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Alpine Argus - Upperside

Alpine Argus - Upperside
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 10 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-23 9:08
Viewed: 3243
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The picture shows
- Plebeius orbitulus (= Albulina orbitulus)
- family: Lycaenidae

English: Alpine Argus
German: Heller Alpenbläuling

Recently I showed the underside wing pattern of the species.

Species information
P. orbitulus is a small butterfly of the family Lycaenidae with a very restricted distribution in Europe. It is found in the Alps and some parts of Scandinavia where it is obviously rare (Henriksen and Kreutzer, 1982).
However, it also occurs in mountain areas of Central Asia.
In the Alps, habitats are at elevations from 1800 m upwards.
Foodplant of the caterpillar: Astragalus alpinus

North Italian Alps, way from Lake Zufritt to Sälent-Joch.
Altitude: about 2300 m

- natural light (ISO 400)
- no wind
- handheld

* Tolman T. & Lewington R. (1998) Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. - Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart.
* Higgins LG & Hargreaves (1983) The Butterflies of Britain and Europe. Collins, London.
* Huemer P. (2004) Die Tagfalter Südtirols. - Folio Verlag, Wien - Bozen.
* Henriksen HJ & Kreutzer IB (1982) The Butterflies of Scandinavia in Nature. - Skandinavisk Bogforlag, Odense.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-09-23 9:31]

Hi Peter
Nice closed up.Sharp image with outstanding detailand color.
TFS Michel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-23 10:10]

Hello peter,
Wonderful photo with an excellent timing. Great DOF. Very beautiful contrasting colours and perfect sharp details.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-23 12:24]

Ciao Peter,your pics are always a great example of perfection and new ideas!! The point of view is great and the color of the wings is fantastic! My best compliments,another top class shot,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Peter,
Your unique viewpoint perfectly demonstrates both the soft looking feathery scales and the finely iridescent bluish scales of this Argus butterfly in a beautifully exposed and focused composition. Thank you for sharing this nice macro-scene with us, ditto the extensive and informative notes.

Hello Peter.
A wonderful butterfly... Picture idem!
The colours metallic are sensational.
Great framing and perspective.
Well done!
José Roberto

hello peter,
lovely shot, the details of the wings look so nice here, lovely colors, liked the composition and the pov too, another gem to your collection,
tfs & regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-24 5:22]

Hello Peter, Excellent shot with superb view of the hair on the bottom and showing the wings partially. Well done Ganesh

Hi Peter, lovely butterfly with wonderful blue color, fine details, splendid focus, excellent sharpness, great DOF, very well done, bravo, ciao Silvio

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