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Purple Hairstreak

Purple Hairstreak
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 100 mm F2.8L IS Macro USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/750 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-03-10 1:55
Viewed: 2891
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Purple Hairstreak, Favonius quercus

Swedish name: Eksnabbvinge, meaning 'oak fast-wing'. All hairstreaks are called 'fast-wings' in Swedish.

This is a freshly emerged female still drying her wings that have fully expanded.
When open, her wings have an iridescent purple colour near the body.

It is widespread in Europe, occurring wherever there are oaks of different species. In Sweden oaks are found to just north of Stockholm, which must be the northern limit for this butterfly.

It usually keeps to the host tree, feeding on honey dew deposited by aphids on the surface of the leaves. Occasionally it seeks nectar from nearby flowers such as bramble.

During the whole of July until the beginning of August they can be seen flying around oaks, and shining silvery.

After slight cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened and converted from RAW to JPEG.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-03-10 3:01]

Hi Ivan,magnificent memory from your 2012's archive! A specie that i nevet met in my fields,great capture in a difficult situation whit the best exposure and colors,the wings details are spectacular!! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ivan.
Lovely thin focus and yet you have managed the whole Hairstreak on the focus plane. Lovely light and fine details under gorgeous lighting. The silenced background from this macro glass is pleasing.
Thanks and have a wonderful Sunday.

Hello Mr.Ivan,
Again a beautiful butterfly!You have captured it nicely with well sharpness and natural colour.Green atmosphere is truly perfect for this.Blurry BG helping to concentrate.Well captured photo.I like it.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards and respect,

Hallo Ivan
very nice picture to see
great details good light and beautiful colours

thanks greeting lou

Hello Ivan.
It's a beautiful macro of this butterfly.
Great colour and sharpness.
Great point of view.
Thanks for sharing.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-03-10 7:10]

Hello Ivan
well captured and well composed. The line of the leaf is so catchy and the softness of the view is pleasant. So well highlighted subject - the butterfly.


Salam Ivan,
An excellent capture with beautiful coloration, details & pose. Well composed & presented. TFS; best Salam & wishes!


Hello Ivan,
Thanks for visiting my gallery. Impressive photo with excellent clarity and colors. Nice details of this interesting butterfly species. Perfect WB. I like the lovely details and colors of this capture. Superb composition....Crystal clear photo. Yesterday I visit a lovely region Mures River Valley (120 km from my home city Timisoara) and I found a few gorgeus flowers....
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)
  • [2013-03-10 7:25]

Hello Ivan,
Very nice presentation of this Purple Hairstreak. Pin sharp and beautiful colours in an excellent composition. Fine blurry environment.

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-03-10 7:35]

Hi Ivan,
wonderful presentation of this beautiful spiceis,
I saw it here but I did not photograph it successfully.
Beautiful composition, excellent details and fine natural colors !
Thanks !
Best regards !

Hello Ivan.
what a magnificent macro. superb sharp and great color. i like the composition also.
best wishes,

Hello Ivan

Excellent macro of this butterfly, with fine POV,
beautiful light coming to the photo, excellent focus,
sharpness, and details, TFS


Hello Ivan,
Excellent capture with great details and a lovely composition,sharpness of the texture as well as clarity of its wings is remarkable.
Thanks and my regards,

Ciao Ivan, great macro of lovely Favonius quercus on beautiful blurry BG, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-03-10 11:12]

Hi Ivan,
The bodies and head of this butterfly are nice in focus.
Very good composition and colours with
excellent background.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Ivan,
fine capture of this butterfly with perfect sharpness and lovely details. I also like the beautiful colours and the nice pose on the leaf.
Best wishes,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-03-10 20:19]

Hello Ivan,
I am not familiar with this beautiful little Hairstreak. You have done a fine job of capturing this particular female in fine detail and just the right exposure.
I like the pretty orange tips on it's antenna, as well as the eye spots. I can only imagine how beautiful it must be with fully opened wings.

Hello Ivan
Interesting subject and beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-03-11 2:52]

Hello Ivan,
very nice capture f.quercus,great details,thanks..

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-03-11 5:45]

Bonjour Ivan,
Très, très belle cette image de Favonius quercus. Magnifique couleurs et une présentation impeccable. Bravo! Un papillon que je ne vois pas dans les Alpes, probablement parce qu'il n'y a pas beaucoup de chênes.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-03-11 7:42]

The freshness of this beautiful species can be seen..fine details and soft colors..well captured. tfs.

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-03-12 13:42]

Hello Ivan,
Outstanding details, colours and composition !The golden reflection on the wing is simply gorgeous captured ! TFS Tina

Ciao Ivan. Fantastic MF! TFS the interesting specie. Beautiful light/ colours with fascinating golden reflecitons. Razor details against the blurred BG..


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