best capture of the presented species I have ever seen! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-03-20 1:58]

Hi Chris!
Wonderful composition. I love the light, which makes silvery reflections on the wings. Perfect focus on the butterfly and great contrast against the blurred BG.
Very well done my friend: congratulations.
Ciao! Vanda

καλή σου μέρα Χριστόδουλε, υψηλής ποιότητας απόδοση σε μια εξαίρετη σύνθεση, χαίρεσαι να τη βλέπεις!

Hello Christodoulos, another masterpiece, one word, exceptional. Ah ......, how I like to treat the images in post production as you know you do. Best wishes, Paul

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-20 3:13]

How is brilliant this pic and how is perfect this macro!A fantastic portrait of this rare lycaena ready to be print on a butterflies encyclopedia,impossible to make better.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Hello Christodoulos,

wow, you have one after one only masterpieces.
This one are also exellent pov, sharpness and bg.
Fine colors.


Hello Christodoulos,
This is beautiful to the point of being fabulous. I have started collecting favourite photo's in different categories (always with the name of the author, of course) and this one is definitely going into the collection.

Ciao Christodoulos, fantastic little butterfly on a wonderful blurry BG, splendid sharpness, beautiful natural colors and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-20 5:32]

Hello Christodoulos,
Wonderful perfection again in this photo. Fantastic sharpness, colours and blurred BG. GREAT!

Ciao Christodoulos. Great POV to ezalt the graphic weft of this small Lycaenidae that I've never seen. Excellente sharp and details. TFS.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-03-20 6:51]

Very beautiful species captured with excellent details and colors, the composition and lighting are pleasing. tfs.

Hi Christodolous - an excellent vertical pic of the butterfly. i like the composition. The BG is great too. TFS

Hi Christodoulos,
perfect POV, excellent sharpness. I like this natural colours. Of course suitable background.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,

Hallo Christodoulos,
a fantastic macro shot of this marvellous small butterfly, superb sahrpness and wsplendid colours, excellent POV and composition, very well done
Best regards

hello Christo
super good sharpness and great details with beautiful colours
very good BG
greeting lou

Hello Christodoulos!
Great shot with lovely colors, amazing sharpness and so beautiful composition!Well done! TFS
Nice week to you!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-20 12:32]

Hello Christodoulos,
great shot, lovely colours, details, pose, POV and composition. The lovely soft BG makes it really stand out. Very nicely done.Best regards Siggi

Hello Christodoulos

Excellent photo of this butterfly on his acrobatic pose,
fine POV, great focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-03-21 0:37]

Slav Christodoulos,
Nice image with very sharp and good perspective.TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-03-21 5:33]

Hello Christodoulos,
Again a beautiful butterfly taken with great accuracy, especially looking at the small size of this Lycaenid. I see that you have taken it in 2006 with already your excellent camera! Very subtle and fine colors too.
Thanks and kind regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-03-21 9:43]

Hello Christodoulos,
A fine image from your archives!
A superb capture of a fresh female specimen of this tiny Lycaenid taken from a fine POV to show her resting with closed wings: the sharpness, natural colours, BG and composition are top quality despite the age of this image.
Thanks and have a good week,

Hello Christodoulos!
Very beautiful little butterfly captured with excellent details and colors. This one are exellent composition...Best wishes!Valerian.

Hello Christodoulos,
Wonderful composition and perfect macro capture taken with excellent details and natural colours. Another top quality image from you.

Hello Christodoulos,
Another great shot for this beautiful butterfly.
Composition very nice. Sharpness and colours are fantastic.
Thanks for sharing

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