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Meleager's Blue

Meleager's Blue
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Copyright: Krzysztof Pabis (cataclysta) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 174 N: 2191] (5666)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C-8080 WZ
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-15 5:30
Viewed: 4070
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Polyommatus daphnis Meleager's Blue

The male is clear blue, with a narrow black border and a slightly scalloped hindwing. In many ways, however, the female is the more spectacular butterfly and the one more likely to catch the eye as being 'different'. As these pictures show, she is easily recognised by the scalloped edge of the hindwing, as well as by a very characteristic overall appearance. The male looks far more like a typical blue from the upperside, and has the characteristics of the species in a much milder form - notably less deep scalloping.

Wingspan: 33-37mm
Caterpillars host plants: Coronilla varia
Distribution: southern and central Europe, Minor Asia and Iran (in Poland and Germany on the northern border of its range)
Flight period: June to August
Habitat: dry meadows on calcareous rocks

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  • matatur Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1054 W: 245 N: 1626] (5312)
  • [2009-11-15 5:37]

A finely balanced composition Krzysztof, with the "Blue" and the violet of the thistle flower just within the limited focal region of an f/3.2. The finely OOF greeneries of the BG make this a beautiful image indeed!
TFS and cheers,

Ogolnie rzecz biora zdjecie jest bardzo dobrej jakosci, ale osobiscie bardziej podobaja mi sie Twoje fotki z wiekszym kadrowaniem :) Tu jak dla mnie owad jest troche za maly, szczegolnie, ze wolna przestrzen nad nim jest dosc znacznych rozmiarow, a z kolei kwiat (ktory moglby warunkwac takie a nie inne kadrowanie) jest tez troche obciety.
No ale jak napisalem na wstepie - zdjecie technicznie na naprawde wysokim poziomie :)

Hi Krzysztof,

Lovely photo with beautiful colors. Great sharpness throughout the butterfly and flower and a nice blurred background.
Good capture and TFS


Hi Krzystof

An impressive background and approach to the elements in the foreground, accurate and appropriate. Great result at f/3.2



  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-15 6:26]

Hello Krzysztof,
A wonderful macro from the summer! You captured this fresh specimen of P. daphnis as it feeds with its wings closed on the Knapweed flower with excellent sharpness and lighting against a pleasing neutral BG and the composition is perfect.
Thanks and have a good week,

  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-15 7:50]

Hallo Krzysztof,
Ja lubie te maluchy ze wzgledu na kolory i jak na razie zawsze zachowywaly sie w czasie pozowania bardzo dobrze.Na bardzo dobrym tle prezentuje sie jeszcze lepiej.Doskonala ostrosc i kontrast,swietna kolorystyka.Pozdrawiam Siggi

It's such a beautiful arrangement, Krzysztof, the BG blurred, the flower with perfect colour, just wonderful, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1078 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-11-15 9:15]

Hello Krzysztof,
besides the huge numbers of icarus posted to TN, it becomes a pleasure to see sometimes also
other and not so common Lycaenidae, such as this daphnis. The minute hairs/scales are nicely seen.
It is a detail-rich picture of the butterfly as well as of the flower.
Colours, light and background are just perfect.
Best wishes, Peter

  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-15 10:03]

Hi, Krzysztof, again.
I like this shot too. You have reproduced this small butterfly and all its charming features with great exactness. I like that whole flower and buds are in frame too. They decorate the picture excellently as well as wonderful smooth BG. My compliments and TFS.

Hi Krzysztof,

An awesme close-up of this pretty blue on a thistle flower from wonderful POV with delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice week!


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-11-15 13:39]

Witaj Krzysztofie,
Piekne wspomnienie minionego lata, ladnie skomponowane zdjecie, miekkie kolory.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

Witaj Krzysztof. Very good details and light here with brigh natural colours. Excellent DOF and amazing contrast against blurred BG.


  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-16 5:49]

Hello Krzysztof,
Very subtle colors for this little Blue, which is not so often shown. Very pleasant composition and fine pose of Polyommatus daphnis on the beautiful centaurea. Fine blurred background too.
Thanks and kind regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-16 10:15]

Hello Krzys,
A lovely composition showing this beautiful powdery Blue butterfly in a fine pose on the Kanpweed. Exellent focus, sharp details and a beautiful background too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Krzysztof,
I haven't seen this before, sorry to come late with my comment. There are many Blue's portraits presented on TN but this one stands out for at least three reasons. First, the excellent composition, even the colors of the flower and the fine tones in the butterfly match. Then the excellent light and suitable background. And what I like is the species rarely seen. Thanks for this one, Krzysztof!
Best egards

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