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Chalkhill Blue

Chalkhill Blue
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Copyright: Vinny Blood (Vinster) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM, SanDisk Ducati 8GB
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-26 0:10
Viewed: 3129
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A male Chalkhill Blue (Lysandra coridon). In the UK this jewel of a butterfly can be found on chalk and limestone grassland in the southern half of England. It is becoming scarcer mainly due to habitat loss. The caterpillar feeds on Horseshoe Vetch and the butterflies are on the wing July to September.

I was very pleased to capture this shot. The breezy weather we have experienced recently in the UK has not been conducive to macro photography. On the day I took this it was finally calm enough to visit a site which rarely lets me down with its butterflies. I began my walk just as the first few species were taking to the wing - mainly browns and burnets. I was also lucky to find a total of four adders as I searched for subjects to photograph.

When I saw this Chalkhill Blue there was no mistaking the silvery-blue, sooty-tipped wings - so I quickly (but carefully!) got in close with a 100 mm macro lens while it was feeding on a scabious flower. The resulting shot has been cropped and sharpened.

I saw many other butterflies on the rest of my walk - Dark-green and Silver-washed Fritillary, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Comma, Brimstone, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Large White, Small White and Clouded Yellow. In some areas, especially the patches of Hemp Agrimony which so many species like to feed on, it was like being in a butterfly house!

You can see a picture of the female taken on the same day here.

Kind Regards

Vinny www.vincentblood.com

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Hi Vinny,

Wonderful macro shot of this blue beauty...the butterfly is so delicate and just awesome! Great sharpness with nice POV with nice vibrant colored flower. The BG is giving nice contrast to the colors of butterfly. Good work!

Thanks for sharing,

Paras Bhalla

Preciosa composición de esta bella especie que desconocia. Buen trabajo.
Saludos Vinny: Josep Ignasi.


This is a beautiful butterfly, nice shot with good POV and colours.

Thanks for sharing!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-07-26 6:36]

Beautiful blue, well spread wings of butterfly, good capture. tfs.

Hello Vinny,
Well done! This quite rare butterfly is perfectly presented, with a good composition and sharpness. Thanks for the note too. Best regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-07-26 14:21]

Hi Vinny,not easy to take this little butterfly whit the open wings.And what a great quality,sharpness and colors very very fantastic! My best compliments,a great and professional work,have a nice week,LUCIANO

Hi Vinny,
Missed this one beofre, but I just love the colour. So brilliant and true to life. Excellent macro. Kudos.

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