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Polyommatus icarus


Polyommatus icarus
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Copyright: Maurizio Dalla Via (maurydv) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3099 W: 115 N: 9490] (36428)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 300mm AF-S f/4, Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-17 5:20
Viewed: 4402
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Polyommatus icarus (Rottemburg 1775))
Common blue (inglese)
Argus bleu (francese)

Ordine Lepidoptera
Superfamiglia Papilionoidea
Famiglia Lycaenidae
Sottofamiglia Polyommatinae
Genere Polyommatus

Licenidi

Polyommatus icarus
L’Argo azzurro è un piccolo (apertura alare 30-35 mm.) licenide dallo spiccato dimorfismo sessuale. I maschi hanno le ali superiormente azzurre con una leggera sfumatura di violetto, margini soffusi di nero e contornati di frange bianche. Le femmine hanno livrea marrone con una sfumatura azzurra d’intensità variabile alla base. Le parti inferiori, in ambedue i sessi, sono grigiastre o marrone chiaro, con macchie nere orlate di bianco e serie complete di lunule arancioni puntate di nero.

La specie, svernante allo stadio di bruco, compare da aprile in poi con due o tre generazioni annuali e vola fino al tardo autunno. Le larve vanno alla ricerca di varie Papilionacee (gen. Medicago, Genista, Trifolium, Lathyrus, Ononis, Lotus, ecc..); sono verdi con linea medio dorsale più scura e fianchi percorsi a livello degli stigmi da una fascia biancastra. La ninfosi dura circa due settimane.

L'areale abbraccia Europa ed Asia temperata, presente anche in Nordafrica e Anatolia. In Italia è specie alquanto diffusa dal livello del mare ai 2000 m. Nel territorio è tra le più comuni farfalle diurne, lo si riscontra in prati, cespuglieti, siepi e margini boschivi. Si nutre di liquidi, principalmente di nettare che viene aspirato attraverso la spirotromba.

La fotografia
E’ stata scattata con il teleobiettivo 300 mm., con misurazione della luce spot, regolazione manuale del tempo e del diaframma ISO400 lungo l’argine del Po di Gnocca o della Donzella. Nell’immagine si possono apprezzare le differenze, ad ali chiuse, di Polyommatus icarus male e Polyommatus icarus female, se si utilizzano i link si può vedere questa specie singolarmente ad ali aperte.

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Magnífica Maurizio. Simple , elegante y bien encuadrada.
Abrazo.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-17 5:41]

Hello Maurizio,
Lovely image.Well caught,framed and composed.
Thabks for posting.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-12-17 5:44]

Hi Maurizio,
Wonderful image, good composition, details and colors. Very good use of lighting and helped by plain/simple background. tfs.
nagraj.v

Ciao Maurizio, gran bella coppia di questa piccolina, macro di eccellente qualità, spfondo fantastico, una gioia pèer gli occhi, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-17 6:09]

Ciao Maurizio,
A very fine, nicely composed capture of a male and female P. icarus with closed wings on a Plantanus flower head. The POV is great and taken with excellent sharpness and lighting against a neutral natural BG.
Nice memory of the summer and thanks for sharing it.
Ciao,
Ivan

Hello Maurizio,

Splendid composition with this duo of butterflies. Good focus. Wonderful colours and great contrast against the plain background.
Cheers,
Mariki

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-17 6:47]

Hello Maurizio,
Wonderful capture of these two Common Blues posing very nicely on the grass. The light is very beautiful and the colours look lovely against the smooth green background. Great sharpness too and well composed.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hello Maurizio !
Great picture - sometimes it's hard to capture one butterfly, but you managed to get two on the same picture ! :-) I love the composition and the soft blurred BG very much, the insects stand out very nicely, and I also like the pose of the left one, with the head down. Very well done !
Valerie.

ciao maurizio, un altra fantastica foto ! complimenti e bellissima, la luce, nitidezza e composizione eccellente.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-17 7:31]

Hello Maurizio,
an excellent capture of these small blue butterflies,well captured,both in focus wit good detail,well done and tfs

Best regards Siggi

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-17 8:13]

Hello Maurizio,
what a beautiful shot.
Lovely.
Great colours and detail.
have a wonderful day
Rosa

Such a finely composed and expertly exposed image of two Common Blues against a pleasantly OOF greenish BG Maurizio, the partly visible blue overwing edetail of the right specimen improves the colour balance rather nicely. TFS indeed!
Mehmet

hello maurizio
very nice and sharp picture
i like that
greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-17 9:58]

Hi Maurizio . This is beautiful . Your use of the summer light has given bright natural colours. i like very much the POV/DOF they show up so well from the plain BG. Your detail and colours in the butterflies is spot on . well done TFS.
Nick..

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-17 11:06]

Hello Maurizio,
This is really wonderful. The sharpness and colours are amazing. The contrast against the perfect soft BG is awesome. Very beautiful light and POV.
Regards,
Peter

oggi eravamo sintonizzati sulla stessa farfalla,pero' vinci con la coppia 2:1!!
ottima la definizione e la posa a fronte
di un verde BG..
vedo con piacere che hai adottato in calce la firma con il ©,e' giusto per salvaguardare
la bella produzione che metti in rete.
ah..per quanto riguarda il Micro Nikkor,e' un ottima lente che ti consiglio.
un ultima domanda Maurizio..ma per ridimensionare le foto che programma usi?usando Paint shop pro
e mantendo il formato 800pixel,non riesco a postare foto oltre i 150kb..istruiscimi!!!!
ciao sERGIO

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-17 11:41]

Hi Maurizio,

An exceptionally beautiful image of the pair of pretty butterflies. The colors are so lovely making this look like a pastel. Wonderful positions on the flower. The background and composition are both magnificent.

Jane

Hi Maurizio,

Great shot of these 2 little colourfull butterflys.
a pity that the right one has a little piece of his wing.

Gert

Hello Maurizio, Wonderful shot of this pair of butterfly with excellent details and nice colours.
TFS and regards,
Deniz

Hello Maurizioo, another lovely shot of butterflies with wonderful sharpnes, details, nice POV and composition.
TFS and regards,
Bahadır

Ciao amico Maurizio, Splendid macro capture of these beautiful common blues with great details and splendid colours. Nice POV/DOF and composition too.
TFS this fine capture my friend!
Cheers,

Bayram

Hi Maurizio,
Excellent image, great POV and composition, sharp details and bright natural colours.
TFS
Pekka

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-17 14:28]

A wonderful shot, Maurizio!
I would be very proud if I took it :-)
Very sharp.
Great POV.
Superb BG.

Well done,
Joe

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-12-17 15:13]

Hi Maurizio
Great composition of this butterflies, good colors and sharp
Good job
Nilson

hello Maurizio

very beautiful image, it is like artistic shot,
artistic because of the pose of each butterfly,
superb focus, excellent sharpness and details, TFS

Asbed

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-17 17:47]

Ciao Maurizio,
Such beauty you have captured superbly with outstanding details and colors in an excellent composition and pose.
Rick

Hello Maurizio

What a splendid capture,the composition is terrific.
Wonderful POV and DOF.
The focus is sharp against the lovely OOF BG.
The composition is excellent,the way the blade of grass flows diagonally into the frame.
Masterfully done.
TFS

Wolf

really moving pic, great composition, TFS Ori

Amazing two-subjects image of these small butterflies, Maurizio.
The back-lit subjects are well captured with first rate details and colours.
The composition too is great.
Well done and TFS.
Ram

Hello Maurizio,

This is a very delicate capture, where the fine situation is very well recorded!
The details are excellent, DoF spot on makes the subjects stand out so well...
The simplicity of the composition is appealing, with the strong eye-catching diagonal!

Greetings,
Pablo -

Hi Maurizio!

You present us a beautiful picture of these Common Blue. They are well known, but not always so nicely presented as you do it. The colours are superb and the naturally blurred background highlights the butterflies very well. I also appreciate the very detailed notes a lot.

Kind regards

Markus

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-18 21:22]

Hello Maurizio, This is a nice shot and a nice view. I like the POV and the sharpness. Ganesh

Dear Maurizio,
two marvellously lighted blues in a very pretty artistic composition. I love their elegant poses. The combination of dominant green, blue and some orange accents is delightful to look at. A fairytale scene. Thank you!
My best regards,
Peter

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2008-12-20 8:12]

Hi Maurizio,
very nice shot,great contrast
Viera

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-12-20 9:37]

Excellent shot of this pair blue with nice composition Maurizio.
TFS and G's,
Mehmet

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-21 7:53]

Bonsoir Maurizio,
J'ai raté cette superbe image de papillons. Ils ont l'air de s'amuser , ces deux!
Excuse mon retard, je n'étais pas bien tous ces derniers temps.
J'aimerais te souhaiter à toi et aux tiens un Joyeux Noël et un passage en douceur à l'an nouveau.
Mes meilleures salutations
Anne

Hello Maurizio,

A beautiful composition, the two butterflies are posed nicely, and a very simple composition thanks to the nice, out-of-focus background. Wonderful!

John

Ciao again,
sorry for my delay to view this great shot of yours in this beautiful Common Blue!
the bg colour makes these beauty truly outstanding in it's sharpness, good colour and details
wishing you a good festive season
ciao
Tony

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-12-22 1:58]

Hi Maurizion,
such a lovely shot. Real natural and beautifully taken in great softness and brilliant presentation. clarity, sharpness and composition is excellent.
Lighting is superbs to give an outstanding
effect.

Regards,
Foozi

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-09 22:14]

Hi Maury
A very fine composition of the blue pair.The plain smooth BG isolates the beauties well.The subjects themselves stand in excellent clarity with good details showing off their wings.I especially love the light filtering thru the slight opne wing of the blueon the right.I guess this was early morning or late evening sun.The perch entering the frame diagonal works well too.

TFS & Cheers
Silpa

Hi Maurizio.

Stunning double capture with perfect perch on the beautiful flower. The background is perfectly silenced with light and framing so well balanced.


Best regards and have a wonderful week ahead.
Jusni

Dear Maurizio ,
Another great macro from you.
Excellent compo and great details.
Very well done

Best wishes
Saeed

Fantastic capture Maurizio, congratulation !
Serge

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