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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-16 12:34
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 46
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Adonis Blue (Polyommatus bellargus) is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.

The preferred habitat of the adonis blue is calcareous grasslands with hot and dry conditions.

The Adonis Blue has been rapidly declining. This has been due to their habitat (grasslands) disappearing or becoming coarse and shady through a lack of grazing. There are great efforts from conservation organisations and local Biodiversity Action Plans to encourage the populations of chalk-grassland butterflies through managed grazing programs. The recent hot and dry weather associated with climate change seems to be beneficial for this species by making more habitats suitable.

The male upper side is a brilliant sky blue.The female is chocolate brown with a few blue scales near the base, and with orange spots, bordered by blue scales, around the edge of the hind wing. Look for the chequered fringes in both sexes. The under side is brownish grey with black and oranges spots. Winter is passed as a small caterpillar.

Size: 17mm
Habitat: Flowery hillsides on chalk and limestone.
Foodplant: Horseshoe Vetch.
Range: S&C Europe, as far as S England.
Flight: May-September, in two broods.
Similar: Female Chalkhill blue is usually.

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really wonderful your lycenide, congrats Marius for the picture,

lovely colors ad details,

ciao, tino

Ciao Marius. Perfectly sharpened and detailed female of P.bellargus! Intrigant light and beuatiful colours against the blurred BG.


Hi Marius,
Congrant for this impressive macro.
The sharpness and details are excellent.
Superb POV and very nice composition.
Thanks for sharing

Hallo Marius,
a superb macro shot of the Adonis Blue taken from an excellent point of view with outstanding sharpness and impressive details, very beautiful colours, very well composed
Best regards

hello Marius
this is GREAT!
super sharpness very good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Marius,
Another beautiful sharp butterfly image, great composition and the contrast between green background and butterfly is very nice, Great capture!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-05-16 13:13]

Hello Marius,
A very good macro of this beautiful butterfly from an excellent point of view.Nice colors and great sharp details.TFS.

Hi Marius,
Well what a fabulous image with great detailed sharpness, lovely natural colours and a superb pose with a beautiful neutral green background, superb exposure/white balance control,
Congratulations my friend and have a wonderful Week,
Best Regards,


Salut Marius!
foarte bun controlul luminii si al balansului de alb... Claritate si detalii perfecte, culori naturale.I-mi place mult unghiul din care a prins-o si fundalul.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-05-16 22:06]

Buna Marius,
Splendida fotografie a speciei, atit tehnic cit si ca compozitie este perfect, felicitari!

Fantastic capture Marius ! Perfect in any way! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Ciao Marius, lovely common blue on beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Excellent photo, beautiful composition, great detail. regards yiannis

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-05-17 3:28]

Hello Marius,
a lovely view! The sharpness and details are so stunning. Very effective depth that renders a catchy presentation. The softness of the background is so lively.
Well presented shot.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-17 6:25]

Hello Marius,
Fantastic sharp detailed photo in very beautiful clear colours. Great POV and composition.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-05-17 6:35]

Very colorful and beautiful species, fine composition. tfs.

Excellent photo, sharp, colourful and nice composition!

Hello Marius beautiful shot with very beautiful details and a great clean image. All the best, Paul

Another GREAT photo Marius! The POV, the composition and the BG are excellent. The colours and the lighting are fantastic. The sharpness is impressive.

Beautiful well-focused shot of this little butterfly


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-05-17 8:17]

Hi Marius,fantastic macro,very very very perfect! What a colors,what a sharpness and what a details everywhere!I like a lot your butterflies,it's so rare to see something to special on TN this year...ehehe...only birds,birds and birds..hehe...Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Buna Marius,
Ca si tine si eu trag tare la munca insa pasiunea pentru aceste minunate creaturi ramane. Imaginea ta este ca si celalalte extraordinara- cu detalii, culori, claritate si fundal perfecte. Felicitari!
Lumina buna!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-05-17 12:26]

Hello Marius.
Excellent picture! The composition is very good and the colors look bright and natural. Sharpness is spot-on and DOF well handled. A great job indeed.Best regards Siggi

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