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Common Blue

Common Blue
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Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-07-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D800, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, Digital RAW 400
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-07-08 9:55
Viewed: 2600
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thank you for your kind words and nice comments on my previous post.

Todays post is a Common Blue. And it's very common in whole Europe.
The male rather pale eating from ox-eye daisy. Also very common.

Info from Wikipedia

Male uppersides are an iridescent lilac blue with a thin black border.
Females are brown above with a row of red spots along the edges and usually some blue at the base of the wings; the upperside may be mostly blue,
especially in Ireland and Scotland, but it always has red spots. Undersides have a greyish ground colour in the males and a more brownish in the females.
Both sexes have a row of red spots along the edge of the hindwings and extending onto the forewings,
though they are generally fainter there, particularly in the males, where they are sometimes missing altogether.
There are about a dozen black-centered white spots on the hindwings, nine on the forewings.
These usually include one in the middle of the forewing cell, absent in Chapman's and Escher's blues.
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.
The common blue 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 their food plants are found.
Recently, this butterfly 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.

As I don't like this stamp sized picture here Click Here for a larger version. for nicer view.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-07-08 10:17]

Hello Gert,
Fantastic macro in superb sharpness, details and splendid colours. Taken from the best POV in an attractive composition. Nice contrasting blurry background too.

hallo Gert
super good composition with nice light and good details
the colours are beautiful to
thanks gr lou

Hello Gert,
Very good composition as well as stunning sharp edge of the wing of this 'Common Blue' species. Like its BG too. Well detailed photograph and nice WB too.
Thanks for sharing with informative NOTE,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-07-08 13:51]

Hello Gert,
beautiful butterfly in good composition sitting pretty well on the flower, just enough. nice details and colors. Regards Sigi

hello Gert
you have captured this butterfly so fine, excellent sharpness, great composition, natural colors and 3D effect
Have a good night

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-07-08 18:49]

Hello Gert,
What a pleasing image of this pretty little Blue. Tac sharp focus showing much detail and beautiful colors. The markings are quite attractive and I really like the white fringe running along the outside edges of it's wings. Exposure is right on the money and overall composition is great. Well done!!

Hello Gert

Beautiful macro composition of this butterfly over its flower,
with fine POV, and with the F10 aperture having an excellent DOF
with great focus, sharpness, and details of the butterfly
and a good part of the flower, TFS


Ciao Gert, great macro olf lovely tiny butterfly, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Gert
C'est une superbe macro-photo,
très belle qualité des couleurs et détails
Bonne journée

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-07-15 12:40]

Hi Gert,one of the most common but always beautiful to watch,especially in a magnificent composition like your,impressive sharpness and perfect exposure of the white of petals,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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