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Common blue-3

Common blue-3
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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Faūna Mesopotamia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-21 1:57
Viewed: 2850
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.

Recently, Polyommatus icarus was discovered in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada by Ara Sarafian. An amateur entomologist, he had been observing the butterfly from 2005 to 2008. He contacted the Canadian National Collection of Insects in Ottawa where the butterfly was identified as P. icarus, a new alien butterfly to Canada and North America. The butterfly seems to be well established and is extending its range from year to year .
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Lycaenidae

Subfamily: Polyommatinae

Tribe: Polyommatini

Genus: Polyommatus

Species: P. icarus

Binomial name
Polyommatus icarus

From Wikipedia

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Slav Durzan,

Exceptionally well taken shot of the Common Blue. Common Blue was never so beautiful :)
The sharpness and POV are perfect with well defined colors and textures of the butterfly. Wonderful job!

Have a nice weekend.

thanks and regrads,
Paras Bhalla

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6475 W: 89 N: 15609] (65297)
  • [2009-08-21 2:53]

Hi Durzan,another beautiful pic in your Polyommatus collection.The great sharpness and the warm colors in the black background are a fantastic choice!! My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Slav u rojbaş heval Durzan,

Te pir xweş antiye vi mavi delal. Deste te neişi! Piroz dikim!


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-08-21 3:04]

Very nice details and colors!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-08-21 4:10]

Hi Durzan. You have turned a common butterfly into a work of art. You have taken a fine pose with the grass seed heads. Sharp focusing and natural colours. It stands ou from the plain coloured BG. well done TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-08-21 5:23]

Hello Durzan,
Your photo has fantastic colors and the pattern of buterfly's wings is very good rendered. Nice contrast between the butterfly and the background.Best regards Siggi

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-08-21 7:03]

Beautifully captured image, fine colors of butterfly and good contrasting background. tfs.

Salam Durzan,

A great shot with lovely colors, sharpness & details. Well done & TFS.



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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-08-21 8:08]

All to this capture is great, but the colors is amazing.

Oldukēa sanatsal olmuş ,
Eline sağlık Durzan .

Bello trabajo con la luz y el color de esta clįsica Polyommatus. Saludos Durzan.

La ID que hice de tu insecto del 19/8/2209 (...) no se si lo viste; te dije que creia que era ACRIDIA UNGARICA MEDITERRANEA. Ya lo comprobarįs !!!

Slav Durzan. Good details and amazing light. You've found and exalted an interesting POV. TFS.


Hello Durzan
another great shot of a Common Blue taken with sharp details with against a black BG
superb composition and presentation, wonderful colored Image
Have a great WE

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