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Copyright: Sergio Stella (flashpoint) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 630 W: 133 N: 4324] (28008)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC FX30
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-06-13 4:25
Viewed: 3199
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Plebejus(Aricia)agestis (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
Brown Argus

A small butterfly, usually, that is found across most of Europe and north Africa. Unlike most similar species it never has any blue scaling on the upperside. As it is brown it closely resembles the females of several species but the complete lack of blue should usually distinguish it in difficult cases. The Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus, is the closest in appearance. That species has a black cell spot on the underside forewing which is lacking in agestis. Also the submarginal orange band is much stronger all the way up the wing to the apex in agestis. This usually fades somewhat in icarus as the apex is approached.

In Spain and north Africa the subspecies
crameri replaces the nominate subspecies. This has particularly strong orange markings on both wing surfaces. It is also somewhat darker brown underside which is more pronounced in the 2nd and subsequent broods..

Make: Panasonic
Model: DMC-FX30
Software: Paint Shop Pro Photo 11,20
Exposure Time: 10/6400 sec
F-Stop: f/2.8
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 4.6 mm
Date Taken: 2009-06-11 12:40
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 98 kb

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  • Great 
  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-06-13 4:50]

Hello Sergio,
Good macro shot of this beautiful butterfly.Fine sharpness and details.

Hi Sergio

Great shot of this lovely butterfly. Good composition and sharpness


Ciao Sergio,
hai fatto molto bene a mettere in evidenza anche la parte inferiore delle ali di questa farfalla per me quasi impossibile da distingure dall'Argo azzurro femmina, credo che le dimensioni aiutino a distinguerla e questo è poco valutabile nelle immagini, poi decisamente la colorazione meno azzurra sul corpo (secondo me Luciano ha definito come agestis una femmina di Argo azzurro) e la colorazione e la disposizione leggermente diversa della parte inferiore con la macchia chiara allungata ..... (eventualmente fammi sapere quale elemento consideri decisivo per l'ID, la tua macro è di ottima qualità sotto tutti gli aspetti.
Grazie e complimenti

  • Great 
  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-13 7:35]

Hello Sergio
Nice capture. Well done.

  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-13 7:37]

Hello Sergio,
A high quality macro of a male Aricia agestis (I think your ID is correct). As this is a fresh specimen this is probably already the second generation for this year.
The POV and sharpness showing the open wings are excellent and the contrast with the OOF but busy BG is good.
Thanks and enjoy your weekend,

Hi sergio,
Very good POV and colours. Maybe just a little lacking in sharpness around the wing edges. Thanks.

  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-13 11:58]

Hi Sergio. Your top POV lets us see this beauty with fine detail in the markings. With rich colours. I like the blue which runs along the body. All in a natural setting. well done TFS.

Ciao Sergio, bellissima Aricia, non facile da beccare ad ali così spiegate, magnifici colori e ottimi dettagli, bravo, ciao Silvio

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-06-13 16:09]

Ciao Sergione.Praticamente perfetta,ancora una volta fortunato nel beccarla ad ali spalancate...ma soprattutto bravo nel gestire il tutto.Grazie per l'identikit di oggi...buona Domenica,LUCIANO

Hello Sergio
wonderful shot of this Aricia Agestis, your workshop image is beautiful too, it's stunning the different colors between the outside and the inside of the wings
both are superb, i lik also the the great detailed butterfly against the blurred BG
Have a great evening

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