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Polyommatus icarus

Polyommatus icarus
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Copyright: Tina Dreghici (Tina) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-14
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-18 12:04
Viewed: 2244
Points: 12
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Wikipedia source : The Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) is a small butterfly in the family Lycaenidae, widespread over much of the Palaearctic. Recently, Polyommatus icarus was discovered in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada by Ara Sarafian, an amateur entomologist who observed 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 to North America. The butterfly seems to be well established and is extending its range from year to year (Source: http://www.entsocont.com/Newsletter_Dec_2007.pdf).
The larva feeds on Leguminosae. Recorded foodplants are Lathyrus spp., Vicia spp., Vicia cracca, Oxytropis campestris, Lotus corniculatus, Trifolium pratense, Oxytropis pyrenaica, Astragalus aristatus, Astragalus onobrychis , Astragalus pinetorum, Medicago romanica, Medicago falcata and Trifolium repens.
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.

When I took the picture the temperature was not so high ! even that ...he made me run up and down the hill :-) Suppose this male its an old one ! Was glad to catch it with both sides of the wings visible. Enjoy , Tina

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Buna Tina,
O imagine cu multe detalii ale unui fluture superb colorat. Sunt uimit ca ai mai gasit fluturi cu frigul de afara.......
Eu am renuntat la macro pana la primavara.....si am trecut la pasari.
Regret ca am ramas fara puncte.
Numai bine!

Hallo Tina,
very good macro shot, impressive details, beautiful colours and lighting, excellent point of view and nice composition
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-18 13:00]

Hi Tina,very good macro talking about the colors,the sharpness isn't at the top but very good too,maybe you go too close the little butterfly..eheehe...thanks for share,have a good night,Luciano

Ciao Tina, great macro of little butterfly, fine details, splendid sharpness, wonderful light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-10-18 22:13]

Buna Tina,
Felicitari pentru aceasta frumoasa fotografie!

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-18 22:40]

Bonjour Tina,
Une très belle composition aux jolies couleurs et une excellente netteté.

Hi Tina,
nice photo of this butterfly. Very good point of view. Maybe sharpness is not perfect, but who is perfect?
Thanks for sharing,

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