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Copyright: ridvan iron (ridvan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-12 6:59
Viewed: 2895
Points: 40
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Species: Leptotes plinius pseudocassius (Murray, 1873)
(previously known as: Syntarucus plinius(Fabricius, 1793))
Common Name: Zebra Blue

A small Lycaenid with a wingspan of 22-28 mm. Its undersides resemble the stripes of a zebra, hence its common name. The upper sides of the male are blue with a tinge of purple, and when viewed from above, the markings of the underside show through faintly.
The upper sides of the forewing of the females have an area that looks like a checker board. It is surrounded by a broad black band on the outer margin and a narrower one on the front margin. There is much variation in the colour and width of these bands. The blue colour on the forewings is restricted to the basal area of the wing.

Similar species
Butler's Spotted Pierrot and the Striped Pierrot - The upper sides are similar to the corresponding sexes but the undersides are marked with discrete small black oval spots and streaks and do not resemble the zebra stripes.

The Lycaenidae are the second-largest family of butterflies, with about 6000 species worldwide, are also known as the gossamer-winged butterflies. They comprise about 40 % of all known butterfly species (Venktesha, 2005). Subfamilies include the blues Polyommatinae, the coppers Lycaeninae, the hairstreaks Theclinae and the harvesters Miletinae. Adults are small, under 5 cm usually, and brightly coloured, sometimes with a metallic gloss. The male's forelegs are reduced in size and lack claws.
thanks argus(ivan)and marcellr and fartash For ID info from jitti(jcoowanitwong)

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hello ridvan,
we are neighbours today and have posted butterflies, my butterfly can talk to yours:-0.
this butterfly is very small and difficult to capture, liked the pov and the composition, focus is a bit soft,
tfs & regards

Hello Rivdan
This is a shot of Common Cerulean from Lycaenidae family,
Great focusing,lighting and composition,

Good Luck

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-12 7:17]

Hello Ridvan,
a nice shot of this small butterfly.
I think Fartash has identified it correctly.
+++ Nice lighting and good colours. Excellent composition. Good detail and sharpness.
--- Nothing ;)
Well done,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-12 7:30]

Hi ridvan
Excellent image.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.Colors are also very nice.
TFS Michel

It is not Common Cerulean (Jamides celeno tissama), absent in Europe and Middle East.

It is Leptotes pirithous (Lycaenidae).


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-10-12 9:06]

Hello Ridvan,
you were confronted with 2 problems here, the strong frontal light and the resting site of the butterfly on flat ground. I don't know whether you had to lay down on the ground to obtain the picture or managed it in another way!? Nevertheless, you were successful. Focus is also pretty good. Sharpness on the butterfly parts close to the ground appear very sharp. Slight non-sharpness is produced in direction of the wing tips - probably resulting from movement (wind). 'marcellr' is right, it is L. pirithous!
Best wishes, Peter

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-12 10:07]

Selam Ridvan,
Excellent detailed capture of Lang's Short-tailed Blue (Leptotes pirithous), which though a little soft, shows good detail against a plain BG in a fine composition. Well done abd thanks;

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-12 11:52]

Hi Ridvan. A good close up shot of this butterfly. you have captured fine detail and sharp focusing. good natural colours. and a nice POV. well done TFS.

Have a good weekend my friend.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-10-12 16:01]

Grandiosa foto muito bem fotografada meus parabéns.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-12 16:43]

Hi Ridvan,

I'm wondering if you were on the ground too to get this shot! You did very well with nice natural colors and good details. Shows up well against the unusual background.


Selam ridvan,
the exposure and focus is perfect here
good sharpness, vivid colour and details in it
very well composed and well done
thanks for sharing

Great shot....your ground looks a lot like mine. :) You have some redness in your soil too.

Fine detail here...nice color. :)

Rıdvan merhaba , güzel bir fotoğraf , sana ve ailene iyi bayramlar dilerim , Akif .

Good effort. I think a little lower POV would make a deeper depth.
Best regards,

Bonsoir Ridvan.
Tu as eu la chance de le rencontrer ce petit papillon là.
Merci de nous l'exposer

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-10-17 6:49]

selam ridvan
bu guzel ve sevimli kelebege iyi bir sekilde yakin cekim yapmissin
yeni makinen hayirli olsun
zor isik sartlari ve arka plana ragmen gayet iyi renk ve detaya sahip
keske Tr. isimlerini de bulup eklesen bakarken ogretici/hatirlatici oluyor
eline saglik

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  • lutya Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 93] (451)
  • [2007-10-18 5:57]

çok çok minik bir kelebek bu . toprak zemin üzerinde güzel resim vermiş. eline sağlık Rıdvan...

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-18 10:52]

Hi Ridvan.
Sweet picture of this charming butterfly. I like your lowes POV, excellent large DOF, perfect sharpness of the beauty and nice warm colours. In a word, perfect job. My compliments and TFS.

bonjour ridvan
c'est une joli specimen,j'aime beaucoup des motifs qu'il porte sur l'arriere des ailes,je suppose que c'est pour tromper les predateurs.
bonne image.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-31 0:26]

Hi friend Ridvan,
This is another great shot of this beautiful butterfly. Very impressive sharpness, colours and lighting. I like your low POV and the natural setting too much. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-06 2:54]

it's a perfect pic,very nice colours and sharpness..not easy to see a butterfly in ground space,thanks for share,Luciano

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