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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: 2011-05-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-03 8:09
Viewed: 2392
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Points: 44
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

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.

The main food plant on most sites is Bird's foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus). Others used include Black Medick Medicago lupulina, Common Restharrow Ononis repens, White Clover Trifolium repens and Lesser Trefoil Trifolium dubium. Eggs are laid singly on young shoots of their food plants.

The caterpillar is small, pale green with yellow stripes and as usual with lycid larvae rather slug-like. Hibernation occurs as a half grown larvae. They are attractive to ants but not as much as some other species of blues. The chrysalis is olive green/brown and formed on the ground where it is attended by ants which will often take it into their nests. The larvae creates a substance called honey dew, which the ants eat while the butterfly lives in the ant hill. In the south of Britain there are two broods a year flying in May and June and again in August and September. Northern England has one brood flying between June and September. In a long warm year there is sometimes a partial third brood in the south flying into October.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-10-03 8:19]

Buna Marius,
Splendida fotografie, ca deobicei, culori si detalii minunate, felicitari!

Hi Marius,
great photo. Excellent sharpness. Very nice composition. Nice natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

hello Marius
great sharpness and good details
the colours and light are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-03 8:38]

Hi Marius,fantastic close-up at the top of quality,impossible to make better,another magnificent and professional macro!!Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-03 8:41]

Hi Marius,
What a beautiful capture,excellent detail and focus.
Perfect composition and very nice colours.
Excellent background.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Marius,
Excellent macro. All details are ibardzo butterfly clearly.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-10-03 9:36]

Beautiful butterfly with incredible details and fine colors. tfs.

Buna Marius,
Frumos! Exceptionale capturile pe care le pot admira la tine. Felicitari!
Numai bine,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-03 10:42]

Hello Marius,
Another photo in great perfection. Splendid in all aspects. Very high quality! Compliments.

Ciao Marius, lovely little butterfly on a beautiful blurry BG, fine details, wonderful natural colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Marius
Excellent photo,excellent exposure and depth of colour.
Best regards

Ciao Marius. It's perfect MF! Razor details and excellent sharp against the blurred BG. The right gift for George.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-03 12:47]

Hello Marius.
Love soft tones to this shot. Very nice to view. Good quality work.
Best regards Siggi

I am truly touched friend Marius, with your kind dedication for me. You are one of the most accomplished and constant presenter of fascinating images in Treknature ever, in my opinion and by saying that I really believe that every one including me, can learn from you. You know Marius ... during those almost 18 months around I realized that not many people in Treknature likes my workshop interferences, and some even went to extremes by locking the access to their workshops. I am glad to know however that other people like you can see the positiveness of my notes and pay more attention to the white balance as an important element of the image. So, thank you for that acknowledgement and this incredible pleasing image here...what a superb execution and what a superb white balance ;)...thank you once again!
George Veltchev

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2011-10-03 14:44]

Bonjour Marius,

What can I say, except it is a splendid close-up. Technically it is sharp, well exposed with excellent details all over the insect. Artistically, it is a real pleasure for the eyes. It is not necessary to give any complicated analitic explanation to justify its beauty. The image is simply (and it is not pejorative) pleasant and beautifu to the eyes. It has a lot of "Visual Impact". Wonderful image and TFS


Hi Marius,
Another outstanding sharp image, beautiful clear details and very beautiful colours against the perfect background, a superb work!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice night,
Best Regards,

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-10-03 15:03]

This is something that I can called "PERFECTION". Wow!!! And this a lovely dedication to our friend George who seems to be a little sad and sensitive...
Many congrats dear friend Marius and keep on porting cause your captures are really amazing and...PERFECT!
Regards from,

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-10-03 19:08]

Hello Marius,

What a classic! Look at that light, the pose & those magical hues. Perfectly sharp & with 3D texture. Butterfly compositions do not get any better than this!!



Fantastic photo as usually Marius! The POV, the composition, the BG, the colours the lighting and the sharpness are excellent.

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-03 22:32]

Bonjour Marius,
Belle image très bien composée. Jolies couleurs et excellente netteté.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-04 6:12]

Another fantastic image, Marius!!
Great sharpness, fine detail and splendid light. Wonderful contrast with the background. Simply fantastic!
Very well done!
Thanks for sharing

Hello Marius friend!
I'm very busy in my work, but I took a little time today to visit TM and I'm very happy viewing this 10/10 Macro from you!... Perfect!

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