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Common Blue

Common Blue
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Copyright: Marx Who (Marx44) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3885)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, B+W UV Haze MRC
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Things II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-13 10:45
Viewed: 2898
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.

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Hi Marx,

Nice sharp image of the colorful butterfly. It is so pretty. TFS.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-03-13 10:55]

Hello Marx, superb macro shoıt of this blue. TFS and G's,

Ciao Marx, lovely colorful butterfly with fine details and great sharpness, wonderful macro, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-13 11:25]

Hi Marx. This is a fine close up of the Blue coloured Butterfly. Which you have taken with fine detail and bright colours. a good POV which lets us see the open and closed wings. well done TFS.

have a good weekend.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2009-03-13 12:13]

Hi Marx,

What a great shot of the Common Blue Butterfly.
I really like your composition and the way the Butterfly is placed in the frame.
Its a really nice pose and I like the glimpse the the upperside showing the blue.
Nice detail too.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-13 12:37]

Hello Marx,
Very beautiful photo in splendid colours. The focus is just there where it has to be, in sharpness and in colours. Excellent composition and soft blurred BG.
Have a great weekend,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-03-13 12:40]

Hi Marx
Excellent composition.Good POV and crystal sharp image.Excellent detail and outstanding colors.
TFS Michel

hello Marx
beautiful so you made this picture
great composition with beautiful details
great shot
greeting lou

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2009-03-13 13:49]

Hi Marx. It is really beautiful. The details of body are perfect and colors are fantastic too.

ciao Marx!
excellent sharpness in this composition
with the great pose and details of common blue
compliments sERGIO

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-13 14:53]

Hola Marx.
Exelente y fino Macro. Los colores en azul lucen de maravilla y la nitidez lograda es de alto nivel.
Saludos Marx.

Witam serdecznie!
Bardzo ladnie zakomponowane zdjecie! Nie dosc, ze obiekt jest dobrze "uwypuklony", to jeszcze do tego wolna przestrzen sprawia, ze fotka nie jest "ciasna". Kolorystyka, detal takze bardzo fajnie wyszly :)
Pozdrowienia z Lodzi,

Typical and so called common but not in image...super shot and so noted!

hello marx,
fine capture of the common blue, the pov is fine and offers view of both sides of the wings, the focus is spot on and the image is sharp,well composed shot,
tfs & regards

Hello Marx,
the common blue is a beauty and you have captured very well
with good sharpness, fine POV and in a good composition.
I like the colours, natural and beautiful.
Well done.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-03-14 2:12]

Hola Marx,
estupenda captura y hermoso encuadre,
los detalles son excelente,
buen foco y color.

Magnifica toma del Lycaenidae con sus clasicos colores azules brillantes!!!!

Hi Marx,
A nice capture of this beautiful common blue. Superb composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-03-14 19:30]

Hi Marx,
Outstanding shot of this tiny blue butterfly and I like this half wings open pose. Fantastic blue colour on its upper wings and the image is tack sharp. Superb lighting and exposure handling and those flowers look charming too. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

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