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Cupido minimus.

Cupido minimus.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Minolta Dimage 7Hi
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): European Butterflies 7, Vienna Woods - Biosphaerenpark Wienerwald [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-26 7:08
Viewed: 7418
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 110
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Cupido minimus.

Cupido minimus (Fuessly, 1775)
Little Blue
Liten Blavinge
Deunde Oscuro

Family: Lycaenideae

Wingspan: 20 - 24mm

It was at the end of a seven hours walk through the southern Vienna Woods. The day had started in bright sunshine, and it ended in a pleasant and refreshing soft shower of rain when I found that tiny little species of the Blues family sitting in the wet grass next to my path.

Probably the tinyest butterfly of Central Europe. Upperside of wings is very dark, of a brownish black that is well contrasted by a border of bright grey fringes creating the noble, "elegantly well dressed" appearance of that charming miniature being.

Distributed from Northern Portugal, Northern Spain, parts of Ireland, the Southern UK, a few spots in Scotland, through the whole of Central Europe, Southern Scandinavia, Italy, Sicily, the Balkan Pensinsula, and Turkey.

Caterpillars feeding on various Fabaceae, in the visited location possibly Chamaecytisus ratisbonensis.

Location: A dry Pannonian grassland location called "Perchtoldsdorfer Heide" a few miles south of Vienna.

Camera: Minolta DiMage 7Hi, sRGB, 2560 x 1920 pixel, Macro Zoom 51mm, F/3.5, 1/180 sec, ISO-160, 25.05.2006, 17:32.

Photoshop Elements: Cropped, slightly sharpened, background cleaned from slight noise, hue, saturation, and brightness manually adjusted, downsized to 800x800 pixels for the web.

Have a very good weekend - with a little rain, and enough sunny spots to stay in good spirits.

Thank you for looking.

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  • Great 
  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-26 7:15]

Hello Peter,
Very nice composition.I liked POV,simple BG,waterdrops on plant,details,lighting and visual impact a lot.Have great


I really like you Composition, POV, DOF, BG and sharpness of the subject showing good detail. Wonderful Pic. TFS,

Hi Peter
Always great shots.
The composition with the rain drops,is realy great
The green BG composed with the blue Lycaenideae is too beautiful.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-05-26 7:33]

Hello Peter.
Great shot of this little blue. Ik like the POV very much. Colors fits very well together and makes it a well balanced picture. Well done and thanks.
Gr. Hans

Hi Peter,
great soft colors, amazing details and good compo.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-05-26 7:48]

Awesome shot of the Little Blue Peter. He looks like he is off to play with the balls of water. Well done,

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  • manibj (168)
  • [2006-05-26 7:56]

Hi Peter,
What a beautiful picture. good POV. Uniform blured backgroud caused seen main subject perfectly. Great composition withe these water droplets. Nice colors and details too. TFS

Hello Peter,
I like the colors and the composition very much. very beautiful photo. TFS

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-26 8:26]
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Hi Peter,
A beautiful shot of this little Blue. Wonderful colours, bright and vivid blues and the soft green BG is perfect. I like the reed/grass he is sitting on too, the detail makes it look as if it is woven.

I was in Vienna last week and this week just briefly, it's a beautiful city that you live in.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-05-26 8:42]

Hello Peter,
Whow, amazing shot, excellent in on one word.

Fantastic shot. The colours are beautiful, and the details perfect!
Nice work
Bye Tom

Perfect shot - as always ;-D
Nice colours, good sharpness and background.
Very nice water drops - thanks


Hello Peter,
Excellent capture of this shy butterfly!
I still don't have much luck with lycaenids, I usually notice them just before to step on them (which they never let me to do)...

Best regards,

  • Great 
  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2006-05-26 10:00]

Hi Peter,
This is a very nice shot. Both colours, composition and the rain drops look perfect.
Very well done.

Hello Peter, great details, BG, POV BG and dof, is perfct the water drop and the visual impact it has is right on, Great Job, TFS Kyle

Hello Peter,
Great colours and lighting on the butterfly! Little drops fantastic! Great pov and plain beautiful bg! Thank you.
Best regards,

This is really pretty, I like the hue tone colors, the dof is perfect on this beautiful capture. The details are fantastic. :)

Hello Peter,

Here is another wonderful picture from you! We also have Little Blue here in Quebec. But your is so lovely with all those water drops around him! The nice green bg bring the focus completly to the butterfly itself! I did a little workshop to add more sharpness to your picture...: I'm not sure if I prefer it...

Very well done and TFS,


  • Great 
  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-05-26 14:03]

Hi Peter,
Lovely small butterfly, impeccably presented: nothing in the background, perfect color and focus.
José M.

Hello Peter,
Lovely shot! There's lot of thing in this shot that make it quite exceptional really. First of all the colours. Very pleasant to the eye and I would say, very calm. The grass in superb shape, droplets of water on it and the butterfly looking inside the shot what creates nice depth. Everything here simply perfectly works.
I like it a lot!

1 word to description: faultless..

Hello Peter,
This is one of your nicest pictures. I love the isolated composition, cold tones and details. without doubts, one of my favorites, I like a lot.

  • Great 
  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2006-05-26 19:13]

Hi Peter, It is a very nice shot. The colors are very great. The composition is fantastic. Very well Done

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-26 21:06]

Hallo Peter,
klasse hast du den Blaeuling erwischt. Die Bildgestaltung gefaellt mir sehr gut. Super Schaerfe und tolle Details. Der Falter ist super freigestellt und wirkt 3D.
Schoenes Wochenende.

Hi Peter,
SUPERB! This is a beautiful shot. Amazing colors! I absolutely love the composition. Tack sharp! This one is a perfect 10 in my book.

Hi Peter,
this is a real beauty in it's simple but lovely colours.
The details are very good and the shallow DOF brings out the butterfly nicely from the BG. Well composed and good POV.
The droplets is a extra bonus.
Great work.

Hi Peter

A beautiful shot enhanced by the jewels on the leaf. Lovely light with excellent low POV. Nice work. Thanks.

  • Great 
  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-05-27 3:29]

Fantastic Peter!
I like the colours and blue tones of this photo!
Really beautiful!
For me, a no words photo!
Keep on going and TFS!

  • Great 
  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-05-27 3:35]

Hello, Peter! Wonderful composition! Excelent sharp details! I like the contrast to the BG, and the droplets adds a lot! Well done capture!

hi peter
c'est une merveilleuse photo,les details et les couleurs sont impeccable.rien a dire.

Hallo Peter,
stehe zwar seit gestern gewaltig unter Stress (Krankenhaus usw.) - aber Dein Schmetterling zu bestaunen, das ist ein Muß. Hier stimmt aber auch wirklich alles. Das I-Tüpfelchen zu diesem Foto sind die Wassertropfen. Dank für das tolle Foto. Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende.

Hi Peter,

Very nice composition.
POV, simple BG, waterdrops m plant, sharp, details, colors and light are very very good.
I like it.
Well seen & done!

TFS :-)

Hi Peter,
Wow!!! Excellent!!!
Beautiful composition, colours and details.
Well done!!!
TFS Malgosia

Hi Peter,
I like most that you have focused all attention on the subject with this clean green BG.. Sharp and well focused where it must be.. The water droplets add so very nicely :)

  • Great 
  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-05-27 12:36]

Hi Peter, outstanding shot. Colours match perfectly. The drops are the extra bonus. Congratulations reina

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-27 17:15]

Hi Peter
Great composition. Great sharpnes, details, colours, BG and POV.
Well done Peter


Grate present from nature to you and there by you to me too!

  • Great 
  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-05-29 13:45]

Hi Peter, this is a wonderful shot, very nicely composed. I love this grass forming an arch, full of waterdrops. Excellent details, textures, colors, POV and BG. It is really a very beautiful butterfly, well done !

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-05-30 1:44]

Wow ! What a lovely and interesting little blue that you have very well captured ! The composition is realy smart. Sharpness and DOF are good. Droplets are a nice bonus. I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Peter and thanks for sharing.

This is a masterpeice, I like the diffused lighting here!! great composition and those water drops are excellent

  • Great 
  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2006-05-30 6:28]

Hi Peter!
Extraordinary picture.
Congrats and thanks.
Best Regards,

  • Great 
  • emmari Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 387] (3105)
  • [2006-05-30 17:08]

wow! great shot Peter. I like the soft two-tones composition.

  • Great 
  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-05-30 19:52]

Hello Peter,
Perfect simple composition and wonderful colours. I admire this shot very much.
Best greetings,

Hi Pieter,

Composition is perfect.Nothing more to say about this photo.I haven't seen this one yet.:)TFS

  • Great 
  • DOBIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
  • [2006-06-04 15:31]

Hello Peter,
great composition with perfect POV,
an angle you have chosen give up butterfly superior to the BG.
Very nice work


Great photo, good BG. Water droplets add a great sense of scale aswell.

  • Great 
  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-06-10 18:22]

Hello Peter,
An excellent capture.
A perfect background and a great POV.
Great colours and detail here,the waterdrops are a real bonus.


  • Great 
  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-06-13 11:31]

Hi Peter,
What a superb macro shot.
all technical aspects are just superb here!
very well done!
deserves more than 2 points...

Hi Peter,
This is a wonderful shot, good details and colours. Great POV and sharpness.
Nice composition.


Great composition with perfect placement of subject and beautiful curve. Nice contrast of textures and colours between the background and the butterfly. The drops of water adds interest to the shot. Excellent.

execelent macro capture...

It's a very beautiful picture, with a nice composition and perfect sharpness.
Thank you.


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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-11-11 14:27]

Hi Peter,
This photo is simply I-R-R-E-S-I-S-T-I-B-L-E!
All is perfect... Fantastic sharpness, lovely droplets :-)
A GREAT Shot Peter,


Hello Peter.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.
Great composition.

jose Luis.

Impressionante a riqueza de detalhes. Parabéns !!!

Verry nice and delicate.Congratulation.Alin.

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