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COMMON BLUE - open wings

COMMON BLUE - open wings
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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: 2010-07-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-24 7:45
Viewed: 2142
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 60
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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)
  • [2011-10-24 7:55]

Buna Marius,
O fotografie aproape perfecta a speciei, culori si detalii perfecte, minunate, clare, compozitie frumoasa, felicitari!

Hello Marius,

Nothing 'common' or 'blue' at all about this striking composition. Like an indigo carpet with that wonderful fringe! Impressive sharpness, a highly complimentary bokeh & perfect pov for maximum study & observance.


Beautiful picture, Marius, my neighbour today.
Love the blue open wings!

Salut Marius
Interesant si frumoasa foto aceasta fluturas mici.Compozitie si culorile sint perfecta si un contrast foarte buna fata de fundal.-Numai bine

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-24 8:38]

Hi Marius,
Beautiful,really beautiful.Excellent colours good composition with sharpness details.Background are nice too.
Regards Jiri.

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  • kabel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 95] (552)
  • [2011-10-24 8:51]

Hello, very lovely close up of the common blue. Excellent aperture that renders such fine detail and sharpness. tfs,

Bonjour Marius,
Magnifique exemplaire de papillon.
Les couleurs sont éclatantes, et les détails trčs fins.

hello Marius
SUPER sharpness and BEAUTIFUL blue colours
nice composition with great details
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Marius
It is not possible! I have photographed hundreds of P. icarus wings to open, but a result like this is unbelievable! Not comment on the photo, I simply place it among the favorites!!

Spectacular shot of a fine creature with the most beautiful natural colors ...ever!Good evening Marius!
George Veltchev

Ciao Marius, great macro of lovely little butterfly, don't easy take so well with open wings, beautiful blurry BG, excellent sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Marius,
amazing photo. AMazing colours. Perfect composition. Great sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-24 9:36]

Hello Marius,
Splendid sharp detailed photo of this butterfly. Beautiful clear colours and a nice composition. Good OOF BG and DOF.

Hello Marius,
Absolutely fantastic shot. The detail, sharpness and colours are amazing complimented with a superb DOF. Well done!!!

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-10-24 10:07]

Hello Marius!
What a beauty!!! Incredible! It seems immaterial standing between time and space...like a simple poem...Bravo! TFS
Warms wishes,

Buen manejo de la luz y los colores que hacen que sea una toma muy atractiva e impactante.
Saludos Marius: J. Ignasi.

Ciao Marius.
Splendida foto come la farfalla con dei colori bellissimi, grande nitidezza ottima la composizione complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-24 10:42]

Hello Marius,
great shot from you. A superb Polyommatus icarus capture.Really lovely colors, excellent POV, very good DOF and very sharp details.Very well done!Best regards Siggi

Hello Marius,
This is perfect blue.
Thanks a lot for share.
Have a good week.

Hello Marius
Another excellent photo with fantastic colours.

Hallo Marius,
a superb macro of the Common Blue, outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, a very pleasant composition with fantastic open wings
Best regards

Incredible colour, most pleasing photo! regards yiannis

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-24 14:10]

Impressive macro shot of this icarus!
great point of view, fantastic sharpness. Splendid colours and light. Very well done!
Thanks for sharing

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-24 14:42]

Hi Marius,no comment,this is the top of perfection...just my great compliments another time for this new very professional work!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Marius,
This butterfly is so BLUE and the image amazingly sharp and detailed! You have presented it using a wonderfully simple composition, and the POV is ideal for a dorsal, which is likely the most effective for this species. The subdued lighting and nice, clean background highlight the subject magnificently. It is quite simply a masterpiece... Thank you for sharing!

great colors performance, great photo!
regards Nasos

Hello Marius,A photo in fantastic clarity. Amazing sharpness and details and very beautiful bright colours. Excellent composition and contrasting BG.
Regards, Paolo

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-10-25 5:07]

Beautiful blues of this blue captured well with fine details. Composition could have been better. tfs.

Hello Marius.
The way you have captured this shot is like the butterfly floats in the air. Fine colors and those hairy details on the spreading wings are amazing.
Great image and have a wonderful weekend.

Hi Marius,
This is outstanding. I very rarely see the Common Blue with opened wings, so I know how difficult to capture it in this pose. Sharpness, colors, DoF are brilliant each, probably with a tighter crop on each sides the image might be even more powerful - although it's a fantastic on e this way, too. Huge congratulations, my friend, awesome work.
Best regrds, László

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