The Common Blue
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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.
It is widespread in Europe, North Africa and temperate Asia.
Recently, Polyommatus icarus was discovered in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada by Ara Sarafian. An amateur entomologist, he had been observing the butterfly from 2005 to 2008. He contacted the Canadian National Collection of Insects in Ottawa where the butterfly was identified as P. icarus, a new alien butterfly to Canada and North America. The butterfly seems to be well established and is extending its range from year to year
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- [2011-07-29 0:50]
nice composition and wonderful colors
na tego niebieskiego ,,ptaszka´´poluje ale narazie jest gora,pieknie uchwycony super kolor,pozdrawiam
- [2011-07-29 1:01]
One sa takie piekne i wdzieczne do fotografowanis.Bardzo efektowna prezentacja z tymi otwartymi skrzydelkami,doskonala ostrosc i wdzieczne tlo.Pozdrawiam Siggi
- [2011-07-29 2:35]
Hi Pawel,a very nice capture from an original point of view,this specie is very rare this season in my country,you was luacky to meet it...eehehhee..Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano.
even it is a common blue it's still a beauty with shimmering blue tones.
Good sharpness with fine details and a good DOF.
The colours are nice and natural.
Ciao Pawel, interesting symetric taken. Exciting light and playing of light. Excellent details. Regards, Paolo
- [2011-07-29 6:38]
A fine semi-frontal POV showing the features of this male icarus with excellent sharpness, DOF and natural colours. Nice composition against a suitable natural green blurred BG too.
Thanks and have a great weekend,
Wonderful photo with a nice species of butterflies.
The details, sharpness and focus are great.
Wonderful contrast against the green background.
very nice presentation with good pov and sharpness.Fine colors, well done my friend, vijeesh