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Polyommatus icarus

Polyommatus icarus
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Copyright: Mehmet Karababa (caspian) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 272 W: 0 N: 387] (1342)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-28 22:44
Viewed: 3875
Points: 44
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Polyommatus icarus (Common Blue) [in Turk. Çok Gözlü Mavi]

The Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) is a small butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.

Male uppersides are an iridescent lilac blue with a thin black border. Females are brown with a row of red spots along the edges. They usually have some blue at the base of the wings and, especially in Ireland and Scotland, are mostly blue but always have the red spots. Undersides have a greyish ground colour in the males and more brownish in the females. Both sexes have a row of red spots along the edge of the hindwings (extending onto the forewings though generally fainter, particularly in the males where they are sometimes missing altogether). There are about a dozen black centered white spots on the hind wings, nine on the forwings. The white fringe on the outer edge of the wings is not crossed with black lines as it is in the Chalkhill and Adonis Blues, an important difference when separating these species, particularly the females.

It is Britain's (and probably Europe's) most common and most widespread blue, found as far north as Orkney and on most of the Outer Hebrides. Males are often very obvious as they defend territories against rivals and search out the more reclusive females. A range of grassland habitats are used: meadows, coastal dunes, woodland clearings and also many man made habitats, anywhere where their food plants are found.
It is widespread in Europe, North Africa and temperate Asia.

The main food plant on most sites is Bird's foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus). Others used include Black Medick Medicago lupulina, Common Restharrow Ononis repens, White Clover Trifolium repens and Lesser Trefoil Trifolium dubium. Eggs are laid singly on young shoots of their food plants.
The caterpillar is small, pale green with yellow stripes and as usual with lycid larvae rather slug-like. Hibernation occurs as a half grown larvae. They are attractive to ants but not as much as some other species of blues. The chrysalis is olive green/brown and formed on the ground where it is attended by ants which will often take it into their nests. The larvae creates a substance called honey dew, which the ants eat while the butterfly lives in the ant hill. In the south of Britain there are two broods a year flying in May and June and again in August and September. Northern England has one brood flying between June and September. In a long warm year there is sometimes a partial third brood in the south flying into October. (from http://www.entsocont.com, www.en.wikipedia)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-28 23:22]

Hello Mehmet.
The colors alone are so well captured, in this lovely composition. Excellent detail, lighting and POV. Congratulations and thank you.Best regards Siggi

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-10-28 23:26]

Merhaba Ahmet,

You shows us these lovely butterfly on a wonderful way.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Very well composition nice presentation too.
Nice done, TFS.

Best regards,

Ciao Mehmat, great macro of wonderful little butterfly on a lovely blurry BG, splendid light, fine details, beautiful natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Mehmet,

an nice close up from this little beautiful blue butterfly with good of sharpness and details.
Nice blurred bg and fine saurated colours.


Hi Mehmet,
fantastic colours, sharpness, composition. Congratulation for this great picture.

Mehmet bey Merhabalar,
Canlı güzel renkler dantel gibi kanat uçları ile şık bir kompozisyonda çok gözlü maviyi görüntülemişsiniz elinize emeğinize sağlık Selamlar.

Ciao Mehmet. Fantastic light to exalt the brigh colours. Perfect details and good sharp.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-10-29 5:51]

Hi Mehmet.
Simply wonderful picture of a small beauty. DOF is great. Wingspread of the butterfly us amazing as well as upper POV. Lighting are excellent and underlines the colouration and all features of the species perfectly. Well done and TFS.

What an unblemished specimen of this Blue butterfly, Mehmet! I love the rich blue colour on its open wings.
The picture is very sharp and well composed.
Thanks and regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-29 7:54]

Merhaba Mehmet,
A fine macro of a male P. icarus. Though spoilt a little by a shadow across the wings, the sharpness and DOF are excellent against a contrasting OOG natural BG.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-29 8:17]

Hello Mehmet,
Beautiful photo of this butterfly in very nice saturated colours and excellent sharpness and details. Great DOF with a pleasing warm coloured OOF BG.

Hello Mehmet,
a beautiful image of butterfly, particularly good, light colors and POW. A nice picture, regards. Paolo

Hi Mehmet. Nice details with the markings on the wings. Beautiful wing spread in pleasing diagonal framing. Well exposed and thanks for sharing. Regards - Jusni

Hello Mehmet!
What impressive color contrast!... Congratulations! very eye catching shot!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-29 12:54]

Hi Mehmet,what a beautiful pic,this is the most spectacular side of the polyommatus male and you take that very very well,this blue is simply fantastic,very good sharpness and composition too.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,LUCIANO.

Hi Mehmet
Excellent cliché de ce papillon Common Blue et bon point de vu, jolies couleurs et netteté..bien vu..

Merci et au revoir...JP

Selamlar mehmet bey,
nefis bir kelebek,
renkler mükemmel.
En güzel dileklerimle,

merhaba Mehmet Bey
bu güzel Mavi'yi en güzel tonlarıyla ve net bir karede görüntülemişsiniz. renkler ve alan derinliği nefis. kadrajı ve renklerle uyum içindeki arkad planıyla da çok güzel. elinize sağlık. selamlar.

Merhaba Mehmet bey,
Denizli'mizin bu turkuaz kelebeğini çok güzel yakalamış ve tanıtmışsınız. Elinize sağlık,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-30 5:01]

Merhaba Ahmet,
this image is really a captivating one. How exciting to see the blue wings in excellent details and shines. You have composed it wonderfully- the sharpness in excellent.
The semi dark background makes the image stands out strongly.
excellent job.


The bright blue color really stands out in your frame Mehmet.
I agree with Ivan, the shadow has to go..
Good details, well done :)

Birinci sınıf bir çekim daha! Elinize sağlık Mehmet bey!

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