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Maculinea alcon

Maculinea alcon
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Copyright: Szabo Jozsef (joska) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 300s, 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-19 2:16
Viewed: 2176
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Phengaris alcon, more commonly known as Alcon Blue or Alcon Large Blue, is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family and is found in Europe and Northern Asia.[1] It can be seen flying in mid to late summer. Like some other species of Lycaenidae, its larva (caterpillar) stage depends on support by certain ants; it is therefore known as a myrmecophile.
The butterfly lays its eggs onto the Marsh Gentian (Gentiana pneumonanthe); in the region of the Alps they are sometimes also found on the related Willow Gentian (Gentiana asclepiadea).[2] The caterpillars eat no other plants.
Alcon larvae leave the food plant when they have grown sufficiently (4th instar) and wait on the ground below to be discovered by ants. The larvae emit surface chemicals (allomones) that closely match those of ant larvae, causing the ants to carry the Alcon larvae into their nests and place them in their brood chambers, where they are fed by worker ants and where they devour ant larvae.[3]

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Szia Jóska,
Nem is tudom,hogy melyik szebb-a lepke vagy a virág,de együtt a kettő gyönyörű.Helyén az élesség és aszinek s jó a képkivágás meg a háttér.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-01-19 7:04]

Beautiful image, good composition, color and lighting. tfs.

hello Jozsef
very nice composition with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2012-01-19 10:43]

Hello Jozsef,
Very nice shot, Very good sharpness and nicely blurred BG. I long time wasn't here.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Szabo.
What a wonderful composition with very good details, colors and very nice clarity.
The image is great and very good focus.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Jozsef, great macro of lovely little butterfly on a beautiful flower, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Lovely composition Szabo!
Nice little butterfly feeding on the tiny flower captured with fine sharpness & colors.
Taken from a good POV. Well done & TFS.

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