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Aricia agestis

Aricia agestis
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Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-13 5:13
Viewed: 2437
Points: 46
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Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Lycaenidae

Genus: Aricia

Species:A. agestis

The Brown Argus (Aricia agestis) is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. Although one of the "Blues" both sexes are brown on the uppersides with a band of orange spots at the border of each wing. They can be mistaken for other female blues but the Brown Argus never has any blue scales at the base of the wings like other female Blues often do. It could also be mistaken for the Northern Brown Argus Aricia artaxrexes were it not for the fact that their ranges do not overlap in the UK, unlike on continental Europe. The underside has the typical "blue" pattern of a greyish/brownish ground colour with black spots outlined in white and a row of orange spots along the border. The pattern of the black spots is the best way to distinguish this species from female Common, Chalk Hill and Adonis Blues as they lack the black spot found near the base of the forewing which is present on these three species. This species has seen an expansion in its range in recent years and is widely distributed across southeast England and most of the Midlands with colonies occurring in Wales and as far north as Yorkshire. These northern sites have seen a lot of confusion in recent years with genetic studies looking at various colonies to separate the two Aricia spp. Until a few years ago, these northern colonies were thought to be the Northern Brown Argus and more colonies may yet be found to be misidentified. Like other blues it is common on the chalk downlands of southern England but will also use other habitats such as woodland clearings, coastal grasslands and heathland. It is widespread across Europe north to southern Sweden and eastwards to Siberia. Common Rock-rose Helianthemum nummularium is the favoured foodplant on Calcareous soils. In other habitats Dove-foot Cranesbill Geranium molle and Common Stork's-bill Erodium cicutarium are used and possibly other Geranium spp. as well. Eggs are laid singly on the underside of leaves. The typically slug-like lycid larvae are green with a pale line along each side and always attended by ants. They hibernate as fully grown larvae and pupate the following spring. There are two broods a year in the southern colonies with adults on the wing in May and June and again in late July till mid September but further north they are single brooded and fly in June and July.

Lunghezza ala anteriore: 11 -15 mm
Distribuzione in Italia: Tutta Italia compresa la Sicilia ma esclusa la sardegna.
Habitat: prati e radure dal piano basale a quello montano sino a circa 1700 metri s.l.m.
Generazioni annuali: tre, con sfarfallamento in aprile-maggio, luglio e agosto-settembre.
Piante nutrici: Helianthemum nummularium - Erodium cicutarium - Geranium sp.

Dis. Ac., Argus, ramthakur, CatherineD, siggi, boreocypriensis, jconceicao, cirano, paolo49 has marked this note useful
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Ciao Roberto, magnifica farfallina splendida nitidezza e favolosi dettagli, bel contrasto tra i colori brillanti e lo sfondo scuro, macro di lusso, bravo, ciao Silvio

hello Roberto
thnks for the comment
this is a super pose with great sharpness and beautiful colours
super details
and good BG
greeting lou

As a small thumbnail the image is good, once enlarged the magic is discovered fully! Bravo Roberto that image is Crystal clear like mountain waterfall!
George Veltchev

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-13 6:41]

Hello Roberto,
Beautiful photo in beautiful colours and great sharp details. Excellent POV and composition. Nice contrasting dark BG.

Hello Roberto,

another great image from an butterfly with good low pov, dof and sharpness.
Fine colours, exellent dark bg.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-13 7:02]

Ciao Roberto,
A very fine macro of an Aricia agestis resting with closed wings. Its features are shown with superb sharpness and natural colours in a pleasing composition with the dark natural BG.
Thanks and kind regards,

Fantastic! Excllent clarity and colors.


Beautiful composition with this cute butterfly from the Blues family, Roberto.
The details and colours on the subject are very sharp and crisp.
Thanks and regards.

Ciao Roberto,
The contrast and the composition are excellent. Very good management of light, nice details on the wings and head part. Good job! Cheers,

Ciao Roberto,
Guardando questo lavoro devo dire che, come sempre, dettagli, colori e texture sono eccezionali. Ma questa volta la più lodevole è il taglio e la composizione! ... E 'un quadro, visivamente perfetto! ... Bravo! Congratulazione,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-10-13 10:43]

Hi Roberto,
Splendid lights and colors, great details, interesting species, TFS!

Casi superaste a la realidad Roberto.
Magníficos colores y excelente fondo para el contraste.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-13 11:01]

Hello Roberto,
a very good shot of the Brown Argus. Very fine detail and good colour.It stands out so well against the dark background. A nice POV and DOF ,all in a nice frame. Best regards Siggi

Ciao amico mio C.

Exceptional macro capture, the focus looks perfect. Fantastic lighting and details too, Inspiring work my friend.
TFS and have anice night!


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-10-13 11:17]

Hello Roberto
Excellent macro capture. Great details, vivid colors and clear bg

Hello Roberto,

Great photo.
Light,focus and colours are fantastic.
Excellent composition.

Hola Roberto

Bonita composición subida en esta planta ya marchita. Perfectos contrastes con ese fondo oscuro y perfecta nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-13 14:04]

Hello Roberto,
Very good details of the butterfly in great light, nice colours and perfect sharpness.TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-13 14:15]

Perfetta.E con quello sfondo scuro che mi piace tanto...non ho nulla da aggiungere,troppo bella x essere vera! Buonanotte,Luciano

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-13 18:06]

Hello Roberto,
superb presentation in excellent sharpness and wonderful dark background. The contrast is lively and the details are well seen.
Really a captivating shot.


Ciao Roberto,
altro capolavoro questa farfalla, dettagli, sharpness, e colori stupendi, .....come al solito al top. Un saluto, Paolo

Olá Roberto

Composição soberba. Excelente macro. Parabéns!


Hello Roberto,

Awesome !! great details and colours, composition, background too. TFS.

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