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Time of love - Polyommatus icarus

Time of love - Polyommatus icarus
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-29
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4, 1/300 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-29 8:52
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Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Lycaenidae

Subfamily: Polyommatinae

Tribe: Polyommatini

Genus: Polyommatus

Species: P. icarus

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.

Polyommatus icarus
(Rottemburg, 1775)
Argo azzurro

30-35 mm. - Comune in tutta Italia.
Piccolo lepidottero dallo spiccato dimorfismo sessuale. I maschi con ali superiormente blu e con riflessi violacei, margini soffusi di nero e contornati di frange bianche. Le femmine hanno livrea marrone con riflessi bluastri. Le parti inferiori, in ambedue i sessi, sono grigiastre o marrone chiaro, con macchie nere contornate di bianco e serie complete di lunule arancioni puntate di nero.
La specie, svernante allo stadio di bruco, compare da aprile in poi con due o tre generazioni annuali. Le larve vanno alla ricerca di varie Papilionacee (gen. Medicago, Genista, Trifolium, Lathyrus, Ononis, Lotus, ecc..); si presentano verdi con linea medio dorsale più scura e fianchi percorsi a livello degli stigmi da una fascia biancastra. La ninfosi dura circa due settimane.

L'areale abbraccia Europa ed Asia temperata, presente anche in Nordafrica e Anatolia. In Italia è specie alquanto diffusa dal livello del mare ai 2000 m. Nel territorio è tra i più comuni lepidotteri, lo si riscontra in cespuglieti, siepi e margini boschivi. (note in italiano fregate dal sito di Silvio Sorcini)

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-08-29 9:03]

merhaba Luciano
successful close-up of these beautiful buttrflies while they are mating
i like composition, POV, colours and details

Merhaba Luciano,bu çok gözlüler sürekli çiftler halinde geziyorlar sanırım :)Renk ve keskinlik çok iyi,ışık harika,ellerine sağlık,selamlar :)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-29 10:01]

Hello Luciano,
Very fine capture of this pair Polyommatus icarus.
Excellent sharpness and fine colours. Nice soft background too. Brilliant composition!
TFS and regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-29 11:28]

Hello Luciano,
An excellent macro of a pair of mating P. icarus with superb sharpnmess and lighting in this almost full frame composition. Unusual to see that both the male and female are fresh specimens.
TFS this beauty and have a good weekend,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-08-29 11:48]

Hi Luciano!

One of them is beautiful, when you add a second, it's even superb! You present these two magnificent fellows in your usual perfect manner: great details, fine colour and light management. I also appreciate the interesting and instructive notes.

Kind regards


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-29 12:18]

Hi Luciano. This is a fine close up of the pair of Blues. You have captured this with sharp focusing and fine detail. very natural colours. with a good POV/DOF. well done TFS. interesting notes too.

Have a nice weekend.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-08-29 12:54]

Hello Luciano,
I don't know what lens you use but for f/4 is excellent sharpness. I like your composition.
Regards, Pawel

Proprio un idillio, sia il soggetto che la perfetta nitidezza abbinata ai colori.

ps. Silviooo, vedi che Luciano ti ha estromesso dal trono di "Re dei guardoni"..degli insetti si intende.


Bonsoir Luciano,
Une photo parfaite! J'adore les couleurs et la texture des ailes. Ils ont l'air si vrais qu'ils semblent juste arrêtés un instant sur mon écran. Un grand moment parfaitement saisi. Bravo et bon week-end,

Ciao Italiano,
Double beauties you had for us today!
very beautiful with their pose indeed and the image is in first class sharpness, nice colour and details
you have a wonderful weekend, my buddy!

Hi Luciano
Looks like dancing these couple...Ballerina..
Beautiful wings and spots on it ...Excellent catch, well done ...
Kind regards,

Ciao Luciano.
Magnificent picture! Splendid flagrant!
Exuberant butterflies guarantees the perpetuation of the species!
Very appropriate POV and excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing!
Best wishes,
José Roberto

Nice shot. Sharply focussed and excellent details.

Oh-oh..these guy/gal must be on Viagra!:-) Two times of amoure now....what kind of seasons do you have over in Italy:-) Very nice work. You do it in such delicate style and with a grace in words as well.

Hi Luciano,
A nice capture of these beautiful blues mating. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Bella la nota in italiano, Luciano, abbiamo fatto frega tu che frego anch'io:)
Ottima la foto della coppia in amore, con fuoco buono su tutti e due gli esemplari, bei colori, grande nitidezza e grandi dettagli, bravo, buon week end, cioa Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-08-30 6:00]

Hello Luciano,
Wonderful sharp-detailed photo in beautiful natural and clear colours. Very good POV and DOF in a great composition.
Kind regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-30 6:24]

Hello Luciano,
So that's where our Blue butterflies have gone to - to Italy!! Strange how they seem to endure the heat with you and not with us! Excellent capture of this couple showing sharp details of the wing markings. Fine natural colours too and well composed.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Luciano.
Butterflies' nice steam, excellent composition and sharpness,
I greet Robert.

Salut Luciano,
J'aime bien les couleurs chaudes qui se dégagent de la photo. L'exposition est bien réussit, les blancs ne sont pas surexposés. Il a beaucoup de détail sur les papillons. Faudrait bien que je traite une photo que j'ai prise en passant à toi, je devrais être en mesure de la poster en début de semaine.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-08-30 15:16]

Hello Luciano,
what a brilliant capture!
The amount of detail is astonishing!
Lovely colours and light.
Superb DOF.

Well done,

Well done, Luciano
Very colourful and the light is excellent. The latter shows the texture very well.
Well done

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-31 0:18]

Oh, how beautiful this pair of Common Blue are Luciano.
Well captured, the colours and patterns show up so strongly. And it is good to see the differences between the 2 sexes,

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2008-09-07 11:56]

hai messo in posa addirittura due farfalle, grandioso... bellissima composizione Luciano e (mi tocca ripetermi) bravissimo

Ciao Luciano
questa è una delle mie specie preferite. La messa a fuoco è ottima sui soggetti e poi il momento in cui sei riuscito a coglierle valorizza ancora di più la foto il cui contrasto è eccellente.


Hello Luciano

Beautiful macro of these lovers, with fine POV top show the difference
of their shapes, sizes, and color tones, the patterns being the same,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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