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Polyommatus icarus (male)

Polyommatus icarus (male)
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Copyright: Anghel Eliz (eliz) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica-Minolta Dynax 5D, Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD Macro, RAW ISO 400
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Insects [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-07 13:01
Viewed: 3772
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common blue butterfly (en.) // Polyommatus icarus (lat.)

Male common blues have pale violet-blue upper wings with grey-beige undersides. However, females vary from those with predominantly brown upper wings and orange crescents, usually more common in the south, to those with more blue, found farther north and west.
This butterfly is common throughout the UK. There are often two broods, with eggs laid in June, then August and September. Common blue caterpillars hibernate and pupate in April and May giving rise to adults in May and June.
The caterpillars are short, green and furry. They feed on the underside of young leaves, leaving the upper leaf epidermis intact. This creates silvery blotches on the leaves that are easy to spot.
The caterpillars secrete nutrient-containing substances that attract ants. In turn, the ants protect the caterpillar from predators. Ants probably tend the chrysalis too.

I don't know exactly if this isn't the Adonis Blue (male). The margin of the wings should have black stripes. But my wings margins are a bit overexposed.

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What a beautiful shot. Beautiful, composition, POV, DOF and colours. the sharpness is perfect, you can see the softness of this lovelt little butterfly.


Awesome work! The detail, sharpness, colour and composition are wonderful, and I like the fact you can see both the underside and upper wing detail all in the one shot.


Well captured with great clearity. Nice use of sharpness and color saturation. The composition is very good, artistic. You have cropped it well. This POV allows us to see both sides of the wings. I will have to explore other photos from your collection. Your notes are also very useful - nice research.

Buna Anghel
Foarte sharp, mai ales floare de trifoi pe care sta fluturasul.
Numai bine Oana

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