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Cupido minimus

Cupido minimus
Photo Information
Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-15
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Switzerland, Schmetterlinge Schweiz, Schmetterlinge,Butterflies in Buerchen, VS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-19 5:56
Viewed: 4259
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
CUPIDO MINIMUS (Fuessly, 1775)

Small Blue
Argus fręle

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Lycaeninae
Genus: Cupido
Wingspan: 18-22mm
Habitat: Flower meadows until 2500m
Distribution:Almost whole Europe until Asia
Flight time: April to September, one or two generations

Source: Wikipedia in German

Thanks a lot to Alina and Ivan to have confirmed the identification. I was a little bit insecure about it, because of the blueish colour on the upperwings.

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To ramthakur: Mercianel 1 09-20 05:39
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Witaj Anel,
Śliczny, malutki Modraszek Malczyk!!! Bardzo łady POV i światło.
TFS and regards

Hi Anne
the background is optimally balanced.
the soft colors are perfectly distributed on all the frame. The butterfly is decidedly very mail in the composition with green shading.

Hallo Anne
Now are these tiny butterflies not really a delight to look at. Elegant and small, yet very noticeable, and this one has a kind of a glimmer on its wings as well, making it even more spectacular. The colour of your backdrop highlights the patterns and markings on this dainty butterfly's wings. I like the tiny dots on the outer wings. A warm sight on this slightly cold day in South Africa. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-19 7:09]

Hello Anne,
This a great capture in fine lighting and with excellent sharpness of a male C. minimus: the male sometimes have a bluish sheen on the larger part of the wings.
The POV and composition on the grass head are superb.
TFS this beautiful image,
Have a good weekend,

Hola Anne, buen macro, con una bonita composición.
Un saludo

Hi Anne,

i like the POV which emphasis the wing overlay, it's give the great depth and light and shadow.Beautiful colour and setting and perfectly framed.TFS.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-19 9:06]

Hello Anne,
I wonder if you're a little bit under the influence of 'Heaven', your captures seem to be turning more artistic!! Very nice too and this one of a Blue butterfly is gorgeous. I love the composition and the butterfly, the grasses and the composition are beautiful!!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Anne,
Very interesting pale shimmering effect of the wings against the dark BG. Very good DOF showing details of nearly all the butterfly. I think I'll put this in my favourites. Many thanks.

Hi Anne,

You have here great ligt on the wings.
Good composition and with beautiful natural colours.
exellent bg.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-19 11:00]

Hello Anne,
Great atmosphere in this photo. Fantastic sharpness, composition, POV and DOF. The butterfly has just the right pose and sits on the perfect place in the composition.
Have a great weekend,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-19 14:52]

Hello Anne
Good colours, excellent POV, well exposed and perfectly composed. Wonderful camera work.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Anne

This is a very beautiful and simple capture.
The lighting and DOF as created a lovely ambiance.
Wonderful colours and composition.


Like our friend Anna says, these butterflies are indeed, a delight to look at!
What an amazing POV you've chosen, Anne!
Very well done!

It is precious..there is a unique quality to the image of which I cannot find words...perhaps some would call it dark, but that is one of its positive points!!! Not sure, but I know good when I see it..

First and foremost, a very artistic image again, Anne. I am sure you look for the composition first and then depress the shutter on your camera. Right?
The contrast between the well-lit upper wings and the shadowy lower ones is just great. The light blue colour on the upper wings is also very attractive.
On composition side, I would give you 10/10 with great pleasure :).

Hello Anne,
Beautiful light effect, POV, and DOF.
- Nirmal

Hi Anne,
noch mehr feine, nicht oft gezeigte Schmetterlingsarten aus Buerchen! Phorographiert im Anne- Stil, elegant und sehr stimmungsvoll.
Einen nebelfreien Sonntag wünscht

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-21 7:10]

Hello Anne,

There is such an interesting light in your photo giving nice color tones and a perfect match between insect's and background's colors. You have chosen an interesting POV and the wings, part in the light part in the shadow, looks very fine.

Thank you for sharing,

Ciao Anel, beautiful composition with lovely butterfly, splendid blurry BG, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Liebe Anne,
sehr elegante, kunstvoll komponierte Präsentation dieses winzigen Bläulings. Wunderbares Spiel von Licht und Schatten.
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,

Bonjour Anne,

Composition pleine d'élégance. Excellent focus sur le papillon et l'herbe sur lequel il est posé. Superbes luminosité et couleurs douces.
Bonne journée,

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-10-01 16:55]

Bonjour Anne,
Quelle belle composition! les couleurs sont douces et naturelles.

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-10-08 6:02]

Bonjour Anne!
Once again, a very peaceful softness dominates this great shot, thanks to you POV and the butterfly's choice of plants. The light on the wings is the magical touch. Amazing shot.

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